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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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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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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The Cameras

My camera history began in the summer of 1984 (at the age of 13) using my father's Minolta SRT-102 which he used for shooting mind-bogglingly exciting things like eggplants and tomatoes in his garden. A year later I  learned how to develop film and wet-print in a darkroom in my 8th grade photography class. I decided I needed my very own camera at that time, and as I wasn't very smart then, I decided a tag-sale bargain Polaroid OneStep would be the way to go. Seeing my mistake, my father continued to let me use his Minolta whenever I wanted. What a swell guy. You'd think this would be the start of a young photographer's pursuit, but I was quickly distracted by the Flash Gordon Pinball machine at the penny arcade, so there are quite a few shaky years below.

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Cinestill 50D Film Review

Several hours before the crack of dawn, I loaded up my Leica M2 with a roll of Cinestill 50D which was sent to me by my good film-friend, Cody Priebe and once again boarded the F/V Rimrack for a day of lobster-bait fishing in the Gulf of Maine. Cody had sent me the film last month and I just couldn't decide what subject I wanted to tackle with it. Realizing it's been a month since last being out on the ocean, I rang up Mike Anderson of the F/V Rimrack to see if he wanted some company. He told me he'd be out fishing for lobster-bait the next morning, so off to bed I went, setting the alarm for 2:00am.

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20 Film Cameras for any Budget

Information about the purchase of film cameras are some of the most common requests I get through my blog and Twitter account. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but will cover some of the bodies I've either shot or researched heavily in the past. The prices I indicate below are ballpark and for the most part, body only unless indicated otherwise. Also, this list is only dealing with used film bodies - as I feel that's where there's the most bang for the buck.

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Nantucket Island Squid

When you get an opportunity to fish squid, you take it. I once again got a chance to head out on the F/V Rimrack with Captain Mike Anderson, his wonderful daughter Kelsea, and hammer-beard deckhand Brian Flood. As you may know, I also went out with them in April to shoot and write an article on scallop fishing for Hearth Magazine which will be published in print this fall - but will be on this blog July 1 (stay tuned - as that article mostly features Mike - while this one is more about Kelsea and Brian). This time, the trip was purely for pleasure.

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