Levi Wedel’s Invisible City Envisions an Eerie Cinematic World Without People

All images by Levi Wedel. Used with a Creative Commons permission.

There are more than enough films out there that use and envision a near apocalyptic future, but perhaps none really capture it like Levi Wedel’s Invisible City. Levi hails from Alberta, Canada and the Invisible City project is a number of photos taken at night on medium format film. The scenes depicted are devoid of people–and when you look through the images it’s really easy to feel as if you’re completely alone in the scene. This sense of being alone leads to an eerie uneasiness that someone or something may pop out and get you; and that something is creeping in the darkness.

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Medium Format Film Photography for the Digital Photographer: An Introduction

When I first got started in medium format film photography, I found it pretty confusing. But I, like many of you, was basing it off of the digital photography formats available. This can get even more confusing for digital photographers getting into film. So we’ve got a tutorial video that should sort it out.

And don’t worry, it’s actually all fairly simple.

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The Phoblographer Answers: Do Medium Format Cameras Hold Their Value?

Medium format cameras are so incredibly expensive though they’re surely starting to come down in price. For many, they’re considered the pinnacle of making it as a professional photographer. Despite these incredibly high price points, you’d be shocked at what you’re getting. Granted, you’re buying into a system with a much larger sensor and then theoretically better image quality overall. Plus you get to work with better lenses and have the best in support when it comes to shooting tethered. But otherwise, that’s really about it.

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Film Review: Kodak Portra 400 (35mm and 120, Various Formats)

Years and years ago, Kodak announced something that would endure for quite a while: Kodak Portra 400. Available in the 120, 35mm, and large formats, the film was and still is incredibly popular with photographers who like shooting portraits. It’s highly valued for its muted tones–which tends to go against much of what digital photography seems to offer straight out of the camera. However, Portra is in use for much more than just this. Lots of photographers use it as their every day film because they just like it. But this tends to be more the thought process of those that shoot 35mm. At 120, you’re getting far less shots per roll and often work to get the best photos you can in one single shot due to higher stakes–even more so than with 35mm.

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Fujifilm’s New GFX Video Series Gives A Glimpse Into Their Vision For The Camera

Fujifilm turned a lot of heads in September with their GFX 50s announcement. We have all been patiently waiting for the cameras to hit the market even if the fact is that most of us will still find them out of our price bracket by a good margin.

Several lucky photographers have had the chance to go on trips to try the new Fujifilm GFX 50s. Their thoughts and opinions on the new system are shared across the following five videos. As expected in a company sponsored series, the praise is high and criticism is non-existent – but that is what third-party reviews are for, so stay tuned for those once the cameras start shipping. Continue reading…

Essentials: The Compact Medium Format Film Photographer

Essentials is a series where we round up specially curated kits for different photographers in different situations. Other items could surely be substituted, but these are what we personally recommend.

When you think about most medium format cameras out there, it’s often possible for people to consider the fact that they’re all really large. Granted, the newer digital cameras are changing that, but most of the medium format film cameras have always been very large. The exceptions were the rangefinders. Indeed, some of these are very expensive, but others are pretty affordable overall. And if you’re looking to keep your kit compact overall, then know that it’s pretty simple to do.

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Understanding the Fujifilm GFX 50S and the Medium Format Mentality

It’s no secret: lots of photographers are drooling over the idea of shooting with the Fujifilm GFX 50S medium format camera. The idea of owning something bigger than full frame 35mm (though not even the size of true digital 645) is something that is bound to attract a whole lot of photographers. Then consider the fact that everyone and their mother is a photographer these days. Everyone will want a medium format camera because they’re becoming more and more affordable. Though for what it’s worth, I’m very positive that not everyone understands medium format.

In fact, you may honestly want to stick with 35mm, APS-C, or even Four Thirds.

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