Having owned several Fujifilm cameras (X100s, X100t, X-T10) I was really excited when my friend and fellow photographer, wanted to get together to shoot with some of his newer Fujifilm equipment. I had the opportunity to try out his X-Pro2 using the Acros film simulation with the 56mm f1.2 APD portrait lens and, wow! The image above was taken with that setup and is a .jpg straight from the camera. Coming from Nikon full-frame, and currently shooting a lot of film, this setup seems to blend the best of both worlds. I look forward to digging a little deeper into the Fujifilm system and possibly shooting some actual Neopan Acros 100 film!
My real first foray into photography was in 2005, when I watched my step-dad take a Pentax K1000 out of the closet and hand it to me. This mechanical camera could be operated without a battery, was made almost entirely out of metal and had a solid weight to it — nothing like the flimsy plastic of today's cameras. He had used that old Pentax in years past for various projects, and it was perfect for my upcoming Photography I Black & White class.
I spent much of that class learning the very basics of how to control a camera, what f-stops, aperture, fix and developer were, and spent a more than a few nights huddled in the darkroom. Most of my shots were terrible — the rest acceptable at best. I remember being so frustrated upon reviewing my negatives that I'd barely captured anything acceptable for my assignments. After moving to Photo II Digital & Color, the faster process of shooting and evaluating digitally helped me grow leaps and bounds and just like that, I never went back to film.
Until November 2016.
A fellow photographer had gifted me a well-loved Nikon FM2, and I found myself with two newly purchased rolls of Kodak Tri-X 400 to put through it. I decided to push those two rolls to two stops in development for added grain and contrast in the final images. This added grain and contrast is a look I've found my black & white digital images getting closer to and I really wanted to see the results of "the real thing" and how it compared. Over Thanksgiving 2016 I dove head first into the all-manual focusing, metering and capturing of the my first film shots. After getting the roll developed and scanned by TheDarkroom.com; my comfort zone was successfully pushed and I was pretty pleased with the results.
I think I'll shoot more film.
First off, I must apologize for the long gap in updates. The last few months slipped away from me and I was not as attentive to the blog as I could have been, so thanks for sticking with me!
2016 was an incredible year of perpetual change, challenge and reward for me. My wife and I welcomed two new additions to our family — Mathew and Liliana our twins. We lost our dog Indy to cancer long before it was his time, and while working full-time took on more side work, on-call, hobbies and lifestyle change than any prior year previous.
Through all of the victories, trials, celebrations, challenges, love, and hardships it's been a year I wouldn't trade for anything. Throughout 2016 I've been extremely fortunate to work with wonderful clients and have the opportunity to continue to photograph my growing family — and I'd like to share some of images with you:
This summer I had the opportunity to work with Zazios for a few different projects including — updated space shots of their gorgeous new restaurant and patio, signature menu items for their marketing materials, and some very exciting action shots of Chef Joe 🔥!
Take a look below:
If your business is in the market for updated photography, whether it's product, commercial space or portraits, let's talk!
I was asked last spring about the possibility of knocking out some family portraits for a friend of mine. She told me that it had been years since her whole family had gotten together for family portraits, and she wanted to give her parents an updated family shots now that the family has grown. Of course, I was happy to oblige! We were lucky in that everyone's schedule aligned and was able to make it for the shoot. Here's a few images from the day:
If you're thinking of capturing your family this fall, there isn't a more beautiful time in Michigan all year! Reach out and let's get you on the books!