Tools of the darkroom trade

Just a couple ‘Tools of the Trade’

I was in my darkroom a bit today. I developed 4 rolls of film, Stand in R09 1:100 with gentle inversions at 20min and 40min. While I was waiting for the wash I thought I’d snap a quick pick of a small ensemble of some of my darkroom tools:


For starters the Cen-tech (harbor freight) infrared thermometer is one of the awesomest tools I’ve gotten recently for the

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inside the contemporary

365 Update and A Color 220 film was chosen!

Ok, so the Photo-a-day 365 project has gotten a little derailed. I made it a full month before my life finally caught up with me. I still sputtered a long and I’m still averaging more film photos taken than ever! Eager to make this work and keep it going I’m switching to A-rol-per-month which I’m already ahead of.

Obviously this wouldn’t be a shot per day for say 6×9 120 (8 shots) but it could be more that a shot a day with a 36exp roll of 35mm film. For the purposes

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color 220 films

Help me pick a Color 220 film for spring!


Konica BigMini

365 Film Challenge Accepted!

I’m going to give it a go. I’m going to shoot at least one frame a day for all of 2017! Medium format, large format, 35mm, it’s all game. People, urbex, murex, pinup, macro, studio, there’s no limits. I’m hoping this pushes me to do more of the things I know I can do well, but get lazy and don’t do plus get my feet wet with some things I never do. Macro? never really shot much of it. Self developed color? I’ll have to try it. Asking people if I can take

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Film photographer in action

Is this a Golden Era for Film Photographers?

Ok, right off the bat I’m not saying this is a golden era of film photographers. Certainly the time period when everyone had to shoot film was the golden era of film photographers.

I’m talking about a golden era for film photographers, in that there may not be a better time to be one.

Lets start with becoming a film photographer. The barriers to becoming a film photographer, mainly money, time, and knowledge, have been virtually eradicated. Now there’s a certain amount of prestige

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Camp Pellston bunk room

Urbex: Camp Pellston in Northern Michigan

Back in 2008 we were vacationing “Up North” which here in Michigan pretty much means north of the Zilwalkee bridge. In this case it was way north up in Cross Village, Michigan. My wife went for a drive to get some things at the store and drove past an abandoned building on the way back. It was on the corner of Camp rd and Pleasant View Rd.


I had just started getting into urbex photography and was super interested. She told me it looked like a compound of some sort with fences and barbed

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Lee Plaza Ball Room

Back in the Urbex Saddle

So a lot of my portfolio is urbex/rurex stuff. Urban decay, modern ruins, the subject fascinates me. Photographically it’s so interesting. Abandoned structures are places out of context. We have contexts for schools, hotels, factories, etc. When the building is empty, when the windows are blown out, when the ceiling tiles

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