Good Morning St John’s

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After a night of chasing ghosts, Emily (about a year old at the time) woke up early so I decided we should go on walkabout to see how Savannah transforms from the most haunted city in America to an enthralling architectural and historic beauty. This photo of St. John’s Episcopal Church captures a little of both as the golden light of morning pushes away dark shadows hiding vengeful ghosts. Shot on Fuji Provia 400X film (sadly discontinued in 2013).

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The future of film

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I don’t know what the future of 35mm film is, but it seems uncertain at best. Kodak and Fuji have stopped making many emulsions, and most of the developing machines have disappeared from corner drug stores never to be replaced. This makes it more difficult, and expensive, for those who may want to try it out, or pick it back up again. Thankfully we have folks like Japan Camera Hunter, Camera Film Photo and FILM Ferrania (just to name a few) working at keeping the film scene alive.

As much as I enjoy digital, there is truly nothing like film. The limited number of frames, the waiting to develop or process the film, the joy of looking at your slides through a projector or on a light table, just can’t be duplicated by the digital experience. There is certainly room for both, and I sure hope film is still around when my daughters grow up.

Velvia 50 project: Backyard Sunsets

The new baby, work and life in general has kept me busy. Too busy to post more here, unfortunately. Hopefully today will make up for it. I started a project a few months ago and now it is complete and ready to share!

Not a 365 project, more like a 36 project; 36 frames of Velvia 50 to be precise. Living on a lake has the benefit of viewing beautiful sunsets over the water, so I figured since I’m homebound these days that I would load up a roll of Velvia 50 in my Leica M6, slap on the Voigtlander 21mm f4 and take a photo when one of these sunsets took place. They scanned a little darker than I would have liked, but the point is made. Enjoy!

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Leica M6 Velvia 50

Catching lizards

Catching lizards

So my niece and daughter wanted to catch a few critters while we were visiting Gainesville. Started with small bugs and butterflies, then worked our way up to lizards. Soon Emily realized that the net wasn’t very good for the brown anoles, so she decided to wear it. Who’s catching who?

Shot with the venerable Contax T2 on Kodak Ektar 100. Go film!

Old Country Road

Old Country Road

For me, nothing quite sparks the imagination like finding an old country road. What adventures lie down its dusty path? Where does it take you if followed to the end? Who is waiting there with a map and a story? With so much known in the world, it is comforting to find things that are unknown and keep imagination alive.

This photo is a few years older and captured on my first roll of Velvia 50, I can’t get the colors right, and fairly sure if the slide was found it could be scanned and processed better, but there is something about this photo that draws me to it.  The light, that day, take me back to the moment I pulled over to grab this shot so many years ago.

Shot on Velvia 50 with my Leica M3 and 21mm lens.

Gopher tortoise on film

Gopher tortoise on film

This photo is a few years old when I first started getting back into film and picked up a M3. Seeing the amazing colors of Velvia 50 it was all that was used for a little while until I figured out the best things to use it for (landscape, sunsets, NOT people). I was on a nature hike in Gainesville with a roll of Velvia 50 loaded and ready when I can across this young gopher tortoise. This native Floridian reptile is threatened and always a treat to see in the wild!

Velvia color!

Velvia color

I am back on a film kick, can’t you tell? This was from a work assignment to get relevant photos for our informational brochures and website. I have always loved this photo as it shows the amazing colors that come from the legendary Velvia 50. Shot with my trusty M6 and 21mm lens in beautiful Naples, Florida.