the uss midway was an active aircraft carrier during wwii, vietnam, and parts of the iraq campaign. today it sits in the san diego harbor as a museum after decommissioning during the early 90’s. my father came down to visit me and he remembered reading about this vessel, so we headed down to check it out. the first picture is a cruise ship terminal across the water that my old company worked on…i thought it just looks nice. the actual ship pictures follow it, somewhat guiding you through the entire deck and lower levels. you might guess my favorite close ups are the machine guns and missiles. this one goes out to you mr. hicks.
I am a DP and photographer, 90% of the time i use my 5D for stills, professional and not. I have an upcoming photography project that needs a vintage look. Initially i was going to shoot it on 4×5 large format film, but found the equipment and processing cost prohibitive. My friend, a Russian lens technician, who loves nothing more than to frankenstein equipment, was assisting me in building the 4×5 camera. After we abandoned the 4×5 solution, i put the project on back burner. This morning he called me into his store on NYC. He has something for me…. He found in a box of random parts, hidden inside anther lens this gem. A circa 1908 ( possibly earlier) 35mm lens. Still functioning, mostly brass, and not nearly as much dust or fungus as one would think after sitting in a box for over a hundred years. This lens is a piece of motion picture history, and at this point rare beyond words. So i say to him, “Wow… what do you have in mind?” he smiles, and says, ( in the thickest russian accent you can imagine) ” i can make this fit EF you know…” my eye twinkled, and then 6 nail biting hours later,he had it finished. My Russian Lens technician is a mad scientist and he took what sounded like an angle grinder to the lens to make its clear the flange distance and the mirror……. This lens’ value is unclear. its sort of on loan. It’s the only lens of its kind on a 5D… or any digital for that matter. -Timur Civan
the last time i visited uc san diego i was working for dis. i hadn’t even thought about applying to grad school yet, but i knew if i did, this would be one of those places. that was last september i believe. after an entire year i went back and this time, it was was grad school orientation. i got to know some of the organizations on campus, the deans, and i even visited my future home. the official move is tomorrow. i’ll keep you posted.
this is mr. pickles and he spends most of his days shaking his hips and shoulders. best of all, he is solar powered. to accompany his dance moves is some video from flashdance. make no mistake, mr. pickles is not the girl in the video, he’s much better than that.
i apologize for the lack of updates. the last week in reno was really hectic with packing all my gear, hanging out with friends, and driving down to stay with rachel. however i did manage to snap a few pictures of the journey and our first weekend at laguna beach. lunch was handled at an italian mediterranean restaurant called GG’s, my gift to you if you ever stop by the area. school starts in a little over a week and i’m excited. wait until i show you the place.
to speak of competition when there clearly isn’t one is just…well silly
i did a small shoot yesterday for one my of brother’s friends who machines custom spark plug covers for s2000. like my brother, eric is part of the s2000 online community that houses some of the best looking 2 seaters despite a dying breed of hondas. he’s offering 3 different types so if you see his company name alloy craft, say something.