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What camera should I buy? What’s the best camera? What camera should I use? Is this camera better than that one? Which camera makes the best images?
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These are all questions most, if not all, photographers ask at some point in their life. For me, I look at the camera as a tool. Just like all hammers are not the same, all cameras are different. Some are more suited for one type of photography over the other. But in the end, the image is what’s most important.
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One of the reasons I shoot with so many cameras is because of what I just said above. The camera is a tool and there are certain images that I simply wouldn’t be able to capture if I restricted myself to only one camera. I’m not opposed to restrictions or limitations in photography. In fact, I find that this is a healthy exercise to push yourself into unknown territory. But I would never want to restrict myself to one camera or format for the rest of my life. There are simply too many images to be made that a single camera isn’t capable of capturing. An 8×10 camera is wonderful, but simply can’t capture certain images that another simpler or more nimble camera is able to. On the contrary, a view camera is capable of making images that many other cameras are unable to.
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So what’s the best camera? Well…whatever is the right tool for the job. Maybe the real question is, “Which camera helps you capture your vision the best in the moment?”
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Schulman Photo Lab

I picked up my film from Schulman Photo Lab yesterday, and they did a fantastic job as usual. I can’t recommend them highly enough. Anyway, I have a ton of work ahead of me with scanning and processing. Keep an eye out for some new images in the near future. Also, an acute eye will notice that there is only one color image in this collage. So yes…I shot only one sheet of 8×10 Velvia 50 on my entire trip to the Eastern Sierras, and it came out great. I can’t wait to work on it.
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Lee Vining, California

I’m back home from my Eastern Sierra adventure where I spent the majority of my time south of Lee Vining up in the hills. I was fortunate to have a small storm on two separate days where it snowed and created interesting light. Boy was it cold!!!! I ended up shooting mostly black and white film on a variety of cameras, and it’ll be a few weeks before I’m able to show some images. For now, enjoy this collage.
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Film loaded and all packed up. Adventure starts tomorrow!
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Culver City, California

This is my camera that I used for the last series of images, an old Speed Graphic with a Kodak Aero Ektar 178mm lens.
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Culver City, California

Behind the scenes of our “Nuptials” series of images. This collage shows our setup photographing the print and frame of my in-law’s wedding photo from 1958 as well as some printing of various images in process. Additionally, there are two images of the final prints used at our reception where you can see how we mounted and displayed them on the tables.
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The camera used for all photographs was a Speed Graphic with a Kodak Aero Ektar 178mm lens. A custom lens adapter needed to be made in order to mount this lens on the camera, which is actually a common setup started by David Burnett, @davidburnettfoto. David is a very successful photojournalist and someone whose images I admire and respect. Anyway, this setup is sometimes referred to as the David Burnett Combo. Many photographers use this setup and tilt the lens in such a way to create an effect of miniature, as David has so effectively done throughout his career. But the lens also offers extreme shallow depth of field with an absolutely beautiful bokeh, which is why we used the lens for our project.
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Africa Behind The Scenes Color Film Instagram Landscape Large Format

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Behind the scenes with some technical details of my last image of the Acacia Tree in the Serengeti that was shot with a large format 4×5 camera.
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The original JPG that I posted yesterday is unable to show two hot air balloons just above the horizon and below the tree on the left. With this image, I cropped the original scan at a 100%, pixel-for-pixel crop of the area and overlaid it on top of the resized JPG. Only one balloon is visible in this crop, but you can clearly see how much detail the high resolution drum scan provides. The image was shot on Fuji Provia, processed by a local lab, wet mounted on a cylindrical drum, and scanned with my Howtek 4500 drum scanner at 4000dpi. This results in a RAW scan that is 1.7GB and 19647×15512 pixels at 16bit. Without resizing the image, I can print at 360 pixels/inch at roughly 43″x54″. This is at the native resolution without resizing!. Thus, the image quality is retained at any print size that I want.
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Abstract Behind The Scenes Black and White Film Instagram Landscape Medium Format

Behind The Scenes

Behind the scenes collage of my previous image. This shows the steps I take from negative to drum scan to final image to print. This print is 16″ x 22″, but can easily print larger, because it was scanned at 4000dpi. However, I feel that the image speaks better and becomes more intimate at a smaller size.
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This image was shot with a Contax 645 medium format camera.
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Mojave National Preserve

Here’s a behind the scenes shot from my previous image with a Toyo 8×10 view camera setup on the roof of my truck.
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