Longhorns Under the Big Sky

Texas longhorns – Ennis Lake, Montana

One of the things I enjoy about being out west is the element of surprise. One minute, you’re simply enjoying the landscape – and in the next, you’re face-to-face with some ornery looking longhorns that are giving you the skunk eye. Almost as if they’re saying, “How fast can you run, punk? Because whatever it is, that’s not fast enough!”


Photo info:
Texas longhorns
Ennis Lake
Ennis, Montana
October 2017
Eastman Double-X 5222 film
Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM lens
Leica M3 35mm film camera

9 thoughts on “Longhorns Under the Big Sky

  1. I am impressed by the number of cameras, lenses, and film stock you have used. I was pretty much vanilla – Nikon DSLR, Kodak, Tri-X, Ektachrome. Digital point and shoot was never on the radar till my son asked for a Canon G10. He shot some great images and I was slowly converted. You have a great range of work that you have posted.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words!

      I’ve never counted up all the cameras and lenses that I’ve had over the years, but it’s been a bunch. The same applies to film stock… I also used to buy mixed lots of expired film to shoot with.

      I’ve had cameras from every major camera manufacturer (and their respective lenses) except Minolta – for some reason I have never liked Minolta cameras or lenses. I started out with a variety of Kodak box film cameras in my youth, upgraded to a 35mm Pentax MX during my late high school and college years, then switched to a 35mm Canon EOS 650 until 1988.

      Professionally I did more than a half-million exposures worth of E-6 work with Nikon pro cameras and lenses for about a decade, from 1983 to 1992.

      After that, I was so burned out that I just didn’t want to take any photos at all, so the only camera I had was a 35mm Olympus Stylus Epic point-and-shoot for many years.

      My photography drought ended in 1997, when Cindy’s dad gifted me all of his old Leica gear – which reignited my interest in photography – and over time I bought a ton of used SLRs, rangefinders, point-and-shoots, DSLRs, digicams, and mirrorless cameras and lenses after that. If you buy used equipment, the gear tends to hold its value, so I ended up coming out about even money-wise in the end.

      Except for the bigger Kodak box cameras, I’ve never shot medium or large format film – it’s too big and heavy for my interest.

      Of the higher-end 35mm and/or full-frame digital gear – with the sole exception of the Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH lens – I prefer glass from Zeiss, Voigtländer (Cosina), and Canon. I feel that with the huge leaps in CAD/CAM technologies of the past 20-years, much of the lead that Leica had in lens design has been eroded by their competitors, particularly Cosina – who now makes contract lenses for Zeiss, Voigtländer, and many other camera companies these days.

      As much as I lusted after Leica camera bodies and lenses for decades, in practice I’ve found them to be too expensive, too delicate, and too unreliable. For example, I once flew from DCA to LAX with my working Leica M3 kit – which I kept at my feet in a padded carry-on the entire flight – and upon landing at LAX the M3 body no longer worked… something had happened with the film advance through flight vibrations, which took many months and money to get fixed. Ever burn a hole through your cloth shutter curtain? I’ve done it twice on my M3. I could go on and on with the list of repairs I had to have done with my Leica gear, both cameras and lenses. While I loved using Leica gear, I hated owning it due to the high costs of ownership.

      Today – for quality images – I shoot with a Sony a7 III and a variety of glass from Zeiss, Voigtländer, and Sony. For anything else, I use an iPhone.

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