Wordy Wednesday #451 “Shooting Infrared Film”
Jul26

Wordy Wednesday #451 “Shooting Infrared Film”

“Wherever there is light, one can photograph”—Alfred Stiegletz Or not. Infrared radiation has some of the same properties as visible light. It can be focused and reflected like visible light and can be aligned and even polarized. Infrared film is sensitive to IR radiation, some ultraviolet radiation, and to all wavelengths of visible light but is not as sensitive to green light. Eastman Kodak previously offered a black and...

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Crop Sensor? A Look at Sensor Formats
Jun15

Crop Sensor? A Look at Sensor Formats

For reasons that I fail to understand the term “crop sensor” gets tossed around by people when referring to digital cameras with sensor sizes smaller than the traditional 24x36mm film standard, as if that was the Holy Grail of imaging. It’s not. The first Leica used the 24×36 format but others, including the Olympus Pen used 18x24mm and early Nikon, Minolta and other Japanese rangefinders adopted 24 x 32mm well before 24x36mm was in...

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Why I Still Shoot Film…Occasionally
Mar16

Why I Still Shoot Film…Occasionally

“Learning how to use different formats has made me a better photographer. When I started working in medium format, it made me a better 35 mm photographer. When I started working in 4×5, it made me a better medium-format photographer.” — Mary Ellen Mark While much of what I shoot today is with mirrorless and digital SLRs, I still have several film cameras, including a Leica M6, Hasselblad XPan, Zeiss SW and a medium...

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Wordy Wednesday #432: Shooting Kodak Ektar Medium Format Film
Mar08

Wordy Wednesday #432: Shooting Kodak Ektar Medium Format Film

“Grandmas sit in chairs and reminisce. Boys keep chasing girls to get a kiss.”—Sonny Bono As Sonny and Cher used to sing, “The beat goes on” giving me insight into what film photographers must deal with in this digital millennium. Kodak’s Ektar 100 is processed in standard C-41 chemistry and while fewer outlets process 120 roll film some still do. Ektar 100 is a color film but I thought, what the heck, let’s make...

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Happy Birthday Mr. President
Feb20

Happy Birthday Mr. President

“It’s wonderful what we can do if we’re always doing.”—George Washington For readers outside the USA, President’s Day is a holiday that’s celebrated on the third Monday in February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States, who was born on February 22, 1732. As President’s Day it’s also honors all presidents, not just George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, whose...

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Nostalgia Ain’t What it Used to Be
Jan20

Nostalgia Ain’t What it Used to Be

nos·tal·gia,  noun. a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. In one of the early chapters in my forthcoming book about the business of photography, “On Professional Photography, I reminisce about a time that I thought was my most creative that in hindsight seems to have been overly -romanticized.(And yes, the below photograph is me at a car show...

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Wordy Wednesday #245: “Adventures in XPan Land”
Jan18

Wordy Wednesday #245: “Adventures in XPan Land”

“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.”― Ernst Haas “How many cameras do you own?” That was the question that Joe Meehan asked me and several photo magazine editors in the press room at one of the last film-based photokina trade shows. The answers were interesting. One former Shutterbug editor said it was somewhere around two hundred. I did some mental...

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