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Photostock on PBS!

Bill Schwab the creator of Photostock had a small feature on PBS talking about the event. I didn’t make the first in 2006. In 2007 I was looking for photography workshops in Michigan and found the post he put up on APUG and ent. I’ve been going ever since. For me Photostock read more

Xaina in a Kitschy motel.

Motel Pinup 2


Then next in a mini series of motel pinups. Model is Xaina. I shot this with a Bronco SQa and printed it 6×6. Film was probably Acros.

The end of Chinese (photographic) films?

For a while now I’ve turned to inexpensive film made in China to experiment on. These tended to be Shanghai GP3 and Lucky SHD100. Both iso 100 films, both could be problematic at times but their low price made them very appealing for not-so-critical, fun photography. Both were (are?) made in 35mm and 120 with Shanghai also having a 4×5 and bulk 35mm products.



Lately it’s been hard to find. There’s still some on Ebay but it’s price has gone up considerably, around read more

Instructions on shooting above your head with a waist level viewfinder.

Above the waist with a waist level viewfinder.


Ever try this? It looks pretty simple, if you have a waist level view finder and want an overhead shot, just hold it over your head!

I tried this once quite some time ago. It really messes with you.

It’s hard enough to get used to right and left being backwards with a waist level view finder. For some reason if you switch it up and shoot over your head it’s like you have to start back at square one again. Framing becomes a fresh new challenge all over again. I’m not sure exactly read more

Skull Decanter 

My apologies on this picture of a picture. It’s difficult to take a good shot of a bagged glossy print. Plus is 11×14 so scanning isn’t an option and it’s fiber base paper which means it curls which means it will find reflections! 

 

 
If you like Skull Vodka you might recognize this. A friend of mine had one and I just had to borrow it. 

Setup for the shot was pretty easy just a light tent with a black background. 

I shot this with a Graflex Pacemaker read more

Room Service: Motel Pinup

Motel Pinup 1

Every year for ten years now there has been a gather of film photographers in Northern Michigan called Photostock. There are so many great things about this gathering, the people, the talent, the beauty of Northern Michigan, the list goes on. One of the things I’ve enjoyed about it is the kitschy roadside motel that has been the epicenter of most gatherings, The Birchwood Inn.

Most participants stay at the Birchwood and we’ve been an ever increasing percentage of this sold out weekend. read more

Follow me for a minute while I talk about a picture of a mushroom.

Sure it sounds weird, but I’m excited about this picture of a weird mushroom I took the other day. If you’re interested in large format 4×5 photography, stand development, Kodak Aero-Ektar lenses, niche films, etc., then this might interest you. If not here’s the picture and the link to purchase it: 🙂

Large Format 4×5 photography
I kind of made a new years resolution to shoot more large format 4×5 stuff. I used to really be into it and I read more