kodak portra 400

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.

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.

I and three other friends went down to Road Atlanta in December to race in the 24 Hours of LeMons. Driving south would surely get us away from the wintry conditions in Michigan, right? Wrong. It started snowing outside Atlanta during our tow to the track, and in an effort to avoid massive traffic back ups on the freeways, we diverted off into the country side roads. It was slow going, but at least it was very pretty. Photo taken with a Nikon FM2n and a 35mmm f/2 lens on Kodak Portra 400.

I got free tickets to the Detroit Auto Show Industry Preview courtesy of a friend, and brought along some buddies to explore and photograph the auto show in relative calm. The big news in the Ford booth was the public unveiling of not only the new Bullitt Mustang, but the original one as well. Very few people paid attention to the new Mustang, with almost all eyes on the one and only original. I didn’t buck the trend myself. In addition to pictures taken with my TLR, I also took some pictures with my SLR. Same subject, same roughly equivalent focal length, but different looks due to different film stocks. Photo taken with a Nikon FM3a and a 50mm f/1.8 lens on Kodak Portra 400.