talkin bout cameras


a blog by Branden Frederick

portland, again

portland, again

this time with panoramas

33
photos
6 Jan 2017

I took more photos of Portland, Oregon, this time using the Xpan II. Like last time, I used exclusively expired slide film, as the natural Portland choice. This time it was snowing.

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2016

2016

year in review

188
concepts
26 Dec 2016
Here we are – nearly at New Years Day, our annual reminder that we're all slowly approaching our deaths. As the heavy drinking drowns our sorrows, so does it turn our reflection inward, and cause us to self-evaluate. We realize how little we've accomplished, and to what degree we've let ourselves down. continue reading »

first impressions: xpan ii

first impressions: xpan ii

legendary panorama rangefinder

858
gear
28 Nov 2016
I recently was able to add a dream camera to my collection: the Hasselblad Xpan II. The Xpan II was produced from 2003 to 2005 by a joint effort of Fujifilm (in Japan) and Hasselblad (in Sweden). continue reading »

San Francisco Adventure

San Francisco Adventure

XPan Edition

32
photos
26 Nov 2016

I took out the Xpan II on a trip up to San Francisco, shooting three rolls of film: one Ektachrome 100SW, one Ektar 125, and one ProImage 100, all Kodak stocks.

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what's in my bag?

what's in my bag?

don't expect me to actually answer this question

1274
concepts
19 Nov 2016
I subscribe to too many camera discussions where the premise is "what's in your camera bag?" Like watching car crash videos on YouTube, there's nothing good about this habit, but I just can't help myself. This is my own failing. continue reading »

Night Film

Night Film

Ektachrome 50T shots of San Jose's skyline

45
photos
19 Nov 2016

I have read online that for long exposure night time film photography, Tungsten-balanced slide films can provide the "best" results. So I tried it out for myself, using this ancient Kodak Ektachrome 50T, letting my Canon Rebel 2000 do the metering automatically at +1.

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vallco shopping center

vallco shopping center

panoramas

69
photos
13 Nov 2016

Vallco Shopping Center is a mall in the center of Silicon Valley that is at nearly zero percent occupancy. Less than a mile from the Apple Inc. headquarters in Cupertino, Vallco's future remains contentious. In the meantime, the public is free to wander around and explore the empty mall, during business hours of course.

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first impressions, part 2: xpan ii

first impressions, part 2: xpan ii

and the island of lost dreams

49
photos
10 Nov 2016

Here's some of my first photos with the Xpan II. I used way expired Kodak TMax P3200 film, exposed at EI 640 (I needed to use that ancient stuff for something). I have the 45mm and 90mm lenses for the Xpan, so those were the focal lengths used.

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ektachrome gone bad

ektachrome gone bad

abused and forgotten

71
film
30 Oct 2016
When you're shooting film you've bought off someone on Craigslist, the film is expired, and they're not a photographer, all bets are off. continue reading »

repairing the x-t1

repairing the x-t1

a log

455
gear
24 Oct 2016
Last year, on vacation in Ireland, I dropped my Fujifilm X-T1. I had a crappy wriststrap attached to one of the strap lugs, and the camera was dangling from my wrist, when the strap broke, and the camera tumbled to the ground below. continue reading »

two years with the x-t1

two years with the x-t1

obnoxious statistics

964
gear
24 Oct 2016
Two years ago I sold almost all my Canon gear and went to Fujifilm. Under the auspices of Canon, I cut my teeth in really learning photography. Over the Canon years I had gone through a ludicrous amount of Canon gear, having used well over two dozen different lenses, not to mention the slew of flashes and other accessories. continue reading »

feather river

feather river

exploring california

19
photos
11 Oct 2016

The Feather River is in Northern California. I took photos using the Kowa/SIX and new Portra 160 film.

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visitacion to mission

visitacion to mission

san francisco

114
photos
4 Oct 2016

I walked from Visitacion Valley through the Excelsior, into Noe Valley, through the Mission into the Castro and finally ended in the Lower Haight. My fitbit recorded 37,000 steps and 125 floors on this day.

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my legs

my legs

yes, i'm going to talk about tripods

307
gear
4 Sep 2016
The thing with photography as a hobby is that there is more gear out there than even a gear-o-phile like myself cares about. I am talking, in this instance, about tripods. continue reading »

xf 56mm f/1.2

xf 56mm f/1.2

my reaction

166
gear
4 Sep 2016
I'm not much of a long lens guy. I love me some wide, fast primes. But when it comes to long lenses, I just am never happy. So me, knowing that Fujifilm makes a highly-acclaimed 56mm f/1.2 lens for my beloved X-T1, just had to get my hands on one, but didn't want to commit. So I rented. continue reading »

around the bay

around the bay

a staycation

41
photos
23 Aug 2016
I rode the South Bay train circle – AmTrak from San Jose to Oakland, the ferry across the bay, and CalTrain down from San Francisco back to San Jose. Along the way I took photos using my Fujifilm X-T1. continue reading »

accidental double-exposure

accidental double-exposure

mysterious first exposure

180
film
13 Aug 2016

A few years ago, a friend's father gave me a box of assorted camera junk that had been gathering dust in his garage for who knows how long. Included were some rolls of trash film. I threw them into my freezer and said "one day I'll shoot those".

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hensley district

hensley district

san jose neighborhood

10
photos
31 Jul 2016
Photos I shot using the Canon Elan IIe. continue reading »

kauai

kauai

hawaii

70
photos
14 Jul 2016

I took a vacation to the Hawaiian island of Kauai. My cameras, which were forced to accompany me because they have been surgically attached to my hands in an Edward Scissorhands-esque grotesque fashion, were responsible for taking the following photographs.

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old t-max p3200

old t-max p3200

doesn't save well

113
film
25 Jun 2016
In another exciting adventure in using expired film, here's photos shot on 20-year-old Kodak T-Max P3200 film. The higher the speed of film, the more delicate it must be stored, and the less well it will save after expired. continue reading »

santa monica

santa monica

california

29
photos
2 Jun 2016

I visited family, and took these shots (mostly in Santa Monica) on Kodak Colorplus 200 film. My Canon Elan IIe broke in the airport on the way home.

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east brother light station

east brother light station

in the san francisco bay

29
photos
28 May 2016

In the San Francisco Bay, off the coast of Richmond, lies the East Brother Light Station, a Victorian-era lighthouse that has been converted to a bed and breakfast.

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a tale of two ektars

a tale of two ektars

kodak keeping things confusing

385
film
22 May 2016
Kodak, may it rest in peace, has made an incomprehensibly huge selection of films over the years. One of the film lines they still make is the much-loved (seriously, it's great) Kodak Ektar. continue reading »

ektar 1000

ektar 1000

the original ektar

215
film
10 May 2016
Way back in the late 80's, Kodak introduced a new line of color film called Ektar. Available in speeds 25, 100, 125, and 1000, Kodak only produced the film for five years. continue reading »

Campbell

Campbell

Expired Ektachrome 160T in the Leica M3

34
photos
10 May 2016
I shot these photos using the Leica M3 and expired Ektachrome 160T and 64T. Exposure values were total guesswork, based on the late afternoon light, age of the film, and tungsten balance. continue reading »

San Mateo

San Mateo

Shot on Ektar 25 in the Leica M3

49
photos
6 May 2016

I shot these photos using the Leica M3 loaded with a roll of Ektar 25 – an older film unrelated to the new Ektar film which Kodak is currently producing. The muted tones and warm, rich greens complement each other here in a manner which I'm really enjoying.

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pentax 645nii

pentax 645nii

successor to the Pentax 645

193
gear
2 May 2016
This was my second 645 camera. After breaking my Pentax 645 I was still in love with the system, so I upgraded to this 645NII. Originally released by Pentax in 2001, this was a model late in the film game that featured all sorts of neat advances that a modern digital shooter going back to film will expect and find comfortable, which was exactly what I was doing. continue reading »

pentax 645

pentax 645

medium format SLR

170
gear
1 May 2016
This camera was my introduction to medium format photography. If you've never looked through a medium format viewfinder, you owe it to yourself to do so. continue reading »

coit tower and the financial

coit tower and the financial

san francisco

33
photos
29 Apr 2016

These photos were all shot in a Leica M3 at 50mm, on Kodak Ektachrome 64T slide film. There were four rolls of film, and each was in a different state of decay.

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santa clara

santa clara

on film

18
photos
7 Apr 2016
I shot these walking around Santa Clara with my Elan IIe loaded with expired Fujifilm Sensia 200. continue reading »

atlanta

atlanta

georgia

33
photos
3 Apr 2016

I visited Atlanta on a business trip. All these photos were shot in between boring meetings in window-less conference rooms. I used only the Fujifilm X-T1 and the XF 23mm f/1.4 lens.

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carrizo plain

carrizo plain

in california valley

35
photos
2 Apr 2016

Just south of California Valley lies Carrizo Plain National Monument. These photos I shot digitally (after I ran out of film), using my Fujifilm X-T1 and 16mm, 23mm, 35mm (all f/1.4) and 55-200mm lenses.

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taft

taft

black gold

18
photos
30 Mar 2016

Taft is in Kern Country, California's oil belt. These photos were shot digitally, using a Fujifilm X-T1.

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california valley

california valley

the carrizo plain

81
photos
25 Mar 2016

California Valley is a city-that-never-was (not to be confused with California City, a different city-that-never-was) out in the Carrizo Plain of central California. The street grids were platted and lots sold, but the extreme dryness of the region doomed the city, and few people ever moved to the area. Now, the area has gone solar, as nobody can think of anything better to do with the land.

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film: where to start

film: where to start

an introduction to shooting film in a digital age

710
film
17 Mar 2016

When I admit to my obsession with film photography, 95% of people respond with incredulity. So I'm writing this article for the novice out there who genuinely is interested in playing with film photography, but if they're like most people, they have no idea where to start.

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portland

portland

oregon

36
photos
12 Mar 2016

We spent 36 hours in Portland, eating food and taking photos of cars, then we went home. Here's the evidence. I shot the photos using the Leica M3, 50mm Summicron, and expired Sensia 400 film.

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san jose on a holga

san jose on a holga

my first time

61
photos
3 Feb 2016

With the end of production on the Holga cameras, I finally grabbed one while I still could. Here are some photos of downtown San Jose from my first roll of film through my shiny brand new Holga 120N. True to it's heritage, this Holga abounds with light leaks, distortion, vignetting, and everything else that digital cameras work towards eradicating.

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canon eos 5D mark ii

canon eos 5D mark ii

full frame DSLR

286
gear
24 Jan 2016
This was my "main" camera for five years – from early 2010 to late 2014 – it was a great camera. It could do anything, as all the other people who did great things with this camera will attest. continue reading »

up in the air

up in the air

i always choose the window seat

26
photos
15 Jan 2016

Here's a smattering of photos all shot out of the window of an airplane. Photos are digital and film, across a wide variety of cameras.

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fly north

fly north

out of san jose

27
photos
4 Jan 2016

On New Years Day, we flew around the San Francisco Bay at a couple thousand feet. I brought my Fujifilm X-T1 and the 18-55mm kit lens.

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about Branden Frederick

about Branden Frederick

I am a photographer: I have fun taking photos, and I always have.

I've had a camera in my hand my whole life, a 110 camera as a kid, and the high school's 35mm SLR later. In 2008 I spent six months doing nothing but taking photos and loved it. From that point on I've had my camera surgically attached to my hand (I lie). I went digital in the year 2000, and I came back to film in 2013. My parents tell me my photos are "nice".

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