Rokon

Check out this vintage Rokon from 1971, lovingly restored by a friend of mine.

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Before there were all many of all terrain vehicles, there was the Rokon, which features an amazing design. Both the front and rear wheel are drive wheels thanks to a gear box located under the seat and a driveshaft that runs forward.

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The Rokon is a rugged machine designed for rough use. The wheels are hollow and you can use them to store fuel.

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While innovative, the design is fairly simple as you can see in the close-ups above and below.

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It’s an impressive unit given when it was first available. Some stunning examples still in use.

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Indie Photo Lab, Philadelphia

Here’s a “thank you” and “job well done” to Indie Photo Lab in Philadelphia. As viewers of this blog will know, I’ve been meddling in film photography again. Of course, I need a professional lab to develop and scan my results. The crew at Indie Photo Lab did a great job, especially on some scans of 4X5 film I shot more than 15 years ago. Here’s a digital look at their storefront.

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They process b/w and color of various kinds. Check out their website for more details: http://www.indiephotolab.com Friendly staff at the counter, too, which makes a big difference. Enjoy the art.

Hasselblad 903SWC

Keeping with the theme of film photography, I present the Hasselblad 903SWC, which has been in reserve for about 12 years.

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This beast is the only component of my Hasselblad equipment that I kept. It does take a wide angle picture in that beautiful square format. I have some Kodak Tri-X that I’ll be loading and testing of the next several weeks. Hope to report back with good results. We’ll see.

Tugboat Devon

As long as we’re on the subject of boats, let’s go to one of my favorite categories, the tugboat. Here’s a snap from 1994 of the Devon at the dock in Philadelphia.

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Was a perfect morning for that photo, which prints much nicer than it scans for digital use here. Can’t wait to get out and do some old school photography soon. Will be interesting to see the artistic differences.