My Thoughts on Street Photography

It seems that the latest craze in photography is Street Photography. I’m not sure why it’s becoming so popular because street photography has been around for years and years with the master or godfather of street photography being Henri Cartier-Bresson. Of course, that’s my opinion but he had a photojournalistic approach to his work starting way back in the 1930’s. So what exactly is street photography? Does it have to always have people in the images? Does it always have to be black & white? No and no. To me street photography captures textures, reflections, patterns, architectural elements, and shadows….

Developing B&W Film in the Kitchen

Developing film is actually not a hard process at all. It just takes a little practice and patience to do it and get great results. Of course you need a film camera but those are really inexpensive now and you can get some really good equipment for just a few hundred dollars. Or perhaps you have an old Canon AE-1 or Nikon FE in your closet. Get some film and go for it. I like to use Ilford film. I have for years and the quality is consistent. Maybe because all they make is black and white film. I also…

Shooting with the Fuji X-Pro 1

A couple months ago, I traded most of my Canon DSLR bodies and lenses for the Fuji X-Pro 1 and also the X100S. You might be thinking, boy that was dumb but it was the best move I’ve made in a long time. I shot with the Canon 5D MkII and 7D for several years and I had a nice selection of L series lenses. I was just getting tired of hauling all that equipment around when I went out to shoot. I read review after review of both of the Fuji cameras and knew that I had to have…

Country Club Plaza

The Country Club Plaza (often referred to as The Plaza) is an American upscale shopping district and residential neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri. It was the first shopping center in the world designed to accommodate shoppers arriving by automobile.[1] The 55-acre (223,000 m²) site is about four miles (6.44 km) south of downtown, between 45th and 51st streets to the north and south and between Broadway and Madison Street to the east and west. The Kansas state line is one mile (1.6 km) to the west. Established in 1922 by J. C. Nichols and designed architecturally after Seville, Spain, the Plaza comprises high-end retail establishments, restaurants, and entertainment venues, as well as offices.[2] The neighborhoods surrounding the Plaza…

Using the Leica M6 for the First Time

  I shot my first roll of film with the Leica M6 and a 35mm F2 Summicron ASPH. lens. Wow! I grew up shooting film so when I decided to get the Leica I knew I had made the right decision. I haven’t shot film for at least 12 or 13 years. I chose to get the M6 because of the meter in the camera (actually it’s the M6 TTL). The lens was a no brainer. the 35mm f2 is so sharp and fast and just plain built well. Sure it was quite a splurge to get the camera and…