Illinois Beach State Park - Mid Century Modern

A series of photographs taken on Graflex Speed Graphic with Nikkor 135mm lens and Hasselblad 500c/m with Planar 80mm, hand held all at 1/125th of a second and f/11 for the Graflex and around 1/60 f/5.6 for the Hasselblad. 4x5 images were photographed on film using for Tmax 400 developed in Eco Pro (Xtol) 1:1 developer for 9.5 at a starting temperature of about 85F while Hasselblad photographs were on Delta 100, same processing. The images are of an abandoned structure on the State Park beach and a few of the surrounding area. The building is likely meant to represent a boat, and it was likely used by local beach goers as a locker room, shower facility, and a places get a quick bite to eat, back in its heyday. I liked the architecture and slightly creepy feel to the images. These would likely make an interesting background for some portrait photography as well. Hope you enjoy!

Lunch break Speed Graphic Adventure - Video

I ran out at lunch one cold January day to try and give my Speed Graphic a go without a tripod. I have never tried this before, as usually larger format cameras, including 4x5 cameras are mounted on a tripod. However, this was known as a “press camera” and it was hand held and carried about by brave and strong photo journalists as a matter of course. So, I thought …”hey!” …let’s try! It did not disappoint. I was able to take 6 images in less than 20 minutes, and it seemed natural and not very hard. I will definitely do it again! I used Kodak Tmax 400 speed film, and left the shutter speeds at 1/125th of a second (setting B5 on the Speed Graphic) so my apertures ranged from f/8 yo f/22. Film was developed in Ilford DD-X 1:9 solution for 12 minutes with 10 seconds of agitation, and film was scanned with Epson V800.

Vintage Car Racing

I had an opportunity to visit a local race track and shoot some vintage Rollei 80s film on my Nikon FA and Nikon FM2.  The weather was very hot and humid, but photography was a lot of fun.  I attempted to capture a little of track and off-track life.  Spectators can pull in on the inside of the track, so you get to mingle with everyone, including the race car drivers.  Great fun!  Panning the camera and keeping results sharp is not easy, but it is rewarding when it works out.  Nikon FA was well suited for this work as it has shutter priority mode with Ai and Ai-s lenses, so setting the shutter to 1/60 gave me what I needed.  Rollei 80s is an excellent film, which I enjoy using very much.  It is crisp and clear, and provides good range of tones, albeit more in the mid-tones than at extremes - shadows or highlights.  It has extended red sensitivity so many red objects appear light gray or white. It was developed in Ilford Ilfosol-3 1:9 solution of 6:45 second at about 68F.  Great results with nice, crisp negatives.  Hope you enjoy!

Paris in Monochrome: Street Scenes

It is somewhat hard for me to characterize this set of photographs, because they fall into a strange space somewhere between travel, street and snapshot photographs.  I always enjoy Paris, but it was difficult for me to focus on only one style - or even on only one camera - the entire time I was there.  I always try and compose the best I can under the circumstances, but some were taken in a rush, or while exiting or entering various Parisian venues.  Still, there are a few that are dear to me - and a few that may even tell a story - if you stop and listen. 

Technically, Leica M3 with 50mm Summicron F/2 DR lens was used, while films ranged from Ilford FP4+, Delta 100 for daylight and Delta 400 shot at 800 for dark / low light shots.  The low light shots were taken on Olympus XA.  They were developed in house, scanned and processed in Photoshop CC.  White frame added for effect.  

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South Dakota

A selection of photographs taken in South Daktoa, summer of 2017.  They are cropped square, as many were taken with the Hasselblad 500c and Fuji Veliva 50 as well as Fuji Neopan 100 Acros film.  A few are digital.  Locations include Black Hills and Sylvan Lake, Badlands National Park, 1880 Town and surrounding areas.  Hope you like them!

Barcelona Snapshots

This is a selection of film photographs taken in and around Barcelona, Spain.  Barcelona is a beautiful city, but I found it somewhat difficult to photograph.  Many small streets, narrow passages, and lack of light in certain situations.  I hope these give you some sense of place and people there. Enjoy!

Photographs were taken with Leica M3 / 50mm Summicron and with Olympus OM10/24mm Zuiko.  Films used are Ektar 100 for color and Delta 100 / Pan F 50 for black and white.  

One Day Photo Excursion - New Mexico and Texas

A selection of digital, film (35mm and medium format) photographs from my one day excursion of White Sands National Park, Aguirre Springs, and Mesilla, NM as well as some street shots of El Paso, TX.  Hope you enjoy.

Nature & City: Tech Pan Adventure

Following is a small collection of photographs taken on a same day in the New Mexico wilderness - in the morning -  on the eastern side of Organ Mountains, NM - Aguirre Springs Natural Area, and - in the afternoon - on the streets of El Paso, TX.  I think, in some ways, this bi-polar approach to the location selection is due to my love of both nature and city life.  One offers solitude and a natural formation of elements, where as the other offers the human element and planned, designed formations of elements. One photograph, the tire tracks, is actually from the third location - White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.  Perhaps not the most usual perspective on this location, but I enjoyed it.  

On the technical side, I recently acquired a new 35mm camera - Contax RX with a 45mm f/2.8 Tessar Zeiss T* lens, so I was eager to try it out.  Film loaded in the camera was now difficult to find Kodak Technical Pan, developed with Xtol 1:3 @ 12 minutes (very harsh, high contrast results).  

Galena, IL BW Collection with Oly Trip and Delta 100

Sharing a selection of images taken with the Olympus Trip 35 camera, Ilford Delta 100 (developed in DD-X) and scanned with Epson V550 scanner.  First several photos are taken in an area between Galena and Rockford (Erin, IL) and show a burned down building that used to be a church (a store more recently).  I thought this was an interesting photographic subject.  The remainder of the photos are from the town of Galena, IL (place worth of a visit).  I was very impressed with both the sharpness of the lens as well as the quality of the film / development I got with this combination of materials.  Thanks for looking, and enjoy!

retired Kodak Technical Pan - So sharp, you can cut yourself!

I was told about this film, and I have resisted its temptation for quite a while.  One can easily pay $1 per photograph to enjoy it, and has to be rather selective even then, as they stopped making it some 12 years ago.  I have read many posts from photographers that said it was a difficult film, hard to expose, hard to process, hard to handle, well ... other said it was the best thing that happened to them (photographically speaking - at least I hope so).  I decided to give it a shot.  Loaded some in my Oly OM4, set the ISO to 25, and off I went to McHenry, IL ... a very challenging location in a middle of winter.  I developed it in Xtol 1:5 solution for 12.30 min @ 21C, and overall I was not disappointed.  Love the look!  (please excuse the photographs, it was more of a test) .  If you can get some hands it...try it.  As for me, I feel like Oliver Twist, "May I have some more, sir?"