Imperial No. 30 Triple Extension CameraEvery once in a while, I am shown a camera I've never seen
before. The 4x5 inch format Imperial No.30 is rare and this is the only example I've heard of over decades
of collecting. The camera's front and back opens to make an extra-long extension for using long lenses.
Newly Acquired Cameras: Check my Most Wanted page to see "preview" pictures. . Website Development: This website has been online since 1998 and over the years I updated the web
development tools ... well not as often as I'd like. The site is currently developed on an older software
platform and is not optimized for mobile devices. (Then again, mobile devices weren't around that much.)
Additionally, other common features like dynamic resizing are not in place and you might see some
misalignment, text overlapping and other issues. At some point I'll migrate this site to an updated platform,
but rebuilding over 175 webpages will be quite a challenge and time consuming.
Photography (because I am often asked about it): The one thing I consistently update is my
photography gear. I've been deep into photography my entire life and started collecting early cameras
accidentally when I was gifted a Century No.7 studio camera outfit. Although playing with cameras early in
life, I developed my first rolls of film at the age of 11 (had my own darkroom at that point) and was
shooting 8x10 negs at 17. In 1980, I was accepted into and participated in one of Ansel Adams' famous
Yosemite workshops. (Alan Ross was Ansel's darkroom manager in those days.) In some ways I miss the
wet darkroom process but today I can do much more digitally. But honestly, using Ansel's zone system
when shooting digital, which he would have never envisioned, is a great thing.
The goal is to present each camera online the best I can. My first digital camera was, let's face it,
primitive. For the past 3 years I shoot a Nikon D850 with an incredible Tamron 90mm macro lens mounted
on a heavy Manfrotto tripod with sliding rail. Raw+JPG format, Adobe colorspace. Cameras are staged on a
table top with an infinity wall and color balanced softbox lights. Sometimes small details need auxilliary
lighting; last year (2022) I started using Lume Cube lights. Maximum front-to-back sharpness is achieved
by focus-stacking. Image processing workflow uses Helicon Focus, Lightroom and Photoshop.