I’ll admit it. As I shuffled around the streets of downtown Frederick, Maryland anticipating the paths of passersby and lifting my little black Leica to my eye, I imagined that this is what it was like for Henry Cartier Bresson before this equipment was legendary, new methods were standard practices and the genre was a […]Read more "Leitz 5cm f3.5 Elmar: The Meaning of Gestalt"
Kodak Tri-X, as a concept, has been around since the 1940’s when it was a 200 ISO b&w sheet film. Because it was their first fast film, when Kodak released the 400 ISO roll film version, the Tri-X name was maintained. Just like Kodak TMAX P3200 revolutionized low light photography in 1989, Tri-X was an […]Read more "Happy Birthday, Kodak Tri-X"
Leica is a funny camera brand. For many reasons. But one of the reasons is the company’s vehement refusal to make significant changes to their products in any conventional amount of time. Often, no matter how much people complain or demand change, Leica model after Leica model remain nearly identical to the previous, sporting only […]Read more "Leica and the Big Shutter Speed Dial Reversal"
I’m not usually one for human interaction. Part of the reason I got into photography was so that I would have something to hide behind at social gatherings. So it’s not often that I meet up with other photographers. But this past Friday night, that’s exactly what I found myself doing when fellow photobloggers Mark […]Read more "Film Photographers, UNITE!"
Choosing Leica mount lenses is always a bit of a struggle for me. I can find things I like and don’t like about them all. And the ones that meet my ideal specs are often out of my price range. So I will end up buying another lens as a reaction to something I did […]Read more "5 LTM 50’s for $500 or Less"
It’s what we call a photograph that appears to be made with little consideration for the tenants of imaging and principles of design. Voigtländer has a lens named after it. It’s usually proceeded by the word “quick.” What is really meant when we call something a “snapshot?” I started thinking about this because, when I […]Read more "What is a Snapshot?"
In early 2019, the film community was pretty stressed out, and with good reason. The nearly two century old chemical manufacturer, Tetenal appeared close to shutting down. Many photographers have probably never even heard of this company, but Tetenal has been “the man behind the curtain” for many of Kodak’s products for decades. The product […]Read more "These Photos Were Processed In Kodak’s New HC110 In Spite of The Product’s Single Flaw"
There’s a lot that I don’t know about Papermoon Diner in Baltimore, Maryland. And what I think I know, I may not even remember correctly. Sometimes, I’m not even sure how to get there. I bet that with the quickest bit of Googling, I could easily find the basic information; when it opened, who the […]Read more "Time Traveling with Papermoon Diner"
Mailing out cameras and lenses for maintenance can a harrowing experience. On one hand, I’m excited to get equipment back to 100% but on the other, I get so nervous about loss or damage in the mail. Or just plain bad news from the repairer. And then, of course, I can’t keep using the camera […]Read more "Mailing out the M6"
Most prime lens SLR kits are a 28-50-85 or 135. Most rangefinder kits are a 28 or 35-50-90. 75mm is an odd focal length. I don’t think it’s even available for SLR’s and most rangefinder shooters fall on the side of either 50 or 90 – the distinction between normal and portrait focal lengths. 75. […]Read more "An Odd Length; Voigtländer 75mm 2.5 Heliar"