The personal blog of photojournalist Noah Darnell.

That which is put aside…

That which is put aside…

Okay, in all honesty, my Leica M8 is my play camera. No, I did not say, “toy camera.” That would be a Holga or a cell phone camera. Those are toy cameras. My Leica is my “challenge myself” camera. Honestly, I suck pretty bad at it right now. Of course it is full manual, but

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Ode to a burning roll…

Ode to a burning roll…

A roll of film with only a handful of frames taken is a pity to waste. So, this day brought to you by some more of the ol’ Kodak film and a rangefinder… I love images made utilizing an antique technology that actually does the job better than anything modern I’ve ever experienced. The photo

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Circular reasoning and pretty stuff…

Circular reasoning and pretty stuff…

I see light. I don’t see color very well. I’ve mentioned that before, I’m not colorblind or anything, but I see color in brightness values… so… I see light. I see photographs in their black and white equivalents. Looking at tens of thousands of black and white images over the years has done it to

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Family fair…

Family fair…

So, even though I grew up when film was still going strong, with the proliferation of digital cameras, it feels a bit weird to walk around with a single black and white camera – no digital backup – and take photos of “family stuff”. The Texas State Fair in Dallas was one such occasion. I

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Photos of photos…

From time to time I mention the work I do as an editorial photographer. Its probably one of my favorite parts of life as a photographer – documenting the real life stuff. But, no matter how many pageviews or clicks I get on my website, there is something fascinating about seeing an image in the

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Looking up and back…

Gonna be a little artsy. Okay… not artsy. Just kinda random. I’m actually kinda tempted to print this to see how rich the tones actually are. Yep, been in the darkroom. First time in a long time. A long time. Or done experimental photos… …with double exposures and such. Well, there’s more to come. I

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Yes, its a cat…

Yes, its a cat…

…but its a REALLY nicely lit cat. This, my friends, is a beautiful slide. I really am considering framing it. Okay, not really, but… Whomever killed Kodachrome was absolutely out of their minds. Alas, this was not Kodachrome – its Fujichrome Astia. But, look at that! Yes, its a photo of a cat, but the

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Family. Friends. Film.

“Whoa, that’s old school…” or “Why do you have that?” or “Hey, is that a Leica?” Its usually what people zero in on first when I’m carrying my Leica M4-P. I’ve been carrying it on real jobs a lot more frequently these days. Not for any reason in particular… I mean, I don’t think I’ve

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Someday it may be important that I pressed the shutter…

  Sometimes when you don’t develop film for a while, it is easy to forget what was on the rolls you took. In this case, it was quite a surprise… …a couple rolls from before I left for my travels overseas… …and more importantly – a lost roll from Israel! But, alas, there is an

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Leica at long last…

Leica at long last…

** ORIGINAL POST: 12 Feb 2008 ** Ah… to see the scans come back from the lab. It makes a guy feel all warm and fuzzy inside. A couple of these rolls were exposed to X-rays… I don’t think it hurt them though… Just see for yourself… I know its really soon since my last

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