A Darker Roll

For the long-time readers, you know I have been working on a "signature" look the past few years. The look has evolved into a light and airy feel achieved by over-exposing my favorite stocks a couple stops (Fuji Pro 400H and Kodak Portra 400) and having my lab scan according to my personalized Color PAC.

Last month, just before the NYCWLK, I decided to shoot a roll a little outside my element by taking my exposure in the opposite direction.  For this roll, I shot some Kodak Portra 400 at box, pushed some in camera to ISO 800, and shot a couple at my normal ISO 200 then had Richard develop as normal. Quite a different look than my norm, but I am liking the results.

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Acadia National Park

Containing 47,000 acres of pristine Maine seacoast, forest, mountains and lakes, Acadia National Park is simply one of my favorite places on the planet, second only to Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. There is so much beauty packed onto this island that there's no wonder it achieved National Park status in 1919. It doesn't really matter where you point your camera, it's going to be something beautiful - from scenic rocky seacoast to unmolested alpine forest and frolicing wildlife, everything is so amazing.

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Color PAC with Richard Photo Lab

For the past year or so I had been thinking about creating my own Richard Photo Lab Color PAC file. I've been using the one created by Johnny for about 2 years and just love it, but am finding I want to have something with my own "signature" on it.  I contacted Elan at the lab to begin discussions on what I am looking for. I had a fuzzy idea in my head that I wanted Johnny's scan preferences, with just a touch of Jose Villa's color/bright preferences - but just a slight amount.

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Manhattan on Film

Last month I headed off to New York City to attend the PhotoPlus Expo and play with the new Zeiss 35mm as well as the new Leica M-A film and Edition 60 digital cameras. While I wasn't at the conference, I was out walking the city trying to capture the vibes on film with one of my best friends, Dori. We ended up doing just one afternoon at the Expo, visiting with Ben, Richard and Nicole from Carl Zeiss Lenses as well as Christopher from Leica.  We spent some time walking to all the booths on the vendor floor, watching some demonstrations and playing with what gear we could play with. Favorites for me were the Zeiss 1.4/35 Distagon and the Leica M-A - though that Leica Edition 60 was awfully nice to shoot.

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NH Highland Games on Film

Last weekend was the 40th Annual New Hampshire Highland Games in Lincoln, NH. I went up north with Linda and her amazing father Jim (both of Scottish descent) to explore this wonderful festival. For gear, I packed my Leica M3 paired with the Carl Zeiss C Sonnar T* 1.5/50, my Leica M2 paired with the Carl Zeiss C Biogon T* 2.8/35, my Weston Master V light meter and my Ona bag loaded with Kodak Portra 400 and Tri-X. In typical Scottish fashion, the weather was a balmy 49º F for most of the day with the on and off spitting of misty rain. It was perfect.  We got to the mountain mid-morning to the sounds of pipes belting out traditional tunes. Though cold, your nose was immediately filled with the scents of great Scottish food - especially my favorite - the meat pie.  I mean really, what's better than a pie filled up with meat? Jim was brave enough to dig into a plate of Haggis - my stomach isn't quite iron enough for Haggis though.

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Return to Film

Today I received my first set of scans from Richard Photo Lab in California. These scans are my test rolls from the Hasselblad 500c (color shots) and from the 1950 Rolleiflex TLR (B&W shots). The color was Kodak Portra 400 and the B&W was Fuji Neopan 100. I have to say, I am quite impressed with the results!

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