Category Archives: Photography, general

Kodak T-Max P3200: My First Roll

A notification from 35mmc today with Hamish Gill’s review of Kodak’s re-released P3200 reminded me that I, too, recently shot my first roll of P3200 – I just hadn’t gotten around to sharing my results.  I’m a little bit late … Continue reading

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More Ilford Delta 3200

I posted awhile back about my first experience with Ilford Delta 3200 film – or any high-ISO film, for that matter.  I was initially disappointed, but later the results grew on me.  I had no idea just how much grain … Continue reading

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Heartbreaking

As in many parts of the world, when you drive around urban areas of Madagascar, people will tap on your window asking for money.  Frequently these are little people.  There are many theories about how to respond – sometimes the … Continue reading

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Introducing Analog / Film Cameras to a New Generation

You don’t have to be as old as me to remember using analog/film cameras.  But there’s an entire generation entering university (depending on where you grew up) that has grown up with photography as a purely digital phenomenon – often … Continue reading

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Washington, DC by Night

Washington, D.C. is an interesting place to photograph, but it goes without saying that it’s completely different from the photography environment we had gotten accustomed to in India. A couple of weeks ago we became aware that there was going … Continue reading

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Stars over Shenandoah

It’s Labor Day weekend in the Shenandoah Valley and it’s  packed with tourists escaping to the country to enjoy the fresh air, nature and sunshine.  I wonder how many of them noticed the night sky?   I used a low … Continue reading

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Birdwatching from the Hotel Pool

One of the highlights from our recent trip to Jaipur was the beautiful hotel pool.  On our last day there, fed up with the heat, waiting for an evening flight, we arranged for a late checkout and decided to spend … Continue reading

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The Ashram: Following in the Beatles’ Footsteps

One of the places we were eager to see on our recent trip to Rishikesh, in northern India, was the so-called “Beatles Ashram.”  The former ashram of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, on the left bank of the Ganges overlooking Rishikesh, … Continue reading

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It’s 1914 and Everyone’s a Photo Critic

One hundred years ago this month, much of the world was at war.  But in the United States – which would eventually mobilize 4 million military personnel – public opinion in 1914 was still firmly on the side of neutrality.  This … Continue reading

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Flower Collage

Here’s a fun photo project…and an idea I stole from my wife (I explained to her that I was improving on her idea – it didn’t go over well).  Go find a green space and see how many flowers you … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Photography…as of 1912.

I have a few old camera magazines – about a century old.  It’s fun to flip through them every now and then and consider how much has changed…and in some cases, how little has changed…in the field of photography. The … Continue reading

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Photowalk: Gritty Black and White

One of my favorite camera/film combinations is a (relatively) cheap Ricoh Kr-5 Super II – at just over 20 years old, one of my newest cameras – and Tri-X black and white film.  Lots of people go for “fine grain” … Continue reading

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Shooting with Expired Film

One of the folks I often get “found film” from accidentally shipped me unused film.  Typically people will discover a partially or fully shot roll of film that has been completely forgotten inside an old camera. Sometimes (rarely) the roll … Continue reading

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Multi-Camera Composites

I came across an interesting image-producing technique a few months ago, the “multi-camera composite,” on the Flickr page of Tony Kemplen.  [Sidebar: Tony Kemplen is known for his “52 film cameras in 52 weeks” project, which he started in 2010 … Continue reading

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At the Fair – Chennai Style

There’s a place in north-central Chennai where they set up the local “fair.” Called the “Island Grounds”, it’s the site of the 40th Tourism and Trade Fair. To be honest, we skipped most of the trade fair itself, but found … Continue reading

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Accidental Cross-Process

There’s this whole experimental back-to-film movement where people are doing things to get weird and unexpected effects.  Like using Lomography “purple” film, reversing the way your film faces to get “redscale” pictures, and “cross processing.”  Cross processing is either processing … Continue reading

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Two Towers, Two Cameras, Two Views on Photography

Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers make interesting photographic subjects – not because they are the tallest twin buildings in the world, but because of their shape and the textures and patterns on the outside of the building.  At night, they are lit … Continue reading

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Photography Tips: Kanchipuram, India – the “City of One Thousand Temples”

We recently had the opportunity to visit Kanchipuram, a city about 70 km from Chennai.  Nicknamed “The City of Thousand Temples”, the city may well have temples approaching that number – we didn’t count.  Many of them are historically and … Continue reading

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Diwali Fireworks – 7 Steps to Help Photograph them Effectively (Even if it’s Cheating!)

Yesterday I posted about scenes from Diwali (Deepawali), the festival of lights, as seen during the day in Chennai, India.  The firecrackers that had been steadily and constantly building over the last few days continued to build until Saturday night, … Continue reading

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Going to Goa: Rome of the East

When I asked some photographer friends what I should look to photograph in my (then-) upcoming trip to Goa, I was told, “Churches!  Goa is the ‘Rome of the East’”.  I did some digging around and discovered that in fact … Continue reading

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Street Photography: Is Black and White Best?

A few days ago, I came home from work and sat down at the computer to see what folks were up to on Facebook, and I saw the “Photographic Society of Madras” was hosting a talk by an American street … Continue reading

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and yet MORE Adventures with Redscale Photography

Yesterday I blogged about redscale photography with 35mm film – i.e. taking a roll of normal film and flipping the film inside the cartridge so that the light passes through the film itself before it hits the emulsion and causes … Continue reading

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More Adventures with Redscale Photography

What’s redscale photography?  I didn’t know either at first – I saw some “redscale film” for sale and started asking about it, and found out that it’s nothing more than ordinary film, but reversed.  Photographic film has layers of chemicals … Continue reading

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The Trouble With Black and White Photography

I enjoy looking at good black and white photographs.  But maybe it’s just me – I find it extraordinarily difficult to create good black and white photographs. The problem is, we see in color.  And I use color references to … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: The Power of Photography

Free and open media are at the heart of maintaining a free and democratic state.  This is especially applicable to photojournalism, due to the power of photographs to convey emotion and meaning often eluding other media forms.  This was a … Continue reading

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