film photography · Photo essay · Vintage Camera

The Rolleiflex Automat and a Roll of Portra 400

I am continuously amazed by my Rolleiflex Automat. Not just because it is more than 70 years old, but also because it is an under appreciated model that, despite not having the coveted f/2.8 lens, still produces consistently sharp images. Rolleiflex Automat with Kodak Portra 400 My Automat was the first film camera I purchased… Continue reading The Rolleiflex Automat and a Roll of Portra 400

film photography · Pentax Camera · Photo essay

The Pentax 67 – My First Thoughts

I've chosen the Pentax 67 camera for a photo book I'm currently working on. I hope to document what is left of my hometown that existed from my childhood. This project will include mostly buildings and landscapes. This fact quickly made me realize that the 35mm format wasn't going to cut it for what I'm… Continue reading The Pentax 67 – My First Thoughts

film photography · How To · Photo essay

Still Life on Kodak Portra 400 – A Good Practice for Beginners

Since Covid hit I started to realize I needed to get more creative with my compositions if I was going to be able to continue to shoot film while I was stuck at home. Exakta VX1000 Kodak TX 400 I have done still life photos here and there, usually on black and white film. This… Continue reading Still Life on Kodak Portra 400 – A Good Practice for Beginners

Developing Adventures · film photography · Film Processing

Developing Adventures – My First Time Processing Color Film

This past Christmas I received the Cinestill C41 color film processing 2 bath powder kit from Kelsey's grandmother. It came with 3 pouches of powder chemistry, 2 accordion bottles, a tank, and two reels, two 1000ml jugs, and the TCS-1000 water heater; everything I needed to get started finally developing color film myself. I normally… Continue reading Developing Adventures – My First Time Processing Color Film

Developing Adventures · film photography · Film Processing

Developing Adventures – Pushing Kodak Tmax 400 to 1600

Kodak Tmax was actually the first black and white film stock I ever shot with back around 2013 when I got back into film photography. It is a high contrast film, which isn't usually the look I go for these days, so I haven't shot with it much recently. However, I had a roll in… Continue reading Developing Adventures – Pushing Kodak Tmax 400 to 1600

Developing Adventures · film photography · Film Processing · opinion

Developing Adventures – Pushing Kodak Tri-X 400 to 1600

In continuing with my quest to find the right black and white film that suits my style and need for faster speeds for shots taken around my home, I now continue with Kodak Tri-X. I did a post previously on developing Tri-X 400 using both Kodak HC-110 and Kodak D-76 developers. I liked my results,… Continue reading Developing Adventures – Pushing Kodak Tri-X 400 to 1600

Developing Adventures · film photography · film review

Developing Adventures – Kodak T-Max P3200 pulled to 800

I have written several articles about my experimentation with Kodak T-Max P3200 as part of my goal to find the best film to take everyday photos around my home. I first tried pulling it to 1600 and developing it two different ways. Then I tried shooting it at 3200 with a flash. Each time, hating… Continue reading Developing Adventures – Kodak T-Max P3200 pulled to 800

film photography · film review

Kodak T-Max P3200 with a Flash

I wrote an article about pulling Kodak T-Max P3200 to 1600 as part of my quest to find my go-to film for shooting everyday pictures indoors. I was not very happy with my results and I wasn't planning on shooting with this film again, but then I found a few more rolls of it in… Continue reading Kodak T-Max P3200 with a Flash

Box Camera · film photography · Vintage Camera Reviews

The Capitol 120 Box Camera

The Capitol 120 box camera was made by the company Metropolitan Industries in Chicago, Illinois around 1930. It came in two versions: one with a silver faceplate and black letters and one, like mine pictured below, with the black background and white letters. Capitol 120 Box Camera It gets its name from the Capitol building… Continue reading The Capitol 120 Box Camera

Developing Adventures · film photography · Film Processing · opinion

Developing Adventures – Pulling Kodak Tmax P3200

My quest to find a film that can be used in low lighting, everyday shots around the house is still on. I last reviewed pull processing Ilford Delta 3200 to 1600 to lower the contrast. I liked my results, but wasn't crazy about the amount of grain in skin tones. This week I decided to… Continue reading Developing Adventures – Pulling Kodak Tmax P3200