A few years ago, I photographed a Veruca Salt concert at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC. I wasn’t an official photographer, I was just having fun with the then still available Fuji FP-3000b peel apart instant film and my 1960’s Polaroid Automatic Land camera. But it was a great night anyway and I’ll always […]Read more "A Post About Louise Post and the Importance of Photography"
I wasn’t really hyperbolizing when I said that the Leica 14312 is the best camera strap in the world. I own one for each of my Leica bodies and swap them onto my other rangefinders and SLR’s too. So when Mark from Due North Leather Goods in Canada reached out to me about test-driving one […]Read more "Is Your Camera Due for a New Strap?"
*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"
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"
The Leitz 9cm f4 Elmar is almost as ubiquitous as the famous Leitz 5cm f3.5 Elmar but often seems forgotten about. The lens dates back to 1933 and was Leica’s first 90mm. It was likely designed to take advantage of their newly released rangefinder cameras, model’s II and III. The 9cm Elmar is part of […]Read more "There’s No Excuse Not to Own a Leitz 9cm f4 Elmar"
Looking to buy your first rangefinder? Here’s a tip, start with the lenses! Effective Baselength, or EBL is often left with little or no consideration by SLR shooters looking for their first interchangeable lens rangefinder. Review after review will sing praises of a bright viewfinder, numerous (or lack of) framelines and a plethora other features […]Read more "What’s Your Effective Baselength?"
Nobody would argue that knob-wind Leicas are fine cameras that look as beautiful as they perform. With use of more modern designs, however, it doesn’t take long to realise that these cameras are a bit slippery in the hand, due to the symmetrical rounded sides and lack of front or rear grip. A neat accessory […]Read more "A Thumbs Up for a Knob Wind"
I first met film photographer, Brian Henry without realising who he is. You see, around 2011, Brian was processing my film pretty regularly at a lab in Baltimore. Somehow, I connected the dots between our interactions there and his posts in the Film in Baltimore group, so I began following Brian’s work. I also take […]Read more "The Instant (Film) Decay of Brian Henry"
Humpty Dumpty fell off one. Pink Floyd said we’re all just bricks in one. And so for a time, I have been rather obsessed with, yes, WALLS. Specifically, really old ones with a lot of character and a story to tell. There’s a bit of insanity in staring at walls. We associate trying to convince […]Read more "Johnny Martyr. Walls."
[Cover photo by Stephanie Lee] It’s a popular refrain; “the camera doesn’t matter, buying a Leica won’t make you a better photographer.” And while it’s true, I think the camera does matter and buying a Leica did make me a better photographer. You’re LOLing so loud that I think I can actually hear you 😉 If […]Read more "Leica Made Me a Better Photographer"