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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.

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.

I went to the Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village with a group of friends. We stopped by a fire ring circled with benches to take a break and warm up, when a jovial old man in a brown coat and black hat approached us. Before we knew it, several other folks had joined us at the fire, and the old man began telling the story A Visit from St. Nicholas, reciting it from memory for all of us to hear. He was one of many storytellers dispersed around the village, and told the story with great gusto and warmth, as one might imagine such stories being told to young ones back in the 19th century. Photo shot with a Nikon D7200 and a 24mm f/1.4 lens.

I was asked to shoot the Ann Arbor Valentines Dance. I split my time between the white seamless photo studio downstairs and the dance floor upstairs. I’m not really all that great a portrait photographer; what I usually do is ask my subjects to do increasingly sillier things until everyone’s concentration breaks and we all laugh at ourselves. That’s one nice thing about shooting dancers — we’re all inherently silly and not serious anyway. After these two did a bunch of silly poses, they had a laugh and an embrace before leaving the set — all I did was keep shooting away. Funnily enough, I liked this picture more than any of the “posed” pictures they did earlier in this sequence. Photo shot with a Nikon D7200 and a 60mm f/2.8 lens, triggering a pair of Flashpoint R2 speedlights and a single Flashpoint Streaklight 360.

I was asked to shoot the Ann Arbor Valentines Dance. I split my time between the white seamless photo studio downstairs and the dance floor upstairs. Composition wise, this photo is a bit of a mess, having accidentally cut off limbs while trying to capture this photo. I certainly wasn’t expecting this dip, and judging by the expression on the follow’s face, neither was she. Not only that, it appears that the lead was surprised by the follow’s surprise, resulting in a cascade of hilarity that makes this one of my favorite social dance images of the night. Photo shot with a Nikon D7200 equipped with a Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 and a Nikon SB-900 speedlight.