FanFest on Rolleiflex

My second year covering FanFest for the San Francisco Giants was another blast. I changed it up a bit by bringing my 1959 Rolleiflex E2

With no light meter and a horizontally flipped ground glass, I gained even more respect for the photographers who shot like this daily. And of course, I was carrying a full compliment of digital gear and lenses since I knew film wouldn’t satisfy what the Giants’ front office was in need of.

This was my first time using the twin-lens-reflex camera while “on assignment.” The documentary approach on a camera like this is a whole other beast. At least my Kodak 150 4×5 frankenstein has a rangefinder viewfinder with a ghost image focusing system.

It was also a nice reprieve to go back to shooting some fresh Ilford film. For the past 2 years or so, I have been using expired color and B/W film almost exclusively. As fun as it is, man does it get annoying seeing all that grain after a while. I was blown away by the depth of the new Ilford Delta 400.

The first image (below) is probably my favorite and sums up all Giants FanFest. A father and son in matching Bumgarner jersey’s, sitting in the upper deck behind home plate, with dad waxing on about the stadium.

One of the huge treats of shooting events for the host is the extra access I get. Being able to follow Buster Posey while he signs dozens of bats for new season ticket holders was a huge treat.

Manager Bruce Bochy signed autographs before taking the stage to talk on KNBR 680.

Jeff Smardzija relaxes in the sun before taking the stage.

Gotta bring your own compliment of bats to be signed at one of the dozen autograph sessions through out the stadium.

Giants for the Giants

I recently got to work for a new client: The San Francisco Giants.

All of the sports I have ever photographed were for news outlets. Documenting the company you are being paid by is effectively PR work. Which changes your approach. The story of the game might not matter as much as exciting colorful art of the characters involved. I am still getting used to it. I hope to do a lot more.

I was treated to three games of Giants baseball. Call me crazy but I don’t mind rain during baseball. Isolating the rain drops just looks great.

My Grandfather’s Cameras

Part 6: Minolta SRT 101

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This is part 6 of an on-going series titled "My Grandfather's
Cameras." I never met my paternal grandfather, Robert
Diefenbach. He passed away in 1969.
His small collection of cameras sat in a basement for 45 years
until they were handed down to me in the spring of 2014,
still loaded with film. Read more in Part 1: Argus C4,
Part 2: Argus C3, Part 3: Kodak Retina, Part 4: Kodak Tourist,
and Part 5: Polaroid 150.

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Troop 14: Camp Royaneh 2016

Troop 14 is a boy-led troop. The Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) is the boy-in-charge. The job of SPL at Camp Royaneh is very difficult and highly regarded by the older scouts.

As SPL at camp, you lead the troop of 50 boys, for 2 weeks, 24 hours a day. In the good moments and the bad. All the glory and demerits for the troop are funneled through the SPL.

Sam, seen below, was a stellar SPL for Troop 14. Sam exemplifies everything that is needed to be a leader at camp. His spirit speak volumes. His positive energy never ending.

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My Grandfather’s Cameras

Part 5: Polaroid 150

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This is part 5 of an on-going series
titled "My Grandfather's Cameras."
I never met my paternal grandfather,
Robert Diefenbach.
He passed away in 1969.
His small collection of cameras sat
in a basement for 45 years until
they were handed down to me in the
spring of 2014, still loaded with film.
Read more in Part 1: Argus C4, Part 2: Argus C3,
Part 3: Kodak Retina, and Part 4: Kodak Tourist

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This is my grandfather’s 150. It is huge. It is both complicated and simple at the same time.

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My Grandfather’s Cameras

Part 4: Kodak Tourist

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Warner on a pier in Tomales Bay, Calif.

This is part 4 of an on-going series
titled "My Grandfather's Cameras."
I never met my paternal grandfather,
Robert Diefenbach.
He passed away in 1969.
His small collection of cameras sat
in a basement for 45 years until
they were handed down to me in the
spring of 2014, still loaded with film.
Read more in Part 1: Argus C4, Part 2: Argus C3
and Part 3: Kodak Retina

This Kodak Tourist is not one of my grandfather’s cameras. It is actually my grandfather-in-law’s camera. Walter LaMar handed it down to my wife’s late father, Daniel Stromska, then to her mother, then to me. I am very honored to be the current bearer of this early, post-war, simple machine.

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My Grandfather’s Cameras

Part 3: Kodak Retina

 

My father, Bill Diefenbach, son of Robert Diefenbach the previous owner of this Kodak Retina from the 1930's. My dad is lounging in one of our favorite places, Tamalas Bay in Northern California.

My father, Bill Diefenbach, son of Robert Diefenbach, the previous owner of the Kodak Retina. My dad is lounging in one of our favorite places, Tamalas Bay in Northern California.

This is part 3 of an on-going series
titled "My Grandfather's Cameras."
I never met my paternal grandfather,
Robert Diefenbach.
He passed away in 1969.
His small collection of cameras sat
in a basement for 45 years until
they were handed down to me in the
spring of 2014, still loaded with film.
Read more in Part 1: Argus C4 and Part 2: Argus C3
Robert Diefenbach's 1935 Kodak Retina

Robert Diefenbach’s 1935 Kodak Retina

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Troop 14: Philmont

Alumni of scouting are often asked two questions. 1) Did you make Eagle? 2) Did you go to Philmont.
This is the latter.

Philmont Scout Ranch is the most extreme adventure the Boy Scouts of America have to offer. Troop 14’s itinerary spanned 100 miles and 5 peaks totaling well over 10,000 feet of total climbing. For 12 days, the boys traversed sometimes treacherous terrain, compounded by sore and blister-riddled feet. Going into the trip, a few parents had their doubts concerning their son’s (or their own) abilities.

Everyone was tested. And everyone made it.

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