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The Blue Eye by duncan-blues
The Blue Eye
Some fun with close-ups.

Can you guess what this is? Shouldn't be that difficult.

Partial color key. Edited with The Gimp.
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Coffee time again by duncan-blues
Coffee time again
Still life with old coffee mill.

This photo is the result of a fun little "photo challenge" in a photography forum about showcasing various everyday items.

- Sony Alpha 77 Mark II with Tamron 17-50/2.8 lens on tripod
- Metz 48 AF-1 flash in a Firefly II softbox to the left
- Metz 52 AF-1 flash via bouncer from the right for fill-in light
- CTO correction filters on both flashes for warm light
- manual white balance setting on the camera

jpeg image straight from the camera, no post-processing except scaling

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1970es vintage turntable masterpiece by duncan-blues
1970es vintage turntable masterpiece
I recently revived this terrific 1970es audiophile family heirloom:

A Dual 1228 automatic turntable


- built between 1973-1975 in Germany by Dual
- friction wheel drive
- synchronous motor
- Shure M 95 G-LM pickup, gimbal-mounted
- subchassis

This turntable has last seen frequent use around 1984 and has been kept in a closet or the basement most of the time since until I unearthed it the other day. I only had to clean some electrical contacts inside and give the motor a gentle initial nudge to get it starting again. It has been playing without the tiniest twitch since. The original needle apparently is still in very good shape and the Shure M 95 pickup sounds just fantastic!
The original eggshell finish of the body fits my livingroom just perfect. I'm currently considering to treat it to a professional restauration.

(and yes, it DOES sound better than CDs, let alone mp3!)

Picture taken with a Sony Alpha a77 Mark 2 and a Tamron 17-50/2.8 lens. Lighting with two Metz flashes (48 and 52 AF-1) and silver bouncer.
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Ruediger Winkelmann
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
Current Residence: Earth (mostly harmless).
Favourite genre of music: Rock and Pop
Favourite cartoon character: Richard, Looking for Group
Current Favourite Quote: "Mr. Sulu...Remind me never to piss you off." - Bones McCoy
  • Mood: Sadness
Yesterday the mailman brought my my own copy of I was a teenage gargoyle with an autograph by Kanthara!

It was brought to my attention by this Deviation and Kanthara sparked my interest by telling me that I was in that book myself!

Of course I read the comic book right away ("HI PATRICK!!!") and OMFGBBQ! I got my very own cameo! :omfg:

Boy, this brought back many memories!

I started watching Gargoyles in a somewhat crappy German dub on TV back in 1996 and of course I had to check the internet if there was any Gargoyle stuff there. Guess what? The very first Gargoyles site I found was Kanthara's Loft!
Shortly afterwards, I came across Station8 Chat and it all went downhill from there ;)

When the first Gathering of the Gargoyles in New York 1997 was announced, I knew I had to be there! Being a student back then, I had to save up a lot of money to afford flying in from Germany but somehow I managed. The trip was a crazy experience. It was my first holiday trip without family and also my very first airplane trip, let alone to a foreign country where nobody spoke any German. I was an english major back in highschool but my practical experience with the english language was quite limited. I knew noone in NYC personally yet, I knew only the name of the convention hotel, not even it's address and I had -no- room reservation. My plane came in late and there was nobody to pick me up at the airport. Damn, I felt so utterly lost... until the elevator door in the hotel lobby opened and a bunch of Gargoyles fans poured out to welcome me. The Gathering was a blast!
In the end, I made it to six out of thirteen Gatherings, which is rather insane considering the airline bills but it was so totally worth every single dime I spent.

Today I got a good job at a large German ISP, got a cool car and my own nice apartment but I can honestly say that the time of early Gargoyles fandom were the best time of my life. It really saddens me that those times are utterly gone.
Someone said "Growing old is mandatory but growing up is optional.". Well, I tried not to but I'm afraid it just happens. Slowly. Imperceptibly.
I miss these times. Sorely.

I have a similar background to Patrick (which is funny because my cameo shows me shaking hands with him) and I can honestly say that I am too a true Internet Dinosaur. Just the other day, I managed to repair my old Amstrad CPC 6128 home computer which is only marginally younger than Patrick's Atari 800 (my cousin had one of those). I got it for christmas in 1986 (but paid most of it myself because it was too expensive a gift for my parents alone). It's amazing that after close to 26 years, it still works, I just had to replace a rubber drive belt of the floppy. Later when I got my first PC and modem, I discovered Fidonet, my first step into a digital network. When I entered university, there came e-mail, ftp, Gopher and MUDs. Probably one of the main reasons (aside math) that I never graduaded. The WWW came much later, let alone Google.
Little did I know back then, that a few strange websites about a TV show that had little impact in Germany would influence my life this much.

The time of Gargoyles Fandom came... and slowly faded away. Station8 chat is still around for those few who still use it and the former central meltingpot of fandom, The Gargoyles Fans Website also is. Because I stepped up and moved it to my own webserver before it was deleted. Sadly I have little time to tend to it and so it is mostly a shrine of remembrance of the former greatness of Gargoyles Fandom.




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