Photography

Throughout the years I’ve owned a handful of still cameras. I was given an old Mamiya 35mm many years back by my dad, but I’ve never shot a frame with it because the mirror needed repair. I acquired my first used camera as a teen, it was an old Polaroid Land Camera (circa 1960s). I used it all the way through high school and up to the late 1970s. It wasn’t until I was working that I bought my first 35mm SLR. It was a Chinon CE-5. This camera came with a Chinar, 35mm – 70mm auto zoom lens. Later I bought a Tokina 80mm – 200mm zoom. I used that camera through to the mid 1990s. Eventually the film advance mechanism failed and I decided to replace the camera with a Pentax ZX-M. I continued to use the ZX-M from the late 1990s to 2009. For convenience, I purchased a Canon PowerShot SD500 Digital ELPH in 2005 and I have to say, I’ve enjoyed using that little gem quite a bit.

Now I have a digital SLR camera that I picked up in 2009. I made the choice to keep the lenses, all Pentax standard mounts and bought a Pentax K200D body. So far so good and I’m ready to embark on new photo taking adventures. Soon, new lenses are in order, but for now I make the best of what I have.

These posts aren’t meant to be a history of my photography but an album of some of my favorite landscape and portrait shots over the years using these various cameras. Captions that describe what camera I used will give you an idea of approximately when the pictures were taken. Hold the cursor over the thumbnail and the title will appear. Click the thumbnail and a larger image will appear.

You can view these photos and more on my flickr photostream.

The Southwest:

Pentax Z-XM

Pentax ZX-M

Pentax Z-XM

Pentax ZX-M

Chinon CE-5

Chinon CE-5

Pentax Z-XM

Pentax ZX-M

Canon PowerShot SD500 Digital ELPH

Canon PowerShot SD500 Digital ELPH

Chinon CE-5

Chinon CE-5

 

Bay Area:

Pentax K200D

Pentax K200D

Pentax K200D

Pentax K200D

Pentax K200D

Canon PowerShot SD 500 Digital ELPH

Canon PowerShot SD 500 Digital ELPH

Pentax ZX-M

Pentax ZX-M

Pentax K200D

Pentax K200 Digital SLR

Pentax K200D

Pentax K200D

Pentax K200D

Canon PowerShot SD500 Digital ELPH

Canon PowerShot SD500 Digital ELPH

Canon PowerShot SD500 Digital ELPH

Canon PowerShot SD500 Digital ELPH

Pentax K200D

Pentax K200 Digital SLR

Pentax K200D

Pentax K200D

Pentax K200D

Pentax K200D

New England:

Pentax ZX-M

Pentax ZX-M

Pentax ZX-M

Pentax ZX-M

 

© 2016 Tom Rubalcava – All images are copyrighted. No reproductions permitted without permission.

2 Responses to Photography

  1. Chris Boyd says:

    My personal favorites are the black and white shots of the trees. Especially the one called Sun_thru_oak_trees. I love how a picture like that can flip back and forth from being representational one moment to being abstract pattern the next, and then back again.

  2. Thanks Chris. I always find that branch trees like oaks have this ethereal quality to them, especially in winter months. BW tends to bring out that aspect even more.

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