Kodak Metal Tripod No. 1

Vintage tripod end
Canon PowerShot S95

I have two of these Kodak Tripod No. 1s supporting vintage cameras on display in my home.


This is a photography blog

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve transitioned my blog to be about photography.

A portrait of the artist

Me and my Nikon F3

Photography and blogging have become my main hobbies. And it’s been staring me in the face for years: if you read my blog, you either share photography as a hobby or at least have some interest in it. When I review my stats, with few exceptions photography-related posts are the most popular.

So much has been written about photography already, though. I don’t want to say the same things everybody else has already said. The Internet is chock full of Photoshop tutorials, reasons why Tri-X is the best b/w film ever, step-by-step instructions for developing film, and why the iPhone is a great camera. I see no point in covering that ground here.

And it’s not like I’m a deeply experienced photographer who has guru-level wisdom to share about the art. I’m just a hobbyist. I’ve learned a lot over the ten years or so I’ve been serious about my work, and I’m happy to share of what I know. But many of you reading this are more accomplished photographers than me. Your photos and writings frequently teach me things.

What I think I offer that’s different and interesting is my perspective on life, which comes from a combination of how I’m wired and some enormously difficult times I’ve lived through. When I say things from those places as I write about photography, I offer you something different and interesting — and, hopefully, valuable to you. So that’s what I’m going to try to do. It’s what I’ve been trying to do for several months now.

Those kinds of posts take a lot of time to write, though. So I’ll keep writing gear reviews and share photographs from the places I go. I will also still tell the occasional personal story because I won’t be able to help myself.

But here’s the thing: this is harder than what I used to do, which was write about whatever I wanted. And I picked a great year to do this: the year I got married. I do like to pile it on. It’s been both interesting and challenging to keep the blog going this summer.

I like a challenge. I think that’s why I’m doing this. And you’re responding. You’re leaving more comments, and new posts are getting somewhere between double and triple the views as before.

This blog has always been a personal experiment to try things and see what happens. Well, I’m trying this now. Let’s see what happens!


Kodak Brownie Starmatic

Kodak Brownie Starmatic
Canon PowerShot S95

This is a surprisingly capable little 127 camera.

Cameras, Photography

Updated: Resources for film photographers

Over the years I’ve written a collection of resources for film photographers. I update these posts from time to time to keep them fresh. I just did that, so I thought I’d reshare them with you here.

Yashica Electro 35 GSN

First: the Internet boasts quite a community of film photographers who share their work, review their gear, explain their techniques, and tell good stories. My extensive list of the film photography blogs that I follow is a great way to plug into this community.

» Read Film photography blogs you should follow

Few drug stores and department stores have one-hour film labs anymore, meaning that you either have to process your own or send it out. Here’s where I recommend you send your film.

» Read Where can you still get film developed?

My guide to where to buy film was new in May and things haven’t changed since then, but here’s a link to it for completeness’ sake.

» Read Where to buy film for your camera

And finally, an article I just published last week: a guide for the film-photography newbie on buying that first film camera.

» Read How to get into film photography on the cheap



Recommended reading

Good morning, Roadies, and welcome to my weekly digest of Good Blog Posts™. It’s a short list this week. 

I generally shoot fresh film, but Dan James shoots expired film 80% of the time and has had pretty good luck. He tells his secrets. Read The Three Faces of Expired Photography

N. Scott Palmer writes soothingly about why people are so mean on the Internet. Read Why Are People So Mean On the Internet?Why Are People So Mean On the Internet?


Abandoned National Road

I can hardly believe that my old friend Michael and I made this trip nine years ago along the abandoned National Road (US 40) in Illinois. I wrote about the trip on my old static-HTML site here.

It looks like I won’t get any road trips in this summer. I sometimes feel a little bummed about it, but I’ve filled my summer with so much other good and important stuff that I’m not letting myself stay bummed for long. When I started exploring the old roads in 2006, I was freshly divorced and looking for ways to escape. I needed to get away from my sadness and hitting the road worked great. I still love the road, but I don’t need to escape anymore. Life is good.

Photography, Road trips

Captured: Contemplating the abandoned National Road