Film stock preferences: Am I doing it right?

My fridge film stock. Yeah, there's more in the freezer... Last month, word came down that Fujifilm was discontinuing its Pro 400H film. This pro-level color stock had a special "fourth layer", and the difficulty in economically making this layer caused them to shut it down. Word spread fast through the film community. Many photographers... Continue Reading →

Olympus 35 RD: Three Months In

Telephone, telephone. N Skidmore St at N Concord Av, 23 Jan 2021. Olympus 35 RD, Kodak Ektar 100. I was gifted an Olympus 35 RD rangefinder camera by my friend GravelDoc at the end of summer. It was inoperable, a victim of "sticky shutter syndrome" synonymous with this model. So I dropped it off for... Continue Reading →

Getting off the beaten track

Apartments at SE 60th Av at Belmont, 8 Feb 2021. Minolta SR-T 101, PG Rokkor-X f/1.4 50mm lens, Kodak ColorPlus 200. Over the past couple decades I've led bicycle rides in and around Portland. These rides tend to focus on what I call Portlandia Obscuria: The weird and unknown little bits and pieces, often hidden... Continue Reading →

Rocky Butte rendezvous, 9 Feb 2021

Camera: Minolta SR-T 101. Lens: MC Rokkor-X PG f/1.4 50mm. Film: Kodak Colorplus 200. Rocky Butte is a prominent promontory in NE Portland, lying just west of I-205. It's part of the Boring Lava Field, a collection of volcanic cinder cones found along the east side. From the height of the hill at 613 ft/187m,... Continue Reading →

The Return of the Minolta SRT-101

It took nearly two months, but I finally got my Minolta SRT-101 out of the camera shop. I had purchased my first SLR camera in October, shot some rolls with it, fell in love with it, but the mirror was not returning correctly. The culprit was a broken gear. Advance Camera replaced the gear and... Continue Reading →

A Portland Snow Event, 11-15 Feb 2021

Why yes, it was just last week when I was talking about how I enjoy Portland's temperate winters. OnRhodes correctly surmised that I was "jinxing" things by talking about it. And jinx I did: We've had a significant winter weather event over the weekend. While snow in Portland isn't uncommon during winter, most of it... Continue Reading →

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