~ And Away We Go! ~

~ All Those Cameras ~

~ Some of my Cameras from 1944 to 2018 ~

~ Photography was one of the First of my Hobbies ~
~ It has been the longest lasting ~ I am Still taking Photos almost Every Day! ~




Smile! You are on my 1948 Anniversity Speed Graphic Camera!




I was 12 in 1944 and a Freshman in High School
I started taking pictures then, I do not remember with what Camera...
I was working then after School and bought a New One



1946 ~ My First Flash Camera ~ Brownie Flash 620 ~
Original Price $6.00... Flash Extra




1946 ~ My Second Flash Camera ~ Kodak Brownie Reflex 127
I never liked true reflex Cameras and was Looking for another



1947 ~ Was a Junior in High School then
And reading about better Cameras



1948 ~ Then I graduated in 1948 at age 16, went to work for Sears
I bought this book about Graflex Cameras ~ Well worn and well read, I still have it



I read about all the original Graflex Cameras
And in the back... The New Pacemaker Speed Graphic



1948 ~ Well they had one in the Showcase in Sears Retail Store
The Price for the Camera alone was $400... Case and Flash extra BR>


Started taking photos everywhere I could with it
Here at the ROTC Ball in 1949



1949 ~ Joined the Civil Air Patrol ~ Taking Photos for the Squadron
I tired of working at Sears and Joined the US Air Force in October of 1950



1951 ~ Lowry Air Force Base Denver Colorado ~ Camera Technician School
Was second in Class and got a promotion to Corporal at finish




1951 ~ Assigned to the Base Photo Lab at Scott AFB, Illinios
My job was to maintain all Photo Equipment and also was in charge of the Supply Room
Was advanced to AFSC 40350 and Promoted to Sergeant





1952 ~ Transferred to Luke AFB, Arizona, again in charge of the Supply Room
While there I took a USAF Photographer test, passed with a 98 Score
Advanced to Senior Photographer ~ AFSC 23250



1953 ~ Assigned to Randolph AFB, Texas to stock a new Recon Photo lab with Equipment
Promoted to Staff Sergeant and AFSC 23270 and finished out my Air Force enlistment





In 1962 moved to Saint Joseph, Missouri at the request of IBM
Bought a new Canon 35mm Camera, then taking lots of 35MM Slides
Most of the older photos on my web pages are copies of slides I took with this type of camera




Then in the 1980s I got into Video... First with a separate Camera and Recorder
Then next into Camcorders, like this RCA ~ Started my Videos in Parkville with this type



The CamCorders were the fun for that time Period but had poor Resolution




Lost the Canon 35mm, bought this used Vivitar 35mm SLR, started taking photos in Parkville
Did a fair job and I was scanning the prints for placing into web pages



Sometime about 2003 my Vivitar 35mm was having a light leakage problem
I Bought this dandy little Digital Kodak and fed my Web Pages with it's Photos until 2010



Sometime in 2004 my old Samsung VHS Camcorder was stolen
I went without Video for a while and then first bought a Panasonic SD Video Camera



The SD Camera didn't suit me and I sold it to a friend
And I ordered this much better Panasomic HD Video Camera



Then taking HD Video all over and burning Blu-ray DVDs to show on my TV




Then I read about the Canon Rebel XSi Digital SLR in PC World magazine
Ordered that early in 2010 and gave it a real work-out with new Photos for my BLOG



The Canon had a built-in flash that was adequate for many scenes
But I added an External Flash for better coverage



One of the first Photos I took with the new Canon
It was in front of the mirror so I had to reverse the copy



Then with my Canon DSLR I started copying my Hundreds of 35mm Slides >



Set the Slide Projector aimed at the Screen then the Camera in Front



Projecting the Slide on the Screen to Copy with the Digital Camera



I tried several places to do the Copying




The darkened Bedroom seemed to be the best location



2011 ~ The Canon XSi was doing everything I wanted to do quite nicely
But then I saw reviews of this New Canon EOS 7D DSLR ~ and I had to have it



May 31, 2011, I ordered it ~ a Week later, trying it out
Takes great Photos and great Videos and I love it



And was the Canon EOS 7D to be my last Camera?
Nope... I Had set my sights on this one
New 5 Star Rated Panasonic AG-HMC40 Super High Definition!



And then in October of 2011 I bought that latest Video Camera
The Professional Model Panasonic AVCCAM, full HD for Blu-ray Video



I was re-armed with a better Camera for Videos of Nature Sanctuary Events
And there were lots of those to come



And just in time to head to the Nature Sanctuary in late October to try it out
With Video of Pumpkin Carving Night and Ghost Story Night



And then Later at the Nature Sanctuary 'Santa Trek'



So if you are anywhere around here...

"SMILE... YOU ARE ON ONE of MY CANDID CAMERAS!"



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