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My home is in Chamberlains, CBS, Newfoundland: a place close enough to sea so that I can go there to watch the glorious sunsets over the bay, and the other infinite variety of sights and sounds that are forever changing, yet forever the same. I'm not as young as I used to be and don't get around much any more, but I've had many wonderful hours of enjoyment with my Yasihca 44 TLR and trusty old OM-2. I've always enjoyed photographing wild flowers, particularly the smaller ones, many of which , albeit mostly overlooked and dismissed as weeds, are exquisitely beautiful. Digital photography, complete with all the magic of its own portable darkroom, has brought a new dimension to the hobby. My OM-2 is retired now, but it is such a beautiful instrument, such a joy to hold and behold, that I don't think I will ever want to part with it. My digital, used mostly, is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30. Its 35-420 mm Leica zoom lens can really reach out for those hard to reach shots. My photographs are strictly amateurish, but hopefully some have succeeded in capturing something of the moment that inspired them.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Plastic, plastic everywhere, but dead life's rhapsody.

When we were children, one of the great joys of winter was building and competing with our own slides (sleds). Small ones were called "belly-busters" and used mostly by dare-devils. You lay down rather than sit on these. The larger size could carry two, usually a lad and one of the girls.. The largest size were the bob-sleds. These could carry four or more.. Some slides, especially the bob-sleds had an extra runner, or runners, used for steering. A rod on which the feet , or hands were placed extended either side of the steering runner. On moonlight nights, young adults - the courting crowd - joined the youngsters, and Pitts Hill was a cacophony of screaming delight. Later came the factory built type for those who could afford them. These were called "coasters" but were no match for the home-made ones either in speed or in durability. My dad, being a blacksmith, I had the advantage of custom-built shoes. Round ones were the best.

Anyone with a slide story to tell, you are welcome to use the available space, but please keep it short. Would love to hear your comments.
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Blogger David c.h. Brown said...

Hey Lloyd,
Great Shot! We used to use the hood off of an old car and all pile in to go down over the side of Bell's Brook in Corner Brook. Great fun. Thanks, Dave

2:15:00 PM  
Blogger David c.h. Brown said...

Hi Lloyd,
You haven't posted for quite a while, and I am hoping that you are just away on vacation, and not ill. Dave

3:10:00 PM  
Blogger Lloyd said...

Thanks, David!

There's not much else I can shoot through my window that I haven't shot a hundred times before. When Summer comes, hopefully I will be able to get outside again.

2:31:00 PM  

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