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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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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The Belted Galloway

En route to New York City this fall, I swung by my folks house in Ellington, Connecticut for my fill of cretons, pork pie and booze. Ellington is the town I grew up in filled with rolling hills, cornfields, cows and a sparse handful of residents. I didn't really appreciate the rural landscape when I called Ellington home, but when I go back these days, with camera in hand, it's a photographer's delight. The road my parents live on crosses a couple towns in a very short span - and about a mile from their house sits the town line for Somers, Ct. This is also a town where livestock seems to outnumber resident humans - and the farm (Scantic Valley Farm) nestled in the valley below my parents house is a pure delight. Cornfield mazes, barns, strawberry fields, pumpkin patches, chickens, pigs, cats, dogs and - my favorite eye candy - the majestic Belted Galloway.

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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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Leica M2 + M3 Review

This review of the Leica M2 & M3 won't be overly technical. Back in January I picked up a 1958 Leica M2 from the fine folks at Green Mountain Camera in Vermont - let's just say the deal was too good to pass up. During that time I had been shooting almost exclusively with this camera and a 1957 Summicron 2/50. Then in June, I picked up a 1961 Leica M3 from Youxin Ye of YYe Camera.  Until June, the Leica M2 was loaded with either Kodak Tri-X or Portra 160/400 film.  Now, the Leica M2 is usually loaded with just the Tri-X and my Carl Zeiss 2.8/35 while the Leica M3 is loaded with Portra 400 and the Leica Summicron 2/50 or Carl Zeiss C Sonnar T* 1.5/50.  This has spoiled me rotten and has returned me to a simplicity in look and style that I adore - so much so that the Leica ME sits rarely used on a shelf.

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Richard Photo Lab: 1/4 Bind and Faux Leather Books

This is a really quick review of the new hardcover books from Richard Photo Lab that I picked up last week. As anyone that follows this blog knows, Richard's is the only lab I trust with my film. And when I saw these new hardcover books, I just had to check them both out.

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It's Witchcraft: Expired Film

Recently, I took a handful of rolls of Kodak Portra NC (expired) to Salem, MA to see how it would do. I never (purposely) tried expired film before, but sadly this is the only way you can get Portra NC (arguably the best color film ever put out for colors and low contrast that I love) these days. I got my half dozen rolls of 400 and 160 out on the 'bay, so with no guess on how these were stored I didn't get my hopes too high. Salem is a gorgeous coastal town in Massachusetts - just north of Boston. It's full of history - most notably the Witchcraft Hysteria of 1692, its beautiful maritime history and home to Nathaniel Hawthorne. It's bursting at the seams with classic New England buildings and homes (like the gorgeous grounds of the 1668 House of Seven Gables - do the tour at least once) that just beg to be photographed. I knew this would be the ideal location to test drive a couple rolls of my newly acquired NC film.

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Scanners: Noritsu and Frontier Side-by-Side

I was curious what the difference was between the Noritsu Film and Fuji Frontier scanners (see the Richard Photo Lab article here and Johnny's article here).  So, I'd like to thank the fine folks at Richard Photo Lab for allowing me to do this compare on two images from my Leica M2 shot on Kodak Portra 400 - exposed to 200. They were kind enough to scan a color negative of mine on the two scanners so I could judge for myself what's going on. Neither of the color negatives were scanned with PAC files on either scanner - both are RPL's "default" settings.

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