Dawn Vanderbeck Models for Steello Bikini in Sandy Hook, New Jersey

Steello bikini shoot: TAKE 2! This time we have a reliable model with the common courtesy to actually show up for the shoot. Dawn has been waiting to shoot with me for a while and our schedules finally matched up to make this happen. Brit from Steello designs spectacular crochet swimwear. I didn’t even know it was possible to crochet swimwear, but the proof is in the pudding.

We started shooting at approximately 5:30PM and went until sunset. Sandy Hook is rich in history and even features an old NIKE missile base. The United States had many underground missile bases throughout the east coast to defend us from air attacks and sneaky submarines.

I celebrated another great shoot with a virgin pina colada and a cheeseburger at the Sea Gull’s Nest.

Dawn Vanderbeck models for Steello bikini

Developed Two Rolls of Medium Format Color Film

When I develop film at home, it is always black and white. I send out color film to a lab to be developed. I was feeling lucky this time and mixed up some color chemicals. Then I crossed my fingers and started developing two rolls of Kodak Ektar 100 color film from recent summer destinations and one model shoot for Steello. All of my previous medium format work had been shot on Holga, but I’ve been using my Mamiya 645 Pro exclusively for months now.

One thing I can’t stress enough: chemical temperature is crucial when developing color film. Black and white is far more forgiving. I am pleased with the results!

Periwinkle Inn Sign in Cape May, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Classic Car Show at Pizzadili Winery (Christopher John Sztybel)

Dawn models a Steello bikini (Christopher John Sztybel)