Do you know that Kodak D-76 has a cousin? Although in the grand timeline of things, I can’t place exactly when the stuff was first released. But if I had to hazard a guess it was sometime in the 1920s. It proved to be a favourite of Ansel Adams along with HC-110. Today Kodak no longer produces D-23 in favourite of the far more shelf-stable D-76, but you can still mix it up from raw chemistry if you know the formula (I’ll be sharing that later) or you can purchase pre-made kits. Personally, I enjoy working with D-23 when I need some compensating capabilities andRead More →

If there’s one thing that certainly does not lack at Photostock it’s the sheer amount of beautiful things to photograph all through Emmet County where Photostock is based. There is one thing I love to do at any Photostock event is driving the M119 or the Tunnel of Trees. Sadly Saturday dawned with rain, but that didn’t matter as the morning saw the Portfolio Review (Which I should have brought my finished War of 1812 project book for) and the Print exchange. But after a lovely lunch down in Harbor Springs with Heather the rain stopped and the skies started to clear so I grabbedRead More →

Other than the location, one of the best parts of Photostock is the people! This being my fifth event and having missed last year’s event for an awesome reason (having just gotten married), it was good to get back and see old friends to reconnect and to meet new friends in the process. While I did spend more time away from the Birchwood than I did at the hotel itself. The weather on Saturday morning kept me in (both to take in people’s amazing portfolios and the Print Exchange) I managed to capture many of the faces at the event. Photostock is first and foremostRead More →

The last few times I’ve mentioned Mackinac Island it has been in regards to the island’s roll in the Anglo-American War of 1812, from its initial capture at the opening of the conflict, the fort’s rich history dating back to the American Revolution, and the failed attempt at its recapture by American forces in the summer of 1814. My second trip was less about the history and more about capturing the island’s beauty and showing off one of my favourite locations to my beautiful wife. Our journey started of course on the mainland, grabbing the 9-o’clock ferry across to the island which happened to beRead More →

I seem to have found yet another home away from home. Emmet county up in the northern part of Michigan. I was first introduced to this beautiful part of the United States in 2012 at an event called Photostock. Photostock, the brain child of world-renowned photographer Bill Schwab is a gathering of photographers in his own backyard. And in it’s early years it was literally in his backyard, but by the time I started going it had moved to the Birchwood Inn, this throw-back backwoods hotel would make you think you had stepped back into the 1960s. Now I have written about Photostock before, butRead More →

Despite the title, this is not the famous Flanders Field. But rather the iconic cemetery at the St. Ignatius, a well known spot for anyone who attends the Photostock event held nearby at the Birchwood Inn (Harbor Springs, MI). The Church, a Jesuit mission was first built in 1741, a fire burned it down in the 1820s, but it was rebuilt in 1823, if you look close enough you can see the steeple from the M-119 as you drive along it. I had visited the cemetery the night before to get a feel for the location before taking this shot, even going as far asRead More →

From 1645 to 1885 the red coat of the British Army was both feared and respected, this army of as General Sir Arthur Wellesley the Duke of Wellington put it, the scum of the Earth, drilled and disciplined into one of the most effective fighting forces the world had seen, and helped Britain build an empire that spanned the globe. Week 25 is for my friend Col. Anne whom I met through tumblr and our mutual interest in Military history. Specifically the late 18th to early 19th century. The gentleman portrayed here is dressed in the uniform of the 8th (King’s) Regiment of Foot asRead More →

I have been remiss in posting about this year’s photostock back in June! It was, as with last year, an amazing time, more so for me this year as I stayed at the Birchwood so I could party it up with the group late into the night. Late nights and early mornings. There are three things that make Photostock great. The Place, the People, and the Community. So the photos I took reflect the first two items, the Place and the People. The third one can be shown in the photos, however video is what really drives the point home. This is a group ofRead More →

It’s only 17 days away, and I’m already remembering how much fun I had last year at this awesome event organized by world renound photographer Bill Schwab. I arrived knowing only one person there, fellow FPPer Mat Marash. It was actually Mat who turned me onto Photostock in the first place. Now many people are a little nervous when going to an event for the first time. But let me tell you, you can give those nerves a rest at Photostock, because everyone is really friendly. And I was able to make tonnes of new connections through the event. Some landscaping work found in downtownRead More →

The key to photostock was not the location, or the trips, the food, the road…but rather…the people. No one looked down on anyone, everyone helped out eachother, talk, shoot the breeze, drink. It just felt comfortable, especally for me, a first time participant in the event, I knew…one other person who was going, Mat. But in hte end it didn’t really matter I was welcomed be open arms. The People of Photostock 2012 If you want to see all the Photostock Images, head on over to Flickr!. How many days until Photostock again?Read More →