I’m back from visiting the Philippines with Zab and catching up on things. What I’m most disappointed to learn though is that Fujifilm is yet again ending production of more of their film products. They’re stopping production of all their black and white films and papers, which sucks since Acros 100 film is probably my favorite and most versatile black and white film. It has far fewer problems with reciprocity failure than the Ilford or Kodak black and white films, plus you can push process it beyond 800 iso in caffenol. Fujifilm cited the costs of production not matching demand, however in that case why aren’t they just raising the costs of the products so they remain profitable even at the lower volume? If they really don’t want to continue producing these and other films later they should sell their patents and formulas off to companies who seem to still care about this art medium. Soon they’ll have to drop “film” from their name entirely it seems..

Last summer when I went back to New Hampshire to shoot the Subaru Climb to the Clouds hill climb event, Cameron and I spent a few days prior to that shooting some other things first. We spent some time at his friend and race teammate, Alex’s, garage to shoot some photos and video for his business. My black and white film photos were shot with my Toyo VX125 on Fujifilm Acros 100 and the color photos were shot with my Rolleiflex 6008 on Kodak Portra 400. the This may become my new format of showing photos I’ve shot. I’m thinking to post a couple of my favorites to social media and then post full sets in the blog and then later rotate my favorites into the portfolio.

Black & white interior shot of AVA Restoration services

Black & white interior shot of AVA Restoration services

Black & white interior shot of AVA Restoration services' tool boxes

Black & white shot of AVA Restoration services parts boxes

Color photo looking head on into the bays at Ava Restoration

Color photo of book shelf full of car technical manuals at Ava Restoration Services

Color photo of a BMW 2002 with it's hood up in Ava Restoration Services

Color photo of low angle shot of grey Jaguar E-Type and Ava Restoration Services

Color photo looking at cabinets and work bench in Ava Restoration

Color photo looking behind the counter at Ava Restoration Services

If I were to start printing more of my work should I put it up here for sale? I’ve been thinking to get more into printing and framing my work this year. Most of the prints would be inkjet prints, but I’d also like to learn and make actual black and white silver prints as well. I thought about learning c-type prints as well, but I should see how I actually do with black and white first.

I’m starting to look at where to travel and shoot this year. So far my main choices are Japan(again), New Zealand, Australia, or Norway. Primarily I’d want to hike, camp, and shoot large format pieces, but I guess that will depend on time of the year I go and if I can convince my brother to come and haul gear with me. Out of those places what do others think might be best?

The site is getting back to where it was in terms of images that I had up prior to my database problems. It’s not very organized again though, but I’ll likely do that soon and perhaps break things down into more sub-categories as well. I did also end up getting back on Instagram, but I already am kind of regretting that. It seems like the quality of the platform has really declined over the past few months as it has become rammed with more ads and pointless features.