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My recent trip to Cuba was amazing in many ways. I kept it simple: Kodak film, a Hasselblad, a couple of Zeiss lenses, and a Contax 645 for backup. I was ready to compose in the square format, and to see Cuba in a different way…through a big vintage square viewfinder. One of the lenses was […]

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I set off for Cuba to discover something. I wasn’t sure what, but simply knew that it was somewhere I’d read about for years, and had always wanted to visit. I had heard of a small group of photographers going, along with art enthusiasts and a bona-fide Cuban Art dealer, and it sounded like a great […]

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These days, every few months it seems that there are new cameras released, each incrementally “raising the bar” of digital imaging a step further, while slowly driving past cameras into obsolescence. Just last month, Nikon announced a camera with ISO capabilities over 3 million, and Phase One announced an amazing digital back sensor that photographs at an astounding […]

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Fuji x100T I photograph all of the time, using processes from wet plate collodion to film to digital. I use everything from my iPhone to large format. Medium format. DSLR. Point+Shoot. You name it. Cameras are simply a tool for recording what we see, but somehow they seem to transcend that, and are often among people’s most prized […]

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As promised, here is my other take on the recent winter weather. The morning after the storm Octavia lovingly coated our region with ice, I decided to venture out with a couple of cameras. Not just any cameras… my 2 favorites: a Rolleiflex 2.8 (circa 1959), and a Contax 645 with its stellar 80mm lens. All of […]

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I was born in Wyoming, and can faintly remember colossal amounts of snow that would drift up to the rooftops. Having migrated to the Ozarks, and now the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, the past few decades have been rather lacking in the “snow” department. I’m thankful for even the rare glimpses of winter that we get […]

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In this camera review, I’ll be shooting a medium format film camera, shooting side-by-side with a digital camera using the same lens. It’s not meant to be a test of resolution, color, nor even to try and convince anyone the merits of film over digital, nor vice-versa. I ran this experiment to see how well one could emulate […]

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I was recently in NYC for a commercial shoot, and in some of my down-time I wandered the streets, soaking up the city. While I’m more accustomed to the piercing call of our resident red-tailed hawk, the crickets chirping, and the coyotes yapping at night, there is still something comforting about the constant hum of traffic; […]

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Normally, I like to do reviews of sweet, expensive, desirable, amazing, and powerful pieces of gear. Not today. Yes, today I want to talk about an often-overlooked pair of gadgets that every photographer should look into! I’m sure it’s only happened to me, and no one else out there…but I’ll give you the scenario: I […]

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