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Let it Develop 365

The main reason I returned to film photography, after years of shooting digital, was the feeling of nostalgia – remembering the washed-out square prints from my Kodak Instamatic, with the colors that weren’t quite right, and the horizon that sort … 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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Tirukalukundram

Eighteen kilometers west of the Tamil Nadu tourist town of Mahabalipuram is a town of about 24,000 called Tirukaludundram which is known for its hilltop temple, the Vedagiriswarar temple.  The temple consists of an upper part up on a hill, which can … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Darkroom Blues: A Blast from the Past (Part II)

This is part 2 of an article shared by a photographer friend here in Chennai which was originally written for the Photographic Society of Madras, a local photographic society founded in 1857.  The first part of the article is published … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Darkroom Blues – a Blast from the Past (part 1)

A friend of mine here in Chennai shared an article with me the other day, which he had written for the Photographic Society of Madras, a local photographic society founded in 1857.  It reminded me not only how far we have … Continue reading

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Found Film Friday: Country Outing

This week’s roll of “found film” came to me from near Binghamton, New York, where the Ansco company was located from the mid-1800s to around 1980. The spool was covered in rust, and the backing paper was stuck to the … Continue reading

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Three Vest Pocket Kodaks

  These are “Vest Pocket Kodaks” – of which nearly two million were produced, from about 1912 to the early 1920s.  I’ve blogged about one of these cameras before – to sum up, they represent an important step in the miniaturization … Continue reading

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Testing the Agfa Silette Rapid F

When I’m considering vintage cameras for purchase, I specifically look for cameras that still appear to work, and for which film can still be acquired somehow.  Then, periodically, I grab a couple and test them out.  This week, it’s the … Continue reading

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Using emotion to persuade? Leave the sledgehammer out of it

I used to say in Army PSYOP that the most effective way to get inside an adversary’s decision cycle (i.e. get him to do something he wouldn’t otherwise do) is to do so in a way that your adversary doesn’t … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Himbas are Shooting!

You may never have heard of what a “Himba” is, but after seeing this film, you’ll never forget. The Himbas are a people living in northern Namibia in the traditional way they have for millennia, distinctive for their long red … Continue reading

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Archived historical films: Holland Carries On (post WWII)

One of the coolest things I have come across on the internet lately is the Prelinger Collection at archive.org (thanks to my daughter for pointing it out).  On this site, you can browse hundreds of thousands of video, imagery and sound … Continue reading

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One Day on Earth: The 11/11/11 Trailer is Here!

“One Day on Earth” is a fascinating project to collate footage from every country in the world into a single full-length film.  In its first iteration, filmmakers worldwide were asked to submit footage taken on October 10, 2010 – or … Continue reading

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One Day on Earth: the 12/12/12 trailer is here!

On 10/10/10 and 11/11/11, filmmakers all around the world collaborated to create a film that captured life on earth on those specific days.  The trilogy is going to be completed on 12/12/12 and the best news is that you can … Continue reading

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From the folks at “One Day on Earth”

A few months ago, I wrote about the “One Day on Earth” project, when people all over the world were invited to submit video recorded on 11.11.11 to OneDayOnEarth.org.  Their plan was to stitch together donated footage from the vast … Continue reading

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King George Meets Ludwig Van: A Perfect Fit

I like to say that the best movie soundtrack is the one you didn’t realize was there – the music subtly intertwines with the story, toys with your emotions and enhances the mood, all just along the fringe of your … Continue reading

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Film Tricks: singing without singing in “Kind of a Funny Story”

I recently saw the film “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” in which the main character, Keir Gilchrist, plays an academically gifted (but parentally pressured) teen who inadvertently finds himself checked into an adult psychiatric ward as a result of … Continue reading

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