A Month of Film – Part 2

I am now 2 weeks in to my Month of Film! I have to say that I am so invigorated and liberated doing this. I don’t even miss shooting digital in the least. For this update, I thought I’d talk about the camera I’ve been using the most and also the lenses, film, etc. At the end of the month, I will put up a slideshow of my favorite images from the month with as much technical stuff about each picture. A while back, I sold all of my DSLR equipment and bought some Fuji digital cameras, the X-T1, X-Pro…

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…

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….

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…