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April 12, 2011

FROM THE “FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH DEPARTMENT”…

I sent this to Canon in the hopes that it might find the right person at the right time… If any of you have ever looked for a professional quality, multi-format film scanner (possible Jorsa) than you know how I feel…


This is less a question than a pleading to Canon engineers… PLEASE develop a top quality film scanner which will scan at least all 120 formats. With Nikon out of the biz and nothing out there producing top quality scans from old and new film, there must be a market. Canon, being an electronics company as well as a camera company, should be able to product something… I know you, the reader of this comment, will not be in a position to help. However, you could forward this to the right people who may understand this great need. (Picture me on my knees begging and pleading for this as soon as possible)

Sincere thanks for anything you can do,

Long time Canon user,

Name and address blah blah blah

March 16, 2009

YARBZ NEGATIVE ARCHIVE: ON A BOAT AND STYLIN’

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February 25, 2009

YARBZ NEGATIVE ARCHIVE: YARBZ BROTHERS TRAVELING SING AND DANCE ROUTINE???

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February 23, 2009

YARBZ NEGATIVE ARCHIVE: OH MY GOD!

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February 18, 2009

YARBZ NEGATIVE ARCHIVE: YARBZ AT LIMEROCK PARK, CT 1978:

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To my knowledge, this 110 Instamatic shot is the first image of me with a camera. It was most likely taken by my mother at Limerock Park in 1978. Limerock Park is a race track set in the beautiful hills of northwestern Connecticut. The track hosts numerous races in its idyllic setting which include NASCAR and the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix. On this summer day, the Porsche Club held an event where members race the clock in their personal Porsches and also get race driving lessons from professional drivers. I remember my dad impressed his instructor with his quick learning, agile driving and ended up with very good lap times in his stock 1976 Porsche 911. That car was sweet. We used an 8mm movie camera and filmed his metallic blue Porsche as it raced through the turns. One day soon I will edit and post those clips online. The camera around my neck, I’m pretty sure, was my dad’s metal bodied Yashica. The Racing Colonel was into photography long before my brothers and I were. My exposure to photography (pardon the pun) through events like this is probably, at least partially, responsible for my becoming a photo zealot and buying my first camera while in the Marines. Getting back to Limerock Park, it’s a great place because when you watch the races you are also picnicking in the lush and scenic hills in the center of the track. Race fans lay out their blankets and picnic baskets stocked with wine etc and enjoy the sun while watching the cars whip through the winding turns.

February 16, 2009

YARBZ NEGATIVE ARCHIVE: HUNTINGTON BEACH CALIFORNIA’S RAT PATROL:

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This is my brother Paul (right) with a friend who lived four or five houses down the block. It was taken in 1973 on the driveway in front of our house in Huntington Beach, California. I built the ‘machine gun’ from spare pieces of PVC, wood and assorted hardware that was lying around in the garage. Next, I nailed a belt of machine gun ammunition to the block of wood and wahlah, a ‘machine gun’… I used to go hiking with my father up in the dusty hills of Camp Pendleton where I collected spent rounds and belt links from the range. (At the time, I had no clue that I would end up hiking those hills again in 1979 and 1980 as a Marine myself! Or did I?) When I got home, I would reassemble the brass casings with the belt links and make lengthy ammunition belts. In the late sixties and early seventies I always had an ammo can with ten or so feet of belted machine gun rounds… My friends and I played ‘army’ a lot back in the sixties. Anyway, I built this gun for my brother and his friend and they’d go around playing “Rat Patrol” and blow away all sorts of imaginary suburban enemies. In the garage is my parents 1972 Fiat 124. I never got to drive that thing but it was a dog of a car from what I remember. My parents ended up replacing the Fiat with a light blue 1975 Volkswagen Rabbit. I learned to drive in the 4-speed manual Rabbit while I had my learning permit. I got my license on the day of my sixteenth birthday and drove the Rabbit until 1976 when it was sold after being involved in an accident. I was not driving it at the time! (Scanned from the original 110 negative)