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old boat and pier

Kayaking and Film Photography

What happens when you want to take film photos in places that are bad for cameras? In my example my wife and I went kayaking in a cove on Drummond Island, Michigan and I wanted to take some film shots. In this scenario there’s a LOT that can go wrong and ruin a camera. Ever try to keep your balance while taking a photo in a kayak? It’s not that easy. Water can get in the kayak, you can flip over, there’s lots of camera-terminal contingencies one can imagine.


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BumbleBee Holga

Some Scanned Negatives from my BumbleBee Holga

Really, a good portion of the fun of a Holga is modifying it to be your own. This particular one I got some time ago when Freestyle Photo ran a sale on a couple colored versions. This was before Holgas closed and then reopened. I got this one in “mustard”


Right off the bat I ditch the clips and use velcro to hold the back on. Of course you need to remove the internal F8 aperture ring. With this one instead of filling aperture (sunny/cloudy) hole and drilling a correct aperture, instead read more

stacked rocks

Shots from my new-to-me Hasselblad!

Whoah! I’m impressed with this camera! Sorry my trusty Bronica SQa that’s gotten me this far but the ‘Blad is wonderful though a little quirkier. Shot on Kodak Tri-X and developed in HC-110 dilution E for 8min. My first time using HC-110 also! These are negative scans.



Lushes LaMoan (pics in the article may be NSFW)

Lushes LaMoan is a burlesque dancer and founder of a Detroit burlesque troop. I saw her preform recently at a farewell party for some good friends. For me this was the first time I’ve ever seen burlesque done to a live jazz band! Really cool time.

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Dan and Silke

The Farewell Party!

There’s a couple that’s been going to Photostock since about 2009 that I befriended over the years. I didn’t see them often, but we followed each other on Facebook and other sites. We met up occasionally outside of Photostock to do some urban exploration in Detroit. They were friends I saw a few times a year. They are film Photographers that usually read more

Jeff Blandford

Jeff Blandford’s Exhibit at the Saginaw Art Museum

Jeff Blandford is a ceramicist with an eye for the unusual. While he’s certainly know for throwing some very large works, I was intrigued by th differentness of his work and the creative way it was displayed. I took my grandfather’s Rollei T3 (F3.5) and a tripod to The Saginaw Art Museum and shot a roll of Tri-X 400 film. It’s not often something this enigmatic comes to town and I’m really glad I was able to catch it!

flag reflection 18-365

Day 18 of 365 Flag Reflections

Canon EOS 620, EF 24-105 L IS, Tri-X 400 developed in Ilford DD-X