First Rolls of Black and White Film by Mark Andre

A couple of months ago, I picked up some Ilford HP5 400 film to try out in my recently acquired Minolta x700. I was a little hesitant to shoot it because I assumed I would come across something that I would really want on color film. But the depths of winter arrived and with the muted, brown colors, I decided to load up and shoot a few rolls. These are the first two sets of scans I've gotten back from the Darkroom Lab. Needless to say I'm hooked. 

I'm not convinced on the grain yet, but the quality of the tones has me. Its really true that the film has more life to it. It feels more tactile.  More three-dimensional. I'm not saying that I'm dumping the 5D mk III and the infrared camera to go full film, but I've got the bug, and I have to keep playing.

I haven't begun to get into doing landscape photography on film. I need a new filter adapter ring and a few new filters to make that happen, but for these more candid, street-style shots, there's just something that digital has lost. The tack-sharp lenses on my canon rarely miss, but missing the focus just slightly long draws me into the photos. It makes me want to look around the edges, deeper into the puddle. Or find that person casting the shadow. 

It may not be the most practical thing to carry a film camera, especially since spring is on the horizon and the infrared will be back in the bag shortly, but I can't put it away. I just want to keep shooting. 

Foggy Mornings by Mark Andre

The fog that socked in DC this morning was incredible. I was initially hoping to catch more dramatic landscapes, but it was so thick, the only thing to do was to get up close.

Ice Fog by Mark Andre

With the all the crazy temperature swings we've had this week, the still frozen Potomac put on quite a show Friday with all the fog. 

Scroll down for an image from sunrise earlier in the week in the freezing cold. 

My Favorite Images of 2017 by Mark Andre

With 2017 in the books and covering more than 5,000 miles this year, its a perfect time to look back on all of my favorite images of the year. Scroll all the way down for a look at a larger gallery. Check out my photos from Scotland to Santa Barbara

The Wilson Bridge on a morning with a horrible sunrise. 

The nave of the National Cathedral

Glencoe Scotland

The Capitol as a storm moves in

The Hive at the National Building Museum

Escaping from the July Fourth Celebrations in DC

Calder in Chicago

Dramatic skies after a rainy day in New York

That NGA Wall

Santa Barbara Sunsets

Early DC mornings

Christmas Eve sunrise on the Connecticut Coast