Jack Baty

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Roll-80 (Leica MP/HP5 Plus)

2022-08-02 Photography
I attended our annual family reunion in Newaygo this weekend. It’s always great to see everyone. I shot a roll of HP5 with the MP and 35mm Summilux. Aunt Joan and Uncle Bob Playing cornhole Smiles all around My cousin Aaron Judy and Norma

One from the beach

2022-07-30 Photography
I took the little Stylus Epic to the beach yesterday. Nothing much came of it, but here’s a self-portrait from the day. Not sure what that flare is toward the bottom of the frame. The good news is that the Epic didn’t make its usual grinding noises while rewinding. I was worried about the camera, but it seems fine now. Self-portrait Olympus Stylus Epic | Kodak TMAX 100 Digitized with Lumix S5 Continue reading

I almost sold the M10-R

2022-06-30 Photography
Sometimes I notice the Leica M10-R sitting forlornly on my desk and I’m reminded that I don’t deserve it. A camera like that should be used, and used a lot. Mine mostly sits around waiting for me to take another selfie or photo of my dog. That’s a lot of money tied up in what most people do (and often better) with their phones. I’m a rangefinder guy at heart. I’ve shot with one almost continually since 2003. Continue reading

2022-Roll-073. OM-2n/HP5

2022-06-22 Photography
There was a roll languishing in the OM-2n so I finished it during my walk today. I really need to find some new subjects. Shot on HP5 Plus. Developed in HC-110 (dilution B) for five minutes. Scanned on the Epson V750. Mirror self-portrait. OM-2n. HP5 Plus Flag while driving. OM-2n. HP5 Plus Bridge. OM-2n. HP5 Plus

Sold: Leica Q2 Monochrom

2022-05-27 Photography
I just sold my wonderful Leica Q2 Monochrom. This was the second time I’ve owned a Q2M and the second time I’ve sold one. The Q2M is a nearly perfect walk-around, everyday camera for someone who wants to focus purely on making black and white images. That describes me perfectly, for a while. I love B&W photographs and the Q2M makes them as good or better than anything available. I love how using a B&W-only sensor forces me to think in tones, shades, and lighting. Continue reading

A few photos from Mother's Day

2022-05-09 Photography
Had brunch at my parent’s yesterday to celebrate Mother’s Day. It was nice. My mom has been suffering from pain in her leg for a few weeks, but the combination of new meds and time seems to have helped quite a lot. I took the Leica Q2 Monochrom and made a few snaps. Here are my favorites from the day. Mom. Leica Q2 Monochrom Mom and Dad. Leica Q2 Monochrom Mom at the picnic table dad built. Continue reading

The kinds of portraits I prefer…Judith Joy Ross, for example

2022-04-10 Photography
I recently read Joe McNally’s book, The Real Deal: Field Notes from the Life of a Working Photographer. While I found his anecdotes occasionally interesting, I didn’t really enjoy the book. I think this was because I don’t much care for McNally’s photographs. Here’s one of his portraits. Photo by Joe McNally There’s no question that McNally is a talented photographer with a powerful work ethic and serious technical skills. His portraits, however, leave me uninspired. Continue reading
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