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Drinking with Jake (Round Five) – Heidi Kirkpatrick

Next in a series in which Jake Shivery and a guest get pickled and talk photography. Heidi Kirkpatrick is a nationally  renowned fine art photographer, mixed media artist and educator who resides in Portland with her husband, Doug. Editor’s note #1 : Please note that this interview is from 2015. Heidi retired from teaching as of June, […]

To Confront a Portrait in the New Year

A Moment of Reflection Inspired by Walt Whitman   The new year brings with it the possibility of change, a season ripe with resolutions and retrospection. In 2017, our access to image making and consumption will continue to be grand. Most of us unceremoniously hold a master key to an infinite catalogue of images and […]

The History of the Customer Show

The Blue Moon Camera and Machine annual Customer Show is our favorite event of the year. Opening in December to celebrate our anniversary, we somehow have conned our staff, customers, fans, and friends to get dressed up and walk the streets of St. Johns in the rain and cold all evening, and it’s always been […]

Typewriter Troubleshooting

Using a typewriter is a rewarding and fun writing experience, but your typing journey can be unexpectedly waylaid by some common quirks for these machines. We’d like to help you troubleshoot some of the more common typewriting issues you may come across. Whether you did a lot of typing a long time ago and are […]

Rescued Film Project Interview : Levi Bettwieser

Chances are if you’re a follower of photography news online, you’ve heard about the Rescued Film Project. Last year they made digital headlines with the discovery and development of undeveloped film from a WWII photographer, and now they’ve got their hands on one of their biggest projects yet: an estimated 1,200 rolls of undeveloped film […]

Five tips for your Fireworks Film Photos

Summertime brings with it long, clear, warm nights and plenty of excuses to set a giant stick of explosives on fire, run away, and photograph the cacophonous and polychromatic results. To get you started, our expert fireworks setter-offer Peter Carlson has some quick tips and tricks.     5. Focus to infinity This might go without saying, […]

What’s New on the Blue Moon? (since the last blue moon)

It’s that time of the lunar cycle again. A blue moon rises on Portland tonight and to celebrate, we’d like to tell you what we’ve been up to since the last blue moon back in 2012. We’ve had a very good three years, and owe so much of that to the people reading along now. […]

Announcing Spy Film for MINOX cameras

We’ve got news. It’s really, really big news. We’ve kept it Top Secret for almost a year. At long last the time has come to declassify, and we’re ready to share with you our latest endeavor. But first: are you sitting down? Good. Were you followed? Excellent. Here we go. Effective immediately, Blue Moon Camera […]

An Impossible Party

This week we were lucky enough to get a visit from Impossible’s SilverShade Airstream tour. In true Blue Moon Camera and Machine fashion, we celebrated this the only way we knew how: by throwing a big party. We stayed open late, ordered a keg (or two), and photographed all the Impossible film we could get our […]

Nikon Non-AI, AI, AI’D, AIS…. oh my. Part 2.

And here we are again, at the cusp of further discussion regarding the Nikon F lens mount.  Part one of this Codex article detailed the various Nikon F mount revisions that have occurred through the years.  While there have been numerous modifications to the F mount, it has remained essentially the same mount since its […]

Nikon Non-AI, AI, AI’D, AIS…. oh my. Part 1.

The year 1959 was a pretty momentous year for Nikon.  That was the year they introduced their Nikon F professional SLR and with it the F style mount for their lenses.  Fast forward to today and Nikon continues to use the same F style mount on their current lenses.  That is a pretty impressive accomplishment […]

My Kingdom for a Voice

You shouldn’t read this article. There will be no happy endings or satisfactory resolution. It poses problems without solution, and offers you no advice whatsoever. Among the wildfire of online articles that claim to guide you safely through artistic turmoil soothed and unscathed, I am interested only in fanning the flames. The problem, you see, […]

How to Date your Hasselblad (but not in THAT way)

Ever thought it would be neat to know the year your Hasselblad was born?  Or better yet, its birthday?  Turns out that finding that information is much easier than you might expect. Hasselblad bodies and most film backs have serial numbers that begin with two letters followed by a string of numbers.  To find the […]

Jake’s speech at the Portland Art Museum – The Decisive Morning

What follows is the unabridged text (and slides) from Jake’s speech at the Portland Art Museum on July 17, 2013.   Thanks to the Photo Council for having me. And by “having me”, I mean “bullying me into this”. Thanks to all of you for breaking up your day to come down for a bit. […]

Eight Girls Taking Pictures: a novel – A non-literary review

  The short of it is that I love this book.  It caught my attention at Powell’s earlier this year because of the illustration on its cover – an instantly recognizable one for a film photographer- a Rolleiflex.  I didn’t buy it that day, but the book stayed on my mind and when I finally […]

Resolving to understand scan resolutions

Resolutions. It seems they are either causing undue amounts of New Year’s-related angst or they are sending photographers into circles of confusion.  Well, we can help you with one of these problems (you’re on your own with that new diet come the new year). Let’s start simple.  When we are talking about the resolution of […]

Vivian Maier, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Photography

I can barely wait a week to see my developed film. Most photographers nowadays don’t even wait a minute. More and more I find myself wanting to see my work faster, oftentimes letting the quality and archivability of my art suffer so I can get gratification as fast as possible. I’ve become so obsessed with […]

Shooting Super 8 Today, Part III

All right! You have your Super 8 camera and an idea for a cinematic masterpiece. All you need to do is pop some film into the camera and you’re ready to roll, right? It’s all so simple until it isn’t For the first couple decades after Super 8 came about, there weren’t a lot of […]

Shooting Super 8 Today, Part II

Technicolor Mark Ten Super 8 camera.  It looks awesome, but does it do everything you want? Photo by John Kratz. Do you have a Super 8 camera, but you’re not sure if it works, or if it has the features you need?  Or if you’re shopping for a camera, how do you know if one […]

Shooting Super 8 Today, Part I

Why shoot Super 8 film today?  With the ever-growing variety of ways to capture moving images today, why choose Super 8?  Because it’s fun and exciting! There are plenty of logical reasons – for instance, it’s the least expensive way to shoot analog motion picture film; and like Minox film, the diminutive size of Super […]

‘Roid week 2012: celebrating the instant…. right now.

  Forget Poladroid.  Turn off Fauxlaroid.  This week is the time to celebrate instant film itself, the original form of instant gratification.  While Polaroid no longer produces film for our stalwart Land Cameras, SX70s and One Shot 600s; instant film is far from dead and gone.  These days those Automatic Land Cameras and polaroid backs […]

Why film?

  During the course of my daily photographic life, both personally and professionally, it is not uncommon to hear one or more of the following comments or questions: Is that really a film camera? Does it work? You can still get film for that? I thought film was extinct. Why would you want to shoot […]

Whither the School Darkroom?

These days, I am frequently asked about the necessity and viability of the traditional school darkroom. As you might expect, I am a vehement supporter of keeping these facilities intact, functional and accessible to students from all walks of life. Working against the conventional wisdom that “film is dead”, I thought it might be helpful […]

Flying with film, X-rays, TSA and other fun stuff, Part 2.

Welcome back.  The last time we were here discussed some of the finer points of flying with film, specifically navigating the x-rays of airport security without risking damage to your film.  This week I want to talk about two ways to circumvent airport security (legally of course) altogether: processing out of country and/or shipping film […]

Flying with film, X-rays, TSA and other fun stuff.

Paris.  Rome.  Cairo.  Hong Kong.  So many places to see, so many photographs to be made, right?  Before you can start making photos of all these far off places, you have to get there.  And so does your film. Ironically, with all the changes over the last several years in airport security, my biggest concern […]