What once was old….

Inevitably becomes cool again.

Does that mean I will eventually be cool again?


It’s interesting to see how, despite all of the advances in technology, people will still get the nostalgia bug and go back to, or try to at least simulate, the things of yesteryear. Once what was in fashion, what was “in”, became outdated. “Out of style.” “Old News.”

Then history repeats…and then it’s considered “vintage”….and cool again.

The same goes with photography. Just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s not good anymore. (Just because the Canon 5D Mark III came out doesn’t mean all of a sudden my Canon 5D Mark II became crap or started taking crap pictures)…it’s always been that way 😀 j/k

With all of these advancements in noise control, auto-focus, camera presets, etc. There shouldn’t be any reason why anyone cannot produce a photo they should be proud to hang on their wall, no matter what camera they use. Yet, despite all of these advances in technology, many of us still cling to shooting with manual settings (I think it’s trust issues) :-). Some of us add noise to a digital photo to give it an analog film look. Some add light leaks, etc.

Why add these imperfections back that camera manufacturers have strived so hard to eliminate? For me, there’s more character. More color. More definition.

This past Sunday, my wife and I took my son to the Norfolk Zoo. I left my big burly DSLR at home, and opted to bring my Canon EOS M. I’m still working the 22mm EF-M lens, but I also brought along some old Canon FD lenses that are older than I am. Manual focus. Manual aperture. Built like a Tank. If you ever find yourself with an FD adapter for your particular camera brand, It’s worth checking out a few of these lenses. You can find them on eBay dirt cheap. It makes you slow down and really work on your focus and composition. No spray and pray here…

Black and white also seemed fitting for these old lenses I brought along. Of course pictures I took with the EF-M 22mm lens also got a black and white makeover.

This first one was with the 22mm EF-M. The bright outdoor sun illuminating the nearby window and door at the end of the hallway, giving a nice outline to the subjects.

EF-M 22mm
f/2.8, 1/30s, ISO 1000

My son wanted to get a better look at the giraffes. He thought he was big enough to use the spotting scope. Also taken with the 22mm EF-M lens.

Not. Quite. There. Yet. 🙂

EF-M 22mm
f/2.8, 1/640s, ISO 100

One of the giraffes he was trying to see. We’ve come to this zoo probably 4 or 5 times in the last year alone. It’s a bit of a drive for us, taking about an hour and half with little to no traffic. We remember this little giraffe when it was barely walking, keeping close to mommy and daddy, with daddy keeping a very watchful eye.

FD 70-210 f/4
f/4, 1/60s, ISO 500

Now baby seems to be big enough to wander around on his/her own, exploring its enclosure (that sounds a bit depressing). I guess in a way we’re all caged. 🙂

In any case, little giraffe here was stretching out, getting some of that midday sun warmth. This was taken with an old Canon FD 70-210 f/4 lens. Trying to keep a manual lens like this steady on the EOS M was a bit tricky, as well as trying to maintain some semblance of focus on the subject. This was taken at roughly the 150mm mark. This little gem of a lens I purchased off eBay for a paltry $20.

My son staring down the King of Beasts, while repeatedly saying “Hakuna Matata”.

FD 50mm f/1.8
f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/200s

And what did the Lion have to say?

FD 50mm f/1.8
f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/200s


These last two images were taken the the FD 50mm f/1.8 lens, the predecessor to the “Nifty Fifty”, “Plastic Fantastic”, EF 50mm f/1.8 autofocus lens.

Last but not least…I thought it was only fitting, seeing as how I was in a black and white mood, to include a shot of “Pros” to this genre.

FD 70-210 f/4
f/4, 1/640s, ISO 100

Once again taken with the FD 70-210 f/4 lens. This one was shot at roughly 180mm. I luckily had a fence post I could somewhat sturdy myself with.

I absolutely love looking at the black and white photos taken from times long forgotten. Something the newer generations, myself included, don’t remember or never experienced. No “soft” shadows there. Hard light was where it was at. Sharp, dark, piercing shadows. Awesomeness…

All general post processing was done in LightRoom 5. For my black and white conversion, I used Silver Efex 2. I have a preset I created that I aptly named “gritty B&W” that was applied to each of these shots.

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