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

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A strange mushroom photographed with a Kodak Aero-Ektar 178mm/2.5 lens on 4x5 Shanghai 100 speed film

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

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Shanghai sheet film instructions. 

If you have any problems with Shanghai sheet films like this: 

  
Simply refer to this handy document 😜: 

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

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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

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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

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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

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