Raleigh, February 2016

Every few months I trav­el to Raleigh, North Car­oli­na and on these vis­its I try to explore down­town a lit­tle bit. This month I had anoth­er trip and took my Leica M3 and my (new to me) Mamiya C330. These are some of my favorites from three ses­sions — one late after­noon and one night­time walk with the M3, and one mid­day with the C330. The M3 had a roll of expired 400UC and the Mamiya was loaded with Ultra­fine Extreme 400.

I’ve got­ten to a pret­ty com­fort­able place with the Leica, but the C330 is still very for­eign to me. In fact, on three of my images the lens did­n’t acti­vate — no idea what I did wrong there. I had switched out the 80mm 2.8 for a 180mm 4.5 and some­how did­n’t set it up cor­rect­ly. Will read more and bet­ter luck next time. Big thank you to Karl Abbott for the roll of Ultra­fine — it turned out great in a Microphen stock dev!

Raleigh, February 2015. Tri‑X 400 120, GA645

This is the roll of Tri‑X 400 that I picked up from the Imag­in­gUSA Kodak booth. I haven’t shot any medi­um for­mat Tri‑X before (to my rec­ol­lec­tion any­way) and I was very impressed with the breadth of tone that could be pulled from the scans. 

As always, I loved walk­ing around with the GA645. Just a great cam­era. So sharp, so reli­able — my only com­plaint is that it shoots 15 instead of 16 on a 120 roll (and 30 instead of 32 on 220). But being able to use the same equip­ment for 120 & 220 with­out adapters is pret­ty awe­some. Which reminds me.…I have a roll of FP4 220 that needs to be used!

Best of 2014 Film Photos [Part 2]

Car­ry­ing on with Part 2 of my Top 10 (ok 11) 2014 Film pho­tos, let’s dive into the next five!


Front Lawn. Natchez, March 2014. T-Max 400, 35mm.

Front Lawn. Natchez, March 2014. T‑Max 400, 35mm.


Side Street. Raleigh, June 2014. Portra 400, 120.

Side Street. Raleigh, June 2014. Por­tra 400, 120.


Free Colors. Raleigh, June 2014. Portra 400, 120.

Free Col­ors. Raleigh, June 2014. Por­tra 400, 120.


Rain. Kanuga Conference Center, June 2014. FP4 120.

Rain. Kanu­ga Con­fer­ence Cen­ter, June 2014. FP4 120.


The Bather. Cheekwood, December 2014. Acros 100, 35mm.

The Bather. Cheekwood, Decem­ber 2014. Acros 100, 35mm.

Best of 2014 Film Photos [Part 1]

Review­ing an entire year of work is quite daunt­ing. You can pre­pare ahead of time and cat­a­log, rate, cri­tique, etc work all year long and still come out the oth­er side baf­fled and unsure why one piece was just SO GOOD. It’s pos­si­ble to try and mark opin­ions through­out the year, but even those can fall flat in review.

Or, you do what I do, and col­lect at the end of the year. With approx­i­mate­ly 500 frames of film shot in 2014, I did a once-over of every­thing and flagged some 60 as poten­tial best of’s. Then I print­ed 4x6 of each and did a fur­ther culling down to the Top 10.…but this Top 10 list goes to 11!

In no par­tic­u­lar order, let’s walk down mem­o­ry lane. We’ll five in this post, and five in Part 2. My favorite pho­to of the year will have its own post thereafter!


Peo­ple on Broad­way I. Nashville, Feb­ru­ary 2014. FP4 120.

Peo­ple on Broad­way I. Nashville, Feb­ru­ary 2014. FP4 120.


Peo­ple on Broad­way II. Nashville, Feb­ru­ary 2014. FP4 120.

Peo­ple on Broad­way II. Nashville, Feb­ru­ary 2014. FP4 120.


Square Books, Upstairs. Oxford, April 2014. NPS160 35mm.

Square Books, Upstairs. Oxford, April 2014. NPS160 35mm.


Rachel Kate at The Underground I. Nashville, November 2014. T-Max 400 @ 1600, 35mm.

Rachel Kate at The Under­ground I. Nashville, Novem­ber 2014. T‑Max 400 @ 1600, 35mm.


Rachel Kate at The Underground II. Nashville, November 2014. T-Max 400 @ 1600, 35mm.

Rachel Kate at The Under­ground II. Nashville, Novem­ber 2014. T‑Max 400 @ 1600, 35mm

Lassiter Mills Park, Raleigh NC

I was in Raleigh recent­ly and had a chance to go on a lit­tle pho­to excur­sion with Karl. We went to the Las­siter Mills Park where I planned to shoot some of my FP4 film in the GA645. Fate had oth­er plans. 

I’d had the same set of CR123 bat­ter­ies in the Fuji for years and they final­ly gave out that morn­ing. Well, they had giv­en out some­time in the lat­ter part of 2013, but I did­n’t know that until that brisk Feb­ru­ary morn (Aside — it does always seem that Karl and I find pho­tog­ra­phy a bit cold). With no oth­er cam­era on me but my iPhone 4S, I decid­ed to shoot a “roll.” Below are my favorites from the session.

They are unabashed­ly dig­i­tal — cap­tured on a phone, post-processed to hell and back. But some­times you must embrace the media you have — the alter­na­tive would have been no imagery at all.