Goodnight Kodak…

It has been widely reported that Kodak is going to exit the camera, camcorder and digital frame business.  I’ve long ago moved to my Nikon DSLR and have not used a Kodak brand camera for a number of year.  I didn’t think much of Kodak’s demise because it was just another example of a thriving company unable to adapt to the changing world of technology.  (See also RIM, Newspapers and the recording industry)

It wasn’t until I was brushing my teeth the other day that I was reminding of that quality product Kodak made, especially in the digital world.  I was once the proud owner of a Kodak DC290 digital camera.  This thing was a hulk and at 2.1 megapixels, my camera phone has a higher resolution.  But, that didn’t stop it from taking some damn good pictures.  It is a shame such a grand company is going down in flames in such a spectacular way.  I was never much of a film photographer.  I owned my share of the cameras, but my skills could never justify the cost of developing and I quickly lost interest.  With digital, the devices were able to make my mediocre shots looks great and throwing away the hundreds of junk shots for the nice ones was cheap and easy.  The Kodak DC290 did an excellent job of this.

Why was I reminded of this while brushing my teeth?  Because two of my favorite pictures ever taken, shown below, were taken with the DC290.  They currently hang in my bathroom and I get to look at them everyday.  I took then while on a trip to San Francisco, driving north on the Pacific Coast Highway.  I stopped to stretch my legs on the side of the road and this is the beauty that awaited me.

It is likely that Kodak will become a bankrupt patent holding company, suing other companies that were able to survive and prosper in this digital age, into oblivion.  I’ll still browse through my old shots taken with my DC290 and remember with fondness the pictures it took.

Wedding Pictures, August 23, 2008

I finally got the official photographer pictures back in digital form — all 600 of them. So, I tried to trim them down to the best of my ability. There are probably quite a few still there and I’ll continue to trim some of the duplicated down to an acceptable number as time goes on.

In the mean time, check ’em out. Our photographer was Ron Dlutz, from Dlutz Photography.

Meeting my Bride

Wedding in Pittsburgh, Visit to Phipps Conservatory

Kim and I had a wedding to attend in Pittsburgh. So, we decided to meet up with my friend Paul, his wife Jordy and his son Jack and go visit the Phipps Conservatory. It was a great visit and I was able to take some nifty pictures of all of the flowers and plants. Of course, we also made a obligatory visit to Primanti Brothers in Oakland.

Orchid

New York City – 2 Days, 2 Different Reasons

Kim wanted to take a trip to New York City for the day to do some shopping and site seeing. We covered a lot of distance, seeing Rockefeller Center, eating at Stage Deli, walking Canal Street, seeing Ground Zero, and shopping at Century 21. All in all, a great trip for the day…pictures below…

Rockefeller Center

In addition, the next day, Scott and I were going to Madison Square Garden to see the Virginia Tech vs Seton Hall game then the Duke vs Gonzaga game. A great double header, to say the least. So, I made the trip up there again to check out those two games, taking lots of pictures as well.


The Blue Devil

FAS Automobile Museum

My friend Paul knows the owner of the FAS Automobile Museum. It’s truly a private collection of some of the most rare racing automobiles in the world, from gull wing Mercedes Benz 300 SL, to Porsche 917s that ran in Le Mans, 1966 Ford Mark II, Alpha Romeo’s, Ferrari’s, Bugatti’s, you name it….

It is located in a private garage in Center City Philadelphia (I’m not going to give the address) and is owned by Dr. Frederick Simeone.

FAS Automobile Museum