For my last entry, I shared The Very Best of Johnny Martyr, but as with most greatest hits compilations, so many great songs get left behind. Often the songs that mean the most to the author are not the chart-toppers. So if you don’t mind, I’d like you to give the blogs below a second […]Read more "Johnny’s Favorites"
Okay, I fully admit to being in a blogging lull right now. And what do people do when they’re in a lull, they release their greatest hits! Below are my blogs from each year for the past five years which had the highest number of views. It’s funny how sometimes the the topics/photos/articles that I […]Read more "The Very Best of Johnny Martyr"
*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 […]Read more "Photographing Fireworks with a 90 Year Old Leica"
Back in art school, between my classes, I’d follow friends into their classes and hang out for a bit. One fateful day (these stories always contain a fateful day) I followed Becca into her drawing class. Becca was a quiet but opinionated graphic designer I had a crush on. She seemed to take pride in […]Read more "Abuse of Power Comes As No Surprise"
It’s Thursday April 2nd, the day after April Fools Day. But there weren’t many jokes yesterday as the world approached 1 million confirmed cases of the subject of all news outlets; Coronavirus. My photo jobs have dried up as a result of the mandatory shelter in place orders. I am in the process of editing […]Read more "Photography in the Shadow of Coronavirus"
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 […]Read more "Shooting Sports with a 90 Year Old Camera"
This past Friday, the Leica Store DC hosted a gallery opening for famed photojournalist David Burnett‘s Apollo XI 50th anniversary photo series, We Choose to Go to the Moon. Though the astronauts made it to the Moon in 1969, my wife and I barely made it to DC! We were about 40 minutes late but […]Read more "We Choose to Go to the Moon; David Burnett @ the Leica Store DC"
I guess that I don’t typically shoot my Leitz 50’s in wooded areas. But slowly, an image here, and image there, I began to notice something. When I shot portraits at closer distances and wider apertures in wooded areas with my Leitz Summitar and Summarit lenses, I got something unexpected. Something that I’d always associated […]Read more "Discovering The Swirl"
Say what you will about wedding photography but few other gigs will allow you to party with beautiful people without having to even know a single dance move. My wife and I are freelance wedding photographers. She shoots digital and I shoot on b&w 35mm film. I use vintage, all manual cameras and lenses and […]Read more "Wedding Receptions on Film; No Flash, No Automation"
What are your go-to focal lengths? I shoot most of my work within the 50-90mm range. But everyone needs a jump-start to their creativity once in a while. A different lens can help us take our work in different directions but also can improve what we already do. Yes, folks, the equipment matters. Previously, I […]Read more "The Voigtländer 15mm 4.5 Heliar & An Introduction to Rectilinear Super Wides"