Gear in Color
16 Apr 2022
Gear matters. Without gear there are no photos. But what of taking photos of the gear itself? Too self-indulgent? Too much a fetish? Nonsense! Gear is great. All praise the gear!
Death of an Analog Photographer
Freefall in Yosemite
23 Jun 2021
A monologue on nature's beauty and the quest for better cameras.
31 May 2021
In November 2014 I "went mirrorless" with a Fujifilm X setup.
2020 in photos
27 Jan 2021
What pictures did I take in 2020? How did they reflect what went on in the world? What cameras did I use to take them? All this and more, in today's episode of "2020 in review."
forest green lightroom preset
21 Nov 2020
Let's create a new Lightroom Development Preset which takes advantage of Color Grading.
lomography kino film
10 Nov 2020
Is the new Lomography monochrome film stock worth your time and money?
1 Nov 2020
How does Zeiss' reputation for sharpness hold up for the specific gear on my shelf?
explore on Flickr is a trick
21 Oct 2020
Flickr uses its "Explore" feature to trick people into staying engaged.
off-camera lighting on a shoestring
7 May 2020
Want to get started with off-camera lighting, but don't want to waste money buying junk gear?
a tale of two ektars
7 May 2020
Let's talk about Ektar. No, not that Ektar. The other Ektar.
five years with fujifilm X
6 May 2020
In November 2014 I went whole hog into Fujifilm's X camera system.
the dumb story of APS film
forever haunted by 1996
17 Feb 2020
The Advanced Photo System ("APS"), aka Kodak Advantix, had a brief, dumb existence.
26 Jan 2020
In summer 2019, Lomography did something unusual – they introduced a completely new film stock.
2019 in photos
wiping it off our boots
25 Jan 2020
This is what I've learned, what I've seen, and what I've taken photos of in 2019.
let's talk about Flickr
yes, Flickr is still a thing
20 Dec 2019
Flickr's CEO told the world yesterday that the service is unsustainable and unless something changes, it will die.
tear your backing paper
see what happens
18 Jun 2019
What's going on inside a roll of 120 film?
lomography diana baby
is it any good?
19 May 2019
The Diana Baby is a unicorn – a modern 110 film camera.
ektachrome is back!
2 May 2019
Like a zombie, Kodak's Ektachrome film has risen from the grave.
frame sizes revisited
645 digital edition
18 Mar 2019
What are the field-of-view equivalents for 645 digital camera sensors?
2018 in photos
another horrible year
8 Jan 2019
An entire year has passed, did I learn anything?
black & white showdown results
10 Dec 2018
Can I even tell the difference between all those various black&white film stocks?
kodak lumiere slide film
8 Dec 2018
I picked up off eBay some unusual film stock: Kodak Lumiere. Wildly out of date, and with only two rolls, see how the images came out.
medium format point-and-shoot
21 Nov 2018
Nine months ago I learned of the existence of this line of cameras that both use medium format film and are flat and compact. Unfortunately, they are also glorified point-and-shoots.
pentax K-50 saga
wherein I learn about aperture block failure
28 Jul 2018
The Pentax K50 is an attractive, shiny, eye-catching turd.
tips for aerial photography
30 Jun 2018
Here are some general tips for taking photos in the sky.
a.k.a. the brick
24 Jun 2018
I bought, used, then sold a Pentax K-01 all within two months. More than just not being the camera for me, it's not even clear why this camera was created in the first place. This is its story.
cell phone cameras
24 Jun 2018
I read yet another article yesterday about how technology in cell phone cameras has surpassed that of dedicated cameras and "wow! look at these photos where you can barely tell which camera made the image!" *barf*
the great black and white showdown
12 May 2018
Exactly how noticeable is the difference between all those black and white films?
photographing a performance
20 Apr 2018
I was asked recently to photograph "Play on Words", an event where performers do dramatic readings of short stories. Here's how I did it.
hip to be square
23 Feb 2018
Here how to convert Fuji X focal length equivalents for 6x6 medium format.
2017 in photos
26 Dec 2017
By far, the most important thing that happened to me this year was the birth of my daughter. But let's talk about what really matters – how did that affect my photography?
2 Dec 2017 4 Aug 2021
The Kowa/SIX was produced from 1968 to 1974, a budget-friendly competitor to the Hasselblad V system.
testing slide duplicating film
19 Jun 2017
One of the weirder films you can find on eBay is Kodak's Ektachrome "Slide Duplicating Film 5071".
2016 in photos
26 Dec 2016
Here we are – nearly at New Years Day, our annual reminder that we're all slowly approaching our deaths.
leica m3 versus fujifilm x-t1
18 Jul 2015
In which I compare the legendary 1955 Leica M3 rangefinder to the 2014 modern digital mirrorless Fujiflim X-T1.
one landscape, different days
28 Aug 2012
Changes in time and weather can make dramatically different landscape photos, even when the landscape itself is the same.