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The Super Blood Moon of 2015 and ButtHurt.

The Super Blood Moon of 2015 (SBM2015) provided photographers who could see it a fantastic opportunity to capture a beautiful, spectacular, rare event. With a clear sky, long lens, tripod, and some understanding of exposure, you too could photograph quite a unique even in sublime detail. Shoot the moon it should be easy! Right?

Well it does test some chops. For starters you need a LONG lens. I used a 600mm/8 and wished it was a 1000mm. Much less than 500mm and you’ll be read more

My Evolution of Darkrooms

It’s perhaps counter intuitive at first, but the darkroom is not a static environment. Darkrooms evolve. Needs change, the film stocks or papers you prefer may change. You may luck upon an upgrade or change locations all together. It’s a workshop of sorts and the darkroom changes over time as the craftsman adapts it to more closely suit his or her processes and ambitions.
I’m mostly self taught in black and white film photography. If you read more

Lens Distortion and You


Lens distortion isn’t a topic surrounded by excitement but it is something to be aware of when choosing your equipment and composing images. Even if you’ve never heard of it, you’ll still probably recognize at least one type of lens distortion. Heck it’s even boasted as a feature in some lenses!

The most common and recognized lens distortion is called Barrel Distortion. Wikipedia defines barrel distortion thusly:

In barrel distortion, image magnification decreases with read more

Darkroom DIY Panoramic Negative Carrier


I first ran into this problem when I was shooting with the 35mm pano back on my Bronica SQa. I figured it’s the same length as a 6×6 fame, just a different height. I found extremely difficult to print 35mm panoramic (24mmx55mm) negatives in a 6×6 negative carrier. The reason why is coming up in a second. The solution was to get a panoramic negative carrier for my Beseler 23C.

Fast forward a few years and I make the exact same assumption and mistake when I got a Holga 120Pan Which read more

Olympus XA contact sheet

This roll has gotten around! It’s one of the interesting things about film photography. Rolls can sit, and sit, in a camera, waiting to be finished.

I have a couple compact 35mm cameras including a couple Konica Big Minis, some promo cameras and this Olympus XA.

This roll in particular has been to Muskegon, Mi, on a photo walk in Carrolton (Saginaw, Mi), up to read more

.45cal Pinup

From my first pinup shoot. Shot most of it on Efke KB100 because it was cheaper and hadn’t changed since the 40’s. I figured it’d be great stock for a mid-century themed shoot. I still have a few rolls floating around. I was shooting with two cameras at the time. One was a Canon A-1, 50mm/1.8 and a 100mm/2.9. I think I had a Vivitar Series 1 70-210 Zoom too. The other was an EOS 650 with 50mm/1.8, and a 80-200 zoom. Also have a couple holga Pics from this shoot. read more

How to use a print scale.

A print scale, sometimes also called a step wedge, is a darkroom tool that can make your workflow more consistent and efficient. A step wedge is functionally similar to a print scale but has a slightly different purpose.

Normally to determine the proper exposure of a print you make a test print. This is done after you frame, focus, stop down the enlarger lens, and turn off the not-safe lights. You’d then get a piece of light sensitive paper and a board. You’d set the timer for 1 read more