Analog Photography

Back in April this year I had the opportunity to go to the Philippines for the first time with Zab. Despite it only being April it was already hot and humid compared to what I’m use to with days usually being in the 90’s (Fahrenheit) with over 80% humidity. It also went to show me how out of shape I am when it comes to hauling my gear around, but even still it was a great time as we adventured around Manila and shot and ate a lot of great food. I think I still managed to gain weight while there even though I was sweating all the time just because there was so much to try eating. Hopefully next time we’ll get out to see other regions or islands.

Prior to this trip I really hadn’t shot much in the way of slide film in a while, but the colors there I feel really complimented the film tonality. I ended up shooting a few rolls of Fujifilm Velvia 50 with my Rollei and I am really happy with how they all turned out. Below are shots I ended up getting and some are duplicates because I wanted to test different shutter speeds or filters with the film. They’re also the first shots I’ve scanned with my DSLR and lightbox combo, since I’m trying to maximize my image resolution, but more on that another time. Perhaps I’ll end up printing some of these in the near future.

Walking through the heat in Makati in Manila in the Philippines.

Brightly colored building of Andy's Canteen in Makati Manila in the Philippines.

Almost sunset looking out over Metro Manila in the Philippines.

Blue lights reflecting off the buildings in Metro Manila in the Philippines.

The oranges and purples come in for sunset over Metro Manila in the Philippines.

Sun is almost completely down looking over Metrol Manila in the Philippines.

Decaying buildings at Fort Santiago surrounded by trees.

Terrace at Fort Santiago

Looking toward the old church at Fort Santiago

Decaying brick walls at Fort Santiago

Grates over the jail cells at Fort Santiago

Tugboats moored on the side of the Pasig River

Interior wall in Fort Santiago

Near the cell of Jose Rizal at Fort Santiago

Looking up at San Agustin Church

One brightly colored building next to a drab building in Intramuros

Beautiful old colorful wooden building in Intramuros

The windows and surrounding details of a colorful old building in Intramuros

Beautiful old colorful wooden building in Intramuros

The windows and surrounding details of a colorful old building in Intramuros

Old stone center of Baluarte De San Diego

Part of the fortifications at Baluarte De San Diego

Looking out of the wall at Baluarte De San Diego at the Philippines flag

An orange sunset among the clouds over Intramuros

Deep oranges fill the sky as the sun is almost gone

Skyscrapers are all over central Manila

High rises in Manila for as far as you can see

What is the purpose of the triangle roof

Traffic all the time in downtown Manilla

Clouds are building up far in the distance of the city at sunset

Intense sunset colors blocked by a building near me

Long exposure shot of cars and people rushing by in the red light district


Since last year I feel like I’ve been neglecting using my Rollei the most out of my cameras, despite how much I usually love how the photos turn out. I think it is mainly due to its size and weight and if I’m going to carry that amount of weight I usually prefer to take my 4×5 out. Though since I can’t really do spur of the moment photos with the 4×5 I’ve been trying to take the Rollei out a bit more this year. These are just some of the black and white shots I took while walking around during the 10th Anniversary of Night on Broadway and some from just walking around downtown.

Ace Hotel Theater during the 10th anniversary of night on BroadwayAce Hotel Theater during the 10th anniversary of night on Broadway

People roaming around for the 10th Anniversary of Night on BroadwayPeople roaming around

Silhouettes of people gathering to get pupusas from a food truckSilhouettes of people gathering to get pupusas from a food truck

Sun shining down drawing shadows out of the Caltrans buildingSun shining down drawing shadows out of the Caltrans building

Always a car shoot happening at Lower GrandAlways a car shoot happening at Lower Grand


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