This is the page where we will post items of general interest, such as our travels, family stuff, snap shots etc. We will update it from time to time to let you know what we are doing.
I built my first darkroom in 1959. In December 2004, I broke up my darkroom, and sold off most of my equipment. I now use a "Digital Darkroom". All of the older images (prior to April 2003) were shot with conventional negative film, both B&W and color. I used a Polaroid 120 Sprintscan film scanner, prior to Hurricane Sandy killing it, to scan my negatives into Photoshop CS6. I now have a used Nikon Coolscan 8000 high resolution film scanner. I make my 13"x19" and 16"x24" prints with an Epson 3800 and larger prints with a new Epson 7890 (took delivery Jan 30, 2012) printer. Both the 3800 and 7890 Printers utilize Ultrachrome pigmented inks which are truly archival, with estimated print life of 200 years, in accordance with The Wilhelm Institute. For my earlier work, I have used both 35mm and medium format equipment. The earlier work on this site was done with film cameras: mostly Contax 35mm equipment (SLRs and G2), with Carl Zeiss lenses, and a Pentax 645 and 67 medium format system. In April, 2003, I switched to digital capture. I presently use a Sony Alpha 900, with lenses from 12mm to 500mm. In December 2010 I added medium format digital (40 megapixels), acquiring a Pentax 645D camera with numerous lenses from 35mm to 300mm.
In June 2012 I added a Nikon D800e full frame 36mp camera with several Nikkor and Zeiss lenses
For travelling and to have a small camera always with me, in December, 2013 I added a Sony A7R body (subsequently upgraded to an A7R Mark II). I have the following "Native" lenses: Carl Zeiss 35mm f2.8, Carl Zeiss 55mm f1.8, Voigtlander 12mm, and Zeiss 16~35mm . I also use many of my old film camera lenses via adapters, including Pentax Screw, Leica M, Leica R, Contax Zeiss, Minolta, Nikon AI, Topcon and more! New life to my old lenses!.
I have not shot a roll of film since April 2003, and have shot digital exclusively since then. For those that are interested, it is easy to see which images were shot with film, and which were digital capture. All Images with the prefix "S", such as S100. were shot with film. The "S" stands for "Scan". Digital capture images have the prefix"D", such as D100. "D" obviously stands for "Digital".
ATTENTION: We got power to our home on May 1, 2013, six months after Sandy! We are back home after being homeless for 6 months.
NEW! Please see the new page ALEXANDER GURTCHEFF. My Father's negatives were lost for 72 years and recently recovered and returned to me.