Monday, March 3, 2014

Blog Feature: "Across The Counter"

Our very own Bob Kidd from the sales department has created one of the most original, and hilarious, blogs I've ever come across. Bob has been with Foto Care since September 2011, and he's been an amazing asset to the sales department, but his new blog goes a little further.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 with the 27mm f2.8 Pancake

Our goal as a photography retail store catering to professional photographers is to teach customers about all aspects of the equipment they are going to purchase, and that includes allowing them to shoot with the various cameras we carry. Each camera is loaded with a memory card, and for the past few months, Bob has been compiling the photos these photographers take of him while they are testing gear. Called "Across the Counter" this blog explores what it's like to be on the other side of the counter.

Taken by the super talented photographer Van DornShot on the Minolta Autocord with Ektar 100 film. It uses a Rokkor 75mm f3.5 lens. This is Bob's favorite image taken from across the counter, he says, "I don't have any favorite cameras. There are some images I particularly like. Aaron Van Dorn took a really great shot with a Minolta Autocord TLR. But I stand by the old adage that the best camera is the one you have with you."

Left: A photographer wanted to buy a Contax G2 with a 45mm lens and the TLA 200 flash. Since it was used we let him run a roll of film through it first to test it. The next day he walks in with an envelop and hands it to me. It was filled with the pictures and negatives. Shot with the Contax G2, 45mm lens and TLA 200 flash with Kodak Portra 400.

Fuji Instax Mini 25 with Rainbow film cartridge.

Canon 5D Mark 3 with the 85mm f1.2L II USM

And these are just a few of the images from the blog, as he's only been actively collecting images since the beginning of this year. I love this blog so much, not just because this is where I work, but because you can see just how patient and knowledgeable Bob is. He'll work with any customer for as long as is necessary to get them what they need and help them understand the camera. And, a lot of the images are just funny, too.

So, I suggest you follow his blog so you can check out more of the images and see more as they are posted. And, support this Kickstarter campaign to make this blog a book, here.

Awesome job, Bob!