Film photography with a classic Kodak black and white film

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Photographic film - Black and white

Kodak TriX: A classic black and white film Film cameras, and film are ultimately tools for artistic expression of the photographer. Within film photography, the choice of film stock is a major determinant of the final “look” of the image. Previously, I discussed my thoughts on film photography in great length in a two-part post (part 1, part 2). In … Read More

Let’s break the rule of thirds and other photography rules

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Black and white - Monochrome photography

Do you like to break rules? I do. Especially the ones that don’t make a lot of sense like the “rule of thirds”. This rule and others are some aesthetic rules in photography that are commonly encountered and taught. And the myths continue to live on and perpetuate (also by mindless copying) as online content ranging from youtube to forums … Read More

Composition in photography: approaching the subject

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Black and white - Photography

Composition in photography: definition In photography composition is the way in which something (a photograph) is put together or arranged.  It is the combination of parts or elements that make up something. It is what we put in the frame and where we put it. In other words, it is the design, arrangement, layout of (compositional) elements in a photography … Read More

The intersection of creative art forms: music and photography

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Black and white - Photographic film

Many art forms appear to intersect at times.  For me personally,  the intersection of music and photography is particularly interesting. As an active musician and photographer, I am always surrounded by my tools: cameras and musical instruments. Naturally, I have been taking many pictures of my instruments. How can such connections / intersections help with creativity, beyond the obvious? For … Read More

The camera, the negative, the print – thoughts on film photography in 2020 (part 1)

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Photographic film - Photograph

Film photography in 2020 My journey back into film started in 2019. I thought it would be fun to discuss why I like film photography as my main medium.  This is part 1 of a two part series. To read part two, click here. Nikon 35mm film camera with 35mm color film The renaissance of film photography Film photography has … Read More

Why I Choose Film for Street Photography

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Photography - Photographic film

I’ve been questioned numerous times about my predilection for film photography. The interrogator’s rationale goes something like, “But digital is so convenient and you can do so many things with digital that you can’t do with film.” I don’t disagree. But none of that has anything to do with why I shoot film. As generic as the arguments for digital … Read More

Guest Post on 35mmc Photography Blog: Architectural photography with a 50mm lens (and some thoughts on minimalism)

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Architecture - Black and white

I wrote another guest blog for Hamish Gill’s 35mmc Blog Site, you can find it here. Some thoughts on Minimalism I have long been fascinated and influenced minimalism as an art form, minimalist design and minimalist architecture. When I was younger, I studied the works of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and other architects, and still own some “minimalist” furniture … Read More

Black and white architecture film photography

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Photographic film - Black and white

​Black and white architectural film photography As mentioned previously, I have been enjoying architectural photography recently. I was fortunate enough to be able to continue this through the lockdown (in Minnesota: stay at home order). Below are some of my favorite images over the last two months. I indicated film stock and camera / lens. M3 is Leica M3 35mm … Read More

Guest post on 35mmc: 40 Year Old Black and White Film: Experiments with Three German Film Stocks (and a 1955 Leica M3)

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Photographic film - Camera lens

I wrote another guest post on Hamish Gill’s 35mmc blog. This post, and the particular experiments leading to the post were not necessarily planned. Wendell Cheek, also a reader of the 35mmc blog, contacted me after reading one of my recent blogs on 35mmc on Rollei films via Instagram. Wendell asked me if I would be interested in comparing some of his … Read More

More architectural photography

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Black and white - Architectural photography

More architectural photography I have been enjoying architectural photography recently, both film and digital. Here I am sharing some most recent film photography architectural photographs captured with a Hasselblad 500cm with a 80mm Zeiss Planar 2.8 lens. I also want to give a quick shoutout to Gerald Greenwood, a UK based photographer. I used his development technique (Rodinal semi-stand development) … Read More

Why black and white?

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Black and white - street photography

Ultimately it comes down to artistic choice on why to pursue black and white photography.  I have been making that choice a priori in my image creation process for the majority of my personal work these days. Below are some of the reasons why I currently focus on B&W photography.

Street and architecture photography in Basel

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street photography - portrait

Architecture In continuation of my architecture series, I wanted to share some more architecture photographs. I just returned from a trip to my hometown Basel, and loved some of the architecture I saw. It helped that the weather was cooperating, not necessarily always the case in February! It was unusually warm, but also a nice change to the typically freezing … Read More

Architecture

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Architecture - Black and white

Architecture Architecture is fascinating. And I love to work in series. In particular in mini-series. And I love film photography. After working on a winter flower and mini-winter landscape series, I spend most of my time in the cities. Going out and photographing some architectural detail was a lot of fun, and inspired me to do more. I have been … Read More

Mini winter landscapes

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Photographic film - Black and white

Mini winter landscapes As mentioned in my previous post, I absolutely love the winter landscapes of the Lake Superior North Shore. As a sort of continuation of this previous series, here a series of close(r) up landscapes (landscape details) of the snowy Lake Superior forrest. Some of these images have been posted on Instagram. While there are many stocks I … Read More

Flowers in the winter – a mini series

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Black and white - Photography

​Flowers (and grasses) in the winter (a mini-series) I absolutely love the winter landscapes of the Lake Superior North Shore. The flowers and grasses that seem to survive the cold (- 20 Celsius) weather are fascinating to me. Quite a few of them, over the course of just a few days, ended up in this series. Mini-series are fun as … Read More

2020

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Black and white - Photographic film

“The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long.”― Lao Tzu, Te Tao Ching Sometimes less is more, so that’s my first post in 2020 and the new decade. Pictures taken with Nikon FE, 28mm lens with macro tube and Ilford Pan F 50 B&W film.

Guest Post: Some thoughts on bulk loading (35mmc.com blog)

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Photographic film - 35 mm movie film

Here is another guest blog that just got published on Hamish Gill’s 35mmc blog: https://www.35mmc.com/27/12/2019/worried-about-the-price-of-film-some-thoughts-on-bulk-loading-and-my-process-by-daniel-sigg/ It’s about the pros and cons of purchasing film in bulk (which requires photographers to load the film into cassettes). Here some of the images from the blog.  

Black and White Travel Photography

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Meter - High-rise building

Black and white film photography: travel I decided to only take my film cameras on my trip to Basel, Switzerland and Hamburg, Germany. The purpose of my trip was primarily personal, but I had a few opportunities to take pictures on the streets of Basel and Hamburg. Traveling with film cameras and film In preparing for my trip, I knew … Read More

Film photography: keep calm and shoot film

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Nikon FE - Photographic film

Keep calm and shoot film: all about film photography This is from a sticker I received when I purchased some film equipment from the film photography project, a company focused on providing equipment for film photographers. I love the sticker as it reminds me of one of the reasons why I love shooting film. It does slow me down, not … Read More

Bokeh and creativity

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grasses north shore lake superior bokeh sunset

Bokeh and creativity   What the hell is bokeh? The term Bokeh /bōˈkā/  describes how lenses render out of focus areas of images (stills or video/cinema). The aesthetic quality of the out of focus (blurred) areas in the images shared below can be called “Bokeh”. Wikipedia defines Bokeh as the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of … Read More