Concord is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 17,668. The United States Census Bureau considers Concord part of Greater Boston. Concord is notable for playing a significant role in American history and literature. –

Concord, Massachusetts is historic, having been founded in 1635, the oldest European-settled town in New England beyond tidewater. –

I shot some Polaroid in Concord a few years ago. This past weekend, I took the Hasselblad into the historic town, one of the birthplaces of America. As my 80mm is being CLA’d, the 150mm was put to very good use here. Ilford Delta 100 is so silky smooth. Developed in D-76.

This woman does not seem to see me or the Hasselblad, but at the same time, does not seem to be very happy, at all-

Hasselblad Street Photography- not easy, but it can be done.

Hasselblad Street Photography- not easy, but it can be done.

Shooting wide open allowed for a nice window view of S. (San) Pellegrino bottles. Medium format allows for crazy, insane shallow depth of field-

S.Pellegrino is the Italian water preferred by top chefs and fine dining lovers all around the world.

S.Pellegrino is the Italian water preferred by top chefs and fine dining lovers all around the world.

Clothes and artisans were everywhere. These stylish hats were irresistible-

Vintage Style Hats

Vintage Style Hats

I also took a roll of Tri-X, which gave me a wrestling match in the darkroom. But this roll of Delta was a complete success. Much more to come. And, the struggle with my Patterson-style tanks have prompted a purchase of some new kit for development of medium format. More on that to come.

Bring More Than One Roll (Or, More Than One Camera)

At His Doors.

At His Doors.

This church group covered a lot of ground, having looped a large block off of Main Street. I was happy to bump into them again, as I had that desire to finish the roll. I am not sure if this is influenced by the fact that I was a digital photographer before embracing and loving film. But sometimes you want to capture as many moments as possible. This was just one of those days you wish you were Dennis Hopper’s unnamed photojournalist in Apocalypse Now, with all your Nikons strapped around your neck.

'We Have What U Need"

‘We Have What U Need”

And, it is one of those days you wish you had a whole bag filled with film with you. Good light, but even better subjects.

Happy Evangelism

Happy Evangelism

If this wonderful group ever needs a photographer to follow them and photograph them in action, I’ll gladly fill up the film bag.

Spread The Word

One Way.

One Way.

I came across this sweet group of people after photographing the bird feeder. these devoted folks were basically evangelizing while walking the streets of downtown Worcester. They did not mind having their photographs taken, in fact, welcoming it. That shows on their faces. they were happy, kind, and determined. And despite being harassed by cars driving by, and pedestrians, they forged ahead, wanting to spread their word. Groups such as this could make for great photojournalistic studies again this summer. Once again, Nikon F2S, Nikkor 35mm f/2.8 Ai, and Ilford FP4 Plus, which is maybe the closest thing we have left to Kodak Plus-X. I love this sequence, and months later, recall how warm and kind these people were to me as I photographed them.

Stop! We Want To Pray.

Stop! We Want To Pray.

Getting Ready To Walk.

Getting Ready To Walk.


Atrevete – “dare”.




For once, after all the times I have tried street photography in a photojournalistic manor, jackpot. This was a very fun afternoon. I hope this group found what it was they were looking for. I certainly did. Now I see why the 35mm lens was so popular for the genre in its heyday. You can focus precisely and quickly. And, you have a perspective that looks, to my eye at least, to be more of a “normal” perspective than the 50mm does. And the lens has no distortion at all.

Feed The Birds

I went back this morning to some negatives I shot in the warmer weather. This elderly gentleman touched my heart last August. He stopped, put his gear down, fed a flock of birds near the park, and went on his way. I was afraid initially that the Nikkor 35mm focal length on my Nikon F2S might not be “long enough”. But in terms of capturing a moment, and showing the environment? It worked. The film was Ilford FP4 Plus.

Getting Hungry?

Getting Hungry?

I attempted to stay near him, stay ready, as I knew sooner or later, they would be hungry again.

Feeding Time!

Feeding Time!

He did tell me that he is in the park regularly, and likes to stop and feed birds and other little animals. Really hoping to do some more street photography when the weather warms up. It truly can be a lot of fun, and very rewarding. Hoping to make new friends and acquaintances with this wonderful passion, photography. The cold weather has lasted long enough.


One More Batch…

Of street portraits, from last month’s StART On The Street. The Nikon D300, and 70-200 f/2.8 VR. Once again, Adobe Lightroom 5.2-

Looking performers up.

Looking performers up.

This gentleman was in black and white a few weeks ago. You can now see how colorful his getup was.

This gentleman was in black and white a few weeks ago. You can now see how colorful his getup was.

Serving food up.

Serving food up.


Taking customer orders.


Kung Fu Academy!


Taking a call.

Roller Derby, vignetting courtesy of Lightroom preset.

Roller Derby, vignetting courtesy of Lightroom preset.

A nice digital diversion with Lightroom. Back into the darkroom, soon.

Learning Lightroom 5.2


Gathering before a group plays a set.

As mentioned earlier, Lightroom offers the photographer a powerful toolbox of endless creative potential. There is no question that digital image editing software can be somewhat daunting, and frustrating. Adobe, with its Photoshop/Creative Cloud suite of products, is undoubtedly the king of the hill, the 800 pound gorilla. Many third parties have developed add-on’s, in the form of presets, for Lightroom. OnOne is one such developer. Their vignetting options really do work well. More stuff I shot with the Nikon D300, 70-200 f/2.8 VR, at StART on the Street-

On One Software makes some great presets for Lightroom, including many that are available for free.

Roller Derby! OnOne Software makes some great presets for Lightroom, including many that are available for free.

You can even add some grain, and effortlessly desaturate images, if you like, maybe, the pushed Portra 400NC kind of look I was able to create with this one-

Isn't this supposed to be fun?

Isn’t this supposed to be fun?

I mentioned in the last article that the program seems to have a very radical sharpening engine. I wrestled with the following portrait, almost finding it to be too sharp. The beautiful light of this early fall day seemed to be a specular highlight engine of its own.

Deep conversation.

Deep conversation.

The program contains beautiful, easy to use, black and white conversion presets. High contrast, low contrast, red filters, orange filters, multiple looks. Always a fan of higher contrast, the Lightroom B&W presets might be enough reason alone for a photographer to invest in this software. An early attempt at such a conversion, this reminds me a lot of the look of Ilford Delta 100:

Banging on the drums.

Banging on the drums.

Lightroom might bring some fun back to digital photography.

One Last StART (In Black And White, That Is…)

No shave, but a haircut.

No shave, but a haircut.

A few final B&W Film shots from StART On The Street. I promise! More of my favorites…


Getting ready to perform.


Banging on the bongos.


Interactive demonstrations from the folks at The Ecotarium.


I think they represented a special interest group.


Is that a Dixie Cup on my head?


Big strings.

I’ve been very busy trying to learn Lightroom 5 and Windows 8, while reconfiguring two PC’s. Rarely, I do post digital shots. About as often as I shoot digitally, which these days, is not often. Once I get Lightroom somewhat figured out, maybe I will get a few up.

A Fresh StART



Or, is it? I hope this images from last Sunday’s StART on the Street are not becoming redundant by now. But seriously, there were almost too many fun ones, like above, not to choose. As you can see from the joy in the faces of participants and volunteers, there was true joy, and a near perfect day. You know the camera, and the film.


Buying, selling, and volunteers.

Lots of buying and selling, up and down the street. Jewelry, art, and handmade items, all very popular.


Ready to spin.

I do think these guys were also here last year. I got action shots with the D300 and 70-200. But as portraiture was more what I wanted for film, really pleased with the results. I think the 135mm was the lens for the shot above.


Roller Derby in full force.

I think roller derby was absent in the spring, due to street incurred injuries. A much smaller “track” than in years past, maybe to minimize the potential of injury. But, still tons of fun.


Helmuting Up

I think the 105mm was the glass that was on for the above shot. Only because if it was the 135, it would have been much too tight and close up.


Artisans selling jewelry.

The 135 was definitely used here.


Believe it or not, his suit/hat is orange.

And here. This guy shows up in many of my digital shots as well. Love the bokeh, and the gradual background out of focus look, with the subjects in sharp focus.

StART’ing Back Up

Some more favorite shots from this past Sunday’s StART On The Street. Once again, the Nikon F3HP, and Kodak BW400CN, developed in  the C-41 process. Nikkor 35, 50, 105, and 135mm lenses.

There were indeed many street performers with musical instruments in the sidewalks, alongside the event. This gentleman, with his guitar, and harmonica. Case open for donations-


Strumming For Cash

I think this woman was like the Hula Hoop guru-


More Hoops

This was one of my favorite shots with the 35mm lens. As mentioned on an earlier blog entry, I think it is more of a normal focal length than 50mm. Not to say that is not also a great length- it is. But, there is something magical about a 35 when you get down to ground level. Here, some volunteers, making the rounds before things get started-


Getting ready for cleanup.

Of course, there is always time for chatting, and making new friends:

Hanging Out

Hanging Out

These folks had some great photos. Not sure which group/cause they were from:



Speaking of smiles, this was one of the more blinding ones from the day!


Metal Material And Arts

Finally, speaking of metal, how about a little fencing and swords? Higgins Armory was a pleasant site. This, in their last year. I think they are closing in December. Good thing this was such a perfect day. Those outfits do look rather warm.



Still searching for that favorite ‘money shot”, and still really hard-pressed to find it. I love them all so far.

A Fresh StART – StART On The Street, Fall, 2013

I brought a lot of gear Sunday to the Fall edition of StART on the Street, Worcester’s biannual street art festival. As I have mentioned previously, it truly is street photography heaven. Having just received my Nikon F3 back from a shutter braking adjustment, as well as a winder retorque, it seemed the perfect choice for the day’s film shooting. Another good reason? Fast, easy lens changeout and swapping out on the fly. No need to index lenses and do the “Nikon Shuffle”, like on the F Photomic FtN, or the F2S- true auto indexing. I brought a whole bag of Nikkor glass- the 28, 35, 50, 105, and 135mm. Of those, the 28 was the only lens I didn’t use. My film of choice, once again, Kodak BW400CN. The day really seemed to lend itself to being upclose and personal. I love street photography with a passion, and these festivals are an opportunity to indulge, without having subjects ask why you are photographing them. Here, they welcome it.

Back on Park Ave, in front of Elm Park, which is in the midst of an extensive makeover and renovation, some of the activity even extended back into the park itself, which is the first time I have seen it used that way. For example, the performer below was up on a platform, right in the park itself.

Voices carried loudly in Elm Park.

Voices carried loudly in Elm Park.

There was plenty of interactive opportunity for spectators walking the street, including Hula Hoops-

Trying a hula hoop out.

Trying a Hula Hoop out.

The toddlers had their own area to play in, giving them lots to do. The 105 f/2.3 truly is the greatest portrait lens Nikon has ever produced-


Blocks and boxes for the kids to play with.

There were lots and lots of artisans selling their work, and volunteers all up and down the street-

Time out for a nice cold soda.

Time out for a nice cold soda, and some laughs.

This gentleman was here last year, I am wondering if he remembered my F3, which he had admired. I really tried to photograph performers and onlookers in natural ways, but he seemed to almost pose. This taken with the 135mm f/2.8 Ai-

Hey, I remember you!

Hey, I remember you!

There was a whole busload of really hot vintage clothes. Retro seemed ideal for the event. The 35mm f/2.8 Ai, with its virtually distortion free optics, worked to perfection-

Haberdash Vintage

Haberdash Vintage

A different approach to fundraising. The letters below, as they stood in the park, each had a slot for donations. As they kept blowing down from the slight breeze, the idea was to fill them up with money, allowing this wonderful event to continue and evolve.

Fill those letters up with cash!

Fill those letters up with cash!

I also shot digitally, with the D300 and 70-200mm f/2.8. But, after going through the negatives here, the problem, like in digital, is, how do you select the best shots? No idea where to StART.