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"
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 […]Read more "One Photographer’s Experience; The Frederick Maryland March for Justice"
The beauty, the style and the build quality of mechanical film cameras made before the 1960’s is simply unmatched. Barnack Leica’s, the original Nikon F, Rolleiflex TLR’s, Konica rangefinders, early Pentax SLR’s, Zeiss, Voigtlander and Agfa folders. WOW! Okay, I’m going to need a moment to calm down! (Particularly since most of the cameras pictured […]Read more "Upgrade Your Meterless Film 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 […]Read more "Shooting Sports with a 90 Year Old Camera"
Danger, Will Robinson, Danger! Kodak employees are actually attempting to earn a living and sustain their business! Look out! Yes, the news was all over the interwebs towards the end of 2019; Kodak Alaris formally announced that they are being forced by their supplier to raise the cost of film products in 2020. The cited […]Read more "PANIC! Kodak Film Price Increase!"
I recently watched a movie with my kids about the Cottingley Fairies. The film was a bit of a snoozer but it was my introduction to the true story of two little girls who, between 1917 and 1920 took beautiful b&w glass plate photographs of one another interacting with fairies in the forest behind their […]Read more "These Photos, Taken by Two Little Girls in 1917, are Gorgeous"
Instead of reviewing yet another needless classic camera, I wanted to talk about products that will actually help our photography while still indulging our universal fixation on gear; developing tanks. If you are interested in developing your own film or have been doing it for decades, hopefully you find this review useful in some far […]Read more "Paterson Film Developing Tank Review"
This spring, I had the pleasure of photographing one of the most fun and inspiring, weddings I’ve photographed. Downtown Frederick, Maryland art icons Kayleigh Montgomery and Chris Morris were engaged to be married, and of all the amazing analog shooters in the area, I was fortunate enough to be tapped to cover their festive occasion. […]Read more "Downtown Frederick Art Icons Get Hitched!"
What do you think of the Nikon F3? It’s probably Nikon’s most popular and certainly longest running professional grade camera body. They built these things from 1980 all the way to 2001, even while Nikon were simultaneously selling F4’s and F5’s. Apparently they made so many, that they lost count after nearly 800,000! Pretty incredible. […]Read more "The F3, Nikon’s Greatest Achievement?"
Film photography websites are often dominated by male-centric camera fetish articles built on claims of indestructibility and a glorious history that seems to have concluded as shelf decor with occasional use. I love reading (and writing) about vintage film cameras and certainly reference all these sites when I’m on the market for a new piece […]Read more "Lifestyle Film Photographer, Stephanie Bryan"