Technical Notes

 

General Notes: Film Photography

In 2011, I abandoned my entire digital portfolio and relearned photography from scratch using film.  I’m not a hardcore film vs digital debater, but I personally enjoy film for its subtle aesthetic qualities, as well as the authenticity of a silver gelatin print.  As time has moved on, I’ve embraced digital cameras again as modern CMOS sensors have gotten just to good to ignore.

Mamiya 6x7 Rangefinder:

This is my principle camera, which I use to shoot the ‘Florida 67’ series; it produced 6x7cm negatives.  90% of the time, I use the 43mm lens.  This may be the most perfect camera ever made, with lenses closely related to large format lenses.  Its very compact and lightweight, which makes it easy to fit into a waterproof case and bring with me everywhere I go.  The built in focusing rangefinder allows quick and easy setup and focus, helping me stay as prolific as a digital shooter.  There is no true preview of any kind, you have to shoot with instinct from the heart.

Mamiya 7 II 6x7cm Film Camera Body

Mamiya 7 43mm F/4.5 N Lens

Mami7a 7 65mm Lens

Mamiya 7 80mm f/4.0

Mamiya 7 150mm f/4.5

Fuji GX617 Panoramic Film Camera

Producing colossal 6x17cm negatives, this unique camera allows me to print 10 foot fiber prints with stunning clarity and beautiful colors.  I prefer this over the 2 to 1 format on my Horseman.  This camera is as easy to use as my Mamiya 7, and not all that heavy for its size.

Fuji GX617 Body

Fuji 105mm Lens Unit

Fuji Center ND Filter

Phase One XF 100MP

A total monster of a camera.  The greatest digital camera made today.  Allows me to make mega sized 48x72 prints.

Phase One XF 100MP Camera

28mm AF f/4.5 Lens

45mm AF f/3.5 Lens

80mm AF f/2.8 Lens

Sony A7R and A7Rii

The most flexible camera today.  I have found myself shooting less film since this camera was introduced.

Sony A7Rii Body

Sony A7R Body

Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GM

Sony/Zeiss 16-35mm f/4

Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8

Sony/Zeiss 24-70mm f/4

Sony 24-70 G Master f/2.8

Sony/Zeiss 70-200mm f/4

Canon 8-15mm f/4 Fisheye

Fotodiox Canon to E-Mount Adapter

Aquatech Elite Housing for A7Rii

Linhof Technika

The latest additional to my functional camera collection.  I bought this camera cheap at a swap-meet, and spend many hours restoring it.  I’m excited to release many new images in 2017 from this camera.

Linhof Technika V circa 1963

150mm Lens

90mm Lens

Films and Chemicals:

Films:

Ilford Films: PanF+ 50, FP4+ 125, Delta 100, Delta 400, Delta 3200, SFX200

Kodak Films: TMAX100, 400, 800, Ektar 100, Portra 160, 400

Fujifilm: Velvia 50, Velvia 100, Acros 100

Efke Films:  IR820 Aura

Developers:

Ilford DDX, Ilford Rapid-Fix, Ilford Stop Bath

Kodak TMAX Developer, Kodak XTOL Developer

Chemical Darkroom Equipment

Beseler 45XL Enlarger

Beseler 23CIIIXL Enlarger

Schneider 100mm f/5.6 Componon-S Enlarging Lens

Schneider 120mm f/5.6 APO-Componon HM Enlarging Lens

Schneider 40/2.8 APO-Componon HM Enlarging Lens

Digital Darkroom

Imacon / Hasselblad Flextight 848 Virtual Drum Film Scanner

15″ Retina Macbook Pro

OWC 16TB Harddrive

Lacie Rugged 4TB Harddrive

Gheenoe Low Tide 25

Where more serious mileage is required to travel Florida’s shallow waterways, my Gheenoe fills the void.  With a top speed around 30 mph, a fuel sipping 25 mpg, and room for all my gear, the Gheenoe is perfect for a several hundred mile trip down the Suwannee or Santa Fe Rivers.

Gheenoe LT25 Low Tide 25 Hull

Continental Galvanized Trailer

Yamaha 20HP 4-Stroke with Electric Start

Sold Equipment

 

Nikon DSLR

The Nikon can get rained on, and is super quick and filled in great for when film just doesn’t work.  In the end, I switched to a mirrorless Sony A7R and A7Rii, which I like much better for what I shoot.  The sensor was great, but Nikon has the worst user layout of any camera system I’ve ever owned, terrible live view, and the lenses were overall mediocre.

Nikon D800E 36.3 MP Digital SLR Camera Body

Nikon 16-35mm f/4G ED VR II AF-S Lens

Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Lens 

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Nikkor Zoom Lens

Nikon SB-910 Speedlight

Sea Eagle Paddleski Kayak

Perhaps the most critic hardware I own!  Great images in Florida requires traveling on lots of water.  The Sea Eagle Paddleski allows me to carry a huge amount of gear, as well as attach a 2.3HP Honda motor when oceans get rough.  The Paddleski only weighs 40 pounds, and the motor weighs 27 pounds, so I can choose weather to paddle or motor.

The pontoon inflatable design is unsinkable and sits on top of water. I’ve crossed 4-5 foot waves in the Gulf of Mexico with no problem, as well as cruise through only a few inches of water.  I can travel at about 8.5 miles/h with the motor.

Sea Eagle 435PS Inflatable Kayak

Motormount,  Sport Seats

Bravo BTP Electric Turbo Pump

Honda 2.3HP 4-Cycle Engine

Mamiya 645AF SLR Camera:

Producing negatives twice the size of 35mm at 6x4.5cm, I purchased this camera in late 2012 for portrait shooting, but it has proven surprising useful for certain types of landscape shooting.  In the end, the camera was just too large, and froze up easily outside in the humid Florida climate.

Mamiya 645AF Body

Mama 35mm f/3.5 AF Lens

Mamiya 45mm f/2.8 AF Lens

Mamiya 80mm f/2.8 AF Lens

Mamiya 80mm f/1.9 Manual Lens

Phase One P40+ Back

Horseman SW-612 Panoramic Camera:

I finally sold this camera.  In the end it was almost as awkward to use as a 4x5 camera, without the all the useful shifts, swings, and tilts.  It was also difficult to find a range of lenses used.

Using 6x12cm negative film, this camera is far more difficult to use than my Mamiya, but my best images taken in 2013 so far came from this camera.  The 35mm is incredibly wide, approaching fisheye territory with a 35mm equivalent of 11mm.  Unlike digital cameras, I can take a panoramic image with only one click, allowing me to capture images with more complex movement, such as sea oats blowing or clouds moving.  I choose this over other brands because I can use much wider lenses, as well as swap film backs mid-roll.

More and more, I find myself picking up this camera instead of my venerable Mamiya, especially for my color panoramics.

Horseman SW-612 Film Camera Body

Horseman / Rodenstock 35mm f/4.5 Apo-Grandagon Lens

Horseman / Rodenstock 90mm f/6.8 Grandagon Lens

Horseman / Rodenstock E 67/86 Center Filter +2.5 Stops

Lee Slipover Filter Kit