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I just picked up the first roll of film shot on my new (old) Canonet 28 from Looking Glass Photo in Berkeley, and I could not be more excited! It took me a few months to shoot this roll of HP5 but the results are well worth the wait. The fixed 40mm 2.8 lens on the Canonet 28 is incredible sharp.
Meet my friend Griffin. I saw him with his skateboard and asked him to pose for this photo. After a few months he finally has the result. With this roll of film I really tried to branch out in my ‘style’ of photography. I took more candids and portraits and it was a great exercise in creativity. Forcing yourself to evolve is the best way to prevent getting bored or stagnating creatively.
This is just a small preview from the Canonet until I have some more time over the long weekend to post more photos and write an extensive review of the camera itself. Check back for updates! I have a lot of insights to share if you’re considering a compact film rangefinder.
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I took the time this weekend to take some nice photos of my Canonet 28 film camera. I recently upgraded it with a metal lens hood which looks really cool and is also very functional. The Canonet lens has unusual 48mm thread diameter so I bought a 48-52mm step up ring, and the hood fits that. I’m almost done with the roll of HP5 in the camera and I’ll be posting a detailed gear review with some sample photos once I have it developed. A preliminary thought however…
I thought I wouldn’t enjoy the Canonet 28 as much as its older brother the Canonet QL 17, because the 28 is fully auto. However, I’ve found this not to be true. Despite not being able to control the depth of field as much as I’d like, it is still extremely enjoyable to shoot with.
I graduated from the University of Southern California on Friday! I’m on my way home for two weeks before starting my job in the Bay Area. I’ve almost finished the first roll of film from my Canonet 28 and can’t wait to have that developed. More updates to come once I get to Portland!
A few days ago I received a package from Photoworks with my developed film! I started shooting this particular roll of Ektar way back in December, which just goes to show how busy I have been in my final semester of college.** I took a trip up to San Francisco with my favorite person in the world, my girlfriend Kayla, this March. The weather was amazing which made for great photo opportunities all over the city.
This particular scene caught my eye in the Presidio: the American flag with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. I took multiple pictures, but I liked this one the best, with only the two icons and a beautiful sky showing. I am very pleased with the overall effect.
**On that note, I ended up getting into three graduate programs and ultimately decided to return to USC for another two years to get my master’s degree in public policy! It was a tough decision, but I had so many good reasons to stay in southern California for the near future. This summer however, I will be living in Berkeley with my girlfriend Kayla! My job is yet to be decided but I have a few interviews that I am very excited about. More to come – including more pictures.
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Senior year of college has really caught up with me this semester. I’ve been working constantly on my honors thesis for political science and deciding which grad school I want to attend. I couldn’t be more excited to be spending two more years as a Trojan! I’m will be getting my master’s degree in public policy from the Sol Price school.
Photography wise, I have been shooting, just not posting. I’ve got a role of Ektar in my camera that I’m about 60% of the way through and then I’ll be trying out HP5 or Neopan. I have a lot of pictures from around where I live in Los Angeles, and also the Hollywood area. I’m taking the train up to San Francisco and then to Portland this weekend with my girlfriend.
I know there will be a ton of opportunities to finish my color roll along the coast and in San Francisco, and then I’d like to shoot some architectural stuff with the HP5 or maybe do some portraits. If I can finish the Ektar soon enough I’ll definitely drop it off at Photoworks in San Francisco. It’s where I send all my film to be developed and they do a great job.
Expect some more photos soon!
This is another photo from my latest roll of T-Max 400. I am very pleased with the tonal range and immense detail that film gives me. I shoot digital 80% of the time but if I’m going somewhere really cool specifically to take pictures I’ll always reach for the film camera first.
My Nikon N80 cost me $35 dollars on eBay, the lens was around $90. That $125 dollar combo made this photo along with a host of my other pictures. While some photographers think film is obsolete, others are helping it’s renaissance. As a student I cannot afford a full-frame digital camera that costs in the thousands of dollars. Film photography is a great way to develop your photography skills. It really forces you to think about the shots you’re taking and isn’t a pain in the wallet.
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I took this series of photographs this November near my grandparents’ farm outside of Janesville, Wisconsin. Rural countryside in the winter, with the barren fields and pale sky, can feel immensely bleak; especially in black and white.
I used my Nikon N80 with t-max 400 film to take these photos. I think it was the perfect medium, given that a color photo would look almost the same that time year. In contrast to the landscape however, my grandparents’ home is extremely warm and welcoming.
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