On August 21st, 2017, North America went crazy trying to watch a total solar eclipse. I admit I got caught up in it too.
My fellow photographer friend, John, and I got this brilliant idea we’d head up to Wyoming to try and watch it ourselves. John wanted to take photos, but I was more interested in seeing it happen. Naturally we decided this only a few months before the eclipse so finding lodging was a nightmare! Eventually we found a place near the Montana border and set about making our plans.
About a year ago I bought an 8×10 Polaroid processor from a friend of mine. As it turns out, he had a lot of expired but unused film stored as well. Recently he gave it all to me on the condition that I use it!
Go ahead, twist my arm.
Made a winter photo excursion to Yosemite in the middle of December hoping for some snow. I took my 8×10 camera and was going to make this my maiden voyage so to speak with her. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate.
I got the 4×5 Provia transparencies back from the lab! I’m pretty happy with the way they came out. My only issue really is that now that I see them up close, I realize I’m terrible at correcting perspective with the camera. Something I’m going to need to work on!
My Grandpa passed away two weeks ago. I used to love photographing him along with his workshop. Now that he’s gone, we’ve begun the process of going through his home. I decided before we started, that I wanted to photograph his workshop one last time as it was the last time he used it.
Sunday, my friend and I went to Joshua Tree National Park to photograph the Lunar Eclipse. Continuing with my current trend in exploring new avenues of photography, rather than take my big telephoto lenses and digital camera for close up lunar photos, I decided to take only my 4×5 rail camera for the night.
Today I finally fulfilled a dream I’ve had since I first learned about the beginnings of photography. I had my portrait taken on a tintype! Todd, at Shutter + Light in Santa Ana, California was nice enough to let me watch the whole process as he shot my photo.
As I’ve been designing this site, I’ve been researching many different types of analog photography.
I started learning about photography almost a decade before the first consumer digital cameras became available. I worked my way up from 35mm to medium format, and eventually on to large format cameras. Using a view camera was always one of my favorite things, but other than a Speed Graphic I had for a few months, I’d never really owned and used one consistently.