Analog Film Photography

I photographed horses for a living for about 12 years. When I started digital was just coming on the scene. It was heralded as the next big thing. It wasn’t long before I like everybody else was toting around a digital camera. None of us realized that the advent of the digital camera would be the end of the industry as we knew it. digital photography has been the the biggest blessing and also the biggest curse of the art of photography. flash forward to the end of my career. I have multiple digital paperweights (obsolete cameras), Junk computers and terabits of images on old hard drives and disks. it might be just me but I think We truly sold more images when we shot film. our clients didn’t take fore granted the skills it took to turn out a beautiful picture. As a group we commanded more respect as photographers. At the end of the day, hell a good Picture just brought more satisfaction. I finally said enough, is enough I harkened back to the days when a camera had a soul, emerging technology was expressed in the media we put thru the camera not the camera. Lastly our eyes were better because we had to imagine the result of our shots rather than chimping until we got an image that fit our preconceived notions. I remember shopping for my first Pro camera, I did so knowing a good solid camera could last me my whole career. truly digital photography is here to stay and it has its uses. but I have fallen back in love with capturing my images on film. here are some images I have captured with an old pentax left to me by my grandmother the original camera enthusiast in the family.

waiting for a crew change over in the changing light of a beautiful California Sunset.
waiting for a crew change over in the changing light of a beautiful California Sunset.

This was a fun image to capture. It was neat to have the perfect tool to make the most of this opportunity… an analog camera with b/w film. film developed with a mixture of instant coffee and Arm & Hammer washing soda with a dash of Vitamin C powder tossed in.

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One of my favorite images I have created using Caffenol and B/W film. this is the skeletal remains of a Saguaro Cactus at Casa Grande in Arizona

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An Old School Bus. Photo taken in the old copper Mining town Miami, Arizona.

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The tonal range and grain structure are very pleasing to the eye. another photo from Miami Arizona

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