I made this photo with a Kodak Retina IIIC, the same camera I first experienced as a child, because my Father had one that he picked up when he was in the army in the mid-1950s. It's a brilliant camera with a Schneider 50mm f2 lens. Shot of a local musician working hard, as he... Continue Reading →
I walked though the National Portrait Gallery's exhibit, AMERICAN COOL, last year. I shoot for a client in Washington D.C. every spring, and usually there's a little down time when I can walk over to the museums and catch a few. In the American Cool exhibit, no one was smiling. Well, not no one, but... Continue Reading →
There's no substitute for content. None. You can have the most technically perfect, accurately exposed frame, with the best sensor in the best camera and the fastest lens on the market, and give me a 10-year-old point and shoot with a subject worth photographing, and I'll blow you out of the water every time. Because... Continue Reading →
Just like I don't buy Leica cameras to put them on a display shelf, I also don't purposefully beat them up. But I do strive to carry them uncased, take them everywhere, and use them, even to the point of perhaps someday, used up. I think film cameras are beautiful in all stages of their... Continue Reading →
I figured it out. The reason that there are a lot of mediocre photos these days isn't just because the phone is so commonly used, it's also because there's no varying viewpoint. No telephoto. No different focal length. All wide angle. Which is fine for some things but not everything. I want to shoot wide,... Continue Reading →
I find that as more people abandon film, the more I love the fact that we have the tools to still use this amazing, great analog wonder. And I feel like we are a lucky bunch who understand and embrace it. Not to say there's no appreciation for digital, because all my commercial work is... Continue Reading →
The photos we create today are the nostalgia of the future. So take some good ones! (And print them so they will last). We will need to easily find them in 2065 to look back on today. Here's to a great, photographic, 2015. Happy New Year! Here are some more looks back in time: http://imgur.com/r/TheWayWeWere
I'm starting a series of videos on buying older 35mm and 120 film cameras, going through my collection or else cameras I have access to, to discuss. It's here: Buying Used Film SLR and TLR Cameras - Let me know of your requests, and I'll post them soon.