Gail getting ready

Gail. (Leica M4. Voigtlander 35mm Color Skopar. Tri-X @800 in HC-110)

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 with slower lenses indoors.

Leica M4 out of storage

Finally, I’ve gotten my beloved Leica M4 out of storage. It’s been in a case in my basement since last year’s move and that’s a shame.

Leica M4 with Voightlander 35mm f2.5 Color Skopar

Leica M4 with Voightlander 35mm f2.5 Color Skopar


The camera was made in 1966 and I bought it in 2009. It’s seen regular, if sporadic, use since then. I think it’s beautiful, and I especially like that it has the M3-style levers.

I have the tiny and terrific Voightlander 35mm Color Skopar on it. That lens is almost toosmall, but it makes fine images and was inexpensive.

It feels good to be using this setup again. I’ll run a few rolls through it and see if I still become fatigued shooting with no meter at all.

Jess plays Keno

Leica M6. 50mm Summicron. Tri-X in HC-110

My daughter really loves playing Keno. Whenever we’re together, I’m forced to play too. Sometimes we win, but mostly we don’t.

Film Carrier MK1 Kickstarter

Scanning negatives is hard. I have yet to find a workflow that doesn’t involve cursing and disappointment.

To that end, I’ve backed the MK1 Kickstarter. The MK1 is a “35mm Roll Film Holder for Camera Scanning” from the folks at Negative Supply.

I’ve never tried scanning negatives using a digital camera, but it feels like the future, so I’ll give it a go.

I want a Hasselblad 203FE but I don’t need one

I’ve been feeling lazy lately and so have been preferring cameras with some form of automatic exposure. This has left my beloved Hasselblads in a lurch. I have a 500C/M for more studied, careful shots and a 503CXi which I save for use with flash due to its TTL metering capability. Still, I’ve only shot a handful of rolls in either camera so far this year, and that’s a shame.

What I’d like is to find a way to make shooting the Hasselblads easier. You know what would do that? A 203FE!

A 203FE would be a significant investment, because I’d also want an FE lens or two and some ECC-12 backs.

I don’t need any of these things. Even I’m smart enough to know that just adding aperture-priority auto exposure isn’t going to make me shoot more. That’s the goal, right?

Still, I could sell the 503CXi and that would get me part of the way there. Hmmm.

When thinking of my minimal viable film kit, the Hasselblad(s) is always on the list. I love everything about them. But wouldn’t it be cool if they were easier to use? Wouldn’t it!?

Cropping film images

I used to subscribe to the idea that cropping film images was cheating and made the image less “pure”. This was especially true when using the Hasselblad because its frame lines have those famous notches, so not only was I proving that I had planned the shot perfectly, but also that I had done it with a Hasselblad!

Pickup for sale (2010)
Field (2010)
Katie (2016)
Jessica at photoshoot (2013)

What nonsense.

Worrying about showing the frame lines took a lot of the fun out of taking photos. These days I crop at will, without regard for the “purity of the shot”. It’s better this way.

A couple from the Hasselblad

I haven’t been shooting much film this year, so I pulled the Hasselblads out of the closet and shot a roll at my parents’ on Easter. Just some quick, hand-held outdoor portraits.

Gail. (Hasselblad 500C/M. Zeiss Sonnar 150mm f4. Tri-X in HC-110)
Mom. (Hasselblad 500C/M. Zeiss Sonnar 150mm f4. Tri-X in HC-110)