Porthos waiting for his pre-surgery checkup at VRCC.

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Well with the liquidation of most of my photography gear we had the funds needed for the cataract surgery in place, now to do the pre-surgery checkup of the eyes, retina’s, optic nerve, etc to make sure everything looked good for the surgery.

The good news is everything in the eyes look perfect for the surgery.

The bad news, really, really, bad news – is the found ketones, indicating diabetic ketoacidosis.  It probably just from high blood sugar, he was only diagnosed with diabetes in June and we likely need to just modify his insulin dosage.    But with the issues this can cause we have to postpone his surgery that was scheduled this week.

Instead he’ll go in for a day long glucose curve and see if we can get everything stabilized, if so we’ll shoot for the surgery the following week.

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Next up in the shoot with fashion designer J-Chan and model Adriana is a few color shots I capture, on a 1958 Rolleiflex 2.8E using Portra 800 film.

Of all the cameras I sold to pay for the surgery for Porthos – I think this one hurts the most.   There is just a certain character about that old glass that is just beautiful.   I do anticipate replacing this one at some point.

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So next up on the list is a look at some of the shots I got on the shoot with fashion designer J-Chans and model Adriana with the Nikon F100.

For the camera it was an old Nikon F100 and a 50mm 1.4 lens.   Probably some of the best film camera you can buy for the money.   Great autofocus and wonderful meter.

For film this was PolyPan F from the Film Photography Project store and developed at The Darkroom.   This film is prone to a nice bit of bloom with bright highlights – but it’s only ISO 50.  Normally I only shoot this stuff on a rangefinder camera like a Leica that can handle slower shutter speeds hand held – here there’s a touch of softness from shooting wide open and under 1/60th of a second most of the time.

And yes this body and lens where sold for Pothos’s surgery.

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Despite the fact I’m down to just a pair of Canon AE-1′s for film cameras I expect to grab more of this to shoot from time to time.



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Recently I did a shoot with J-Chans Designs and Model Adriana and while this shoot was mostly B&W film I did grab a few snaps from my Fuji XT-1 with the newly released 56mm F1.2 lens.  As to if I like this lens/body – well it is the only piece of gear I used on this shoot that I didn’t sell off for the Porthos surgery fund (although I sometimes regret not selling this and then keeping the Rolleiflex).


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A couple of months ago at Kree’s wedding she was talking about how she had a lot of friends who had recently gotten married and she was joking about getting them all together in their wedding dresses for a drink.  I suggested High Tea at the Brown Palace, and told her if she could set it up I’d be there to document it no charge.

Well when the day came I found Kree and 10 other lovely brides in their wedding dresses, ranging in being married 37 days (Kree) to 14 years.

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and Kree’s mom

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and flower girl got in on the action as well.

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