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Kristin D.

A few weeks ago I met up with Kristin and Jessa for a quick shoot on South Congress in Austin. We did not have very much time between the first frame, and the last bit of sunlight, but in that short time we managed to get some great shots. Kristin is a wonderful model, and with Jessa there to coach, do makeup, and keep the ideas flowing it’s hardly a surprise that the shoot went well.

Kristin

Kristin

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Kristin

Kristin

Castles Made of Sand

Castles Made of Sand

I had intended this to be the first in a series of photos to chronicle my 29th year, but realized I don’t have the time to do that and do it well. Castles Made of Sand is one of my favorite Hendrix songs, and it came to mind the second I saw this sand castle on the beach in Destin the week of my 29th birthday.

Yossuana

These are all kinds of late being posted but they need to be shared with anyone who happens by this page. In the span of a few short days I shot several rolls of film, and some digital, with Yossuana Aguilar and had about the most fun you’re allowed to have in public. She’s dynamic, her sense of style is outstanding, and by the end of the first roll of film I knew I was going to have some serious keepers. I was right.

Yossuana

Yossuana

Yossuana

Yossuana

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Yossuana

Going to California

Any excuse to listen to Led Zeppelin is good enough for me, thus the post title. Really though, I figured I ought to write something about my Memorial Day weekend trip to the Los Angeles area. Frequent flyer miles got me there with minimal cost. I actually spent less on my motel room and rental car than I would have on the flight itself without frequent flyer miles. Of course, I more than made up for the difference trying to find the bottom of every bottle of Booker’s bourbon within 20 miles of Glendale.

The real reason for my trip was to visit my childhood best friend, Andrew. We figured out that it had been eight years since we had last hung out while drinking some local IPA in a bar he frequents in Burbank. Fortunately, it was like we never missed a beat. He is doing well for himself, and his family. I will not let another eight years pass between visits.

A secondary mission was to shoot a ton of film with several models who had contacted me about working together. Every single one of them flaked. I am not impressed, California. Rather than waste the 13 rolls of film I brought with me, I just finished the roll of 35mm film that was already loaded in my favorite little rangefinder on a walk around Glendale.

In the end, I enjoyed my time in California. The weather was great, and I didn’t swat at a single mosquito the entire time I was there. I got to see Andrew, and a few other people I have met online over the years. I got to experience first-hand just how awful traffic is in Los Angeles (home to some of the slowest drivers I have ever encountered, no wonder the motorcycles lane-split there). Next time I go, I will be on two wheels to enjoy the twisty bits.

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Jessa

How I went this long without shooting my lovely friend Jessa again is beyond me. Austin is not that far away, and school is what it is. From now on, I will not make the mistake of staying so distant. Here are a few shots from our first reunion in far too long, a spontaneous after-lunch shoot with a few of my film cameras I don’t travel without.

Jessa

Jessa

Jessa

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Krystal

Something like 17 years ago, I met Krystal in Kuala Lumpur. We have been friends ever since, and when she asked if I could take some photos for her graduation I said yes. A quick trip to Hermann Park, some generally cooperative skies, and a break from too much heat all worked in our favor. Afterwards, it was beer-thirty at The Flying Saucer. A good day indeed.

Krystal

Krystal

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Krystal

Gaby strikes again

Kodak Portra 400 is a magnificent creation. I know I am starting to sound like a broken record, but the range of tones it delivers is nothing short of spectacular. Kodak did it right when they created this emulsion, and as long as they keep making it I will keep buying it! Sure, I will shoot other color films – slide or negative – but if there is one I make sure I always have on hand it will be Portra 400.

On the same outing as my first-ever attempt at portraiture using my little Kodak Retina IIa, a folding 35mm rangefinder that has been out of production since 1954, I shot a roll of Portra 400 with Gaby. With the Mamiya-Sekor 80mm f/2.8 lens mounted on my Mamiya C3, a twin-lens reflex camera that is at most a decade younger than the Kodak, it is really hard to go wrong. Of course, if you happen to have had another lens mounted recently you might have forgotten to lock the lens and allow light to strike the film plane. It is even possible that you fail to notice this until you have wasted three frames of your favorite film. Fortunately, Gaby was happy to pose for the missed shots again and I could not be happier that she did.

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Gaby

Portraits with the Kodak

General street photography has been the primary use of my Kodak Retina IIa since I first bought the German-made folding 35mm rangefinder. The internet is full of wonderful portraits taken with similar cameras, and since the Kodak packs a very sharp Schneider 50mm f/2 lens I decided to see if I could achieve pleasing results if I used it for portraits. Gaby made for a gorgeous test subject, and I’m pleased to report that this little pocket camera is quite capable of delivering great results.

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Chicago

Last weekend, I took a trip up to Chicago to hang out with my friends Ella, and Lianne. While I was there, and they were occupied at a workshop run by Brooke Shaden, I wandered the city with my camera bag and my go-to travel duo: a Kodak Retina IIa and Mamiya C3. I met some cool people there, and got some nice negatives out of the trip.

Tracks into town

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Ella and Lianne

Chicago

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Chicago

Jump

Olivia

Ashley

Subway

Subway

Sara

Kodak’s Portra 400 color negative film stands on its own. It doesn’t need my praise, but it’s going to get it anyway! I love this film. I really, really do – especially in my medium format camera. Such wonderful skin tones, and a great latitude in a wide range of lighting conditions. It almost seems to understand mood, and respond with appropriate tones. Here’s Sara again.

Sara

Sara

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Sara

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