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Argust 17, 2017

This year's Argus Day found Ye Olde Photographer on the road toward southeastern Illinois to attempt to capture the total eclipse on August 21st. (No, we did not use the Argus C-3 for that project.) He almost missed it altogether, as YOP found himself at a hotel in Springfield Ohio at the end of a rainy evening, having forgotten all about Argus Day! Perhaps the distraction from soon-to-happen eclipse plans explains why he didn't realize it was Argus Day until reading his email after a late dinner and seeing comments from other Argus folks!

Well, never too late ... YOP had planned to use some ancient Kodak Panatomic-X, but since it was already dark outside, he loaded his venerable C-3 with an actual in-date 24-exposure cassette of Kodak 400Tmax. So we began the roll with some night shots outside the Holiday Inn Express! Then, to stay within the 17th, we went inside to the hotel room and did silly things. A tripod was used for all this, as the exposures used fairly slow shutter speeds. Normally the C-3 would not be Ye Olde Photographer's first choice for night shots and table top or interior detail shots, but it was an interesting challenge.

The film was developed in Kodak HC110, Dilution H (1+63) for 10:45 minutes at 69ºF. The "official" submissions from multiple participants may be seen through the Argus Collectors Group site.

There was one double exposure and a couple of skipped frames, but we did come home with visible images, so YOP declares it another successful Argus Day! A selection of the results follows.

This year Argus Day was a stop on our Eclipse Ramble 2017.

A Shot in the Dark
A Shot in the Dark
"Selfie"
"Selfie"
Our B&B
Our B&B
Mills Park Hotel
Mills Park Hotel
Railroad Station
Railroad Station
Looking South
Looking South
Bike Repair Stand
Bike Repair Stand