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Budding Photographer and Mentor by George Cousins

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I took “pictures” since I was about 10, but not until I met the guy on the right did I start to learn about “photos”. Elmer and I were in the air force together and when I heard I was going to be sent to the Arctic for 3 years he insisted I HAD to take 35mm. colour! So he gave me a crash course over about 3 weeks, supervised me buying a light meter and tripod, as many rolls of Kodachrome as I could afford (not many!) but I had no camera..I had been using his, and I had no money to buy one. So, he lent me his 35mm. Voightlander and saw me off to take slides in the Arctic.
Now, that was, and still is, a true and wonderful friend.
Here we were a couple of years later, on top of Mount Royal in the city of Montreal, Canada. I’ve managed to get an Exakta SLR with a menagerie of telephoto lens, extension tubes and what not, and he has his Practica. I believe the picture was taken by another buddy with the Voightlander, and the film was probably Super XX, ASA 400.

The photo was taken in the fall of 1954 and scanned in 2004 with a Canoscan 4000US scanner, using technology that would have been science fiction if we had ever thought about it.

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film photography, exakta, practica, 1954, montreal, mount royal, george cousins, old camera, super xx

Comments

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 3 years ago

    Great memories, George!

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogover 3 years ago


    Bloody brilliant oul han..and fifty years on its so easy.. in another fifty whats it going to be? Technology breeds technology..

  • Hi Steve, I always loved reading science fiction when I was a kid, and so much of it has come true, and then some. I wouldn’t even make a guess what the next 10 years will bring, let alone 50.lol!

    – George Cousins

  • fresnodennis
    fresnodennisover 3 years ago

    The ability to record color and images has improved greatly over the years – the ability to compose and record images that make a statement has not. Your work is a testimony to your relationship with this friend.

  • Dennis, that’s a wonderful compliment and I thank you so much for it. It helps me realize that all the years of trying to record what had meaning to me were not wasted. Very much appreciated!

    – George Cousins

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 3 years ago

    What a wonderful memento, George. The technology has advanced light years, but the significance of the image has not.

  • You’re so right, Mike, those old slides contain so many years of great memories and friends. I only wish I had taken many more and never mind the cost of the film and processing..but don’t we all. I guess :)

    – George Cousins

  • BaZZuKa
    BaZZuKaover 3 years ago

  • Many thanks, nice surprise first thing on Monday morning ..lol!

    – George Cousins

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogover 3 years ago

  • Hey Steve, many thanks, and Happy New Year to you and yours!

    – George Cousins

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