Nuke Proof by grizzlysghost

Nuke Proof

Carbon Fiber Hubs

When I built my mountain bike from the ground up in the early 90s, I did so with the best components of the day believing that by doing so, I would be building a bike to last.

For the last 20 years, it's never failed me; up and down mountain passes, over game trails, through creeks, and on long stretches of lonely country roads.

I appreciate the same qualities in my cameras; old and new. There have been several discussions lately about which camera/lens to buy, etc. Always go with the good stuff; it won't fail you when needed. If that good stuff happens to be a few years old and you have to buy it used, do so. A used "great" setup is better than a new "good" setup; and both can be had at about the same price.

This shot: taken with my favorite SLR purchased new in 1985 with money I had saved up for that purpose. Now nearly 30 years old, this camera has also never let me down.

Invest rather than settle; I guess that's my best advice in this regard.

Film: Expired Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 400
Camera: 1985 Ricoh XR-P
See camera here: http://365project.org/grizzlysghost/365/2011-04-12
Processed 3.5min in Tetanol, 6.5min blix, 1min stab
I totally agree with your comments, I would rather invest in gear to last even if it means waiting a bit longer to get it.

I like the photo, nice use of DOF, and you get great results using film, even if it has expired.
January 26th, 2013  
great advice and fabulous composition, color, focus
January 26th, 2013  
love your film shots, and the perspective here. My nikon fm2 is coming out today! I actually found a roll of film in a box whoohooo! Chores are not getting done today at all!
January 26th, 2013  
@sunshinephoto5 Haha, I pulled my FM2 out today as well! It's loaded, as is my Minolta SRT101. My chems actually expired yesterday, and I have 5 more rolls to put through it before they are exhausted; so it's a BIG film day for me today!
January 26th, 2013  
Nice shot - I got a new bike last October and took a similar shot: http://365project.org/soboy5/365/2012-10-29
January 26th, 2013  
I totally agree with your philosophy, both in terms of bikes and cameras! Besides, a great shot.
January 26th, 2013  
Great looking bike and totally agree with your words of wisdom. Nice one!
January 26th, 2013  
Great perspective!!
January 26th, 2013  
So reinforcing for a relative newbie. I was able to by an 85mm and a 50mm 1.4, both used, for far less than buying a single new one would have been. And they've been great lenses.
January 26th, 2013  
Left off that they were both Nikkor and I use a D90, but one day would like to move to a full frame.
January 26th, 2013  
beautiful!
January 26th, 2013  
I really like the DOF and angle on this shot--just great
January 26th, 2013  
Glad to hear the bike has stood the test of time and great shot
January 26th, 2013  
Nice shot....great words of advice for a world that wants things now!
January 26th, 2013  
Well said my friend, well said.

I concur whole heartedly.
January 26th, 2013  
Here, here, I think that was great advice.
January 27th, 2013  
I love this!!!
January 27th, 2013  
Love it and great chain bokeh.
January 27th, 2013  
@ozziehoffy Yay, thanks for pointing out my chain bokeh; my favorite part! :)
January 27th, 2013  
@grizzlysghost haha you know me... love shallow DOF and bokeh :)
January 27th, 2013  
Awesome shot. Love the PoV
January 27th, 2013  
OOooh distracted by chain bokeh! But I was going to say...excellent advice. The same could probably said of relationships:)
January 27th, 2013  
Sort of. If you look at relationships as an investment. I guess.
January 27th, 2013  
Love this shot! You've managed to give a hard metal object an almost dreamy quality with the colours DOF and bokeh. Fav
January 27th, 2013  
I am agree with Michelle. It`s a FAV
January 27th, 2013  
Very cool shot! Great dof and LOVE the bokeh!
January 27th, 2013  
Great advice! Love this shot! (wow, you built your mountain bike? impressive.) fav.
January 28th, 2013  
I built my own bikes in the early 80s Aaron, and I noticed in our local paper that the neighbour who helped me died last week. So quite a poignant shot for me.
January 28th, 2013  
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