Shooting Slide Film

This month I got a hold of my first roll of slide film. Well, that’s an utter lie. Three years ago someone gave me a roll of E6 120 which I had no idea how to shoot - and ended up doing 10 shots at 3 stops over. Needless to say, I had nothing to show for my effort. E6 hates that. So, I’ll correct my opening statement and say this is my first roll of slide where I knew how to expose it properly.

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Derailed - One Camera, One Lens

So, six months into my One Camera, One Lens, One Preset adventure, I am already turning it on its head with a gear change. I really thought I wanted to focus on the digital side, but each time I head out the door, I grab a film camera. I continue to love the experience and results so much more than the digital side. The latest gem has been the 2006 Voigtlander Bessa R3M "250 Jahre" …

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Voigtländer Vitessa T Review

The Voigtländer Vitessa is a somewhat obscure camera from the 1950's - a time when pride was taken to manufacture solid cameras. Often compared in build to the Leica M3, the Vitessa was introduced several years before the iconic Leica M2 first emerged and went through a series of upgrades and model changes until it was ultimately discontinued after 10 years of production.

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Mississippi Delta and Beyond

Last week, I had the extreme pleasure of traveling to Mississippi for a photo-walk (SEWLK 1.0) I co-hosted with the über-talented Ashleigh Coleman. After NEWLK 5.0 on Nantucket Island last spring, Ashleigh and I talked about bringing a version of the walk to the south. An October photo-walk in the picturesque Mississippi Delta...

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The Three Best Cameras I Ever Used

I shoot a lot of cameras. A lot. I have been through a bunch of (primary) systems over the years, from the full Nikon system (2006) to the Leica system (2013) and onto the Sony system (2017) to name a few. While shooting these complete systems I also shoot a lot of others on the side (non-primary: think Hasselblad 500c, Plaubel-Makina 670, Chamonix 45n2, etc.). I love to buy/borrow various cameras, give em a spin, then decide if they stay or go. I'd guess I have tried an average of six "side" cameras a year for the past 10+ years. I purchase a couple of these each year, and only a few ever stick around more than a couple years.

I'd say over the years that there are three primary formats that I tend to gravitate to: 35mm film, medium format film, and 35mm digital. So, I began thinking, what are the best (most enjoyable all around) cameras I have used in each format? This is my analysis.

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My Film Workflow

Today I want to give you a down-n-dirty idea of my film workflow. This isn't about shooting technique or even developing, as I now farm all of that out (Richard Photo Lab), but about how I get from the shot to the printed, uploaded, or socially shared final product. This will be a bit boring, as my process to to get to my final post hardly involves me, ha ha, just the lab. But would love to see in the comments what you do for post work on your film side.

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Nikonos V Review

Today I am taking a look at the Nikonos V in a sort of mini-review. The reason this isn't my comprehensive review (yet) is due to the fact that only roll I've pout through so far I pretty well botched (see note below on putting camera into rewind mode). I took it out on May 6th for the 5th annual New England Walk (NEWLK) on Nantucket Island. It was the obvious choice for me because the weekend was expected to be downpours - and what better camera for this than a camera designed for underwater photography. Equipped with the Nikonos 2.8/35 and a roll of Ilford HP5 Plus, I put the camera to work.

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Republic of Vermont

Nestled on the western edge of the Green Mountain National Forest is the serene town of Goshen, Vermont. Situated high up on Cape Lookoff Mountain is home of Republic of Vermont, a certified organic farm specializing in maple syrup and honey. Raised in New England, I had always been curious about these sugar shacks as they sent a pillar of steam into the sky from their vented roofs, but surprisingly, never got to experience one. (Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the United States.) This winter, I was invited by Ethan to spend a day at the farm with him and Annina to document and learn more about the maple syrup process. No way I was passing this one up - especially so close to the "sugar moon" - the Native American name for the first full moon of spring.

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Format Reflections

I was scrolling through my library last night, looking at images I have captured with various film stocks, cameras, mediums and so on. I decided to pull an image from each format I have used as ones representing my "highlight" shots from them. Maybe not the most technically sound images, or the perfect everything - but if I could show one image from that format and how I feel it should be represented, these are my results and why.

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