Film Digitizing Gotcha!

As my earlier posts have noted, I have been exploring various options to digitize my film negatives and slides.  I have an Epson V700 flatbed scanner, a Plustek Opticfilm 120 scanner, and have also tried scanning using a Fuji XT-1 APS-C (16 MP) digital mirrorless camera with both a Leitz BEOON copy stand, and more recently, using a Minolta Copy Stand II.  The scan quality … Continue reading Film Digitizing Gotcha!

Ships and Trains at Night, and Film Reciprocity Failure

Tall Ships America’s Challenge Race Series returned to the Great Lakes, and Kenosha, Wisconsin acted as a host city for the weekend of 1-4 August 2019.  Seven sailing vessels participated in the events, which included the Parade of Sail on 1 August, with all seven ships arriving in port under sail. The headliner ship was the Niagara, an accurate reproduction of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s … Continue reading Ships and Trains at Night, and Film Reciprocity Failure

Butterflies and Macro

Back in mid-July, I visited the Chicago Botanic Garden with neighbor and fellow photographer, Laura Hedien.  Laura and I have frequently gone out on photo excursions to shoot a myriad of subjects, including lighthouses, a wolf sanctuary, downtown Chicago and Milwaukee, airplanes at Oshkosh, trains, and other things.  This latest excursion was focused primarily on doing macro photography of butterflies at the Botanic Garden’s “Butterflies … Continue reading Butterflies and Macro

Film Photography – What It Isn’t & What It Is

In June 2018, along with fellow member Steven Tontic, I gave a presentation on film photography to the Lake County Camera Club (LCCC) .  My portion of the presentation covered what film photography is and what it isn’t, while Steven addressed photography lessons learned by shooting film versus digital. It was not intended to engage in the debate of the supposed superiority of film or … Continue reading Film Photography – What It Isn’t & What It Is

The Art of Black & White Photography – Workshop Review

A week ago, I returned from Montana where I had attended a black & white photography workshop, “The Art of Black & White Photography,” June 9-14, sponsored by Photographer’s Formulary, in Condon, Montana, and taught by Nathan McCreery. Nathan has been a professional photographer since his college days, with work encompassing wedding, portrait, commercial and product photography; he is primarily focused today on fine art … Continue reading The Art of Black & White Photography – Workshop Review

Oshkosh, July 2018

I attend the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) annual convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin every year. The EAA calls it AirVenture, but most pilots still just call it “Oshkosh.”  For pilots and flying fanatics, it is the ultimate destination venue to appease the aviation addiction. Regardless of your specific interest in aviation or aircraft in particular, Oshkosh is also a unique opportunity for photography, with first class … Continue reading Oshkosh, July 2018