Switching to 6×6

A new year often brings change and new approaches to our daily lives; whether that means going to the gym more often, reading more books, or simply being more social. For my photographic year, I’ve decided to switch formats. I have been shooting with a Mamiya 645 AFD II; a wonderfully ergonomic camera with a decent…

Never Shoot at Box Speed

When using an artistic medium such as film, there are many considerations that are in play when deciding just which film to pick. Color and B&W aside; box speed is a primary determinant factor in what, how, and where you’re going to be able to shoot. If it’s golden hour almost dusk, most shooters most likely…

Large Format Update

With my recent acquisition of an Epson v600 I’m finally able to scan at levels comparable to that of my lab. Whereas previously I had been using my D750, the v600 easily achieves proper tones for color, and perfect balancing for black and white. There is unfortunately one downfall in the Epson and that is…

First Time Shooting and Developing 4×5

The other day I had a chance to finally shoot my Omega View 45c that’s been sitting for about a week. I hadn’t been able to get a hold of film holders at the time of purchase, but I did have everything thing else. My coworker gave me three film holders and has since given…

The Endless Dilemma—HP5 or 400TX?!?

For those of us who prefer shooting B&W for street photography, I’m sure you’re well aware of the various options available. While there are many ways you can choose a stock, I prefer to base my selections depending on the aesthetic I’m hunting for. I often want high-contrast and high detail for some of the…

A Small Victory – The Rollei 35 Rangefinder

Long have I awaited the day that I find a Rollei 35 in both a wonderful condition and a low price. Well, let me tell you that that day has come and will continue to give me joy. The compact and cute nature of this camera are nothing short of a marvel. Coming from shooting…

Why Ektar 100 Rocks!!!

Out of the various film stocks I’ve shot with, I have to say that my favorite color grain is Ektar 100. This is only one slot ahead of Vista Pro 200 because well, who doesn’t love it? There are several defining characteristics of a color negative film that I look for. Of course, there’s the…

My Time With Expired Kodak Gold 200

It’s been about six months since I began shooting with film; both 35 and medium format. While six months sounds like a long time, for the world of film it really is nothing more than a blip. That said, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the learning process, and have much more to learn. My greatest difficulty has…

A view through the eyes of 24mm

Last weekend I picked up a new prime lens: Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D. At first glance, it’s substantially heavier than my Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D by roughly two pounds. The weight of which, I would attribute to the lens composition that allows it to have the 24 fixed range and a viewing angle of 84 degrees. The viewing…

Portrait Project – Update 1

It has been nearly a month since I have been able to add some portraits to the portfolio here. These are somewhat special, as I am beginning to dive into specific styles. some of which are that of Platon. His portraits of Rem Koolhas (artist) and Bill Clinton (former US President) are the two featured…