F/0.95: Shooting with the Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 35mm

I picked up this lens second-hand from Matt Day, a photographer in Chillicothe, Ohio, that I greatly respect and admire. It came in Thursday, now it’s Monday, and after having shot with it almost exclusively this weekend I am deep in love.

I read some complaints about the sharpness wide open, and the flaring/ghosting of the lens, but I like pretty much everything about the way it captures light and character. Hard to complain about a lens with an f/0.95 aperture that only costs $500.

Here’s some shots from the weekend, let me know what you think!

This is the first cat picture of the blog

This is the first cat picture of the blog

This lens has quirks, but might be the best, most full-of-character lens that I’ve ever used.

Black and White

I’m a huge fan of classic photojournalism, and try as much as I can to bring some of that timeless, communicative quality to photographs that I make. Black and white, Kodak Tri-X 400 images are some of the most evocative, emotional, and beautiful, and monochrome helps to tell a specific kind of story. It’s not about hiding imperfections, black and white photos allow you to bring out the best qualities in an image that you may not have noticed before.


Thinking in Monochrome

A small collection

Beartooth: The Disease Tour Part II

On April 30th, at approximately 4pm, I got a text from my good friend Jered that I had a photo pass waiting for me in Nashville.

Beartooth. Of Mice & Men. Hands Like Houses. Dead American.

The Disease Tour Part II.


Callie and Jonathan's Engagement Session

Callie and Jonathan like each other a lot.

Had the opportunity to try some Brenizer shots with these guys, it’s a fun tool to have in the quiver.