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Always carrying a film camera leads to bigger insights.

There are some people who carry a non-phone camera at all times. Some of those people carry film cameras. I wanted to be more like latter group so I made a New Years’ resolution to carry a film camera more often. Maybe not all the time, but definitely more regularly. Even if it’s just a point and shoot!

It’s been mostly successful though I’m not necessarily shooting a lot more. There’s still room to have a camera on me more often.


The purpose of this experiment is read more

Holly Hock’s Burlesque Routine at Rumbleville 2016


Saginaw Old Golds "Contact Sheet"

“Contact Sheet” from the Saginaw Old Golds Baseball Game


On Sauturday, May 14th, 2016 (and Sunday) four Vintage Baseball teams from Michigan played four teams from Ohio. They play by 1860s rules, dress in 1800’s reproduction outfits, and play ball! My son and I went and watched out home town team, the Saginaw Old Golds play The Capitals. I shots these photographs with a Canon A-1, using a Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm, on read more

Chicago Taiwan Protest

Chicago Taiwan Protest

My family and I generally visit Chicago about once or twice a year now. It’s close and it’s a beautiful city. The visit that kicked all of was in March of 2014. We were walking to the shopping district, The Magnificent Mile. I saw this protest up ahead and I got one of my point and shoots out and ready. I’m not a street photographer or a activist photographer, but I sensed an important opportunity. With our two small children with us, and lots on the itinerary I didn’t read more

Lake Superior

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

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

Aspect ratios

When NOT to fill the frame (for film photographers).

When I first wanted to take good pictures I was researching how to make the most of your travel photography for my upcoming honeymoon in Italy. One of the first pieces of advice I read was to “fill the frame!” This was echoed over several articles and it seemed important enough that it really stuck with me even to this day.

For some photographers the frame is sacred. I know film photographers that only print the full frame. That’s cool and I like (and admittedly at times read more