Fuji Superia Xtra 400 – Arkansas Trip

On a recent trip to Arkansas I put a roll of Superia Xtra 400 into my Nikon f4 and pushed it one stop. Pushing it one stop makes the 400 iso/asa film a 800 iso/asa film. This allowed me to have faster shutter speeds but also brings in more noise/grain into the photos. This film is cheap enough, I like trying it out often for run and gun shoots or just random outings.

In my hope for a full roll of images I liked, I ended up with a just a few that I liked. Mostly the issue was some were out of focus. This is due to me using a new lens to me which is a classic Nikon 200mm f4 manual focus lens. Though the photos that I did like or felt were good enough to show I really like for how the colors came out from pushing the film.

You may ask yourself, in a roll of 36 photos, this is it? Yeah. It was an experiment and with a 200mm lens, hitting focus is a bit hard handheld no matter how steady you think you are. Next time I will be pushing this film with an auto focus lens as I do like how the colors came out. I have a roll of this loaded up now that i will be pulling either 1 or 2 stops to see how that goes!

I have about 5 rolls of film sitting in the fridge waiting to be used on the perfect day. I have CineStill 50d, Fuji Natura 1600, Fuji 400h and Ilford Ortho 50. I am super excited to try all of these films out. 2 of 3 of them are being saved for a trip to New Mexico I am going on in January for my 30th birthday. I know The ilford Ortho and the Fuji Natura 1600 will make that trip for sure. I also have a roll of Kodak HIE coming in the mail soon but that film will be a struggle to figure out so not sure when and where I will be shooting that one!

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Why I bought this camera. US GOVT ties.

I bought a new camera and it’s the Nikon f4. It’s a 35mm film camera from the ’80s and I am super excited to get out with it more. I am going to be trying some fun stuff with it in the coming months!

I plan on getting some higher ASA/iso film and a cable shutter release so I can try out astrophotography and see if I can capture some cool film shots of the milky way! Also, I plan on trying out double exposures on film as that is an option on the Nikon f4. For the age of this camera, I feel like it had to be a game-changer back when it came out.

Now to the main reason I picked up the Nikon F4 film camera. Early in my photography journey, I shot all Nikon. I had a Nikon d3s body and Nikon lenses and sports photography was my jam. I had a 70-200mm 120-300mm lens and a 50mm but I really wanted something wider to shoot the stars with and architecture. I had looked around, wasn’t sure about what lens to get so I went to Facebook. I posted asking if anyone had any wide-angle lenses for sale. Looking for a good deal of course and no one had anything, which wasn’t a shocker considering my Facebook is just family, high school classmates I don’t speak to and a couple college teachers and fellow students I had met along the way.

Then a package comes in the mail weeks later. It was from my uncle, a longtime photographer and a government photographer for his whole career until retirement after 30+ years. He had sent me a 20mm f2.8 D lens by Nikon.

So fast forward to why this lens is the reason I bought the Nikon F4. Well, as time has gone by, I have been to a couple jobs through the years and that brought on new gear over time. I bought a Canon 5d mark iv for everything out of sports photography. That lead to buying canon lenses and getting rid of Nikon gear along the way as I can now do any of my sports photography with the 5d mark iv. Recently I have decided to sell all of my Nikon gear but I will not sell lens. It’s a gift I will never get rid of so I decided to keep it and figured why not put it on a camera that it could have been used with back in the day.

Above is the video of me taking the camera out. PHOTOS to come in the near future once they’re developed and I can’t wait to see them. I took some double exposures and just shot some ransom nature stuff. I will be ordering film soon along with the shutter cable release so when it warms up a bit I can go out and shoot some stars.


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Long Exposure Photography

I have had a resurgence in long exposure photography for the past couple of months. Long exposures help make some images, what they are. Shooting a long exposure of a waterfall adds that motion to smooth out the waterfall, or adding traffic streaks in downtown city scenes as cars pass by something. It just adds that factor of pop that some images need.



There are many other ways long exposure can help an image. You can do it with a large body of water to smooth it out if there is any movement in it. There is astrophotography, shooting the milky way or even star trails. The list goes on and beyond many ways that I have tried myself. I have been doing my fair share lately and felt that there are some tips that can help people get into it themselves to add that so-called pop to your work.


I don’t claim to know everything or that this video covers everything. This is simply tips that helped me out and things I learned doing it myself. I hope you get the chance to watch this video and maybe try it out for yourself.



Morning Hike


So, I set out the day after Christmas to catch some views, the fog and just get outside. It was getting up to 65 degrees and seeing that in Kansas the day after Christmas is unheard of so I knew I had to get outside. It didn’t take me long to choose where I wanted to go, Lester R Davis State Forest has been one of my favorite places to visit since I moved over to the Pittsburg, Kansas area.

This piece of land is seriously one of the best places to go hike. It’s small but it’s in the middle of nowhere and very easy to get to and that’s what I love about it. No road noise, just the sound of nature and that is what I want out of a quick hike. I say quick, I should just say easy. You can make it last as long as you want with the amount of lanes you can take.

This is a snippet from the Missouri dept of conservation. “Lester Davis purchased this land in 1951. The land had been strip mined in the 1920s and was all mine spoils. Lester Davis spent over 15 years planting over 100,000 trees and shrubs. Over 300 different tree and shrub species were planted during this period. Mr. Davis donated the land to the Missouri Department of Conservation in 1968. Approximately 3 miles of hiking trails exist on the area.
Bikes are allowed on all the mapped hiking/bike trails on the area. Bikes are not allowed off the mowed trails. Approximately 3.0 miles of trails.”


With that said, it’s a must-visit if you’re in the area. Also, right across the road is a Prarie State Park where you’ll be able to see Bison as it is protected land that also has some hiking.

Here is a short video from my recent morning hike. Enjoy!