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5 Frames… Shooting Blues Night 1993 with Stan Webb and Chicken Shack on Kodak T-MAX 3200 (35mm Format / EI 3200 / Minolta X-300 + Tokina SD 70-210mm f/4-5.6)

In autumn 1993 it was time again. The annual Blues Night in the neighboring town of Idar-Oberstein was coming up. This time I also wanted to take pictures there. My first time in a dark hall with a few spotlights on stage. What do I need? Flash was already categorically ruled out for me. I […]

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5 Frames… Of my slice of midtown Detroit on Fuji Superia X-TRA 400 and a Minolta Maxxum 7 (35mm Format / EI 400 / Minolta AF 28-75 f/2.8)

These 5 Frames were all shot on an afternoon walk around my neighborhood in Midtown Detroit. It was a hot summer day and I was absolutely exhausted from being locked into my tiny apartment for so long from the lockdown. One afternoon I had stopped by my parents’ house while they were at work to […]

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5 Frames… During California’s “Fire Season” on Arista EDU ULTRA 100 (35mm Format / EI 100 / Minolta SRT102 + Minolta MC Rokkor-X PG 58mm f/1.2)

If you’ve never had the misfortune of experiencing a California “fire season”, you are blessed. This was my 39th, and it has been the worst I can remember thanks in large part to the ever-present smoke from the nearby Bobcat Fire. But it didn’t help matters that I picked this particular occasion to pay my […]

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5 Frames… at Essen’s Ostfriedhof on expired Fuji Superia 100 (35mm format / EI 100 / Minolta Dynax 5 + Minolta AF 50mm f/1.7)

When my wife and I moved to a larger apartment in 2018, we discovered Essen’s Ostfriedhof nearby in our new neighborhood. It is a relatively large cemetery, spacious, park-like and very well-kept. With many historical graves, it does not correspond at all to the cliché of the cemeteries that I knew so far, and we […]

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5 Frames… From my first roll of slide film and a Minolta CLE + Minolta Rokkor-M 40mm f/2 (Kodak EKTACHROME 100 / 35mm Format / El 100)

These 5 frames are my first try at shooting a slide film. About 5 months ago I decided to start my journey into the film photography. And it was a love from the first touch I would say. The whole process from unpacking the film and putting it into the camera, to cocking the shutter, […]

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5 Frames… Of medium format on a budget (Kodak Portra 160 / 120 Format / EI 160 / Minolta Autocord RG1)

I, like many of you here, suffer chronic GAS. It remains true that a great picture comes from the photographer, not the camera, but there is something uniquely satisfying about using a camera that looks and feels good. Although my student budget places heavy limitations upon my Leica-laden aspirations, bargains can be found, which may […]

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What I’ve learned from my LomoChrome Purple XR 100-400 experiences: A user’s guide

Lomography’s LomoChrome Purple XR 100-400 is definitely an interesting film. Until shooting it in late 2019, I had never tried a ‘special effects’ film before and surprisingly, I liked it. But there are some caveats that never seem to be mentioned in Lomography’s posts and promotions. This is not so much intended as a film […]

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Choosing a 35mm film SLR? A quick look at six (vintage?) film camera manufacturers…

Since the publication of my original book, “Nikon Film Cameras, Which one is right for you?”, I’ve acquired a number of additional cameras and lenses which I describe and evaluate from personal experience in the newly released second edition, which recently went live on Amazon. In addition to the extra hardware, I tracked the prices […]