Archive for '35mm'

April 02, 2012

Create: You may remember I took a trip to Maui last November in my efforts to grow as a photographer. The FIND workshop is dedicated to growing through creating. In order to grow, you must create. You must shoot. You must find your personal “vision.”


Grow: FIND is all about growing. It’s not simply learning about film and it’s nuances but also learning about yourself and what your photography stands for, how it will relate to your potential clients, and how to keep going from there. To this day, I am incredibly proud of myself for throwing down the cash and sticking to it. I learned a lot from Jon but I’ve learned more from myself over these past few months.


The images below were those captured on “my own.” While some were taken during parts of the FIND workshop, many others were not. I wanted to catalog this trip and continue to push myself in the photography realm. And in case it wasn’t totally apparent, all these were shot on film.


February 27, 2012

Water seems to always attract all forms of life, wild or not. I recently read in an article from NOAA that over half of the US population lives within 50 miles of the ocean. That’s understandable, especially in California. But lakes offer a different feel to them as they aren’t as expansive, but rather a unique personality. Every time I visit Clear Lake I find subtle traits that make the place unique and gorgeous.


Create. Most of my posts recently I have been shooting with my Canon T2i, but I finally have gotten to developing and scanning some of the film that I have been shooting as well. These were shot with a Canon D30 with BW400CN 35mm using a friend’s Sigma 300mm. For those of you that have dabbled in a little film, this film is really basic, cheap, and is well rounded for most lighting environments. The ISO is low making most shots crisp, but isn’t always the best for really low light shoots. This day was extremely overcast, so there wasn’t as much light as I would have liked, but it gave the images a little more emotion.


Grow. I have to admit, I haven’t shot much wild life before, especially on film. There are a lot of factors that overlap though from other shoots that have helped me bring this series together. I started off exploring with the depth of field (which is great with a lens like the 300mm) and looked for various planes that I could include in each of my shots. In doing so, I realized that I was intrigued by the use of obstructions… Which in some shots I used a little aggressively, but definitely help shape the subject that I am trying to capture (or subjects). I found that, after reviewing these shots, obstructions can be useful, but also over whelming sometimes. I am definitely keen on taking another stab at this because there is a lot to explore and find with this technique.


When people hire you out and they give you money, you better create. You better not only create, but you better do it to their expectations and beyond. Blow them away. Make them feel like they could have made NO better choice. Corinne and Chris got married last year and I was the guy who got the call. I was super excited because I knew it would going to be very low-key and hence, very special.


Create. No surprises here as I shot this all with film. Color shots are Portra 400 from my Contax 645 with the 80mm ƒ/2 while the black and white shots are Ilford XP2 shot from my Nikon F100 with a 35mm ƒ/2 lens. That’s right, two cameras, two lenses, two film stocks.


Grow. It’s important for me to go back and analyze (to a degree) what I did during that shoot. What themes stand out to me? What kind of shots did I get?What didn’t I get? While I feel great about the results from this event, it also helped me learn more about my style and what I like to shoot. This was also the last shoot before I went to my FIND Workshop on Maui. So, what were my takeaways? While a backlit shot with film and my Contax looks freakin’ amazing, it’s good to find great shots that are not backlit. Even lighting with great backgrounds can blow you away.


December 26, 2011

Create. There’s something about these photographs and while they may not be glamorous, they’re funny. They’re funny because of how we literally stumbled into this awesome lighting situation in San Francisco. And it’s all natural. It looks artificially lit but it’s not. Shot with a variety of equipment including a Canon 5D Mark II + Canon 135mm ƒ/2L, NIkon D700 + 50mm ƒ/1.4G, or a Leica M9 + 50mm ƒ/2 Summicron v.4. Only the black & whites were unedited JPEGS straight from the M9. Others were run through NIK Software’s Color Efex Pro 3.

Grow. Everyone is so used to shooting in their comfort zones and we may, or may not, venture far or out of that zone. I used to not be comfortable shooting people but this lighting was gold so I did what I could to get folks in this light. There’s a couple Brotogs in there too. Seeing this light helped me look beyond the obvious for “ideal” shooting conditions. A photographer can get great shots anywhere most of the time, you just have to keep a look out and expose properly. Correct technique will propel you regardless of your shooting environment or medium.

Enjoy and be sure to check out more of my work. You can also follow me on twitter @christianmaike.


Yup, another wedding. I’ve been sitting on this one for a while and now it hits the blog. Nina approached me about shooting her wedding over the summer and  I happily agreed.


Create. I feel this one is somewhat self-explanatory, thankfully. For those folks who have shot weddings before, we know that there is no chance for a re-take. It’s a single day event and for most folks, it’s the most important day of their lives. Better get it right.


I set out to capture their wedding in the way that I knew how. I took the usual tool – Contax 645 with 80mm ƒ/2 – as well as my not-used-very-much Canon Elan 7e with a 35mm ƒ/2 and 135 ƒ/2L lens (I’m a Nikon guy), and my beloved Leica M6 with a Leica 50mm ƒ/2 Summicron lens. Oh, and some rolls of film.


Speaking of film… I used a few different stocks and varying formats – Kodak Portra 400 (220 & 135), Ilford XP2 (120 & 135), Ilford Delta 3200 (120), Kodak TMAX 3200 (135). All film developed and scanned by the amazing Richard Photo Lab.


Grow. As each of these types of events are invariably unique, you never know what situations to expect. There are certainties, however, such as bride and groom shots, guests, and the “dreaded” family formals. I told myself that I would attempt to do something different with my photography when it came to these types of shots. I told myself to get in there, to direct, and to take charge. A challenge in any situation. I feel I walked away with some great keepers.


Enjoy and be sure to check out more of my work. You can also follow me on twitter @christianmaike. I also have another post on weddings which wash of Josh and Kate.


July 14, 2011

I was recently up on the lake with my family and a few friends. I had been daft to forget my camera on several trips before and I made it a point to bring it up this time. I slung in some Kodak Ektar 100 and BW400CN 35mm for good measure. I shoot with a Canon EOS 30 and I had a 28mm-200mm and was working with a manual focus. I I have to say, I was not used to the amount of light that the camera was being exposed to (it was clear and almost 100º F), I am used to working with low light or directed light. This did provide a great challenge for me, especially with the color film. Not edits on these, straight from the scans.

I took a risk and shot most if not all of the shots one stop below the meter to under expose the film. My big challenge is working with the shutter speed. Combined with the boat moving and the wake boarders moving it was very difficult to get something decent. Any comments on the type of film that should be used for this would be welcome.

July 13, 2011

Inaugural Brotogs photography excursion.

Setting: Chinatown on a misty July evening between 8p and 10:30p.

Gear: Canon 30D, 50mm 1.4, 135mm 2.0, 16mm – 35 2.8



Here are a few misc. shots that Patrick did with his 35mm Canon.

June 27, 2011

A few weeks ago my friend Marlin and I set out to explore the old warehouses of Mission Bay. This area is dense with structures that feature unique textures, patterns and depth. I brought my Canon AE-1 with a 50mm 1:1.8 and 70-210mm 1:4 loaded with an expired roll of Kodak TX 400 film. Despite the graininess of the expired film, I’m happy with the results.

Film processed and scanned by Photoworks in San Francisco, and edited with Aperture 3 and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.