Darkroomist
Nikon Fa, Hasselblad 500/CM, Minolta Himatic

New additions to the herd!

What do all these cameras have in common? I own all three but haven’t shot a single frame in any of them!

First up is the Nikon FA. I’m a Canon guy so what am I doing with a Nikon. Well for starters I got my first Canon, an AE-1 from my Dad in high school. When digital started getting big I inherited his EOS 650. I like Canons and I get them. I’ve been handling them for a long time.

I had actually sworn off Nikons not for any philosophical reasons or brand loyalty, I just didn’t read more

Japanese Tea Garden shot with Kodak Aerochrome

Just got my first roll of Kodak Aerochrome Back!

Ok, for starters, this isn’t my first go around with infrared film. I’ve had fairly disastrous results with black and white infrared before with few frames being usable. Well I saw the FPP had hand spooled cartridges of 35mm loaded up. It’s expensive but I bought a roll! I just had shoot a read more

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 read more

color 220 films

Help me pick a Color 220 film for spring!


Yashica Samurai X3.0

The Funky Yashica Samurai Half Frame SLR:

Ok, first a little disclaimer. I started out big into medium format and got into 4×5. Now that I’ve gotten a few years under my belt, the ease and portability of 35mm has become more appealing than it initially was. I’m definitely not giving up my larger stable, but more often I’m reaching for something a little easier. I still have an sweet spot for the big guns.

Then this odd little camera came along. I read about it somewhere and thought I’d try it. I’ve used read more

Stoned Room, Cass Tech High School, Detroit, Michigan

Stoned Room, old Cass Tech High School

Here’s another shot from my circa 2009 exploration of the old Cass Tech High School. They built a new state of the art facility right next to this one, but boarded this school up, contents and all. A truly surreal experience. 8 floors that felt like another world.


With this shot I was playing leading lines. The jumbled rows of desks take your eye to the black board upon which sage words are scrawled. This was a trip of the Bronica SQa and Fuji Neopan Acros. Definitely a wide shot, probably read more

Fort Saginaw Mall

The Fort Saginaw Mall

The Fort Saginaw Mall was the first enclosed shopping mall in Saginaw, Michigan. It opened in 1966. K-Mart was one of the original anchor stores and remained as the final tenant before closing in 2004. Over the years it housed a Burlington Coat Factory, a Movie Theater, Federal’s, Norman’s Sporting Goods, 5-and-dime stores, a Pharmacy and more. Photos of the inside look beautiful in a mid-century kitsch sort of way.


I took this shot in 2008. I was new to urbex and really wanted to read more