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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.

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 took my favorite medium format camera to Autorama and spent nearly four hours ogling the forms and colors of all of the hot rods and rat rods there on the show floor. I really liked the etched details in the headlight lens of the early V8 Ford hot rod, one of the Great 8 finalists, highlighted with LEDs around the perimeter of the headlamp. Also, with its shiny black paint, you can see its Oldsmobile hot rod neighbor, another Great 8 finalist, in the reflection. (And if you look closely, you can see me too.) Photo shot with a Mamiya C220 TLR and an 80mm f/2.8 lens on Kodak Portra 400.

I took my favorite medium format camera to Autorama and spent nearly four hours ogling the forms and colors of all of the hot rods and rat rods there on the show floor. I spotted this hood ornament sitting on the radiator shell of a Model A Ford, and I had to take a photo of it. The man who made the hood ornament also turned out to be the fellow who made most of the trophies for this year’s Autorama. Photo shot with a Mamiya C220 TLR and an 80mm f/2.8 lens on Kodak Portra 400.

I took my favorite medium format camera to Autorama and spent nearly four hours ogling the forms and colors of all of the hot rods and rat rods there on the show floor. While many cars there are primarily concerned with looking good, with speed taking secondary importance, this Mercedes 300 SL is primarily concerned with speed, it being a Bonneville Salt Flats car and all. So while looking good for this car was of secondary importance, it looks fantastic because… well, it’s a Gullwing. Photo shot with a Mamiya C220 TLR and an 80mm f/2.8 lens on Kodak Portra 400.

My friend Mike hosts some really fancy parties where people dress fancy and drink fancy drinks. I’m simply not fancy enough for these parties, but I enjoy going to them anyway. At the fancy party, in the fancy dining room, were a bunch of fancy foods. One guest decided to add to the fancy cuisines a box of the fanciest cheese cracker of them all, Cheez-Its. Photo shot with a Bronica 645 ETR equipped with a 50mm f/2.8 lens and a Lumopro LP160 flash on Kodak Portra 400.

My friend Mike hosts some really fancy parties where people dress fancy and drink fancy drinks. I’m simply not fancy enough for these parties, but I enjoy going to them anyway. Indicative of my lack of fanciness, I brought along one of my least fancy cameras, but what it lacks in fanciness it gains in image quality and usability with flash. Here, the host is flanked by two gentlemen, and all three of them are looking classy as hell. Photo shot with a Bronica 645 ETR equipped with a 50mm f/2.8 lens and a Lumopro LP160 flash on Kodak Portra 400.

I bought a Chinese TLR, a Huazhong that has the same basic body and build of the dime-a-dozen Seagull TLRs, but has a shutter that can fire up to 1/500 of a second. I shot a test roll in the camera at bitterly cold rallycross at Crystal Motor Speedway. I took this picture during my course walk, leaving the start line and up the hill into the bowl of the dirt track. The aperture is closed down, but the lens is focused close, producing this odd dreamy background effect that I’m not sure is due solely to physics or in part by the lens’ cheap terribleness. Picture shot on a Huazhong TLR camera with a 75mm/f3.5 lens on Kodak Portra 400.