Chaplin Lt. Vincent R. Capodanno

Last Rites Given by Chaplain Capodanno U.S. NavyThis is a photograph of the memorial for U.S. Navy Chaplin Lt. Vincent R. Capodanno giving last Rites to a Soldier. He was born on Staten Island NY. He was killed in combat, giving last rites in the Que Son Valley of Vietnam on September 4, 1967. He was awarded the:                                               Medal of Honor ( posthumously), Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

This memorial statue is on the grounds of Fort Wadsworth Staten Island NY.


About These Photographs:

My photographs on this site, have been captured using

medium format 120 or 35mm film cameras

or DSLR cameras.

I use a

Fujica GW690 medium format film camera,

with a 90mm 3.5 Fujinon lens or a

Nikon F2 35mm film camera

with a 50mm f1.4 Nikkor-s lens or

Digital cameras ranging from Leica Q to Nikon D3.

 My Tripod of choice is the

Manfrotto 290.

If I use a speedlight I prefer the

Nikon SB600 with the Gary Fong Lightsphere.

The films I use most often are;  

Ilford HP5 PLUS 400 ISO,

Ilford Delta 100 Professional ISO 100

or Ilford FP4 Plus 125 ISO 125

I use a Canon film scanner:

CanoScan 9000F Mark II

My developer is an Ilford product: Ilfotec DD-X   {1+4}

and I develop the HP5 for 9 min. @20c in Ilfotec DD-X

and the Ilford FP4 PLUS 125  is developed for 10 min, @20c in Ilfotec DD-X


In the last few years, many photographers are returning to film photography, while also loving there DSLR cameras.


Why go to an “old school” medium of film, when clearly, using a digital camera is “easier”?

When you shoot film, lets face it, it’s expensive.

Each frame you shoot is about $1.00

When you consider a roll of 120 film in a 6×7 or 6×9 camera, will yield 6 to 15 photos.

Each roll of 120 film will cost about $5.00

Developing the film at home, then scanning them into a computer, well you see the cost per frame is high.

Keeping the cost of each frame of film in mind when your in the field photographing America, the photographer will slow down.

You just take your time, focusing, framing, getting an accurate light meter reading, considering your depth of field, using a filter, using a mono or tripod, form, shade, texture, volume, highlights, shadows and bokeh.

With digital, you keep in mind the fact “I have a memory card that can hold at least 700 frames, surely one will be good”. To be honest I went from film photography to digital and now back to film as a wonderful addition to my Nikon DSLR cameras.

Last thoughts,

A photograph “THE POND – MOONLIGHT”

Sold for  $2.9 million dollars

in NYC, February 2006.

It was a Black and White Photograph, by Steichen.

                   To quote the current director at Leica in Germany…

      “Only a printed photo is a Photograph, the rest is just DATA”

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