As a modern-day photographer with a love for antique cameras, living in a digital world of data and endless cyberspace, I think it is important to touch upon the tangible magic and wonder that I find when I look through an old view-finder, or out through a decades-old piece of ground-glass. As I click the shutter, releasing light through my lens to burn its image onto a piece of film, I feel that I am doing something very different than if I were to press the shutter button on the world’s latest digital model. While doing that would in fact produce an excellent result of near technical perfection, there is something else to be said for the intensive, yet intimate process one experiences when they load their own film in complete darkness; when they feel the release of the springs inside the clock-like mechanics of a manual shutter lever, or the clicking tension of the advance reel. 

 

When you shoot with a digital camera, there is a sense of instant gratification, and you posses the ability to produce more images, faster than ever before. But while doing so, are you really taking as much time and appreciation as you would if you knew you only had 8 shots on a roll of film? Will you feel the same build of anticipation and excitement as you spend over 8 hours in the darkroom to develop twenty rolls of film, without seeing one single image until you make a contact print? Can a digital image replicate the same surprise you feel when you see a double exposure, and you realize you forgot to advance your film (but of course, you’re happy that you didn’t…how else would you get something so unexpected and beautiful?)

 

This section doesn’t exist to highlight the images themselves, but instead aims to expand upon the physical process that yields them. It is here that I will introduce you to my arsenal of cameras, and you will be able to gather more information about my development process, and see certain characteristics that hold unique to each camera/lens.

 
 
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Graflex Speed Graphic (Press Camera) (c. 1940s)

 
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Shot: 1997 – “TJ”

Lens: Kodak Ektar 127mm

Shutter Speed: Unknown (estimated 1/15 sec) f5.6 ½ 

Film Type: Fuji HP5 400

Developer: Ilfosol (Fine grain developer), Recommended time at 68 degrees, Tray developed. Light agitation during development. Continuously cycled through at slow rate to cut down on grain.

Notes: Shot on Tripod 

 

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Shot: 1998 – “Old House”

Lens: Kodak Ektar 127mm

Shutter Speed: (double exposure) ½ - ¾ second, each at f11 (used cable release)

Film Type: Fuji HP5 400

Developer: : Ilfosol (Fine grain developer), Recommended time at 68 degrees, Tray developed. Light agitation during development. Continuously cycled through at slow rate to cut down on grain.

Notes: Accidental double exposure. Happy accident. Both shots under exposed. Two separate interiors. Forgot to flip film back. 

 

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Shot: 2002 – “Rooftop”

Lens: Schneider Xenar 150mm

Shutter Speed: 15 minutes at f11

Film Type: T-Max 400

Developer: T-Max RS Developer. Tray developed. Light Agitation, recommended time at 68 degrees. 

Notes: This lens was dug out of a basement, covered in mold. It cleaned up to be spotless. 

 


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Rolleicord

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Shot: 2004 – “Bike Riding”

Lens: Xenar 75mm f3.5

Shutter Speed: Two exposures – first exposure 5-8 minutes, second exposure a few seconds. Both at f8

Film Type: Kodak 160

Developer: Kodak Color Developer, 100 degrees

Notes: Double exposure, happy accident. The initial exposure was taken on a tripod, for about 5-8 minutes, of my wife and I riding bikes up and down a street in Amsterdam. Second shot was of a puddle, lasting several seconds long. 

 

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Shot: 2001 – “Caves in Puerto Rico”

Lens: Xenar 75mm f3.5

Shutter Speed: Two exposures, on a tripod with cable release, 2-3 seconds each at f8

Film Type: Ilford HP5

Developer: Ilfosol

Notes: Double exposure, happy accident.

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Shot: 2004 – “Brussels Apartment”

Lens: Xenar 75mm f3.5

Shutter Speed: 5-6 seconds, f8

Film Type: Kodak 160

Developer: Kodak Color developer at 100 degrees

Notes: None

 

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Shot: 2004 – “Doorway in Italy”

Lens: Xenar 75mm f3.5

Shutter Speed: 30 second exposure, f8

Film Type: Ilford HP5

Developer: Ilfosol

Notes: Long exposure of door opening slowly down into hall. 

 

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Shot: 2004 – “Window Reflection”

Lens: Xenar 75mm f3.5

Shutter Speed: Unknown

Film Type: Ilford HP5

Developer: Ilfosol

Notes: None

 

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Shot: 2004 – “Double Exposure in Belgium”

Lens: Xenar 75mm f3.5

Shutter Speed: Double exposure, 1/60 at f11

Film Type: Ilford HP5

Developer: Ilfosol

Notes: Accidental double exposure

 

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Shot: 2004 – “Building Reflection”

Lens: Xenar 75mm f3.5

Shutter Speed: 45 second exposure, f5.6

Film Type: Kodak 160

Developer: Kodak Color Developer at 100 degrees

Notes: Camera on tripod, self timer, as I walked into the background of the shot.

 

 
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Shot: 1998 – “Red Light District”

Lens: Xenar 75mm f3.5

Shutter Speed: 3-4 minutes at f11 

Film Type: Kodak 160

Developer: Kodak Color Developer at 100 degrees

Notes: None

 


Canon AE-1 35mm (c. 1970s)

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Shot: 1995 – “Hail Bop” 

Lens: Canon 50mm f1.8

Exposure: ½ sec f2.8

Film Type: Tri-X 400

Developer: Unknown. Developed in basement, no temperature control. No thermometer.

Notes: Car headlights lit subject in foreground at last instant. Lucky Shot. 

 

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Shot: 1994 – “Old Guy in Washington Square Park)

Lens: Canon 50mm 1.8

Exposure: Shutter speed unknown, f8

Film Type: Kodak Infared

Developer: Unknown

Notes: Film had to be loaded in subdued light due to extreme sensitivity 

 


Leica

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Shot: 2011 – “Little Girl Sleeping”

Lens: 40mm f2

Shutter Speed: 1/125 at f3.5

Film Type: Kodak 32P (Shot at 1600 ISO)

Developer: T-Max RS Developer

Notes: None

 


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Arca Swiss (Rail Camera)

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Shot: 2003 – “Chrissy”

Lens: 90mm 

Shutter Speed: Unknown

Film Type: Ilford HP5

Developer: Ilfosol

Notes: The rear standard was pulled all the way back

 

 
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Shot: 2001 – “Untitled” 05_Scan_260 (guys in woods)

Lens: Komura 400mm

Shutter Speed: Unknown

Film Type: Ilford HP5

Developer: Ilfosol

Notes: The rear standard pulled all the way back. Front standard fell (caught vignette)

 

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Shot: 2003 – “Shari and I”

Lens: Schneider Xenar 150mm

Shutter Speed: Unknown

Film Type: Ilford HP5 400

Developer: Ilfosol

Notes: Rear standard is tilted back and swung. Fall off of lens coverage is on upper righthand corner. 

 

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Shot: “Mohonk”

Lens: Komura 400mm

Shutter Speed: 25 minutes, f8-11

Film Type: Ilford HP5

Developer: Ilfosol

Notes: None

 


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Kodak Portrait 8x10 (1902)

 
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Shot: 2003 – “Shari in Pumpkin Patch”

Lens: 6x9” lens on 8x10” camera 

Shutter Speed: 1/125 at f11

Film Type: Tri- X

Developer: T-Max RS Developer, tray developed

Notes: Vignetting due to lens fall off. Capturing the full coverage of the lens. 

 

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Shot: 2003 – “Shari and Jasia”

Lens: Kodak Portrait Lens, 6.3 

Shutter Speed: 1/25 at f8

Film Type: Tri- X

Developer: T-Max RS Developer, tray developed

Notes: None

 


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Hawkeye with Ball baring shutter (1909)

 
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Shot: 2011 – “Mateo”

Lens: Standard

Exposure: Aperture was at number 3, which indicated about f22, at 3 seconds

Film Type: Kodak T-Max 100

Developer: T-Max RS Developer

Notes: Thought this was a fun example of a shot from an old camera.


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Hawkeye Pinhole (Made out of soda can) (c. 1909)

 
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Shot: 2000 – “Street in Bayridge Brooklyn)

Lens: Pinhole made of soda can

Shutter Speed: ½ hour exposure, pinhole

Film Type: Kodak T-Max

Developer: T-Max RS Developer

Notes: Left camera in the middle of the street

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Shot: 2004 - “Ironing Board”

Lens: Pinhole

Shutter Speed: 10 minutes

Film Type: Fuji NP 400

Developer: Ilfosol 

Notes: None

 

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Shot: 2004 – “Me”

Lens: Pinhole

Shutter Speed: 15 minutes

Film Type: Fuji NP 400

Developer: Ilfosol

Notes: None

 

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Shot: 2011 – “Street, Central Park West”

Lens: Pinhole

Shutter Speed: 15-30 seconds

Film Type: Kodak T-Max

Developer: T-Max RS Developer

Notes: None

 


Canon 5D Mark I/II

 
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Shot: 2009 – Lasers (two shots)

Lens: 16-35mm 

Shutter Speed: 5-10minutes

Film Type: -----

Developer: -----

Notes: Lasers invisible to naked eye, revealed by small piece of paper. All available light. 

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Shot: 2008 – “Fireworks”

Lens: 16-35mm 

Shutter Speed: long exposure, exact unknown at f11

Film Type: -----

Developer: -----

Notes: None

 

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Shot: 2009 – Lasers (two shots)

Lens: 16-35mm 

Shutter Speed: 5-10minutes

Film Type: -----

Developer: -----

Notes: Lasers invisible to naked eye, revealed by small piece of paper. All available light.

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Shot: 2009 – Lasers with Researcher

Lens: 16-35mm 

Shutter Speed: 10minutes

Film Type: -----

Developer: -----

Notes: Lasers invisible to naked eye, revealed by small piece of paper. Researcher popped with a strobe (at low power) at the last second.