Last week of Summer 2015

Last week of Summer

Today’s configuration:  Leica M(240) with a Summicron 50mm f/2.0

This has been one of the busiest summers on record for the Smith family.  We have packed our summer chock full of events that have kept us very busy and active. We spent our last weekend before school started at a wedding in Idaho then relaxing in Wyoming.  There are days I wish I could be as care free as these kids, just enjoying things day by day and not worrying about anything else.

I’m working on a few personal projects, hopefully I will be able to share them soon.  One that I’m excited about are letters that I’m scanning that my grandpa (whom I’ve never met) wrote to his family while serving in World War I.  You really get to know someone by reading something they have hand written.  Which leads me to another post I need to put together that will talk about my new system for journaling and staying organized.

Last week of Summer

Last week of Summer

Last week of Summer

Last week of Summer

Last week of Summer

Last week of Summer

Last week of Summer

Yashica Mat 124G Sample Images


My last post talked about my new acquired film camera, you can check it out here. For today’s post I wanted to share a few pictures from my test roll that I had a local lab develop and a roll that I shot and developed myself. When I purchased the camera it had a working(original) battery that I verified was giving my the correct exposure. I don’t trust it 100% so I decided to get a replacement battery and keep the original working one as a backup.

For the first roll I wanted to try several lighting conditions. Shooting into the sun, shooting in part shadow and in broad daylight. The camera performed as expected in these conditions and I have to say I’m pretty impressed.  The second roll was more documenting our day in Jackson Hole Wyoming on the 4th of July.

One thing I absolutely love about this camera is it forces you to shoot in square format.  When I printed some of my favorite images my daughter promptly said “hey, these are square like Instagram”.  I quickly reminded here that Instagram is just like this camera, the square format has been around long before Instagram was just a concept.

For those interested I used Tri-X 400 and developed in Rodinal(adonal)



Gas Station

Feeedom Post Office

Cowboy Bar

This was my first image taken with the camera, I managed to get a double exposure.  Not sure how that even happened but I liked the result.

Bedford Double Exposure

Salt River

Self Reflection

Sun Flare

Tree Roots


The Quad

Today’s configuration: Canon 5D Mark III.

Washington DC. is chock full of buildings with pillars.  I never grew tired of them on a recent trip to Washington DC.



Today’s configuration: FujiFilm X100

I have no clue what type of tree this is but growing up in the Rocky Mountains and being around tress every where these are nothing what I’m used to seeing.

The Observer

The Observer
Canon 5D Mark III * EF-24-105mm f/4.0L * ISO 100 * 1/400 seconds * f/7.1

As I was standing on our hotel balcony in Hawaii this year I noticed this grounds worker going about his daily routine.  Playing with shadows and light I waited until he drove in the light just before what appears him running into the palm tree.   It’s only been six months since our visit to the islands and my wife and I are itching to get back.  Especially since we’ve been in a deep freeze for the past two weeks.

Eureka Utah City Jail

Canon 5D Mark III * EF-24-105mm f/4.0L * ISO 100 * 1/100 seconds * f/7.1

I love old mining towns.  There is a lot of history contained in these buildings that I love to photograph.  On a recent trip with my wife we drove through Eureka Utah.  We drove up and down main street a few times and on the back roads to get a good feel for the city.  The photo above is the old city jail.  I tried to give this a treatment that portrayed what I envisioned this photo looking like it it were taken long ago.