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.

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 liked the hats that this couple were wearing, and so I asked to take a picture of them. Picture shot on a Huazhong TLR camera with a 75mm/f3.5 lens on Kodak Portra 400.

I bought a rare Bronica 135w panoramic film back from eBay, and once it arrived, I loaded it with Kodak Portra 400 and went shooting a test roll at the Henry Ford. I didn’t have a focusing screen marked for the panoramic image area, so I eyeballed things and took a rough guess as to how the framing would turn out. I took a wide shot of this group of visitors being briefed by a tour guide on the history of the presidential limousines parked along the edge of the museum. Photo shot with a Bronica ETR 645 film camera and a 50mm f/2.8 lens with a 135w panoramic film back loaded with 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. I had to laugh when I spotted this scene: a dude in an orange jacket taking a picture of a bright orange Camaro. Photo was taken with a Nikon FM3a and a 50mm f/1.8 lens on Kodak Portra 400.

I bought a rare Bronica 135w panoramic film back from eBay, and once it arrived, I loaded it with Kodak Portra 400 and went to the Henry Ford to shoot a test roll. I didn’t have a focusing screen marked for the panoramic frame, so I eyeballed things and took a rough guess as to how the framing would turn out. As it so happened, I wasn’t quite perfect on the framing here, as I didn’t have the headroom I thought I did above the GT written on the rear wing of the modern Ford GT LeMans car. Still, I like this image quite a lot. Photo shot with a Bronica ETR 645 film camera and a 50mm f/2.8 lens with a 135w panoramic film back loaded with Kodak Portra 400.

I shot this picture at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, where Ford had on display a Ford GT, a Shelby GT350, a Focus RS, a Fiesta ST, and a Raptor, all painted this wonderful shade of blue. I waited in one spot for several minutes, waiting for the turntable to move the car into position and for the screens surrounding the Ford booth to transition to blue, getting me a blue Ford GT awash in a swath of blue light. I need to go back and find the film to verify the details, but I think this image was shot with a Bronica 645 ETR with an 80mm f/2.8 lens on Kodak Portra 400.

Between Christmas and New Years Day, swing dancers from all over the United States and even the world converge on Asheville, North Carolina for Lindy Focus, a nonstop day-and-night celebration of all things Lindy Hop leading up the the final dance party for New Year’s Eve. I only made it out there once, and by a series of unfortunate circumstances, had my digital camera stolen at the airport, forcing me to get by with a film camera and some rental camera equipment overnighted from Lens Rentals. Still, it’s hard to be a grinch when there’s so much excitement and exuberance in the air, perfectly reflected for me in this shot of a friend getting the heave-ho into the air once the clock struck midnight. Picture shot with a Nikon F100 film camera with a rented Nikon 28mm f/1.8 lens on Kodak Portra 400.