Photographing Fireworks with a 90 Year Old Leica

*photos and text depict July 2019 There they were, a continuous, almost organized line of middle-aged men in various stages of unfolding tripods, mounting massive DSLR's on them, carefully aiming long lenses at indeterminate points in the darkening late evening sky.  The LCD's lit their faces with a soft glow as they took test shots... Continue Reading →

One Photographer’s Experience; The Frederick Maryland March for Justice

It's a little after 10pm on Friday, June 5 2020.  My negatives are hanging in a nearby window to dry and my shoes are still sopping wet too. Today was the Frederick March for Justice, one of innumerable nationwide demonstrations in honor of George Floyd. A storm front began lingering around the area Thursday afternoon... Continue Reading →

One Photographer’s Experience; the George Floyd Washington D.C. Protests

Guest blog; all text and photos by Ben Eisendrath, depicting his experience on Sunday May 31st, 2020 When the crowd’s chants and weight against the steel barricades diminished, the wall of police stepped back, careful to remain shield-to-shield. The quieter the protesters, the further away law enforcement fell. But when the chants turned instead to... Continue Reading →

Shooting Sports with a 90 Year Old Camera

What kind of sadistic lunatic photographs a sports meet using a 90 year old camera? The sadistic lunatic: Johnny Martyr The event: A youth gymnastics competition in Washington D.C. hosted by Frederick Gymnastics Club The equipment: 1930 Leica Model I which was upgraded in 1935 to a Model III with a rangefinder focusing system; 1935 Leitz... Continue Reading →

A Bride’s Guide to Gorgeous Wedding Photos

Hey brides! I'm Johnny Martyr and I've been photographing weddings since 2001 when I interned with one of the highest rated wedding photographers in Baltimore.  Almost two decades later, I am still passionate about weddings and now I have the added pleasure of photographing them with my wife, Stephanie Lee.  Our work has been published... Continue Reading →

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