John

The cameras that make my favorite images

I rebuilt my portfolio pages, putting together four groups of ten pictures each, grouped as Automotive, Dance, Landscape, and People. As I was whittling my favorite images down to a core of top picks, I realized that a ton of the pictures were in square format, which meant only thing — those images were shot by my TLR, the only 6×6 camera I have in the entire collection.

It got me thinking: of the pictures that would make it into the first iteration of the portfolio, which cameras took which images? And was there a pattern to what cameras I preferred for different purposes? (more…)

My friend Angela and I decided to celebrate our nation’s birthday by going to Canada during the 4th of July weekend, heading to Montreal where the Swing Riot took place. I brought along two digital cameras with me and shot other dancers on the dance floor in between my own dances. This was my favorite image from the weekend, an enthusiastic lunge to conclude a song. Photo shot on a Nikon D7000 with a Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 lens and a Nikon SB-900 speedlight.

Sure, there were plenty of other brand new modern sports cars on the Detroit Auto Show floor, some even sitting in the Porsche booth, but this Singer Porsche was far more captivating than almost all the other cars present. I framed the shot such that the red swoop from the Dodge booth forms a little halo around the Singer. Picture shot on a Mamiya C220 TLR with an 80mm f/2.8 lens on Kodak Portra 400.

I went to the Zoo Brew with a bunch of coworkers and brought along my TLR for the event. This is my favorite image from the evening, and fitting for the occasion. Photo shot with a Mamiya C220 TLR and an 80mm f/2.8 on Kodak Portra 400.

I got a chance to take a close-up look at the 50’s GM concept car, LeSabre. A GM employee, Jacob, served as the car’s handler and brought it out to Cars at Corktown, turning on the lights for photo opportunities and even opening the hood so we could peek inside. Jacob made this shot possible by turning on the car’s headlamps and parking lamps. Shot on a Mamiya C220 TLR with a 65mm f/3.5 on Kodak Portra 400.