worth the wait...


Pulled this image off from a negative that's been in my Canon Elan iie for quite some time. Image was probably taken almost a year ago. Sometimes the wait is well worth it...

kids with cameras...


To build on yesterday's post, it never gets old shooting kids (aka "future photographers" with cameras...

a moment of clarity...


Some shots don't need a face to complete it. This is one of those images that is the poster child for medium format film. When you zoom in at 200 percent, the camera almost becomes the size of my 27 inch monitor and the letters on the lens are crisp and clear with a beautiful rendition of grain surrounding this crisp focus point. The Zeiss optics, the Ektar 120 film and the bright sunny day all contribute to the end product and make this image what it is. I strive for the day when more of my Hasselblad images turn out this stellar. After a few thousand more, I may eventually make it...

a reflection of sundance square...


A window reflection from Sundance Square in downtown Ft Worth captured earlier this year. So many Texas elements in this photo, including me and my Leica M6. It definitely has a Ft Worth vibe...

three things...


Taken over the summer when we were living at a friends farmhouse while we were waiting on our house to be finished. Such great memories. Looking through my film scans makes me realize three things. (1) I take too many pictures of Pyper. She is probably going to be emotionally scarred from this someday and have a fear of people with cameras. (2) I love pictures with grain more than ever before. I never thought I would prefer grain over sharpness. (3)  Most of my photos are taken with a horizontal perspective. I think that is just how my brain sees the world...

the passing of time...


A photo of Maci from all the way back in February of this year when Maci, Tyler, me and Sherri took Pyper and Allister to the Sports Park playground in Greenville. I am not for sure that there are many times that I show up to anything without a camera. I guess I am afraid of missing something special. Even though most of what I capture seems to be the ordinary (such as this). That being said, I am starting to realize that the ordinary seems to become special as time passes...

goodbyes are never easy...


A few weeks back, I flew in from Boston and Sadi was on her way back to college. We met for dinner in Arlington because I didn't get to see her when she came home for a few days. No matter if the time is short or if we get to spend a week together, goodbyes are never easy.  We are so proud of everything Sadi has accomplished, but we miss her nonetheless. I love the fact that I always have a camera with me (in this case, my Leica M6) so I can capture these special moments for permanent memories...

shootout...


A good film day today... I received the email with the link to some of my color film scans. Some of the film was taken quite some time ago. Here is a photo of Toby during one of my visits to Southern California during January of this year. We all ended up at Laguna Beach to try and catch some sunset photos. It was that typical photo of taking pictures of each other taking pictures (a shoot out of sorts). Better late than never on posting the photo...

the mask...


Pyper found a mask of Sadi's from her Senior prom. She wore it around the house all morning. It was so funny because when she took it off, she was smiling and happy. When she put it on, she felt like she needed to be sad (or mad). Had her sit down and stare at me while I snapped this photo...

street shooting...


While we were waiting to be seated at Grimaldi's in West Village, Tyler and I used it as an opportunity to head out to the street and shoot a few photos. I am still getting comfortable with the Hasselblad, but I figure that the only way to learn it is to shoot it. I definitely have not mastered how to shoot handheld at the lower shutter speeds (down to 1/15 sec), like I am accustomed to with my Leica. This one was shot at 1/60 and it was sharp as a tack...

out on the street...


Spent some time walking around Knox Street in Dallas yesterday. Brought my Hasselblad with me for the first time. After several images like this one, it will not be the last time...

fleeting moments on film...


Most people would not use a Hasselblad to capture everyday snaps of family. I find that it brings a bit of formality to the process. Instead of pulling out my iPhone, I reach for the brick of a Hasselblad to capture a fleeting moment. Such a unique experience that I never would have thought I would embrace as I do now. Pyper was out on the drive in her pajamas and boots riding the cart. She stopped long enough to let me take this snap and then went on about her way...

all smiles...


Another image from my Hasselblad CM. I feel like the camera is growing on me. I still have a ways to go on correct metering of different types of lighting. There was a harsh light coming from the left of the photo and shadows on the right side. Regardless of all of the technicalities of the lighting, this photo is a keeper! Having the Hasselblad laying around the house is just another excuse for me to stop whatever we are doing (as life passes us by) and make memories like this...

me and my polaroid...


As much as I post photos of myself in reflections and such, I really don't like photos of me. I just think their are more interesting people/things to photograph. Plus, being the photographer in the family means that most of the time I am behind the camera. That is definitely where I am most comfortable. Things changed when Tyler picked up photography…

Now there are two of us constantly taking pictures when we get together. As a photographer, it is rewarding when you get a photo taken of yourself that you REALLY like. This would be one of those photos. Thanks Tyler for the superb photograph...

portrait of Sadi...


I don't shoot my Hasselblad camera as much as I thought I would. That being said, when I do shoot it, I absolutely love the photos. I am learning more about when to use my different cameras. Because I haven't really mastered the camera, I seem to have better luck with the Hasselblad outdoors with an overcast sky. I couldn't be happier with the portrait of Sadi. Seeing great photos of my family makes me smile a mile wide...

reviewing the shot...


Looking through some of my old film pictures is always fun. Ran upon this one from last year at the fourth of July pre-fireworks show. I was shooting with my Leica M6 and Pyper was shooting with my Canon 6D. After watching Tyler and me shoot so much, she picks up many of our mannerisms. It is so neat to just sit back and watch her in action. So glad I caught this one on film...

christmas 2014 on film...














I continue to have the desire to keep film a part of my life. I have used instant film for the last three years, but I want to start using 35mm & 120mm film more often. My goal is to eventually use my Leica M6 camera to document all aspects of my life. I truly want to master this camera and a small selection of films.  Ilford Delta 3200 is one of those films.  It is very forgiving and super-flexible in all types of lighting and conditions.

 This year, I wanted to make sure and bring film back to document Christmas morning and the days after. I didn't use it as much as I would like, but after developing every roll I become more confident in using the camera and film. See the images above for a small selection of what I was able to capture...

what lies ahead...


Definitely not my typical photo to post. I took this one with my Hasselblad CM camera over the weekend after we left a restaraunt here in Greenville. Lots of things going on in the life of my family right now that weighs heavily on my heart. I remember looking down the row of chairs and seeing how desolate it looked. It was cold and rainy and there was a mist in the air under the lights. Of course I ran to my vehicle and grabbed my camera to come back and take this shot. Sometimes photos are meant to be a reminder of how we were feeling at the time. This is one of those times...

Wilco...


Not bad for my first medium format film image of Wilco. Caught him sneaking out the door when I was outside taking a photo of Pyper. It was almost like he was posing for me. A little grainy and contrasty because I underexposed a bit...