Argust 6th, 2006
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David W. Thomas
An outdoor "beehive" bake oven at the corner of the farmhouse.
of the main doors of the barn on the property. This barn was built in
1761 and is a fine example of a Pennsylvania "bottom" barn of the
6th" eh! Well, I kept thinking I must be crazy, I'm supposed to
be remodeling a bathroom. But what the heck, I scrounged the ol' brick
out of the back of the closet and the shutter appeared to be
working. At least it open and closed on command. I already
had some B&W chemicals mixed for a return to film that's underway
with medium format.
Attached are two black and white shots taken
this morning. They are part of a series taken at the Heckler
Farmstead, a nearby 18th C historic site and park in Lower Salford
Township, Montgomery County, PA.
The camera is a C3 which I
purchased new in late 1957 or early 1958. This is probably the
first time it has had film in it in thirty years or more. I did
have it apart once many years ago to clean some mechanics and correct a
shutter problem. Today it seemed to occasionally skip one extra
sprocket hole between frames, but I managed to get twenty shots (some
The film was Kodak 125PX, developed in Kodak D76.
The negatives were scanned with an Epson 3200 flatbed, as I have not
yet gotten my darkroom resurrected to the point of printing. I am
headed that way, having just acquired a Bronica SQ-A and an Omega B-8
for my toy collection.
The rest of today's series -- or at least those I had the patience to scan -- may be found in a corner of my PBase galleries at http://www.pbase.com/dw_thomas/argust6th2006
This photograph was taken in downtown Royal Oak, Michigan about 5:00pm on August 6, 2006.
camera used was an Argus Model A, serial number 193057. The
exposure was 1/25th of a second at F 12.7 on Kodak High Definition
color fill rated at 400 ISO.
The young woman in the crosswalk
has just finished her work shift of holding a sign advertising a new
building full of "lofts" (the red building in the background).
Despite her best efforts, the sign across the street reading "Only Two
Left!" has been on display for months.
photograph was made with an Argus Model M. The exposure was
“Instant” at F 9 on TMax 400 film. Royal Oak is bisected by railroad
this view shows one in the many crossings.
Not a particularly good image, but it is the best one to come from my roll of homemade 828 size film.
am very excited and pleased to submit the following photographs for
Argus Day. I, as well as others, are totally amazed at the beauty
of the images produced by the Argus C-3 cameras.
Courthouse roof and clock tower
Argus C-3, serial # 1144902
Fuji 200 ASA
Shutter speed 1/100 sec, f/11
Ferris wheel at sunset
Sharptown carnival, Sharptown, Maryland.
Argus C-3, serial #1144902,
Fuji 200 ASA
Shutter speed 1/100 sec, f/5.6
Los Osos, California
was a perfect Argust 6th for "Surf Camp" in Cayucos on the central
coast. I took photos with a C44r 35mm lens with "Mystery film" inside.
It turned out to be Tmax100.
The first photo on the left is my 5'4" wife with a 11' surf board. Surf camp is done locally every Argust.
They bring lots of boards and all can try to ride the waves. The beginners stay close to shore. I stick to my boogie board.
Note the size of the wave in the background of the second picture, above.
participated in my first "Argust Day" last year when my co-worker
brought along his Argus C-3 to work. We had fun looking at the website
and learning about the Argus history, and when the big day arrived had
some fun with the old camera.
Shortly after, I purchased my own
Argus off of eBay. I got a C-3 Matchmatic, and I bought some outdated
Konica Impresa 50 film to try it out with. Well, it remained on the
shelf until this Argust Day, and I grabbed the camera at around 7pm
without too much time to spare and with daylight running out.
passing along my 2 entries for this years show. These pics were
taken around my home on the north side of Chicago. Both were taken with
outdated Konica Impresa 50 film, shutter speed "4" (whatever that
means), at f3.5. I hope to understand the camera a bit better for next
years go round.
are my two efforts from Argust 6th. It's my only Argus, a C3
Matchmatic, as they are like hen's teeth over here - I've only ever
seen two, and bought one of those!
Loaded with Kodak Gold 200, and shot using what would be sunny 16 if the Matchmatic had a 16 marked on it!
is what happens when you get too close to something incredibly highly
polished with the sun directly behind you - looks like too many dodgy
"cigarettes" to me!
Well, I just find that the Matchmatic brings
out a terrible urge in me to take photos of beige things! It's not
quite the same colour scheme, but beige bottom, dark top, lots of
chrome... not a bad match!
Team of Edmund Kowalski, Joyce Kowalski, and Pamela Lee Kowalski
High Ridge, Missouri
Wetlands; Cuivre River
by Edmund Kowalski
Old Monroe; Lock & Dam
by Joyce Kowalski
by Pam Kowalski
This year, my wife and daughter decided to join me on the Argust Day excursion.
had two cameras loaded with film: Argus C-4 rangefinder, first
version, serial# 0243393, and Argus STL1000 SLR body, chrome top, front
speed dial, serial# 99159. My wife was carrying an Argus HFM II
with f:3.8/38mm lens, and my daughter had a submini 35 Argus 520 with
f:9/28mm lens, "transparent body" version.
Here in East Central
Missouri, the day dawned clear and promising to be hot. Hot it
got, temperatures around the 100 mark Fahrenheit.
north. First stop was Old Monroe, Missouri, on highway 79
(Great River Road) in the Mississippi River flood plain. Old
Monroe has its points of interest, some old buildings, and a pair of
interesting bridges across the Cuivre River near where it enters the
Mississippi: one for the old highway, one for the BNSF Railroad.
From there, we visited a chain of floodplain towns: Winfield, Foley, Elsberry, Annada, Clarksville.
Winfield, we visited Lock and Dam No. 25, busy with coal barges moving
upriver. There is a nice park including a large slough and wetlands,
and an observation deck near the river, popular during bald eagle
Then it was in Annada that I had a mishap...
stopped the car to shoot an old retail building... got out the Argus
C-4, went to the front of the car... and THUMP!!!!!! The C-4
jumped out of the halfcase I was using as a strap platform and hit the
pavement, landing square and hard on its BACK!
At first I
thought it survived the fall....then discovered that the rangefinder
chassis had been knocked out of alignment internally, and the teeth of
the wheel were a considerable distance from the teeth of the lens
mount! That mostly scrubbed that camera from much use the rest of
Fortunately, I usually pack two, and so I switched to
my other bag, and used the Argus STL1000 SLR, with GAF f:1.9/50 lens,
for the rest of the excursion.
More pictures from the three of us can be seen at: www.pbase.com/edkowalski/argust6
All images are ©2006.
almost missed Argust Day this year. On Wednesday August 2nd we
had 2 tornadoes go through the area where we live. Lost are power for 3
days and didn't realize it was Argust Day until Sunday afternoon so I
grabbed my C44r which had a roll of Agfa APX 100 in it and shot a few
photos of the area. All the photos were taken at 125th sec at f/8
or 11 developed in D76 and scanned into my computer.
You don't know me....my name is Chihiro Sueoka living in Nagoya, Japan.
joined the ACG on February 7th, 2006 with no Argus cameras as the first
member from Japan. Then I got an Argus C-3 Match-Matic (#1843775744)
through the eBay.
Here are two pictures were taken with this
camera on August 6th, 2006...the fastest Argust 6th in the world?!...on
Fuji Superia ISO 100, f/11 at 1/300.
I took these pictures in
the garden of Nagoya City Museum. The 1st picture is a sundial at 14:45
and the 2nd is a modern watch at 14:49.
issues led me to do my Argust 6th shooting in the early morning
hours. Both photos were taken with a C-44 on 200 ISO Kodak color
The Arch entrance to Durant Park in Lansing and
named after William Durant, founder of General Motors. 30 second
exposure at f4.
The Ferocious Pixie Cat (Ok, so she was actually in mid-yawn) ;) 100mm lens, f11, and Sunpak Auto611 bounce flash
day always seems to fall on a day of our family vacation and this year
was no different. This year we decided to drive up to the shore
of Lake Superior. Just above Duluth there are two stops you just
have to make, Split Rock Lighthouse and Gooseberry Falls.
Rock for years was counted as the most photographed lighthouse in the
nation, so I was not exactly plowing virgin soil but nonetheless came
up with a nice composition I think with that guy in funky waders in the
foreground balancing the composition nicely. At Gooseberry My
wife and daughters decided to be adventurous and walk through the
water. Taking their picture with my Argoflex gave me the perfect
excuse to stay dry (I hate getting my feet wet)!
Fuji Superia 100
Fuji Superia 100
Burnaby, British Columbia
I'm Bruce Maclellan, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. The attached photos were taken this Argust day in Whistler Village, BC.
Camera Argus C-3, film- Fujicolor 200
Ann Arbor, Michigan
better way to celebrate the 6th of Argust than in the birthplace of
Argus Cameras – Ann Arbor, Michigan. Being my hometown, I didn’t
have far to go with my Argus kit which includes a 1950’s Geiss modified
C-Four along with the 35mm and 100mm Lithagon lenses, and the 50mm
Cintar lens. I also added the Argus turret viewfinder which is a
great help both in composing with these three lenses and for adjusting
for parallax error. The images were shot on a roll of outdated
After my buddy Marc arrived at my house toting a
non-modified C-Four that he had recently picked up at an antiques
store, we headed out to the former Argus factory which is now part of
the University of Michigan.
The photo of him and his camera was done with the 35mm lens at f/11 1/50th sec.
has been one of my favorite photo subjects ever since she was a young
girl. I gave her a last minute call to let her know I had to
include her in on this Argust Day shoot.
The photo of
her was taken with the 100mm lens at f/8.5 and 1/10 sec. She is
holding Marc’s C-Four… it is not only a classic camera but a great prop
Newburgh, New York
These were taken with my Argus C-44 last Sunday, Argust 6th.
guys at the Waterbury Train Museum who hosted the Thomas the Tank
Engine event were gushing over my C44 - a couple of them pulled me
aside to tell me how great it is to see someone "toting old iron"
instead of the plastic digitals they always see.
Still Life with Manual
Thomas in Waterbury, CT
am pleased to submit these attempts at picture taking with a
cantankerous Argus Model 21. Out of 24 shots, only 13 were
exposed, they were at the beginning of the roll. When attempting
to rewind, the film jammed and I had to have Walgreen's remove the film
in a black box after disassembly of the camera. Eddie Kowalski
answered a distress call regarding a C-4 with a foggy viewfinder with a
set of fine instructions (a real benefit of being a member of the ACG)
which I applied to the Model 21 and now its back in service with
another roll of 400 film.
Photo taken with Model 21
Rangefinder S/N 0000002670, built in 1947. I loaded this camera
with Walgreen's 400 speed color film. The shutter speed was 1/100
sec @ f/16 aperture opening. This fine old barn is slowly wasting
away, it has real character.
A Hole in the Clouds
photo taken with the Model 21 S/N 0000002670. The speed was 1/50
sec and the aperture was set at f/11. Cloud formations are always a
great source for photos.
pictures were taken with an Argus A – possibly one of the earliest ever
used for the exercise (s/n 5573). It was a nice bright day here in
Edmonton and so both shots were taken at 1/200 @ f11. I used Fuji
Superia 200 film.
Our pup, Penny. She has now
been in the last three Argust shoots. The expression sums up a lazy
summer day as she struggles to stay awake.
retired neighbour made this replica of our house as a gift. The birds
have decided that the cedar roof is tasty as well, so I will be
re-shingling the roof later this summer.
Wesley and Margaret Furr
Wesley and Robert; Overlook, Geo. Washington National Forest
Photographs by Margaret Furr
Margaret, Robert & Snoopy; Snoopy (right)
Photographs by Wesley Furr
church on Sunday Argust 6th, Margaret and I decided we should take the
Argus on a hike in order to get a good photo-op. We went to the
Hone Quarry recreation area in the George Washington National Forest in
VA...about 30 minutes or less from our home. There's a hiking
trail there called "heartbreak trail" which climbs the side of the
mountain to a beautiful overlook.
Of course little Robert had to
go along (mom got a little extra exercise!) and Snoopy loves hiking as
well, so we couldn't leave her behind. We both got quite a workout and
some good photos to boot.
Taken with the C3 "woody" -
on some several years expired
Kodak Royal Gold 200. If memory serves, all outdoor shots were
f/11and 1/100, though I should have slowed it down a bit in the
shadows. The indoor shot was f/8 and 1/50 with electronic
flash. (It was hard getting Snoopy to hold the bone that long
while I focused and framed my shot!!)
If you look
carefully at little Robert in the photo's, he's wearing his ACG hat
that Doug made! My other Argust 6th photos are posted at http://www.megley.com/photos/argus/argust6
Argust day 2006 found me and my Argus C3 on a warm sunny afternoon at Teddington Lock on the river Thames, 15 miles from London.
in 1811 and located at the end of the tidal reach of the river, this
famous lock allows boats to navigate to and from London from higher up
the river. Controlled by gates, the water level rises and falls almost
9 feet to match the upstream and downstream river levels. The colourful
boats and their passengers make a fine sight as they wait to pass
Parts of several well-known movies have been made here
as well as the famously funny Monty Python 'Fish Slapping Dance'.
Film I used was Fujifilm Superia ISO 200 using 300sec at f11 as indicated by my faithful Weston Master II exposure meter.
What a fantastic idea Argust day is, long may it continue!
A relaxed Captain of his ship!
Waiting for the lock gates to open before
sailing on to London.
Lake City, Florida
morning of Sunday, "August 6th" my wife and I were in our hotel room in
Atlantic Beach, Fl. Recovering from my 40th high school reunion
celebrated the night before. After drinking a large cup of coffee I
took my C-3 Standard with attached 100mm Tele-Sandmar and my C-44R
flattop, 50mm Cintagon 2.8, loaded them with color negative film and
made a number of exposures of sea oats and beach scenes. Then we
traveled to my mother-in-law's home in Jacksonville.
garden i started a roll of T-Max 400 in the C-3Standard and shot the
attached image of the plant in a basket with oyster shells in the
foreground. I don't have an auxiliary viewfinder for the Tele-Sandmar
so the composition was by guess. I finished the roll of color on
the C-44R shooting in her garden.
When we returned to Lake City
that afternoon I finished the B&W roll in the C-3 Standard shooting
cypress trees. With the 100mm Tele-Sandmar I didn't;t have to wade out
in the swamp as far to get the attached photo. The Color rolls were
fine except for some vignetting in the sky areas of the Tele-Sandmar
shots. I used a tripod for both these submitted photos and they were
chosen because they are representative of the themes I pursue with my
I went out early in the morning with a C3 loaded with 100ASA York film.
picture is of the sun through the trees looking at the mist over a
field. The other is of lily pads on a local pond with the morning mist.
I love taking pictures early in the morning and as the sun is
setting. Great shadows!!
I dusted off my A3 to do Argust 6th this year and found plenty of opportunity for operator error. Fuji film 100 asa.
The camera is capable of far better, but the photog wasn't up to the challenge this year.
The playhouse is at a friends house. The Sunflowers are at my place of employment.
6 brought the threat of rain to north central Illinois, so I took
"garage sale lawn chairs" in our back yard while the sun was still out.
"Old Rusty" is our friend's Ford pickup. It is semi-retired, now being used only to plow their quarter mile long driveway.
photos were taken with a C-4 that I've owned for a while, but haven't
previously used. The film was Konica Minolta VX 200 Super, which must
have come from a bargain bin somewhere.
photographs were made by a camera with the Argus name plate but was
probably manufactured by Concord. The pictures were taken on
Argust 6th. I chose this camera because we were flying from St.
Louis to Seattle and I didn't want to have to hassle or hustle a bulky
C3 or E through security. Anyway, here you go...
took my Argus a-four out to Ledges State Park on the 6th. I was
using Kodak 400-speed color film. Exposures were guesstimated by
the f/16 rule as always with this camera. The images were cropped
after scanning to correct some scanner edge problems and get them to
the proper size.
are two photos that I made during Argust Day 2006. They were shot
with a 1950 Argus C3 (which appears to be in need of some adjustment)
and a roll of Ilford XP-2 that expired several years ago and which I
found buried under the newer film at the bottom of the
All negatives were scanned and minor adjustment to brightness and/or contrast were made, as well as a little cropping.
Expectant Mother is my wife, Angie, at 33 weeks pregnant.
Kendall in the Sun is my daughter Kendall in the back field behind our house at high noon.
in front of the White House with an Argus C3 on Fuji Superia Xtra 400
at 1/300 at F 16. I've seen these roller hockey players playing on
Pennsylvania Avenue before, but wasn't expecting them in early August.
Great Falls, /\/\onTana!
Here are my two, taken with an Argus C4...see more at http://www.barrowroad.com/argus/a606/argust6.html
wheel is the front wheel on a really old piece of farm equipment that
is here in Great Falls, /\/\onTana! It has been standing in the corner
of the filed for years and years. It is always good for a
character study, anytime of day, night or year. Kodak 200 ASA
print film, 1/50 and f8.
Across the road from the farm machine
is an old water tower. It stands beside Giant Springs Water
company, who bottle water that comes from Giant Springs, the source for
Roe River, the shortest river in the world (78 feet, + or - a
couple). This was as the sun was setting, and it was again Kodak
200 ASA, and about 1/50 and f8.
Argust 6th I was at my cousin's stables, and managed to get some photos
of her horses. I used Kodak BWC film in a pre-war Argus A2B
(150 at f18).
Clemson, South Carolina
Day for me was a day when I had to run to Atlanta. It also was
not a good day for photography, pretty overcast. Late in the day
as the sun was in the West, I leaped out of the car and shot about 6
street scene shots using Sunny 16 and 200 ASA. I was using my
"uncoated lens" early post war C3. ( I did all of my shots in
about 5 mins.)
The Castle on Peachtree in Atlanta
Probably f/6.3 or so at 1/100 sec on ASA 200 film.
Advertising in Atlanta
f/5 or so, 1/100 sec or so on ASA 200 film
only recently acquired an Argus C-Four a few weeks prior to 'Argust
Day'. Actually I ended up buying two of them, because the first one had
mold growing between the lens elements, and I thought at the time I
wouldn't be able to fix it. As it stands, I not only was able to fix it
(with the help of ACG members) but I haven't even put film in the other
C-Four yet as a result. I'm still getting the hang of the camera, but
it's a joy to use.
For Argust Day this year, I had a 50 mile
bike ride scheduled. I like to bring a camera long on rides, but
unfortunately the C-Four is just a little to heavy to have tucked in my
jersey pocket for a long ride. Most of the pictures taken that day were
on a very light Smena 8M. I did have a little time in the afternoon and
evening to get some C-Four pictures in however.
The first is a
row of trees bordering an orchard near where I live. I live in a
smallish town north of Los Angeles, called Ventura. There are lots of
farms and orchards here, mixed in with the suburb/exburb enviroment.
many of the orchards are separated by very tall rows of trees, and I
really like the unnatural look. I took this shot in bright afternoon
sunshine, a curse we have here in southern California. The contrast
that resulted makes this picture look very 'vintage'.
evening, I went out in the garage and my eye was drawn to my spare set
of bicycle wheels hanging on the wall. The single fluorescent bulb lit
them in stark relief, and I figured a black and white shot of them
might turn out well. I purposely overexposed the light for this look,
and am pleased with the results.
Next year I'll try and have a full day of shots on my C-Four!