Most “street photography” is boring and made by people with no better ideas. On the other hand, good street photography makes for some of the best images anywhere.

"Everybody Street" is about the people who make the good ones. Fascinating. I enjoyed it very much. Easily worth the rental.

natgeofound:

A woman in a yellow dress uses an umbrella to keep dry in Saint Louis, Missouri, November 1965.Photograph by Bruce Dale, National Geographic

Taken in 1965. What improvements to photography gear in the past 50 years would have made this a better image?

natgeofound:

A woman in a yellow dress uses an umbrella to keep dry in Saint Louis, Missouri, November 1965.
Photograph by Bruce Dale, National Geographic

Taken in 1965. What improvements to photography gear in the past 50 years would have made this a better image?

Tags: photography

Autofocus. Harumph.

Autofocus. Harumph.

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And to think that now we spend hours online comparing the size of the new Fuji XNNN vs the Sony RXXX.

Pussies, all of us.

And to think that now we spend hours online comparing the size of the new Fuji XNNN vs the Sony RXXX.

Pussies, all of us.

(Source: anarchichi, via hydroex)

Gear is getting in my way

I don’t consider myself an artist. Historically I’ve been more of a camera collector than a photographer.

Still, I love taking photos and I enjoy playing with new cameras. Those two things seem like they should jibe pretty well together. Trouble is, I’m finding they tend to cancel each other out instead. It’s getting to the point where the only time I shoot is when I have a new camera to play with. That can’t be good.

I’m going to try giving the “taking photos” side of the equation a higher priority for a while. The gear side is being dramatically trimmed. All my 35mm film gear is for sale. I’m keeping the Hasselblads and the 4x5 cameras. Haven’t decided yet what to do with all the digital stuff I have strewn about, but I don’t find digital that interesting anyway so it can just sit in the bags for now. Besides, I always have the iPhone with me.

I have no idea if this will help but it feels like progress.

Tags: photography

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My life with large format photography so far

I’m wrestling with an old shirt in the wind as a focusing cloth while using the loupe to view the ground glass and trying not to drop the loupe when I discover I left the film holders in the bag so I stuff the loupe uncomfortably into my pocket, wipe the sweat from my eye and almost choke myself when the strap from my meter catches the tripod as I reach for the holders and now the t-shirt has blown away and so on oops I forgot to pull the dark slide.

I really enjoy taking photos, processing the film, making prints in the darkroom, and sharing them both online and off. These are my favorite things. Why I don’t spend more time doing them is a mystery to me; one I should solve.

For example, outside my window right now is early sunlight on fresh powdered snow. Yet here I sit looking at it while behind a computer screen.

brb

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Based on this and other photos like it, I must conclude that photographers hate indie/folk bands.

Based on this and other photos like it, I must conclude that photographers hate indie/folk bands.

Look how small this box is. Not requiring power or USB cables, chargers, or installation discs helps.

Look how small this box is. Not requiring power or USB cables, chargers, or installation discs helps.

Nikon F100. Nikkor 50mm f/1.4
T-MAX 400 in T-MAX developer

Nikon F100. Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 T-MAX 400 in T-MAX developer

Drink Me

Leica M6
50mm Summicron
Portra 400.
B&W Conversion in Silver Efex Pro

Drink Me

Leica M6
50mm Summicron
Portra 400.
B&W Conversion in Silver Efex Pro

Stone Wall.

Leica M6
50mm Summicron
Portra 400.
B&W Conversion in Silver Efex Pro

Stone Wall.

Leica M6
50mm Summicron
Portra 400.
B&W Conversion in Silver Efex Pro

If you’re going to shoot color, there’s gotta be some color!

Leica M6
50mm Summicron
Portra 400.

If you’re going to shoot color, there’s gotta be some color!

Leica M6 50mm Summicron Portra 400.

If I get any more minimal, I’ll just scan exposed film and be done with it.

If I get any more minimal, I’ll just scan exposed film and be done with it.