Five Reasons I Like to Photograph French Doors on Film

There are unconscious patterns that emerge when one looks at their own photographs.  It appears that while traveling in France, I like to photograph doors on film.  Here are five images that illustrate why.

#1 - Because they stand still and make it easy for beginners.

  • Location: Saint-Emilion, France

  • Time: July 2001

  • Camera: Canon Rebel 2000

  • Film: Kodachrome 64

#2 - Because textures look amazing on black and white film.

  • Location: Saint-Sulpice des Pommiers, France.

  • Time: October 2014

  • Camera: Fuji GF670

  • Film: Kodak Tri-X

#3 - And because the shadows really stand out.

  • Location: Pau, France.

  • Time: October 2014

  • Camera: Fuji GF670

  • Film: Kodak Tri-X

#4 - Because the color contrast can be striking.

  • Location: Madiran, France.

  • Time: October 2014

  • Camera: Fuji GF670

  • Film: Kodak Portra 400

#5 - Because the old buildings have great character.



  • Location: Saint-Emilion, France.

  • Time: October 2014

  • Camera: Fuji GF670

  • Film: Kodak Portra 400

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A Polaroid Big Shot Review: featuring Willa Prescott. 2017

You feel like you know these images ... and you are probably right.  The Polaroid Big Shot was a favorite of Andy Warhol and many of his most famous work began with this camera.

This Polaroid camera is almost entirely forgotten.  A head-and-shoulders-only, weird-looking portrait machine, the Big Shot was made between 1971 and 1973.  It is entirely plastic and has a fixed-focus, requiring the photographer to do the "Big Shot Shuffle" to get focused images. Both the flashes (Magicubes) and the film (Fuji FP-100c) are discontinued, with prices on both rising by the day.  The future of the Polaroid Big Shot is as a curio on collectors' shelves.

But the Big Shot isn't dead yet.  When I discovered that I would have opportunity to photograph the lovely Willa Prescott, I knew that she would be the perfect subject for one of this camera's last adventures.

I purchased my Polaroid Big Shot from the Film Photography Project.


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The Traveling Yashica T5, LomoChrome Purple, and Findlay Armed Services Day

This wasn't done in Photoshop!

This wasn't done in Photoshop!

This isn't the treads of an alien army invasion.  This isn't an image done in Photoshop.  This is LomoChrome Purple, a crazy new 35mm film, shot in the cult classic film camera - the Yashica t5d.  The images were taken at Findlay's Armed Services day.

I recently took part in a traveling film camera project called The Traveling Yashica hosted by Hamish Gill on his cool film camera blog 35MMC.  My guest blog post can be found by clicking here.  Enjoy.  

I love the 'old-time' feeling to this image. Raw scan from film, minimal post production.

I love the 'old-time' feeling to this image. Raw scan from film, minimal post production.

Jidai Matsuri 2013 - Portraits in Kyoto, Japan


On October 22, 2013, I found myself in Kyoto during one of Japan's most important festivals - the Jidai Matsuri.  This is a celebration of the approximately 1100 years that Kyoto was the capital of Japan, before the capital was moved to Toyko.

Over 2000 people dressed in authentic period costumes parade from the Imperial Palace to the Heian Shrine.  

It is a photographers dream, but rather than photograph during the parade, I chose to mingle with the costumed masses and capture some personal portraits.

I shot Kodak Tri-X, a 35mm black and white film known as the "photojournalist's friend" in my old Canon t70.  

These photographs are also featured on The 52 Rolls Project blog.


Photographing Venice, Italy on Polypan F

For 2013, I have been involved in a photographic challenge with The 52 Rolls Project.  A small number of photographers from around the world agree to shoot one roll of film per week for the entire year and blog about the results.  I'm not going to inflict all my posts on you here, but the images were so wonderful in Week 36 that I'd like to cross post.


The Week:  Week 36 was the week that I escorted a wine tasting trip to Italy for my customers.  My day job is Wine Manager of a Gourmet Foods Supermarket in Maumee, Ohio called Walt Churchill’s Market.  Once per year, I plan and create a wine trip to somewhere in the world that I then sell to customers at the store.  This week was Italy.  We started in Venice….


The Camera and the Film:  My kit for Italy was a Canon A-1 and Canon FD 50mm f1.4 and Canon FD 24mm f2.8.  I also carried my Olympus Trip 35.  The films taken were a bunch of Polypan F 50 (hand rolled by the Film Photography Podcast Store) and Kodak Portra 400.

I also took a Canon EOS M Digital Camera to produce videos of the trip for my video podcast – Understanding Wine with Austin Beeman.  No digital pics for this page though!  (P.S. No video from this trip in on the podcast yet.  Editing video takes way more time than getting film processed.)


The Shoot:  Venice was more touristy than expected, even off-the-beaten path, but the Polypan came through with some tremendous images.  Lacking the anti-halation layer, the whites of these images bloom naturally.  Very minimal post production.


See more on  Flickr.   The 52 Rolls Group and My Personal 52 Rolls – 2013 Set.