September 10, 2012
Mountain Morning on Flickr.Nikon F-100 | Nikon Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI | Kodak Ektar | Post in LR3
Dawn in the Rockies
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Mountain Morning on Flickr.

Nikon F-100 | Nikon Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI | Kodak Ektar | Post in LR3

Dawn in the Rockies

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August 9, 2012
Storm over Valley, Holga on Flickr.This officially kicks off the film photographs I took over the past week in the Black Hills and in the Rockies of Colorado. I’d kill for a nice digital camera (fingers crossed that the Nikon D600 is real and that all D700 owners sell their rigs for cheap to pick up the new toy so I can buy cheap on the flooded used market!), but sometimes film, especially film shot on a plastic lens, gets results that digital could only dream about. I was struck by how many photographers, undoubtedly all amateurs like myself, were out shooting in the mountains. I wonder, if 1,000,000 people take a picture in the same spot, will there be 1,000,000 identical results? Obviously not, but with digital the chances are much higher. The dynamic range of the negative I started with would not be possible on one shot using digital. Even with HDR, the result would somehow look digital, processed. The reason I’m still out shooting with film (and my iPhone) is because it’s not always a different perspective that yields a unique photograph of a popular subject; sometimes it’s the medium. On that day, my medium was of the medium format film, plastic camera variety. Long live the Holga!

Storm over Valley, Holga on Flickr.

This officially kicks off the film photographs I took over the past week in the Black Hills and in the Rockies of Colorado. I’d kill for a nice digital camera (fingers crossed that the Nikon D600 is real and that all D700 owners sell their rigs for cheap to pick up the new toy so I can buy cheap on the flooded used market!), but sometimes film, especially film shot on a plastic lens, gets results that digital could only dream about. I was struck by how many photographers, undoubtedly all amateurs like myself, were out shooting in the mountains. I wonder, if 1,000,000 people take a picture in the same spot, will there be 1,000,000 identical results? Obviously not, but with digital the chances are much higher. The dynamic range of the negative I started with would not be possible on one shot using digital. Even with HDR, the result would somehow look digital, processed. The reason I’m still out shooting with film (and my iPhone) is because it’s not always a different perspective that yields a unique photograph of a popular subject; sometimes it’s the medium. On that day, my medium was of the medium format film, plastic camera variety. Long live the Holga!

March 15, 2012
Light and Sand on Flickr.Mamiya 645 1000s | Mamiya Sekor-C 80mm f/1.9 (shot at f/11) | Red filter | Ilford FP4+ | XTOL (1:1)
This is the first shot here from my recent trip to the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. It was amazing—-I’ve never seen so much sand in my life! Trying to photograph the dunes is an adventure, partly because you’re basically in a sandblaster, and also because conditions change so quickly. I took this shot in the waning afternoon light just after the sun came out from behind the clouds. I had taken a shot about 3 minutes prior which was uninteresting because of the lack of shadow definition. After all, the dunes are just big piles of sand without interesting light and shadows…

Light and Sand on Flickr.

Mamiya 645 1000s | Mamiya Sekor-C 80mm f/1.9 (shot at f/11) | Red filter | Ilford FP4+ | XTOL (1:1)

This is the first shot here from my recent trip to the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. It was amazing—-I’ve never seen so much sand in my life! Trying to photograph the dunes is an adventure, partly because you’re basically in a sandblaster, and also because conditions change so quickly. I took this shot in the waning afternoon light just after the sun came out from behind the clouds. I had taken a shot about 3 minutes prior which was uninteresting because of the lack of shadow definition. After all, the dunes are just big piles of sand without interesting light and shadows…