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Zoological Resuscitation | by Sweet Dreams & Flying Machines
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Zoological Resuscitation

A long, long time ago, when I was four or five years old, Dad took us on a road trip to Colorado Springs, Colorado.

We went to Pikes Peak, the Garden of the Gods, Manitou Springs, North Pole, Colorado, and many other touristy places. One highlight was the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, which was, and probably still is, a world-class zoological garden.

Poor Dad, though. His camera was an Argus C3 35mm. It was about state of the art at the time for the amateur photographer, but it would be a failure these days.

It was cold outside when we were there so many of the animals were in their barns, as were these giraffes.

Just imagine trying to guess an aperture, which had to be set manually, as you looked through a split image rangefinder to focus and compose a shot like this.

There is sun blazing in through the window, but the barn is fairly dark and the animals are wearing camo!

On top of that, you went on your way thinking you had a great photo of the wife and kids only to be disappointed when you projected it on a screen when you got back home and after getting it back from the developer.

I was fairly happy that I could enhance this scanned 35mm slide and bring out the unfortunately washed out detail my dad was trying for that day.

Today there is a Giraffe Cam

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Taken sometime in 1955