Lockdown is a real deal right now. There is no getting around it. Events are canceled, businesses are closed, and there is no way to mingle with your friends out in public. Rather than go stir crazy, there are lots of different things an analog photographer can do […]
Back Alley VIP entrance. Taken with a Nikon FM2N, Lensbaby Twist 60 on Ilford FP4 Plus, developed with Caffenol.
The basketball court at Prairieview-Ogden North Elementary School backs up to the Premier Cooperative grain complex in the town of Royal, IL. This town of 279 people (as of the 2010 census) lies along the eastern border of Champaign county. Shot with a Nikon FM2n, Lensbaby Twist 60 […]
This is the defunct entrance to the sports arena at the Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, IL. The base was open from 1917 to 1993, named in honor of Octave Chanute, early airplane designer and friend of the Wright Brothers. Some buildings on the former base are […]
Love is all you need…. This pillar was taken with my Nikon FM2N, a Lensbaby Twist 60 on Ilford FP4 Plus. It is the first image to share from the #fp4party challenge. I will be sharing 5 images this week from my adventures through 36 frames. We are […]
When you get the Lensbaby Twist 60 in the sweet spot, it produces these lovely Petzval swirls wide open at f/2.5. A 19th Century photographer would have stopped down the lens to prevent the spherical aberrations while taking landscape photographs. I say pshaw to that, let the swirlies […]
I see older homes, especially those in disrepair and wonder what happened to the family that lived there. Why did they abandon their home? What were the circumstances? What caused the perils in their lives creating such an upheaval? Sadly the homes do not reveal the reasons. They […]
A few times a year a small island appears in the river. You can walk out carefully from the shore and stand on the river bottom with water lazily traveling around on either side. Muscle shells are abundant, and fun to find and scavenge among the rocks, sticks […]
James Hough is a photographer that lives in Atlanta, Ga. He has been shooting lately with a plastic Diana camera, making wonderful ” happy accidents” behind the lens. We spoke for an hour or so about photography, his work and life in general. What was your first camera? […]
Carnivals are interesting places to make photographs. They are mini towns that appear seemingly overnight. Full of rides, games, hucksters and those that want to be seen. It was just past nightfall, and the rides were silent, waiting for the crowds to appear. This image was made from […]
When we moved my grandparents out of their home, it was a rough day. They had lived their entire lives in this house, and we had to choose what would move with them from a three story home to their two bedroom condo. My grandfather could no longer […]
It was a fall day out at the lake. The wind was calm, and the sun was starting to fade. The lake was like glass, as I shot through a tumbled tree along the shoreline. I enjoy the connection to the Earth when I am out with my […]
This image was made on a warm summer afternoon while hiking at Raccoon State Recreation Area in Indiana. Shot with a Pentax Spotmatic II on a 50mm lens. Arista.Edu Ultra 200, 35mm film.
There is a spot in Champaign, Il. that has a ton of graffiti all over the walls. It is an outdoor eatery space, and in the summer is quite crowded. Today was a nice sunny Sunday, and for the most part I had the space to myself to […]
This image was taken at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, in Lerna, Il. It is a working historic farm on 86 acres of the original homestead of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, father and step-mother of Abraham Lincoln. It is a fantastic site to visit. There […]
I remember this day. It was a warm October afternoon. The Pullman car had collapsed a bit upon itself with a large hedge growing and covering most of the windows. Inside were the belongings of someone that used it as a shelter. As I stepped inside, it was […]
Michelle Blythe and I have been friends for a long time. We used to be coworkers on the same job a few years ago. We both left the company and have moved on to other jobs but we still stay in touch. Michelle is also a photographer and […]
This photo was made in November after the woods flooded in freezing temperatures. The ice formed on top of the water in this grove of trees, making an eerie and silent landscape. The camera used for this photo is a toy 35mm camera similar to the popular “Time […]
I love older proven technology. I have a good friend that says that I do anything that takes twice as long, and pick the most difficult processes ever invented. Ha! Honestly I tend to agree. I love fountain pens. I have a only a few, and they aren’t […]
This page contains affiliate links. One of the fun things about photography is that you have such a wide assortment of cameras to choose from. I have tried a bunch, from instant to glass plate and everything in between. Most cameras, however, are technical boxes of wizardry that […]
I took this photo in May of 2018. It was at the end of a week long journey, exploring the Oregon Trail on the 175th anniversary of the trail. It was taken with a Canon Sure Shot 105 Zoom point and shoot camera. The vignetting is 100% in […]
I was reflective this morning, thinking about my photography career and the direction it has taken me. I am fortunate to have grown into photography during one of the greatest transitions ever – from film to digital – during my lifetime. I started in the late 80’s learning […]
There are a lot of new film photographers out there. A lot of you have never used a film camera before. No worries! There are many different ways to ease into the film photography world. One easy entry point is to use one of the instant cameras on […]
This is my last image of the week for #fp4party. I was in this canyon of older brick buildings and really enjoyed the symmetry when looking up from the street. Shot on Ilford FP4 Plus, Nikon FM2N with a Lensbaby Twist 60 lens. Developed in Caffenol.