More Richmond, Please.

November 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Last weekend, I went back to Richmond, VA to visit my buddy Franklin Obregon. It was a great weekend. I brought with me my Silver Sonar SX-70, SLR 680, Captiva and Olympus Stylus. These Richmonders seem to never stop partying.

I love these people. I’ll be uploading a few more photos to my Flickr stream and my Tumblr in the coming weeks.

To Richmond, With Love.

August 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s been a while since I last posted, so I thought there was no better subject to share with you but my recent trip with my fiancee Amy to Richmond, VA, to visit Franklin Obregon and friends.

This is Franklin…

The night we got there, we went to see some bands play at a place called Gallery 5…

On Saturday, we met Jeremy and his rescued pitbull Machi, who was abused by her previous owner, and went to the James River to hang out…

Meet Drew and Liz…

Saturday night, we went to a party for Megan’s birthday…

This is Lydia and Megan…

The next day, we had planned to go with one of Franklin’s friends, Ben, into the countryside to take target practice with a shotgun. Well, that plan got sidetracked, because after picking up some burritos at Chipotle, we stopped at Liz’s house and Machi the pitbull bit my lip open…

It was worse than it looks in that photo. We had to go to the emergency room and I got five stitches in my lip. Amy and I were supposed to leave Richmond on a 5:45pm bus, but I was determined to fire a shotgun, so we decided to take a later bus, and went directly from the hospital to fire shotguns…

We had a blast and I can’t wait to go back. For more photos from my trip, check out my Flickr stream and my Tumblr.

More Fun with 35mm.

April 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Recently, Franklin Obregon came to New York and I was able to finally meet him in person for the first time. We’ve been following each other’s photography for several years as Flickr contacts, but had never actually met. Franklin shoots amazing, raw, very natural, unscripted photos with a point-and-shoot Olympus 35mm camera, letting you into the life he shares with his friends in Richmond, VA. Check out Franklin’s photography here: http://www.franklinobregon.net/journals/

In celebration of his visit, I broke out my cheap Pentax 35mm camera. Here are some of the shots I came up with…


Please visit my photo stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ptobin/

Arm-Wrestling and Beer, Part 2.

February 23, 2011 § 1 Comment

Once again, just kidding. This is another blog entry about kittens. A few months ago, I wrote a post about a litter of kittens that a stray had given birth to at my aunt’s veterinary clinic. Read it here.
At the time of that post, the kittens were a week old. Now, they’re twelve weeks old. This past weekend, I went home to Massachusetts and was able to see the kitten my sister adopted for the first time since the original post. As a bonus, my aunt brought over the two other females from the litter. I got some good photos and thought it was fitting to write a follow-up entry. A “where are they now?” kind of thing.

Here’s a shot of my sister’s kitten, who she named Milo, at 6 days old…


(Taken with Polaroid SLR 680 SE, Impossible Project PX 600 UV+ film.)

And here she is at 12 weeks…


(Taken with Pentax IQ Zoom, generic 35mm film.)

I threw in the Polaroid Zip for scale purposes.

You may also remember the polydactyl kitten from the first post, who we got to calling Polly (ha). This was her at one week…


(Polaroid SLR 680 SE, Impossible Project PX 600 UV+ film.)

Here she is now…


(Polaroid Electric Zip, Polaroid Viva film.)

It was nice to see how they’ve changed but also how they’ve retained some of the little characteristics they had when they were hamster-sized. It’s also nice that my sister has a new cat after having to put down our family cat in November. Milo and my sister already seem to have a strong bond with each other. I wish them the best, and I hope the others find good homes.

To pick up some Impossible Project PX 600 UV+ or some of their other instant film, visit www.the-impossible-project.com

On a similar note, feel free to come by the opening reception of a gallery exhibition in which some Impossible Project photographers, including myself, have some work. It’s in Brooklyn on Thursday night, February 24th, from 7-10pm. More info at www.selfmadenewyork.com

And, as always, don’t forget to stop by My Photo Stream to see what’s new.


(Polaroid SLR 680 SE, Impossible Project PX 600 UV+ film.)

The Copeland Barn.

December 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

A few years ago, my parents moved into a house that stood on land that had once been a farm. For a couple hundred years, The Copeland family had lived in a large farmhouse on the property with rooms enough for the entire family and the farmhands. The farm also comprised of several barns, all of which have since been torn down except for one.


(Taken with Polaroid Viva film in a Polaroid Square Shooter 2.)

My father believes the barn dates back to 1810. Originally, Copeland Farm was a dairy farm, and the barn pictured above housed the cows. The cows were kept on the lower level, and hay and other feed could be trucked in through the large sliding door on the front. Later, the Copelands began making, bottling and selling cider, spring water and ginger ale and eventually owned a Pepsi bottling franchise. The cattle barn ended up being used for storage.


(Taken with 35mm film in a Lomo Horizon Kompakt.)

My parents are currently in the process of renovating the barn. More pictures to come…

And on your way out of town, you could always stop by My Photo Stream
Tell ’em Large Marge sent ya.

Half-frame.

September 17, 2010 § 1 Comment

In 1959, Olympus introduced the Pen series of 35mm half-frame cameras. Literally, each exposure takes up half a frame of 35mm film. A very small camera, the name Pen came from the fact that it was compact and portable, much like a pen. I tracked one down on eBay and had a lot of fun with it. If you do the math, a 24-exposure roll of 35mm yields 48 tiny shots, and 36-exposures equals 72 tiny shots! It will take you a while to make it through the entire roll, but the results are very much worth it.

The shots above weren’t planned, but you can play around with creating your own linked images side-by-side, which is known as a diptych. I did plan this diptych…

and this one…

Another half-frame camera I have is the Chaika-3 from Russia. It is heavy as hell, and a little awkward in its operation. The shutter release is on the front of the camera and the film advance knob is on the bottom of the back. The following shot was taken with the Chaika-3…

You obviously don’t have to create diptychs. You can do as you please. Often, the results are surprising. There have actually been times when I’ve shot half a roll in my Olympus Pen and put it back on the shelf and forgotten about it. Then, months later I finish the roll and there’s an interesting mix of subjects. Find a half-frame camera for yourself and enjoy.

Special thanks to moominsean, without whose photography blog moominstuff, I probably wouldn’t have found out about half-frame cameras in the first place.

Oh, and don’t forget to stop by My Photo Stream.

Arizona, Part 2.

July 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

In the summer of 2008, I traveled to Arizona with my girlfriend to stay with my cousin and his wife and kids. We had such an amazing time that in April of 2009, I returned, but I was flying solo. As a teacher, I had April school vacation off, but my girlfriend couldn’t get away from work. Again, I shipped a large box of film ahead of myself, but this time, it wasn’t just instant film. I also sent 35mm, 120 and 126 film.


(Taken with a Lomo Supersampler, 35mm film.)

In addition to spending time with my cousin and his family, my goal was to travel to stretches of Route 66 that I hadn’t yet seen. On my prior Route 66 road trip, I had visited points to the east of Flagstaff. This time, I drove north from Phoenix through Flagstaff and went west, first stopping in Williams on 66…


(Polaroid SX-70, 600 film.)

Williams is a small town comprised mostly of motels, restaurants and souvenir shops selling Route 66 t-shirts, shot glasses and magnets. There’s so much history on 66, and the people who live in these small towns through which it ran before being bypassed by Interstate 40 hang onto that history. The signs are neon and the cars are classic. In some ways it looks like it could still be 1960 there. Ash Fork was my next stop, and it was no different…


(Taken with Imperial Instant Load 900, Solaris 126 film.)

Time honestly stands still in these towns. The people there don’t want to let it go, but that’s fine by me. The time warp of 66 fits with vintage cameras and film, so I’m in heaven there. Ash Fork is an even smaller town than Williams, so I passed through quickly on my way toward the next town.

As I mentioned before, Route 66 was decommissioned a few decades ago and bypassed by Interstate 40. Much of 66 no longer exists in the form it used to, but here and there, Old Route 66 forks off of 40, running parallel. The Crookton Road is one such segment. Just to the west of Ash Fork, I jumped onto the Crookton Road…


(Taken with a Holga, Fuji 120 film.)

It’s an 18-mile drive from Ash Fork to Seligman on the Crookton Road, and all it is is open plains. The entire ride, I saw maybe one other car. Driving this stretch of 66 with the windows down blasting Rush’s “Power Windows” album was an experience I can’t really put into words. I hope that you all get a chance to do this in your lifetime. The music is your choice, of course. Next stop, Seligman…


(Taken with a Polaroid Colorpack II, Type 669 film.)

Seligman was a little more lively than Ash Fork and Williams. It’s a very nostalgic piece of 66. It was touristy, with numerous Route 66 memorabilia shops, but it wasn’t tacky. I stopped and walked around a bit with a backpack full of cameras, talked with some of the townspeople and shopkeepers, all extremely friendly and happy to be where they are.

For this trip, Seligman was as far west as I was able to go on 66. I backtracked on I-40 and took Route 89 south toward Prescott, passing through Chino Valley where I found this abandoned homestead…


(Taken with Polaroid Zip, Type 88 film.)

I can’t say enough good things about Arizona and the southwest in general. I can’t wait to go back and cover the remainder of the western portion of 66. Go there if you can!


(Imperial Instant Load 900, Solaris 126 film.)

To see the rest of my photos from this trip, go HERE.

And don’t forget to stop by My Photo Stream to buy some magnets and shot glasses!

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