Author: George Burgyan

Encyclopedia Hole

I was out and about with Jackie over the weekend and we hit up an old antique store, the Purple Tornado. They had many things, but I idly I grabbed for an old Encyclopedia Britannica and started flipping through the pages. I happened upon a section, quite a long one, in fact, that wasn’t written in the expected English. It was the bible section. It had John 3:16 written in all of the languages. Including ones I didn’t even think of. Like Hungarian Wendish. I hadn’t even heard of something like that. I thought Hungarian was just plain Hungarian. And it did not look like any Hungarian I had ever even seen. Then it got me going down the hole. I had long since left the stack of books, so I continued online. Sometimes taking the old-fashioned random page can lead to something new. Like another bit of history that you never thought about. The unknown...

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A Rey of Light

While En was away in Cleveland I was hanging out with a friend this weekend. Today we went to Northstar Diner just a short way away from my house. The tablecloths under the glass were prints of stars (fitting with the North Star theme) that were based on The Stars by H. A. Rey, pictured above. I always knew him as the author of this book since I have had this book since I was nine or so years old growing up in Cleveland Heights. In fact, the first time I saw this printed pattern I was instantly taken back...

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Mercer Slough

A bit of nature in the big city. On the east side of Seattle is Bellevue… this is where Microsoft (well, mostly in Redmond) lives. They’re putting in a bypass over part of the park, but this part, the bit with the blueberry fields, seems to be insulated from the development (thankfully). And I climbed into a...

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Reviews

Doing the annual reviews suck. Annual reviews for me and my co-workers. I know why we need to do them, obviously. But I don’t like them one bit. Not here, not there, not anywhere. Not even with a goat in a boat. That is all. Though, admittedly, watching a goat in a boat may soften the blow...

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Resolution of Film – Part 1

What is the resolution of film? I had a YouTube video from last year that mentioned that the resolution of ISO 400 film is around four megapixels.   This hit a nerve.   There are a lot of people that think that film is higher resolution, there are a lot of people (like me) who think that film is lower resolution than modern sensor technology.   So, who is right?   Well, it’s a complicated situation. It’s hard to compare a purely digital medium, like modern sensors, to something more from the analog realm.   Now before I go further, I want to say that I personally love film; it’s a great medium that I quite enjoy using.   But is film purely analog? Again, that’s a complicated question. Certainly, film isn’t constrained by a concept of pixels. At the same time, however, it’s also a quantized concept. Talking about black & white film, black is simply metallic silver in the emulsion, while the rest is simply the absence of silver. You have something that’s either black or not—there is no gray to speak of.   Then you get clumps of that silver, that’s what we call “grain.”   On top of all that light isn’t an analog thing either. It’s composed of individual photons that interact with the silver halide crystals to start the process.   Looking at some of...

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Yashica – Part 1

The Yashica Samurai X3.0. My friend Jackie has an older camera that was just sitting around. I had never had the pleasure of using one like this one before. The battery, a 2CR5 lithium, had long died. When we replaced it with a fresh on the date on the back though it was 1988 again. Inside, the film runs vertically, but you still get the normal orientation of pictures; when you’re holding it normally, you’re still shooting landscape. How is such witchcraft possible? By shooting half-frame, of course! Instead of eight perfs, like conventional cameras, this is shooting only four perfs per frame. Oh, and did I mention this is an SLR?! How crazy is that?! I had to trick it to use my non-DX-coded 400-speed film with a bit of aluminum foil and masking tape. We shall see, after 72 shots, what this thing is capable of! Then I’ll check out the inside to see how she chooches. Maybe there’s a video in here too!...

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