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Bringing It All Back Home

Bringing It All Back Home

By charles kershenblatt
A podcast from Charles Kershenblatt about South Jersey analog Photography — as well as connecting with creative people and projects from around the world. Season 3 will begin this Fall with an emphasis on autobiographical fiction.
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Season 2 Episode 12 - Leitz Wetzlar - Leica CL, 40mm Summicron-C
Ever find it impossible to see what's right in front of you? Season 2 comes to an end with an episode about rediscovering an amazing lens, waking up from medium format bias — and happily plunging back into the cult that is Leica. Join Bringing It All Back Home for an episode celebrating the Leica CL, as well as the hidden gem of high resolution and Leica rendering that is the 40mm Summicron-C.  Season 3 will return in the fall! Reach out directly with comments or questions for Season 3:  Twitter @cwkphotolocal Instagram @charles_k77
June 17, 2021
Season 2 Episode 11 - Magic of Minolta - X-570
Finding the right tool for job sounds easy, right? This Bringing It All Back Home episode attempts to chart the fun yet bumpy Minolta labyrinth,  a quest to find the the right analog gear for (vintage Raleigh English 3 speed) boardwalk bike rides. It starts with an outrageously lucky eBay Buy-It-Now on a rare black XD-11, takes a few loops & left turns - and finally arrives at the workhorse champ that is the Minolta X-570. 
June 10, 2021
Season 2 Episode 10 - Wayne Reid - My Latest Book - Innit?
Ribs is back! Returning to the podcast with a new book - Ribs (Wayne Reid) is here for a live chat about the third volume in his series, including the epic sea journey from UK to Antigua, long distance truck driving through Eastern Europe, & the lessons from life on the sea and what it all means. Join us for a very special episode with a great pal, brilliant writer, and amazing storyteller.
June 03, 2021
Season 2 Episode 9 - Jerry Bennett
It’s the episode Bringing It All Back Home has been waiting for since the podcast began - a live chat with Jerry Bennett. A renowned photographer working in Philadelphia & South Jersey since the mid 80s, Jerry has consistently put his energy & passion into a brilliant body of work that spans four decades. Eye-popping fashion shoots created in his legendary Spring Garden studio, as well as on-location portraits throughout Philly - including abandoned industrial locations & Eastern State Penitentiary - Jerry’s work has always aimed higher. Join co-host Gerry Hecht and I as we get to know more about how it all started, making the transition from film to digital, working with Audrey Kitching, Jade Vixen, & more. Jerry's work
May 27, 2021
Season 2 Episode 8 - A Look Into FPP's Double-X Film / Kodak Eastman 5222
Why shoot film when you can shoot film? Real film, as in Motion Picture film. Bringing it all back home returns this week with co-host Gerry Hecht to explore using FPP's Double X black and white film, otherwise known as Kodak Eastman 5225, a still-in-use motion picture film recently used in the award winning film The Lighthouse, as well as classics such as Paper Moon. This episode also dives into pairing it with the classic vintage combo: Nikkormat FT2 and the original sonar design Nippon Kogaku Nikkor 105mm 2.5 non-ai.
May 20, 2021
Season 2 Episode 7 - Frelyni
Making a move and job change eleven days before the pandemic begins - succeeding at the new job financially but eventually getting let go due to widespread company layoffs - but then choosing to bring it all back home to the career of your dreams. We speak with Frelyni Fernandez about her truly amazing journey: taking the leap into doing what you love. We talk about how it began, what led to the leap, as well as inside gear talk about how she produces her YouTube channel.
May 13, 2021
Season 2 Episode 6 - How Medium Format 6 X 7 Cameras Broke My Heart
Bringing It All Back Home returns with an episode about heartbreak, 6 X 7 medium format cameras that stop working for no good reason, the Glory Years of collecting 6 X 7 (now gone), and a possible way to salvage a breakup with a Pentax 6 X 7 that one can no longer trust 18 months after an expensive CLA.
May 06, 2021
Season 2 Episode 5 - Historic Summit At Parvin State Park - Gerry and Kevin
Bringing It All Back Home goes live on tape from Parvin State Park with Kevin Madden and co-host Gerry Hecht. A special episode on the shape of things to come as spring begins and we mark the changes and challenges of the last year. Upswing included.
April 29, 2021
Season 2 Episode 4 - Anthony Jones - A Creature Maker
Bringing It All Back Home connects with Anthony Jones: He’s a Monster Man, a Creature Maker, a brilliant special effects and make-up effects artist who also happens to be one of the pioneers of Sci-Fi costumes at Creation Conventions and Comic-Cons. Anthony takes us through how he got started, growing up in NYC, new and old projects, and more. 
April 22, 2021
Bonus Episode - Delta-8 - The Thorny Situation
As a Bonus 4/20 episode co-host Gerry Hecht, Ph.D, takes a timely dive deep into the chemistry and controversy of Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol. This episode does not shy away from the going into the weeds, as it were - breaking down both organic and chemical distinctions of Delta-8. Join us on this unique and trending issue as we explore CBD, Hemp Farmers, and more - especially how Delta-8 is upsetting the regulatory Cannabis scenarios. 
April 20, 2021
Season 2 Episode 3 - Selling Gear On eBay
Bringing It All Back Home Season 2 Episode 3 goes deep into selling gear on eBay, camera gear mostly, and what to expect when your supposedly  finished sales are capable of being reversed anytime within 30 days. Moving gear during pandemic hit, slowed-down USPS, getting a buyer who has 2 pages worth of fraud warnings, and learning to go all Marie Kondo on the stuff you just can't let go of.
April 15, 2021
Season 2 Episode 2 - Cannabis In New Jersey With Gerry Hecht, Ph.D
    Season 2 co-host Gerry Hecht, Ph.D, brings it all back home with his scientific background in Neuropharmacology as we begin the first of many updates on Cannabis in New Jersey — as well as using the ahead of its time Yashica Electro 35 analog rangefinder.
April 08, 2021
Season 2 Episode 1 - The Return Of The Milky Way
Bringing It All Home is back! Season 2 launches with a 3am road trip down to Sea Isle City, a night sky of near perfect conditions, and a chance to relearn the basics of Milky Way photography with almost all new gear. 
April 01, 2021
Season Two Preview - Testing, testing
Join Season Two co-host Gerry Hecht and I as we go live for a podcast "test recording" at Parvin State Park. Is this working?
March 08, 2021
Episode 38 - Konica IIIA - The Most Under The Radar Classic Rangefinder?
Bringing It All Back Home returns for Episode 38 - and it’s an exploration of the 1958 rangefinder known as the Konica IIIA. Is this the most underrated classic 50s rangefinder of all time? The mythical poor man's Leica M3? Join today's podcast as your host, Charles, explores how he discovered this neglected but brilliant camera, as well as its astonishing CLA and eBay source.  Photos Japan Vintage Camera
June 09, 2020
Analog Combo - Rise of Rodinal : Rollei RPX 25, Rollei R09, Minolta SRT 101, Rokkor 58mm 1.4
Bringing It All Back Home returns for episode 37 with another Analog Combo and this time it features the all time classic developer - Rodinal. Combined with Rollei RPX 25, a Minolta SRT 101, the Rokkor 58mm 1.4, and some bright light — the results can be staggering. Join us again as your host, Charles, goes all in on Rollei R09/Rollei RPX 25, as well as singing the praises of Minolta’s groundbreaking CLC metering system. This episode also attempts to unravel the weirdness that is the current Rollei brand, its mysterious relationship with Ilford, and why you might want to hold off using RPX in 120 format. It’s great to be back. And here’s to Bringing It All Back home, whichever way we can. Photos Ilford Spots Minolta SRT 101 RPX 25 Origins? Freestyle Photographic Supplies
May 09, 2020
Live Chat with Kevin Madden & Gerry Hecht
Bringing It All Back Home returns for episode 36, an update with Kevin Madden & Gerry Hecht on how the current situation has unfolded, looking back on where they were when it began — and what we're facing now. The first in what may be several special episodes dealing with the Coronavirus in New Jersey and how we can get through it.
April 13, 2020
A Return To The Darkroom
Bringing It All Back Home returns for Episode 35 - and it’s A Return To The Darkroom. This episode explores how it all began, the gear involved, and putting off, for years, actually putting it all together. Now that the virus lockdown is extending the StayHome Lockdown - for at least another month - your host, Charles, dives into what will be needed to make the Darkroom process continue. Gear includes the Schneider 80mm f/4 Componon-S Enlarging Lens, the Beseler 23CII-XL Dichro Enlarger, as well as 8 x 10" Ilford MULTIGRADE RC Deluxe Pearl paper. Join in - check it out - and subscribe!
March 31, 2020
Rollei RPX 25 - Slowing It Down During The Shut Down
Bringing It All Back Home returns for Episode 34 with a look at one of the slowest B&W films out there,  addressing the current COVID-19 pandemic, looking for ways to stay motivated and positive, discovering old prints, as well as pondering a return to a fresh new improvised Darkroom setup.  Take a listen and come onboard for future Live Chats as we all go through these strange times. Photos
March 24, 2020
Analog Combo - The Classic: Rolleiflex Xenar, Ilford Delta 100, Kodak HC-110
Bringing It All Back Home returns for episode 33 with another Analog Combo and it starts - you guessed it - with the Classic sweetness that is a 1951 Rolleiflex Automat Model 4 TLR, combined with one of the best black & white films made by Ilford today, Delta 100 Pro. Souped up in the developer that just keeps giving - what else? - HC-110. Join in and check out the *extra fun. Bonus South Jersey pronunciations included.
March 17, 2020
Live Chat with no1uno
Bringing It All Back Home returns with Episode 32 and it’s a live interview with members of a band you probably never knew. Starting in the mid-90’s, no1uno (pronounced “no one you know”) was an exclusively studio recording band. They released two CDs and, most recently, remastered their first EP. Listen to what inspired the music, how they produced their epic songs, the mystery behind the EP cover and the shocking meaning of their song, free.
March 10, 2020
Episode 31, Looking Back On The Olympus OM-1 & Zuiko 50mm 1.4
Bringing It All Back Home returns for Episode 31 — a look back on the classic 70s SLR system known as OM. Your host, Charles, explores how he got started with his back in 2005, the brassed-up pawn-shop OM-1, and his years relearning photography with the manual focus Zuiko 50mm 1.4 lens ... And why the OM system might still fall short compared to a Barnack Leica. Check it out! Photos from the OM-1 years
March 03, 2020
Episode 30, Analog Synths, Behringer, Korg, Moog in 2020
Bringing It All Back Home returns for Episode 30 as your host, Charles, explores the latest developments in analog gear  for Vintage Synthesizers. How this relates to photography is perhaps a stretch  — but  tune in & find out if the Bringing It All Home Podcast can make the connection. Behringer, Korg, Moog, Buchla — Leica! Subscribe & check it out.
February 25, 2020
Episode 29, Motel Ghost Town, Leica IIIA, Dangerous Dilutions
Bringing It All Back Home returns for Episode 29 as your host, Charles, returns to the fabled Doo-Wop Wildwoods in search of sublime morning sunlight on its 1950s motels, as well as Sunny 16 metering, a Barnack-era Leica IIIA, a Nikkormat FT2, a rant against modern Jersey shore architecture, and a massive chart massive mess up when it comes to dilutions. Is less really more? Can useable negatives be found after completely screwing up development times? Listen in — and find out! Photos
February 18, 2020
Episode 28, Dragging The Shutter, Renting The Fujifilm X-E3, Success With GoodSync
Bringing It All Back Home returns for Episode 28 as your host, Charles, explores taking photos of a live concert performance, dragging the shutter with Godox TT350 flash — then spending a week renting the mirrorless Fujifilm X-E3. Also, using GoodSync to save the day with a dying external drive. photos
February 11, 2020
Episode 27, Roadtrip to Wildwood: Ilford Delta 100 & Street Photography
Bringing It All Back Home returns for Episode 27 as your host, Charles, goes on a road trip to a rally in Wildwood, NJ. Returning to Ilford Delta 100 35mm film, rediscovering The Wildwoods, family landmarks, and getting back into Street Photography during a rare visit by the President of the United States. Photos Rock & Roll History - Wildwood Wildwoods By The Sea documentary
February 04, 2020
Episode 26, Live Chat With Don Roman
Bringing It All Back Home returns with Episode 26 — a Live Chat with Don Roman. Join us as we explore Don's journey into photography and filmmaking, his years working at Modern Age in NYC, Buckminster Fuller, the coolest Nikon body ever (Nikon F),  assistant camerawork on NYU film productions, Richard Avedon's American West murals, motorcycle road trips to Guatemala, as well as directing and producing (and lighting) several amazing 16mm projects at Glassboro. Don's work and vision in analog and digital has always been inspiring & brilliant. Here's a link to his web site.
January 28, 2020
Episode 25, Live Chat With Ken Zimmerman
Bringing It All Back Home returns with Episode 25 - featuring a Live Chat with Ken Zimmerman. Join us as we explore Ken's journey through songwriting, overseas busking in London's Tube, Bob Dylan in Tel Aviv, piano bar contracts (and ways to get around them), new music, and live singer-songwriter gigs at The Burren.  Check out more of Ken's music here.
January 21, 2020
Episode 24, Live Chat With Alex DePhillipo
Bringing It All Back Home returns with Episode 24 — and it is a special one. A Live Chat with local filmmaker Alex DePhillipo who, along with Andrew Gessler, runs Dark Fall Productions, a professional South Jersey video production company that has produced brilliant & beautiful surfing movies during the last ten years. Come listen to their story and get inspired by their jaw-dropping, amazing work. Dark Fall
January 14, 2020
Episode 23, Seeking Sonnar: The Nikkor-P 105mm 2.5 Pre-AI lens
Bringing It All Back Home returns for Episode 23 as your host, Charles, goes on a  quest to rediscover the legendary Nikon 105mm 2.5 lens, particularly the original Sonnar design Pre-AI version. Last minute eBay bids, Nikkormat FT2, as well as almost getting caught in a severe Holiday Discount induced Gear Acquisition Syndrome fever. Check it out — and subscribe! More about the 105mm Finding the right camera for Pre-AI lenses
January 07, 2020
Episode 22, Surfing And Wave Panning Speedblur, Rolleiflex Walk Around, Street Photos on the Beach
Bringing It All Back Home returns for Episode 22 as your host, Charles, explores his new passion for (slow-shutter) Panning Speedblur — and how challenging it can be for all the right and left conditions to line up. This episode also includes reports on the latest Rollei Walk, as well as looking back on the best of 2019's smartphone photography, including a street shot session from Memorial Day when thousands of Philly teenagers descended on Margate's beaches. Join us and subscribe! Photos
December 27, 2019
Episode 21, Band Photography with DDH, looking back at 2019
Bringing It All Back Home returns for episode 21. Join us as your host, Charles, relates his most recent band photography shoot with local legends Deardarkhead(DDH), as well as looks into why shooting Portra still beats digital, loading film before breakfast, and the hesitancy - and urgency - of wanting to buy more camera systems. Photos
December 19, 2019
Episode 20, Dresden Pentacon Cameras, Bohemian Tangents with Heike, & Pushing HP5
Bringing It All Back Home returns for episode 20. Join us as your host, Charles, explores his renewed interest in East German cameras, specifically those made in Dresden, his recent call with his pal Heike (from Dresden), plans to explore eBay, as well as a possible photo travel plan for 2020. Pushing Ilford HP5, Zenits,  and tangents about coal stoves. Check it out! #Pentacon6 #Dresden
November 20, 2019
Episode 19, Live Chat With Joe Playo
Bringing It All Back Home returns for episode 19, a live chat with Joe Playo. Join us as we connect with Joe's concept albums — Summer of Joe/Summer of Joe 2.5. We explore Joe's decision to create and produce music on his own, his journey as a writer & hiphop artist, making his own beats, and growing up in South Jersey. Joe's music is authentic and inspiring — check out his work! Joe Playo
November 13, 2019
Episode 18, Live Chat with Paula Sussman
Bringing It All Back Home returns for episode 18, a live chat with Paula Sussman. Join us as we explore Paula's journey through her passion for making art, her first oil painting at 7, her journey from South Jersey to Montana and Italy, and what inspires her today to keep being true to artwork, herself. Come on board and check out Paula's story, as well as her Instagram and web site.  Instagram Paula Sussman Fine Art
November 12, 2019
Episode 17, The Podcast Is Back!
Bringing It All Back Home returns (at last) for Episode 17, wherein your host, Charles, gives a shoutout to listeners from Finland, developing Tmax film, HC-110, eBay finds, Fujica cameras, Pentax waist-level finders, #todayatapple Philly Photo walk, staycation colds, Indie Photo Lab, Epson scanner software weirdness ... and more. album Photos:
November 01, 2019
Episode 16, Being In The Right Place At The Right Time
Bringing It All Back Home returns for Episode 16, a reflection on location & timing, miracle fog, inimitable sunrise light — and the mystical art of getting a decent motion blur (panning) surfing shot. Join us, subscribe, and listen as your host Charles bangs his face into the microphone yet again.  Link to photos:
October 01, 2019
Episode 15, Rollei Retro 80s & Surfing Photography
Bringing It All Back Home returns with Episode 15, where your host Charles takes a look at the somewhat unusual film called Rollei Retro 80s. This episode also includes an introduction to his passion for Surfing Photography. Here's a link to the album of photos. Rollei Retro 80s Nikkor F4 300mm ED
September 16, 2019
Episode 14, Live Chat with Ted Felsberg
Bringing It All Back Home returns for Episode 14, a live chat with Ted Felsberg. Join us as we discover Ted's journey through his career as a photographer, his South Jersey background, his decision to go all in on Wedding Photography — and more. Check out Ted's latest work here on his Facebook page: Also he has more on his site.
September 12, 2019
Episode 13, Rollei on a Raleigh
Bringing It All Back Home returns for episode 13, this time taking a look at the ultimate classic TLR camera — Rolleiflex. Your host, Charles, attempts to explain how he imagined one could be had on a budget, explores the beauty and delight of using a lightweight medium format camera, and sings the praises of original Nottingham Raleigh bicycles. Celebrate the end of Shoobie season & check it out. Photos
August 30, 2019
Episode 12, Analog Combo - Leica IIIA, Elmar 50mm 3.5, Viooh viewfinder
Bringing It All Back Home returns for episode 12 - and this one is all about jumping into the Leica reality distortion field — specifically the Barnack Leica IIIA coupled with a collapsible Elmar 50mm 3.5 lens. Your host, Charles, explores the idea of Leica on a budget, Henri Cartier-Bresson, learning to love loading a Barnack, and singing the praise of Youxin Ye and his amazing new beam splitter. Come on board and get all Leica'd up! Loading and cutting film for the LeicaIIIA Youxin Ye Recent shot with the LeicaIIIA
August 17, 2019
Episode 11, Analog Combo - Minolta SRT 101, Rokkor 58mm 1.4, Ilford PanF, HC-110
Bringing It All Back Home returns for episode 11 - and this one is all about under-the-radar 70s classics — specifically the legendary Minolta SRT 101 coupled with the Rokkor MC 58mm 1.4 lens. Also onboard: Ilford's slowest speed B&W film, PanF 50. Your host. Charles, manages to soup it all up in HC-110 while doing the laundry. Come on board and check out this episodes (possibly) working links to the photos! Episode 11 photos:
August 11, 2019
Episode 10, Analog Combo - Beauty and The Beast: Pentax 6X7, Takumar 105mm 2.4, Tmax 100, HC-110
Bringing It All Back Home  returns for episode 10, another Analog Combo featuring the medium format Pentax "The Beast" 6X7, the legendary "Beauty" Takumar 105m 2.4 Lens, the fine-grained Kodak Tmax 100, as well as Kodak's brilliant HC-110 developer. Check out the link to the photos.
August 04, 2019
Analog Combo - Reliability: Nikon F100, Nikkor 85mm 1.D. FP4Plus , DDX
Episode 9 introduces the first of many Analog Combos - and this one is all about reliability, getting it done, and focusing on film. Your host, Charles, breaks down his recommendations for the underrated Nikon F100, the "Rockstar" 85mm 1.8D, the vintage and easily scanned Ilford FP4Plus, as well as using DDX.. Also check out Darkroom Dave's great tutorials. Come on back to Bringing It All Back home - (and subscribe!).  Here is the link to the gear being used as well as example photos:
July 28, 2019
Episode 8, Live with Marc A. Gallo
Bringing It All Back Home returns for episode 8, a live chat with Marc A. Gallo. Producer, composer, musician, sound designer — and now he's been cloned! Join us as we discover what's behind his latest project, Gallospole, his web series of soundtracks, animations,  and videos. Discover more about his remarkable dark political satire. And learn more about the man behind the egg.
July 21, 2019
Episode 7, Live with Roger Ulbrich
Bringing It All Back Home returns for episode 7, a live chat with Roger Ulbrich who is based in Miami Beach and continues to work in  all kinds of formats — including photography, video and film, music, documentary. We explore how Roger got started, his South Jersey background, and get a glimpse into some of his extraordinary projects. Check out Roger's work here in IMBD.
July 20, 2019
Episode 6, Live with Kenneth Hamlett
Bringing It All Back Home returns for episode 6, a live chat with pro photographer Kenneth Hamlett, who began his work in South Jersey and is now based in Atlanta, Georgia. Join us for a journey into how Kenneth began his career, our Atlantic City High School Photography class, his passion for Fashion and Beauty photography, as well as his Architectural work.  Check out Kenneth's brilliant, beautiful photos here!
July 18, 2019
Episode 5, Live with John Leach
Thanks to John Leach, episode 5 features a premiere of his new CD, Back To Old Dixie. A special episode in so many ways. Join us as John shares with us his music, his heart, and his American Ride. 
July 14, 2019
Episode 4, Live with Ribs
Episode 4 connects with Wayne "Ribs" Reid, an author and friend from England. Writing, Stories, the Universe, and Morris dancers! Ribs has published two remarkable and mesmerizing books, both of which are available from Amazon. A great chat with one of the most adventurous and brilliant storytellers I've ever met. We had one or two tech issues with the call - but the sound is much improved. Check it out - and look for his books! You can find his books here on amazon.
July 14, 2019
First Camera & Overexposing Portra
Bringing It All Back Home returns for episode 3, looking into how it all got started. Your host, Charles, manages to bluster his way through 30 minutes without, um, stumbling too much. Also includes a look at shooting with Kodak Portra 400.
July 06, 2019
The Red Stick
Live with Gerry Hecht, podcasting from Baton Rouge. Apologies about the audio quality - working on making this better for live chats. 
July 03, 2019
Trains & Stars
In this first episode of Bringing It All Back Home your host, Charles, blunders his way through 25 minutes of podcasting about South Jersey Photography shoots, portraits on trains, and night sky photography with light painting. Train photo example here. And light painting here.
July 02, 2019