Just finished up a new poster for the KU Wind Ensemble for an upcoming concert featuring a Civil War-inspired piece by Jim Barnes titled Symphonic Requiem. The type at the top is fairly simple, but I liked how it turned out. I’ll have to remember that combination in the future.

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I took a trip out to Baldwin, buy more about KS last weekend and took a few photos on the historic Midland Railway. It was a really fun experience and this time of year is beautiful in Kansas. The leaves are just changing and the fields are being plowed, so a ride in an open-air train car is very relaxing. They have several vintage cars from the 1930s-1960s and they are really fun to walk through. I’ll have to try and make it back there and shoot some more photos sometime soon.

Car #8255 is a Diesel-Electric from 1951.

Car #999060 is the red caboose there and it’s from 1967.

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Photo from Flickr

In a very loose connection to St. Patrick’s Day, tooth I wanted to point out an interesting marketing effort by General Mills in which they are bringing back the old school cereal boxes of days past. The Kix box is something else!

Happy St. Patrick’s day everyone and have a wonderful time!

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Things have been busy around the ol’ studio lately. I’ll have some neat design work to post soon, buy information pills but it’s not quite ready yet . . .

Yashica Electro 35

So, in the mean time, I was cleaning up my office a bit and I came across a camera that I’ve been using off and on for a while. There was half a roll of film in it (your guess is as good as mine as to what’s on the first half!) so I took it out to do some shooting this weekend. I’ll try and have some photos developed to post soon.

The camera is a Yashica Electro 35 rangefinder which is from the early 1970’s and is considered by some to be a “poor man’s Leica“. It has a beautiful lens which stops down to 1.7 so it’s a great camera for low light and for street photography. Since it’s a rangefinder, there is no mirror that flops up when you press the button, so there’s a barely audible click when the shutter opens which makes it nice for candid photos.

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I’m really excited about the newest old camera that I’ve recently acquired! It’s a Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera and it’s in amazing shape! I have another instant camera, check but what I’m excited about with this one is the ability to control the manual focusing and, to a certain extent, the exposures. There are a few tweaks I need to do including buying a neutral density filter, but it shouldn’t be too bad. Hopefully, I’ll get some good shooting in before Polaroid completely discontinues it’s instant film in 2009!


Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera

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