It's Not About the Gear

I know, funny title for a guy that changes gear as often as his underwear. Although I do adore so many cameras, I have realized over the years that my favorite images have almost nothing to do with the gear choice and have more to do with capturing the story in the right light. I’ve shot with $5 cameras, $15,000 cameras, and everything in-between and they have all produced images I am proud of.

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The New Zeiss ZX1 (Hands On!)

Finally, I can talk about this. It’s so hard to keep this secret for so many months! Today, Zeiss announced the full frame fixed lens ZX1. Some of you saw me testing a blacked out camera over the summer, and this was it. So I have official hands-on experience with it! I really feel this is a great idea: a minimal design with no SD slots and an internal 512 GB SSD drive.

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Lightroom Monster

Last month, my old 2012 iMac needed to be put down. It had a good life, but it was time to refresh the home studio as it was really showing its age while editing. I briefly looked at the new iMac Pro as a logical replacement, but couldn't justify the obnoxious $5,000 price tag. I really only use the computer for Lightroom and the podcast...

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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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NEWLK - Portsmouth

On May 15, 2015, I had the honor and privilege of hosting the 1st bi-annual #NEWLK (website link here) in Portsmouth, NH - sponsored by Richard Photo Lab and Hunts Photo & Video. I have to admit I was nervous about the whole deal and was kept awake the night before wondering who would show, would it rain, would the walk go as planned, what will I talk about and so on?

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Leica M2 + Rye Beach on Film

Last winter, I purchased my Leica M2 with a Summicron 2/50 for a project with Johnny Patience. My first weekend with the camera, I decided to take it out to Rye, NH for a walk on the deserted beach to learn how to use the camera and lens. Coming off the Leica M-E, it was more about getting a feel for metering and so on. Surprisingly, I've only posted a handful of images from that first test roll, but looking back over those images tonight, I realize there really is something special here

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Photography Talk: Avoiding Trolls

Living way out in the country, I can sometimes feel alone or cut off from the larger photographic community; that is, until I get online. Being a geek, I like to know what's going on in the world of photography; even if I limit my practice just to the 35mm film side of the fence. I enjoy catching articles on the latest camera technology, reviews on lenses, bags and bodies and occasionally jumping into articles on lighting techniques and other technical aspects that I may or may not use. What I like best is to hear discussion on these topics.

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