My Caffenol Experiment

It’s no secret to my friends that I like to try new things and I’m not afraid of trying new things. When I first read about Caffenol a few years ago, I was definitely captivated. I grew up shooting film and when I was in college, I spent most of my free time either shooting or in the darkroom developing and printing. I still love shooting film! If you have read any of my posts on film, you’ll see that I develop my film mostly using Ilford DDX developer. I’ll admit, I tried Caffenol a couple years ago and it…

Fuji’s Classic Chrome and the X-Pro 2

Fuji has done some awesome things lately. Their film simulations in camera have been interesting. It started with Fuji introducing Classic Chrome when the X100T came out. They made it a firmware update for the X-T1 also. I was intrigued by it. A lot of people have compared Classic Chrome to Kodak’s iconic Kodachrome film but is it really? You can’t buy Kodachrome anymore so shooting a roll of it and comparing it won’t work. So how do you compare the look of Classic Chrome to the real thing? I searched for the perfect preset for Lightroom to get that…

Fuji X-Pro 2 The Film Shooter’s Digital

Yes, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. Excuses? Not really, I guess just a little lazy. When I heard that Fuji was coming out with the X-Pro 2, I got excited to say the least. I love Fuji cameras and I have written about the X-Pro 1 and also my favorite, the XT-1. I picked up the X-Pro 2 last week and finally got to go shoot with it yesterday. In a word, it was “Awesome”. This isn’t a technical review of the camera at all, it’s just my impressions of this camera and what I liked and…

Tabletop Studio Setup

In my last post, I talked about my Ikea hack for a small tabletop studio. I thought I’d write about it today because I really like this setup. I bought an Ikea kitchen cart called the Bekväm for $59.00. A great little cart with a really nice butcher block type top, 2 shelves and wheels on 2 of the legs. Oh, and solid wood! Once I got it put together, which was pretty easy, I was impressed at how solid it is. I knew that I wanted to add some way of attaching a backdrop so I drilled a couple holes…

Fuji X-T1 in the Studio

I have owned this wonderful camera since March and finally decided to see how it can shoot in a studio setting. Using both available light and also the strobes. I shoot primarily food photography, and try to earn a living doing it but that’s another story. When I was shooting with the Canon 5d MkII, I used the Canon 100mm macro lens for the bulk of my food shots. On the Fuji, I have the Fuji 60mm macro lens. Did the Fuji live up to my expectations? Boy did it except for a few quirky things. First off, I tried…

Film of the Week

Well, it’s official, I am definitely obsessed with film now. I feel like I’ve gone back in time to when things were much simpler and you had to be a little more patient and a little more creative. I’ve done an article about developing black & white film in your kitchen and have devoted myself to just shooting film for the month of May. But there was something missing. I literally woke up in the middle of the night and decided I wanted to do a Film of the Week series. Crazy! There are a bunch of blog posts and…

A Month of Film – Part 1

Spring is finally here! After such a rough winter, I didn’t think it would ever warm up, but here it is. I figured what better way to welcome the weather than to go out and shoot – FILM! I have declared the month of May as “Film Only” month, no digital. Can I do it? Of course. I shoot with a couple of Leica cameras, my favorite, an MP and also the wonderfully simple M4. I use a few different films, Ilford Delta 100 and FP4 and also Fuji Acros 100. Each of those films have a different quality to them. So…

Why the Fuji X-T1 is Now My Favorite Camera!

First off, this isn’t a review of the X-T1. There are plenty of those out there. This is just my view on shooting with this wonderful little gem. I’ve shot with Canon for the past 25 years and also Nikon but in the past few months, I sold all the Canon gear including the 5D MkII and several L series lenses and also I sold the Nikon D800 along with the Nikon 105 macro and Tamron 24-70. Do I miss that gear, absolutely not! I don’t miss hauling everything around in a giant Lowepro backpack and having neck cramps from…

Cold Outside? Shoot Inside!

This winter has been especially nasty here in Kansas City. Right now it’s 7 degrees with some snow and sleet on the ground. Tonight, below zero temps. I am so sick of it to say the least. I love going outside and shooting but I must confess that I am a wimp when it comes to cold temperatures. In order to satisfy my desire to shoot something, I took a couple trips to a few antique malls. Score! I had the best time and antique stores are like a treasure trove of weird and vintage items just waiting to be…