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Saginaw Synagogue Great Room

Saginaw Synagogue Great Room

This was the banquet/event hall of the synagogue in Saginaw, Michigan. It was located on the corner of E Holland and S Washington.

I’m not sure when it was last used, but it was in bad shape when I visited it in the spring/summer of 2012. The doors were wide open you could walk right in. Scrappers had stolen the radiators, the kitchen was a complete jumble, like someone tried to get the equipment out but couldn’t. It was mostly empty. Chairs in the basement, random stuff here and there read more

4x5 large format dip and dunk setup

Tragedy (narrowly) averted in the Darkroom!

So I had these 3 4×5 film holders loaded with exposed film. I hadn’t shot 4×5 in years and had no idea what was on them. They were probably shot around 2008-ish. One night I decided to get adventurous and develop them in a dip-and-dunk session.

For those that don’t know dip-and-dunk is when you place the sheets of film in hangers (or rolls on reels) and place them in containers of chemicals. It gets it’s name because agitation is achieved by, you guessed it, dipping read more

Fuji Neopan Acros film

Fuji hikes prices (again) and rumored disinterest in film.

Japan Camera Hunter has an article about Fuji’s announcement to raise prices. Initially I started reading this article to see just how much prices were going up. To my surprise the article not only mentioned the 10% price hike but also went on to speculate that Fuji is trying to wind down its presence in the film market read more

Success and failures!

How’s it goin’? 60/40. Pretty much sums it up. Let’s start with the failures so we end on a positive note. 

I saw two awesome shows in Chicago last year. Earthless, a power jam band, and Radio Moscow a blues driven power rock band. I took my Konica BigMini Zoom to both loaded with some Ilford Delta read more

vintage bikini pinup

Vintage Bikini Pinup Print

A pretty blonde woman poses in a loudly patterned bikini against a fence. I think this was a professional image. Her hair and makeup is extremely well done, the bikini would have been on point in terms of fashion for the time, her pose is natural looking but extremely well directed to accent her hourglass figure and legs, and the lighting is beautifully soft. Both people in front of and behind the camera knew what they were doing, and were good at it, when this image was created. My guess on this read more

Canon AE-1 Ad from Playboy; March, 1979

Winners pick a winner! Canon AE-1s really strike a chord with me as one was my first “real” camera. It’s fun to catch old ads like this for a favorite. Star Trek fans might like to know this is the issue with Denise Crosby in it! 😉

  

Betty's Dreams 1

The Holga Factory Has Closed

It’s always sad when a bastion of film photography is lost but the announcement from Freestyle Photo that the Holga Factory has closed hits a bit harder for me.

The Holga 120S was one of my first medium format cameras right after the antique shop Ansco Sure Shot. I modded the crap out of it which was really fun. I still have it and still shoot with it some 15-ish years later. For a plastic toy camera they’re reasonably tough! I bough the 120PAN (6×12) a couple years ago, and read more