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

Olympus XA contact sheet

This roll has gotten around! It’s one of the interesting things about film photography. Rolls can sit, and sit, in a camera, waiting to be finished.

I have a couple compact 35mm cameras including a couple Konica Big Minis, some promo cameras and this Olympus XA.

This roll in particular has been to Muskegon, Mi, on a photo walk in Carrolton (Saginaw, Mi), up to read more

.45cal Pinup

From my first pinup shoot. Shot most of it on Efke KB100 because it was cheaper and hadn’t changed since the 40’s. I figured it’d be great stock for a mid-century themed shoot. I still have a few rolls floating around. I was shooting with two cameras at the time. One was a Canon A-1, 50mm/1.8 and a 100mm/2.9. I think I had a Vivitar Series 1 70-210 Zoom too. The other was an EOS 650 with 50mm/1.8, and a 80-200 zoom. Also have a couple holga Pics from this shoot. read more

How to use a print scale.

A print scale, sometimes also called a step wedge, is a darkroom tool that can make your workflow more consistent and efficient. A step wedge is functionally similar to a print scale but has a slightly different purpose.

Normally to determine the proper exposure of a print you make a test print. This is done after you frame, focus, stop down the enlarger lens, and turn off the not-safe lights. You’d then get a piece of light sensitive paper and a board. You’d set the timer for 1 read more

Koni-Omega Contact Sheet

Whoo it worked, some years ago I ran into a problem with my Koni-Omega Rapid 6×7 medium format camera. It was a nasty light leak that looked horrible. I think I figured it out, which will be its own post coming up. For now I’m just happy the contact sheet looks good. I shot this on a little photowalk around Saginaw just before a big storm with a 58mm F5.6 lens. Shot sort of as a test shoot. My iphone light meter read more

Funky Medium Format Film Photography Tip

The web is full of photography tips film or digital. One of the things people really seem to dig are film tips that use non-photography items.

Sometimes you see this posed as questions like: “What’s the most unusual thing in your camera bag?” Other times it’s almost the whole DIY Photography genre from lighting to building your own camera.

Well here’s an off the wall tip using a very non-photography related item: a Scrunchi!

Some medium format cameras have interchangeable read more

Tap and Dye film shooter's patch

Kickass new patch from Tap & Dye

Just got in a new film photography related patch from Tap & Dye. It’s super cool and reminds me of Motorcycle Club artwork. I mean, it’s got a skull, lightning bolts, script fonts, we’re talkin’ bad ass here! 3″ diameter circle with an iron on backing make it easy to flaunt.

The only catch is that it was $12.75 to my door. The price might not be for everyone, but then again, neither is looking this good!

Tweet this bomb ass patch! read more