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Back when I was in the Ford College Graduate (FCG) program, a rotation-based new employee program, I attended a social event whereupon I and my fellow FCGs took a cooking class. I brought along my TLR and a few rolls of film, shooting exposures in between quiet moments in the kitchen (read: had my fellow FCGs take care of some of the kitchen activities that I didn’t want to do). This is my favorite image from the evening: Audrey using a comically oversized rolling pin for the task. Photo shot with a Mamiya C220 TLR and an 80mm f/2.8 lens on Kodak Tri-X 400 film.

I attended the Cars in Corktown fall car meet, held at The Factory in Corktown (inside Detroit), and brought along my Morgan and my TLR camera to the party. The car, owned by a fellow named Richard, is an immaculate and perfectly period-correct car, right down to the accessories. Check out the drive-in dining tray hanging off the driver side window! Picture was shot on a Mamiya C220 TLR with an 80mm f/2.8 lens on Kodak Tri-X 400 film.

I attended the Cars in Corktown fall car meet, held at The Factory in Corktown (inside Detroit), and brought along my Morgan and my TLR camera to the party. I shot this picture just as the owner, Richard, pulled into the parking lot. Car is an immaculate and perfectly period-correct car, right down to the accessories. Picture was shot on a Mamiya C220 TLR with an 80mm f/2.8 lens on Kodak Tri-X 400 film.

Before I moved to Michigan, in 2011, I took an epic solo road trip in my 2009 Mazda MX5 Miata from Illinois to California and back. Along the way, I stopped by Arches National Park, arriving late in the afternoon, later than I had planned. Still, I wandered about the park as much as I could, trying to see everything. Before I knew it, the skies had become dark, and I was astonished to find out that there were no lights in the park, making it a great place to stargaze.

This was the first time I had ever seen so many stars in my entire life. I was awestruck. I attempted to take a picture of one of the arches against the stars, and this picture of my Miata waiting in the parking lot underneath the dark sky, and failed pretty miserably on all counts.

This was the best picture I took from that evening. As an image, it’s unremarkable, but as a milestone, it’s huge. I was off on a quest to shoot the night skies, and vowed to return to Arches National Park to shoot a nightscape shot worth printing. Five years later, I would return to Arches National Park in my ’66 Mustang.

Photo shot on a Nikon D7000 with a Tokina 11-18mm f/2.8 wide angle lens.

This was the very first exposure I took with my Bronica ETR 645 film camera: a portrait of the always cool, quick driving friend Clint at a Champaign County Sports Car Club (CCSCC) autocross event in Rantoul. Shot with a Bronica ETR with a 150mm f/4 on Kodak Portra 400 film.

The sunglasses are so reflective that you can see me in them!