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Photographer: David Wooff
Title: Nikon Camera Meltdown
Location of Photo: NYC
Camera: Hasselblad 500CM
Lens: 250mm Carl Zeiss
Film Fujifilm: fp100c
Story: This is a love
hate photo. Love of photography. Hate, the war of those who
need to say digital is better than film or film is better
than digital. All that matters is shoot the medium you love.
name is Kenneth Wajda and I've been a professional photographer
since 1987, when I started shooting for a daily newspaper
in New Jersey, the Burlington County Times. I moved the
next year to the Trenton Times, also in New Jersey and spent
the next 13 years shooting news, sports and feature stories
for the capitol city's largest daily newspaper.
2001, I moved out to Colorado and have been freelancing
as a portrait, editorial and commercial photographer ever
since. In a word (or three), I love photography. More importantly,
I love capturing emotions with photographs as I am a storyteller.
As a photojournalist, you have to
tell stories with your photographs, and I work hard to create
a story from every portrait session, every event or even
something as simple as a family gathering.
I shoot personal projects as well
as commercial jobs. I am an avid Street Photographer, seeking
out those elusive life-affirming moments that happen (or
are seen) when you have camera at the ready and are out
looking for them. If you've seen the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson
and Garry Winogrand, you know what a magical art street
photography can be.
I'm also inspired by the portrait and photojournalism
work of Annie Leibovitz (Rolling Stone) , Alfred Eisenstaedt
(Life), Robert Frank, W. Eugene Smith, Jay Maisel, Richard
Avedon and the recently discovered Vivian Maier, among others.
In the photo of me on this page, I am holding
a vintage film camera, a Leica IIIf from the 1950s. While
I shoot digital for my commercial clients, I often shoot film
for personal projects and split between digital and film for
portraiture. In this day and age of digital simplicity, why
would I bother to shoot film? I see a difference. To me, film
looks like past tensea moment in time from some time
ago. And digital looks like present tenseperfectly captured,
completely sharp, but without some of the dreaminess film
brings to the moment.
Using the best quality 35mm cameras (Leica)
and medium format 120 film cameras (Rolleiflex, Hasselblad)
all the way up to 4x5 cameras (Speed Graphic), to shoot with
film is to create a legacy image. It will exist 100 years
You have your choice depending on the scope
of the project you would like photographed. And while film
does add a little to the budget, it isn't prohibitively expensive.
the latest on my YouTube
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Photographer: David Wooff
Title: Cyprus Prevailing Trees
Location of Photo: Cyprus
Camera: Leica M3
Lens: 50mm DR Summicron
Film: Ilford Delta 100
Story: I was struck by
the way the trees in this small corner of Northern Cyprus
(on the north coast of the Karpaz Peninsula) had grown; apparently
due to and seemingly in defiance of a prevailing Mediterranean
Westerly wind. On the day, the air was actually quite still.
This photo is significant for me because it was the very first
black and white print I made at home after acquiring an old
Leitz enlarger and going on a darkroom course to figure out
how to use it. It's such a magical experience seeing a print
come to life in your own hands and I don't think I will ever
tire of the process.
Photographer: Scott Wolfington
Title: I love you. Welcome! I love you.
Location of Photo: Michigan, USA - Detroit Metro Airport
Camera: Leica M2
Lens: Canon 35mm LTM 1.8
Film: Bergger BRF-400 Plus
Developer: Berspeed Developer
Story: On January 28th,
2017, protesters set out for airports across the USA to protest
President Donald Trumps controversial executive order
halting all refugee admissions to the United States for 120
days, and which temporarily banned entry from seven Muslim
majority countries. One of these protests took place at Detroit
Metro Airport (DTW) here in South East Michigan, which is
not too far from where I live in Ann Arbor. I loaded my trusty
Leica M2 with some Bergger BRF 400+ film and went to the airport.
If you havent tried this film then I highly recommend
it. It has a classic look with beautiful tones and grain structure.
I rated the film at 800 ASA, and push processed it 1-stop
using Berggers BERSPEED developer. BERSPEED was the
only developer I could find that provided guidance for push
processing at 800 ASA. I didnt know what the signs in
the picture proclaimed, so I took to social media for some
help. My friend told me, The black sign says I
like you or I love you. The white sign says
Ahlan wa sahlan welcome followed by the same I
Photographer: Carmine Taverna
Title: Las Vegas
Location of Photo: Las Vegas, NV
Camera: Yashica FR-1
Lens: Tamron 28-200mm lens
Film: Ilford HP5
Developer: Ilford ddx
Story: I visited Las Vegas
in October of 2016 and I had to use a railing as a makeshift
tripod. Shooting at f16 and 1/15 of a second gave us the shot
Photographer: Thomas Clemens
Title: Kind Man
Location of Photo: Hattingen / Germany
Camera: Pentacon Six
Lens: Zeiss Biometar 80mm 2.8
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400
Story: I met this man
while taking some photos with my Pentycon Six. He started
a conversation with me and he told me that he is a syrian
refugee and was walking in the neighborhood of a refugee camp
and learning german with an app on his phone. After a few
minutes he asked me if I would like to take a photo of him.
By chance I had only one last frame left on the roll (I was
already heading home) and so I took his picture of a very
Photographer: Lasse Nielsen
Location of Photo: Rosenholm Slot, Denmark
Camera: Hasselblad 500CM
Lens: Carl Zeiss Sonnar 150mm f/4 C t*
Developer: Caffenol CH
Story: Where my parents
live in Denmark there is a old castle with a moat. In the
moat, there is a tree growing on a small island. In foggy
and windless weather this tree looks amazing together with
the reflection of the trees in the background! I love shooting
with my Hasselblad and this site is a good opportunity for
me to show some of my work!
Photographer: Kenneth Wajda
Title: Leo at Little Red Rocks
Location: Lyons, Colorado
Camera Model: Leica M2
Lens: 50mm Summarit f1.5
Film: Kodak Tri-X
Scanner: Nikon Coolscan V
Lab: Self-Developed HC110 Dilution B
Story: There's a party
every year in Lyons, Colorado, right around Labor Day, and
the rule is if you hear about it, you're invited. Between
200-300 locals and their friends attend and the owner stages
a concert in his backyard, but his yard is more a mountainside,
and the stage is built into a rock outcropping--they call
it Little Red Rocks, named after the famous outdoor amphitheater,
Red Rocks, near Denver, Colorado, and it's similarly spectacular.
The partygoers dot the landscape
with the stage situated below, and the show is a huge affair
with lighting rigs, sound gear and two stages, one for a singer-songwriter
or other type of soloist while the bands are changing.
There're bluegrass bands, rock/alternative,
bluesy folk, electric jam bands, a great mix of music. Pro
quality all the way.
Well, Leo is 100 years old this
year--he comes every year, but can't get down the hill so
well--so the owner built a platform and a seat for him at
the top of the hill so he'd be able to attend and have a place
to sit just for him. And on my way in, that's when I met Leo
and heard his story.
It was near dusk and I asked
to take his photos. The Leica lives on my shoulder, and he
obliged. A simple portrait outdoors in waning evening light.
A portrait of love, of people taking care of each other--that's
what it's really a photograph of, love.
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