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Minolta X-370 camera

Shooting the Minolta X-370 with risky film

I recently picked up a Minolta X-370 for pretty cheap ($25).  It came in a nice leather case too but it was very dirty, and the picture you see above is after I spent some time detailing it.  There was a roll of film in the camera already, but the counter was still on “S”, so I opened the film door and noticed that someone had attempted to put film in there but never finished.  I correctly loaded the cam, […]

wasp building nest

Summer Home

These wasps started building a nest under my mailbox and I decided to let them finish the process.  I had to be brave to get this photo.  I ended up using an extension tube, so I had to get really close for this shot.  I used the Canon 5D Mark III.  The wasp nest is still standing.

Develop Film at Home C41

Developing Color Negatives (C-41) at Home

In the last post, I went over the materials needed to develop color negatives at home.  I finally developed my first few batches and it wasn’t so bad.  The process was actually therapeutic.  I made my mixes in a 1 Liter measuring cup and then transferred the mixes to a storage bottle.  I will tell you to be careful with the blix.  It can get messy when mixing, transferring to the storage bottle, and during the agitations/inversions.  After doing an […]

Materials for Developing Color Film at Home: C-41 Kit

Since venturing into the realm of film, I noticed that getting film developed isn’t like it once was.  There are some lucky people who have local labs that still develop film.  The rest of us don’t have it so good.  The drug stores still develop film, but, they send them off somewhere to be developed and they don’t return your negatives (this kinda defeats the purpose).  There are some great labs that you can find online to send your film […]

Meeko-with-Minolta x-700

It’s Time to Shoot Film

I have been doing my research on film photography for a while now.  I remember shooting film (mainly disposable cameras and polaroids) as a child, but by the time I became serious about photography, digital was the thing.  I wanted to get into shooting film because I felt that it would make me better.  I recently made the jump to shooting film, and I immediately noticed that things are more simple and you have to put more thought into each […]

Photography Exhibit at Red Door Records & Cinema

Having a photography exhibit at the record store is like a dream come true to me.  Diggin for vinyls and photography are 2 things I’m very passionate about.  Red Door Records and Cinema had a photography exhibit this past Friday.  The event had a nice turnout and it was cool to be able to meet some of the local artists.  Here are a few shots from the night.

My View on a Rainy Day

Here are some photos I took on a rainy day while waiting for the rain to calm down.  These were shot with the Sony a6000.

The Birth of Dermani Ason

The Watermelon Thief

A lot of interesting things happen throughout our day, but we are constantly on the go and miss a lot of things.  Photography has helped me to keep my eyes open, slow down, and be more observant, which makes life much more enjoyable.   Because I  am always equipped with the camera, I am able to catch some of these things.  In this short moment, I was sitting at the stop light for no more than 2 minutes when I […]

Sandy Valdespino

Sandy Valdespino: An Evening with the Former MLB Player

Terrance, one of my best friends who coaches a little league team in Germany, is the grandson of Sandy Valdespino, a former MLB player during the 60s and 70s.  He played with the Minnesota Twins in the 1965 World Series.  Terrance recently asked me to take some baseballs to his Grandfather so he could sign them for the little league team. I met up with Mr. Valdespino and his daughter at a Chick-fil-A where we enjoyed some conversation while he […]