Coney Island Beach in Large Format

As I was walking along the beach, on my way to the Coney Island boardwalk, I saw this man with a tripod and a large box attached to it. From that distance it appeared to either be a pinhole camera or a large format camera. Either one would be very neat to see someone using in this digital world. I quicked my pace to get there before he left.


It turned out the be a large format camera - which I wouldn't have even noticed had I not recently been researching medium and large format cameras. The owner of the camera is a guy named Jon Feinstein. I asked if I could take a photo of him taking a photo with the large format camera. He agreed on the condition that he could do a portrait of me too.


It was very neat to see someone still using one of these cameras. It was in immaculate condition with all the golden parts all shiny. It was also great to briefly discuss photography with Jon. And it was definitely awesome to be photographed by a large format camera.


Jon is the curatorial director and co-founder of the Humble Arts Foundation. Check out the hafny website at

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Taken on February 14, 2010