For years, I’ve kept my photos in a nicely-organized, dated folder hierarchy on my local machine. Eventually, the lure of easy management and ubiquitous access became impossible to ignore, so I spent some time using cloud-based services to manage, edit, and organize my photos. I’m done doing that, now. I’m back to managing photos locally. […]
I’ve been entertaining the idea of selling the Leica Q. That was silly. I was worried that I wasn’t using the Q enough which meant having a lot of money tied up in something sitting on a shelf. The camera looks lovely on the shelf, but not that lovely. I also have a Fuji X-Pro2, […]
Leica M4. Tri-X @800 in HC-110.
Well, I botched the exposure pretty badly on the above photo, but it’s so much fun to use the Crown Graphic that I don’t mind. When I first started shooting large format film, I wrote this… I’m wrestling with an old shirt in the wind as a focusing cloth while using the loupe to view […]
I was rummaging through storage when I spotted my ancient Crown Graphic in the bottom of a box. It’s beat up, duct taped, and rusty, so of course I set it up and shot a couple of sheets with it. They’re hanging to dry as I type this. It came with the sticker on it. […]
I get bored and the SX-70 was just sitting there on the desk.
Dante Stella: I am not at all hesitant to tell you that everyone in their 20s has a Dunning-Kruger delusion when it comes to the technical aspects of photography. As someone who was there for the twilight of photography, I would mostly observe that the apogee of film development was aimed at making the medium […]
I own a lot of cameras. The above photo is from several years ago and it’s only gotten worse since then. What I don’t know is if it’s too many cameras. Well of course it is, but what I need to decide is whether I mind having too many. Inexpensive cameras are fine sitting on […]
Make fun of this if you want, but I say, Yes Please! (via Petapixel)
I’m a little embarrassed to admit that this is probably a 3-month supply
I’m looking forward to seeing this new documentary about Elliot Erwitt by Adriana Lopez Sanfeliu. I can never get enough Erwitt. Magnum: Elliot Erwitt: Silence Sounds Good
Robert Frank was 94. His “snapshot aesthetic” is a favorite of mine and “The Americans” is wonderful. Here’s a NYT article.
Instant: The Story of Polaroid by Christopher Bonanos My rating: 4 of 5 stars Fun and fascinating stories spanning the rise and decline of Polaroid. Made me grab my SX-70 and shoot a few!
Elliot Erwitt is one of my very favorite photographers, and this photo is one of my favorites of his. Magnum offered signed prints and I couldn’t resist.
A few highlights from the most recent roll. Shot with the Leica M4 on Tri-X pushed one stop.
The rangefinder in my 1960 Leica M3 needs repair. It stops moving when focused closer than about 4 feet. Time for a complete CLA. I bought this M3 in 2013 and it had apparently been CLA’d by Youxin Ye in 2012. I guess it’s time for another. I’m sending it to the highly-regarded DAG Camera […]
Gail getting ready. Shot with the Leica M4 on Tri-X. I normally shoot Tri-X at 320 but the last couple rolls have been pushed to 800. My thinking is that 35mm Tri-X isn’t going to be smooth and grain-free anyway, so why fight it? Also, I dig the increased contrast and the ability to shoot […]
They say that a camera is “just a tool”. I feel sorry for them. Some cameras are also beautiful, meticulously engineered objects that are so nice to look at and so wonderful to hold that they do in fact help me to make better photos. And, as importantly, they let me enjoy making the shitty […]