April 2018

I attended the new SCCA Time Trials event at Gingerman Raceway, and brought along my camera to shoot event photos for the Detroit Region SCCA. Here’s a car you don’t see on the track every day: the car is a well known F Modified autocross car in the Midwest autocross circles, and I thought it was awesome that it was taking competitive laps out on Gingerman. Photo shot with a Nikon D7200 and a 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens.

I attended the new SCCA Time Trials event at Gingerman Raceway, and brought along my camera to shoot event photos for the Detroit Region SCCA. On day 2, the day of the timed sessions, I rushed out to Spectator Hill to shoot cars as the last traces of the golden hour faded away. Group 1 was the lucky group to get track shots immediately after sunrise. Here, Jim takes his Ferrari 458 Italia out for timed laps, with a transponder zip-tied to the prancing horse badge. Photo shot with a Nikon D7200 and a 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens.

I went to a Cars and Coffee event at M1 Concourse and brought along my Morgan, a friend visiting from out of town, and my beloved Mamiya C220 TLR camera. I shot this picture late in the morning, stepping in front of the Unimog as the driver got in and started the machine, preparing to leave the show. Fortunately, he had the patience to wait for me to take the shot, rather than driving over me as would be extremely easy to do so in something with such massive ground clearance. I kind of like the unintentional lens flare in the shot. Picture shot with a Mamiya C220 and an 80mm f/2.8 lens with Kodak Portra 400.

Stop the presses! I bought a camera! And not just any camera — this camera uses memory cards and not film! I decided that I wanted a discrete digital shooter for the times I’m asked to document events, and finally bit the bullet on a Fujifilm X-E3 rangefinder style digital camera. From left to right: my Nikon D7200 and 24mm f/1.4, my Fujifilm X-E3 and 23mm f/2, and my Olympus 35 RD and 40mm f/1.7. All three cameras have roughly the same field of view, but they differ greatly in size…

Every year, the Henry Ford does an exhibit where they pop the hoods open of many of the cars in the museum exhibits. I brought along my TLR and shot some pictures of the most interesting engine bays on display. The Henry Ford has one of the six Bugatti Royales, and the hood is open to allow us plebs the opportunity to gaze upon the massive engine of one of the rarest cars in the world. Picture shot with a Mamiya C220 TLR and an 80mm f/2.8 lens on Fujifilm Provia 100.

I went to Boston to visit some friends. At the end of one day on the trip, I still had two unshot frames on a roll of film. I decided that the best course of action would be to shoot pictures of my friend’s dog in the living room. I had 100 speed slide film loaded in camera, not ideal for shooting in a very dark room. Still, despite the struggle to focus in low light, and then handholding the camera for an extremely slow shutter speed, I managed to get at least one decent shot. The resulting frame was warm and moody with a touch of dreaminess stirred in. Photo taken with a Mamiya C220 TLR and an 80mm f/2.8 lens on Fujifilm Provia 100.

I went to the Eastern Holiday Market and wandered around, taking in the sights. One of my favorite stalls in the market was this one, where some crafty folks had repurposed old things into new things, like this cool old fan that has had its fan blades replaced with light bulbs. There were other lamps, such as those hanging in the background of the photo which are lamp shades made from old license plates, and some wood crafted items like bottle openers and whatnot, but this fan lamp was my favorite. You could say that I’m a fan, haha. Photo shot with my Mamiya C220 TLR camera and an 80mm f/2.8 lens on Kodak Portra 400.

I bought a new Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E zoom lens, and decided to test it out by going to the Detroit Zoo and shooting some pictures of animals. I spent most of my time hanging around the polar bear pen. This female polar bear is a new addition to the Detroit Zoo, and part of a three-way trade between three zoos. She spent most of her time pacing back and forth, occasionally frolicking in what little snow was left. Photo shot with a Nikon D7200 and 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens.

I bought a new Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E zoom lens, and decided to test it out by going to the Detroit Zoo and shooting some pictures of animals. I spent most of my time hanging around the polar bear pen, of which the pen for the Arctic foxes were right next door. I like this shot of two of the Arctic foxes interacting after a lazy nap in the sun. Photo shot with a Nikon D7200 and 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens.