Please accept my apologies

About two years ago I got the idea that I should write a blog.  In my typical ADD fashion I got a web site, a WordPress blog and wrote a total of four entries and then my attention drifted elsewhere.  To tell you the truth, I don’t even know where my attention went next but I have not posted another blog entry since.

Today I again ran into my blog and felt sad that I did not keep up with one of my projects. Here I am again and I will try to write something interesting every day.  It will probably won’t  only be about photography but  I will try to stay away from subjects too controversial and I will try to be entertaining.

Please leave your comments if they are insightful, constructive  and respectful of others. If they are not, then don’t.


Joaquín Barbará



Mexican Flea Market

Today I took a quick trip to the Redlands Flea Market in Miam.  I went with my son on this little photography outing because he just joined the photography club in his high school and I wanted to give him a head start.  He used my digital camera and I used my Nikon F5.

I had not realized how difficult it is to try to teach photography.  There are actually a bunch of things going on simultaneously.  “Squeeze the shutter, don’t jerk it”, watch your frame so that you don’t cut off people’s head or feet”, “How do you thing that would work better, horizontal or vertical”, “Do you think it would be a better picture if you get closer?”.  It was a lot of fun and teaching him with a digital camera is a thousand time easier than learning on a film camera.  I remember eagerly waiting to get my roll of film back from the lab just to find out that most of my pictures were really bad.  Now if you don’t like it, diagnose it, fix the problem and re shoot it.


All in all we had a great time, we ate some authentic Mexican tacos and got some good pictures. All images made with Nikon F5 and 50mm f/1.8. Tri-X 400, developed in HC-110 dilution B, 6 minutes.


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My days usually do not go as planned, that just comes with the territory. As far as photography goes, last Friday I had planned to find someone to model for me and take some pictures trying to use speedlights because I am really a very bad flash photographer and I need the practice.

I was sitting in my office in the hospital when two little girls walked in, Gracey and Sammantha (I did not know their name at the time) confidently sat in front of me with their feet dangling above the floor. Very seriously Gracey said “My mom says that you are the nice man that is going to take pictures of me at the basketball game”.

I have to confess that I was kind of bewildered because I had no idea what she was talking about but I played along. “So at what time is your game and where is it at?” I asked her and she then confidently told me that the game was at the town’s elementary school and that we needed to hurry because it was going to start in 20 minutes. I said Ok.

I finally was able to figure out that the two little girls were the daughters of one of the ladies that works at the hospital so I told her about my conversation with her kids and agreed to go take some pictures at the game. Lucky for me I had brought my digital camera along because if I had shot the game on film it would have been a disaster.

I quickly found out that I am a better flash photographer than a little league basketball photographer but I had a great time and Gracey was very happy with her pictures. Sammantha her little sister then asked if I could take pictures of her the following day at her soccer game…..

Here are a couple of shots the games. All shot on a Nikon D7100.








Coconut Grove Outing

Today I took a quick trip to Coconut Grove looking to do some portraits of random people. It was a pretty good outing and I ended up with several good frames. Half the trip I carried my Leica M2 with a 50mm lens and the second half I shot with a Nikon F5 and a 105mm f/2.0. I was able to get good frames with both but for portraits I really like the 105.




I was also able to do some street photography, all of these frames were done with the Nikon F5 and the 105mm lens. The film was developed with HC-110 dilution B.



I hope you like some of these images. Please feel free to comment and thanks for looking.

Joaquín B.

The Begining


So after several attempts at starting a blog, apparently this time I will actually succeed. I have been somewhat reluctant because I have always thought that my writing skills as well as my grammar are quite poor. Today I decided that I will give it my best shot. This blog will deal mostly with photography and photography related topics, but this may change in the future.

Most of you reading this blog will not know me personally so a little introduction is in order. I am a middle aged amateur photographer (I do not make my living with a camera) and I am interested in all sort of photographic processes. I started shooting in the early 80’s using a Pentax K 1000 camera and I learned how to develop film while I was part of the yearbook staff during 8th grade. Eventually I enrolled in medical school and photography was essentially forgotten until late 2013.

While sitting in the airport one day waiting for a flight, next to me there was a man editing his photographs using Adobe Lightroom. I struck a conversation with him and about 30 minutes later I had already taken the red pill (reference to the Matrix “This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill — the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill — you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”).

So far the rabbit hole has gone pretty deep. In the last two years I have started using a Nikon DSLR that I bought used off and gone back to 35 mm film, then medium format, large format and eventually wet plate collodion. I have again discovered the thrill of actually making prints with my own hands. It had been a while and I did not realize how much I missed it.
Over the next several posts I will talk more about my journey down this rabbit hole and hopefully will convince some of you to come join me down here.