In Praise of Film

I have been shooting a lot of film this year (what else is new!) My formats of choice have been a little 35mm, but mostly medium and large format 6X6cm, 4×5 and 8×10. Here are some selected shots from the year so far. The new darkroom is taking shape in my basement. There were some plumbing incidents that I won’t discuss on this post, let’s just say that it’s a bad idea to start a project at 4pm on a Sunday, one hour before the hardware store closes. Let’s just say that it’s even a worse idea to do it two weeks in a row. Learning curve.


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Autumn 2011

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The nature of things in our backyard. We moved in mid-August to a house in Hopkins, and for the first few weeks I set up a camera near our bird feeder to greet the birds of the neighborhood. We have … Continue reading

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WWPD World Wide Pinhole Photography Day shoot on 4/30/2011

I got out shooting with my friends in LUMP, the League of Upper Midwestern Pinhole photographers on Saturday in honor of World Wide Pinhole Photography Day.

We went to Stillwater, MN in a cold rain and luckily had a few minutes in the morning when it was cold, but not that rainy. Then, we had some lunch. Not a bad morning at all.

I shot two rolls and had some nice results using my Speed Graphic and a 6×8 roll back, sometimes a red filter. 60mm focal length, .3mm pinhole for f/200. Fuji Acros shot at EI64 and processed in Rodinal 1:100 for 18 minutes.

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A return to pinhole

It’s almost WWPD Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day and I’m testing and training for it. Every April is a time of awakening for my outdoor photography. I don’t want to shoot in the cold if I don’t have to, and often, I don’t 🙂

Here are the gems from a quick roll on Sunday, April 17th. With the exception of the middle of the road shot which was four seconds and no filter, the rest were 16 – 21 second exposures, Acros 100 at EI80, used a red filter. Speed Graphic with 6×8 roll back, .3mm pinhole at 60mm focal length processed in Rodinal 1:100 for 18 minutes.

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Watching the Street

Visiting my mom, I’ve been spending a fair amount of time in Minneapolis, staring out a hospital window and observing the world outside the aquarium. People cross the street, ambulances pass by, and everyday the snow melts a little more.

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It has been 2 consecutive GREAT days at the hospital. Lots of progress in a short amount of time. I’m headed back to Minneapolis on Tuesday.

Here is a panorama that I shot this morning from the 24th floor of the Westin using 12 separate exposures and stitched together using my iPhone.



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Back to San Francisco

I’m on my way back to San Francisco for a few days. I was there 2 weeks ago and was able to take a few images in between hospital visits.

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A Weekend in Black and White

Here is a collection of some black and white 35mm shots from the weekend. It was rejuvenating to get outdoors and make some images. The big tree shot is from a couple weeks ago, on the same roll of film and snuck into this collection. It is a very needy image and wants validation.

Technical stuff: Leica CL with CV 25mm Snapshot Skopar and orange filter. Fuji Acros 100 processed in Rodinal at 1+100 for 20:00. Scanned and mercilessly edited in Photoshop.

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There is still so much snow, with more on the way. But…

Summer is coming, I can’t wait.

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Winter Tree

I was driving to a job a little south of the metro area when I passed this tree. I shot it with a 35mm rangefinder as I headed south. As I returned, I had my Nikon DSLR ready and shot it again. This is the digital image. I love subjects isolated from the background. In this increasingly visually cluttered world, it’s nice to find a simple tree.

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