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here's how he saw things, then | by Ed Karjala
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here's how he saw things, then

This past weekend, my mother in law brought over something special. It is the camera that her husband bought while in Japan during his U.S. Navy enlistment. A 1965 Nikkormat FT to be precise. It captured their family moments for the better part of 40 years. My father in law passed away a little less than 3 years ago. Unexpectedly. Still a young man. He was a wonderful person and he is missed every day.


As with everything he owned or loved, this camera was attended to with care. Even still, it is in working order. Checking it over, I realized that it was loaded with film, which I promptly wound up, popped out, and brought over to the local processing shop. The film cartridge appeared to be fairly old, so we had no idea what to expect. Turns out the pictures were intact and from almost exactly 10 years back -- a family party. There were three shots in particular of my own children that were so. . . perfect. The kind only a loving grandfather could've taken. Truly a gift.


Lately, I have been considering shooting film again. This event totally cinched it. Can't wait to go out and capture some light through the luscious, old school, f/2 50mm on this bad boy.


Note: I believe this is the first image I have posted to flickr with zero processing. No brightness/contrast tweaks, nothing. Not that I didn't try to "improve" things a bit, but all efforts fell short. Some things are just meant to be, I suppose.

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Taken on April 30, 2007