Jo Ann and I traveled 900 miles (each way) to the National Stereoscopic Convention held this year in Traverse City, Michigan. A great, long drive and an odd place for a photo show but fun all the same. We got to stop at Len Walle’s house on the way and Len and Jean were kind enough to put us up for the night. They also had visits from Steve Heselton, Pat Kulaga, and Jim Crain.

I’ve recently acquired a Konica Instant Press camera that was available on the market in 1983-1984. They are hard to come by today and are quite collectible. It shoots instant images with its Polaroid back and film is available from Fuji. The convention gave me an opportunity to use the camera in the real world. Here are some images that I took with it:

Brian May and Denis Pellerin at the NSA Show, Traverse City Michigan, June 8, 2013.

Brian May Looking Through a stack of Stereoviews at Jeff Kraus' table. Paul Rubinstein at left.

Brian May Looking Through a stack of Stereoviews at Jeff Kraus’ table.
Paul Rubinstein at left.

 

Brian May examines a group of stereoviews at the table of Ken Rosen (left). Collector John Weiler, at right, does the same.

Brian May examines a group of stereoviews at the table of Ken Rosen (left). Collector John Weiler, at right, does the same.

Brian May Examining Views at  Jeff Kraus' Table.

Brian May Examining Views at Jeff Kraus’ Table.

Brian May Teaching Jo Ann Kraus how to Free View.

Brian May Teaching Jo Ann Kraus how to Free View.

Jo Ann Kraus, Brian May, and Denis Pellerin

Jo Ann Kraus, Brian May, and Denis Pellerin.

Brian May, Denis Pellerin, and Paula Fleming Signing Book Plates for their Upcoming Diableries Book.

Brian May, Denis Pellerin, and Paula Fleming Signing Book Plates for their Upcoming Diableries book.

Denis Pellerin and Brian May at Lance Speer's table.

Denis Pellerin and Brian May at Lance Speer’s table.

Bob Kolbe and Jeremy Rowe at NSA, Traverse City MI, June 2013

Bob Kolbe and Jeremy Rowe at NSA, Traverse City MI, June 2013.

Jo Ann Kraus and Peter Sinclair Working on a Project

Jo Ann Kraus and Peter Sinclair Working on a Project.

Richard Reedy Waiting for the Crowds

Richard Reedy Waiting for the Crowds.

Here is an image sent in by Bob Kolbe who patiently waited on line and received the first signed book plate from the gracious authors.

Brian May, Denis Pellerin, and Paula Fleming Signing the First Book Plate for Bob Kolbe

Brian May, Denis Pellerin, and Paula Fleming Signing the First Book Plate for Bob Kolbe.

I’ve always found it enjoyable to attend a photo show. There is simply nothing like spending nearly a week with interesting, unique, and often oddball people who have the same interests as you do. Endless conversations ensue and there is an extensive exchange of knowledge. The fact that this show was in a beautiful location only added to the enjoyment. We were able to visit a lighthouse at the tip of a peninsula and walk out from the shore about a half mile. The brief visit we made to the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes was also great fun. We even found Pearl’s Louisiana Kitchen Restaurant in Elk Rapids and 8 of us had an enjoyable dinner there after the show. The trio of authors of the upcoming book, Diableries, Brian May, Denis Pellerin, and Paula Fleming, presented an enjoyable 3-D review of their work. The book is available at the London Stereoscopic Company’s website.

Jo Ann’s pictures of the show can be viewed at:   http://flic.kr/s/aHsjGbx86q