Shot Of The Day: October 30, 2012







In time of war the loudest patriots are the greatest profiteers.

— August Bebel
Backstory: the Nikon D40 was the bottom of the line when it came out. Consequently the lens mount is far less busy than fancier cameras. End result: the D40 will mount every lens Nikon ever made. In use on this shot: a Non-AI (rabbit ear) Vivitar 100mm f/2.8 telephoto.

Equipment: Nikon D40 / Vivitar 100mm f/2.8 (Serial Nr. 37XXXXXX – indicating mfg by Tokina)


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Shot Of The Day: October 28, 2012







Never the rose without the prick.

— Tom Verlaine
Backstory: this was a test shot that became a shot of the day because I was struck by how well it turned out. To get it I attached some East German glass – a manual focus Pentacon 50mm f/1.8 M42 x 1mm (“screw mount”) lens – to a Nikon D40 D-SLR with a cheap Adorama adapter. Because the ill-fitting adapter allowed the lens to wobble I had to hold the lens as well as the camera. To use an old lens on a modern camera I used manual mode (M), set the ISO to 400 to emulate Tri-X or Ilford HP5, and tried a few f/stops to get the right exposure. It worked surprisingly well.

Equipment: Nikon D40 / Pentacon 50mm f/1.8


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Shot Of The Day: October 25, 2012







I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.

— George McGovern
Backstory: This is a 35mm frame, digitally scanned and solarised in the GIMP – an original print was solarised in the darkroom, and, to my amazement, the GIMP version is very, very, close to the original.
Equipment: Nikon F2 Photomic (DP-1) / Nikkor 50mm f/2


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