Tag: black and white

  • Vacation camera audition: Nikon N2000 with 35mm f/2.8 AI Nikkor lens

    I think I was made to shoot 35mm SLRs. I am happiest using them, and consistently get my best results from them. So despite wishing for a pocketable compact camera for my upcoming trip to Ireland, I also decided to audition an SLR. My ideal SLR for this trip would be small and light —…

  • Fulton County CourthouseArgus A2BFoma Fomapan 1002016 In Rochester, Indiana, on the Michigan Road, stands this Romanesque Revival county courthouse.

  • Indiana World War MemorialNikon F3HP, 50mm f/2 AI NikkorFoma Fomapan 2002016

  • Shooting Foma Fomapan 200

    I guess lots of film photographers look down their nose at ISO 200 film. Get off the fence, they say: go ISO 100 for best sharpness in daylight and ISO 400 for low light. 200 is the ISO of uncertainty and compromise. After having shot miles of inexpensive, highly available Fujicolor 200, I don’t understand the…

  • Kodak Six-20, revisited

    I was so impressed with this Kodak Six-20 when I bought it seven or eight years ago. I was limiting my collection to folders and rangefinders then, and this mint-condition folding Kodak with Art Deco details was so lovely I just had to own it. I’ve always displayed this camera. I have little display space,…

  • Hood ornamentPentax ME, 50mm f/1.4 SMC Pentax-MKodak Tri-X2016

  • Chrysler AirflowPentax ME, 50mm f/1.4 SMC Pentax-MKodak Tri-X2016

  • Kodak Six-20 Brownie

    A quick review of the Kodak Six-20 Brownie, a basic box camera for 620 film. It performs surprisingly well!

  • Sometimes giving up is the right thing to do

    Almost a month has passed since the 2016 Mecum Spring Classic car auction, and I’m still feeling disappointed that it wasn’t nearly as good as it used to be. For years, this was a rare day of nearly perfect joy for me. I’ve loved automotive design since I was a small boy, and the Mecum was…

  • Captured: Looking into an Oldsmobile

    My post-processing work on this roll of overexposed Tri-X really blackened the blacks and created compelling highlights. This room, the giant West Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, uses both fluorescent overhead lights and large, high windows to light the space. It makes for the most compelling indoor lighting every year at the Mecum car…

  • Captured: Swan

    I didn’t realize until after I’d shot this whole roll that my Pentax ME was set to ISO 200. Kodak Tri-X is an ISO 400 film. Fortunately, Tri-X is well known for shrugging its shoulders at most misexposures and returning usable photos anyway. Minimal Photoshoppery took away the haze of overexposure and enhanced the contrast, at…

  • Captured: In motion

    I went to the Mecum old-car auction again this year. It was my seventh straight year — and also my last. The number of cars available to photograph has dropped sharply over the past few years, and the once open atmosphere is now tightly controlled. And it now costs $30 to get in. It was $20 the…

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