Soulcraft meets the Rollei…


and sheep….


….and chickens.

I spent last Saturday hanging out with Sean Walling, the soul behind Soulcraft bikes. He wanted photos that were realistic and natural that he could use to promote his custom built road and mountain bikes on his website. But Sean was also open to playing with different set-ups and he was definitely into using the natural environment around his shop, which included lot of critters. The chicken photo is for Sean, because at this point he called me out by saying, “This is for your blog, this isn’t for me anymore.” And well, maybe it is a little of both. I mean who would not want to ride a bike that is chicken friendly. Everyone loves chicken. And we happen to live in what was once the chicken capital of the world, so really, it was unavoidable.

Unfortunately, there was not a cloud in the sky all day, so I spent most of the day setting up photos in the open shade behind the studio and working with the natural light inside his shop. But the real fun started as the sun was setting, and the photos I took in the final 30 minutes of sunlight with the Rolleiflex far surpass anything I captured in the 6 hours prior. Now I know why some photographers don’t even bother with the middle parts of the day.


And now for a direct comparisson between the Rolleiflex and the Canon 5D…. Same settings, same light, same position…


Which do you prefer?

About the author paige green

Paige Green is a documentary and portrait photographer, whose storytelling approach to photography frequently addresses issues involving agriculture, land use, and food. Her work is featured in nine books and has been published in Glamour, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Country Living, House Beautiful, and Culture. Paige lives in Petaluma, CA with a house full of boys.

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  1. there’s nicer depth from the rollei in my opinion


  2. […] these are the Rollei’s version of the same weekend adventures… and my conclusion on the battle between film and digital… I like both. I think both have the potential (depending on the human making the decisions) […]


  3. The Rollei photo looks much nicer, though the Canon shows more of the bike’s rear wheel clearly (just an f-stop issue?). It reminds me of how the Leica bokeh makes the subject seem like a movie star lifted out of the scene. If I were trying to run an ad for a bike, the Rollei shot winds hands-down. I’d like to see a comparison with a Leica M8 at the same f-stop.


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