Archive for June 6th, 2007

Speed Graphics – the Army Way

Some kind soul has thoughtfully posted to YouTube copies of a WWII-era training film from the Signal Corps on using the famous Speed Graphic camera. Among my favorite cameras (I own a couple), the various incarnations of the Speed Graphic served the military from WWII into Viet Nam. While military photographers have pretty much abandoned film in favor of digital these days, the old cameras are still great, capable tools, and the basic lessons of using a Speed Graphic around 1941 are as applicable to photography today as they were sixty years ago.

The film is uploaded in three parts; part one is here, part two here, and part three right here.

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Avoiding the Detection of Nuclear Tests

It’s highly unlikely the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) will ever actually be enacted into force. If it should, though, you can rest assured that we will not be caught with our (proverbial) pants down, thanks to nifty government publications like Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Indicators (956KB PDF).
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Published in: Geekiness, General, Security | on June 6th, 2007 | Comments Off on Avoiding the Detection of Nuclear Tests