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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Ogunquit, Maine

On May 7, 2016 a group of hearty photographers gathered on the Ogunquit seacoast to walk and talk photography. This was part of my annual New England Walk (NEWLK) which takes place in various towns across New England.  So far, our group has visited Portsmouth, NH, Salem, MA and Ogunquit, ME.

As an aside, we are now working on plans for our next meet in Quechee, VT for this fall's peak foliage. Details on the website.

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North Atlantic Scallops

Winter scalloping in the North Atlantic ocean is for the salty soul. With whipping winds and subfreezing temperatures, gathering the bounty is a daunting task.

I once again headed out with the F/V Rimrack crew for my favorite catch, scallops. The weather this year was much colder than last year. This time around, we cast off with the raw temperature in the single digits and the wind whipping it right down. The Atlantic was hovering just over freezing.

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Rolleiflex 2.8E Review

It happened again. I picked up another Rolleiflex, this time the 1956 2.8E with the Carl Zeiss Planar.  If you remember in the past, I had a Rolleiflex 3.5 with the Xeontar that I wasn't overly happy with. The lens had issues (fungus, cleaning marks) and the rear door wasn't in great condition (slight dent on the hinge that leaked light). Also, the viewfinder was really dark and almost unuseable at dusk. So, for many reasons, I dumped it a couple years ago.

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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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New York City

I finally got to give New York City justice with the Plaubel-Makina 670 last weekend during #NYCWLK, an event created and organized by Rebecca & Johnny Patience and Bijan Sabet. As you recall, the first time I took the camera into the city, things didn't turn out as expected. But I knew to use the camera properly this time around. So, here's my quick recap on how the weekend and event went!

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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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For our 20th wedding anniversary, Linda and I set sail (aboard the Norwegian Dawn) for a week of R&R - rum and relaxation - in Bermuda. For this trip, I decided on just one medium format camera and one stock of film. The Plaubel-Makina 670 and Kodak Portra 400. We had the kids tag along, but to give them a little added freedom, my son brought his best friend and my daughter brought her cousin. We gave them complete freedom on the cruise and island, only requiring that they dine with us each night. Other than that, they were on their own, and more importantly, so were we.

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Plaubel-Makina 670 Review

So, after telling you all that I was "done buying cameras forever" with the purchase of the Leica M-A, what did I do but go and buy a medium format camera. This time the 1982 Plaubel-Makina 670. To test this out, I grabbed a dozen rolls of film and headed down to New York City. I know, a little crazy of a gamble taking an untested camera (that I had no working knowledge of), and only this camera, to the city to shoot through $100 of film.

But I was feeling lucky.

And lucky I was not. You see, in my quest to quickly test out the Plaubel-Makina 670 I knew little about, I failed to notice that this bad boy is a DOUBLE-STROKE camera. Without that knowledge, I blew 6 rolls of Fuji Pro 400H.

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