Monthly Archives: April 2009



What wlil become of you?

I need to figure out what I’m doing with all of this film by making a longwinded rant about it. Though I am not ready to do that, I did get bored and set this up under my desk.

Nikon D200, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8, optical slave triggered ghetto Quantaray high just left of camera.

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Where Am I?

It’s so easy to forget about April showers.

Well, since part of the piont of the new blog was for me to make posts without photographs, in a way I’m accomplishing my goals. There have been a lot of milestiones in my photography lately but very little shooting, which feels strange. I do, for some reason, feel like I need to add some updates.

Things I have paid for in the last two days:

1). Manual focus Nikkor AIS 35mm f/2.8 (because I love normal lenses, I love manual focus, and the price and availability beats the new G version)

2). Ridiculously obscure old flash unit with manual controls (the precise brand of which will remain a secret for the time being because Strobist-compatible flashes tend to get very expensive when the word gets out, and I think I’ve earned the option to pick up another two or five of these in the $9-15 range for the hours I spent finding out about them).

What does all of this mean?

Well, the lens is just something I needed.

But the flash means I’m finally diving into artificial lighting (one $15 step for man, one timid toe-dip for this photographer). To keep you interested, here are a few of the many photos I find inspiring and would love to be able to get close to:


“Quiescent Monkey”

“Russ Studio 1”

I am about four days of nonshooting away from calling this a hiatus.

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There are only a few ways to make money with a camera.

See it bigger here.

Having photographers’ block combined with days and days of rainy weather means I really have to be creative (or uncreative) with my shooting. After spending the last few days looking at various old Nikkors on eBay (which I know I’ve sworn off before), I decided to try my hand at an eBay-style product shoot. Quick, dirty, and cet up with a “borrowed” flash, an $11 optical slave, and printer paper.

Here‘s another version with the original white background. What do you think? To me, it’s technically better but less interesting.

Nikon D200, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8


Filed under Digital, Uncategorized

800 (Arthur)


Which literary character does this remind you of?

This is sort of a soul sister to “434” in subject matter and processing terms. It’s strange to buy new equipment in the middle of a photographer’s block- it forces you to revisit your surroundings (which you’ve photographed thousands of times) to try to find new angles and interpretations. One of these days I’ll get a new idea and I’ll be off like a greyhound again.

See it larger here.

Nikon D200, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8.


Filed under Digital, Street Photography, Uncategorized

Tribute IV


Something about fields of flags always catches my eye

(and this one was no exception).

Redscale film is something I’d like to shoot more of in the future.

Kodak Gold 200 Redscale,  Fuji toy camera, regular C-41 processing.


Filed under Color, Film, Landscape

Watch Me

I was referred to this video on Zack Arias’ page recently, and I was really floored. I’ve never really heard anyone talk about photography this way. If you have ever felt bad about anything related to your work, watch this video. If there’s a possibiltiy that you will ever feel this way, watch this video. If you don’t fall into either of those categories, you should probably watch it anyway.


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Spring Cleaning

For a while I’d been a little frustrated with the way my blog looked. I couldn’t really get it looking the way I wanted, and it didn’t really do a great job of, well, showing more than one picture on the page at a time. Since plenty of changes are afoot (digital again!), it seemed like a good time. Let me know what you think about the look.

My old images are huge and don’t quite fit into the theme. Apologies in advance for any unfortunate sidebar overlaps this may cause. I shrunk the most recent ones, but the rest are still a little awkward. Just don’t open the posts and they’ll be fine.


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It isn’t often that I add a new category to my “categories.”

One of my goals (and the way I’m justifying the expense of digital gear) for this year is to become a confident portrait photographer. I don’t need to be Zack Arias (whose work is fantastic), but I want to feel like I know what I’m doing. Fortunately, I have roommates to drag to my bedroom-turned-studio for impromptu self-education sessions. I am fairly happy with the light here considering my constraints (one undiffused light, limited space and backdrop options),  and I know where I need to work. More of these may appear from time to time.

Nikon D200, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8, strobe that was free.


Filed under Black and White, Digital, Portrait



New equipment doesn’t provide new things to shoot at.

The sign on the door:

“KEEWAYDIN COMPUTERS and KEEWAYDIN AQUATICS We are undergoing an upgrade in our facilities and cannot operate our business here temporarily. Please call 237-5560 for further information. Deliveries remain here as usual.”

Nikon D200, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 (which really is a razor at f/4).


Filed under Black and White, Digital, Street Photography

Golden Dawn


Around and around and around again.

I think this is pretty self-explanatory.

The exciting news is not that the camera body got here today (which was expected), but that the lens and CompactFlash card arrived a full four days earlier than UPS predicted. That was definitely a nice Friday surprise.

Nikon D200, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8, off-camera flash (“Promatic FT700”) medium-high right with printer-paper-and-electrical tape barndoor assembly triggered optically with the onboard flash.


Filed under Color, Digital, Portrait