The Film & Roots Workshop Review Part 1

I’ve always loved capturing moments.  First with a point and shoot olympus film camera in high school, and then on to a Nikon dslr.  As I’ve reflected on my personal journey of photography, I’ve always found an appeal with film photography.  The fear of loading the film correctly, not knowing whether I got the shot or what it will look like, the anticipation as I send my roll in to be developed, receiving the prints or scans and reliving that day.  It’s a great feeling.  As I’m learning more and more about photography and editing, I long for a simpler time, where I don’t have to spend as much time in front of the laptop, staring at a photo, trying to get it right.

Some time last year, I “met” Jennifer Warthan through Facebook, on one of the film Facebook groups.  I’ve always loved her work, and when I saw that she was offering a workshop, I jumped at the chance!  I won a Nikon F100 off ebay and shot a roll of film, playing around with the settings.  I still need to send that in to be developed,  I had no idea what I was doing!  Thank goodness for Jennifer!

The workshop was amazing.  It was from 10am – 6pm, set in the beautiful peanut country of Waverly VA, at Jennifer’s cottage.  There were 2 other lovely ladies in the workshop along with me, so it was nice and intimate.  Jennifer provided breakfast, lunch and snacks, refreshments, and we had everything we need to feel right at home.  But I was anxious to jump in.  As soon as we entered the cottage, there was a table FULL of different film cameras and film stock.  And I was drooling.  Just 2 days after attending the workshop, I’m already searching for a medium format camera.  Jennifer went through the difference between 35mm and medium format cameras, and then moved on to the different film stocks out there.  She had an easy way of explaining how to apply the exposure triangle to film.  It was hard not to trust my camera sensor and to let go.

Shortly after our discussion, our sweet model Ally came.  She was the perfect model, up for anything.  I already had Kodak Ultramax 400 loaded in my Nikon f100, so I used that roll for part of the session.  Then, as we moved outdoors into the full sun, I switched to Kodak Ektar 100.  And throughout the morning session, every time I took a picture, I would look at the back of the camera to see how it came through.  The anticipation was killing me.  However, shooting film did cause me to slow down, really think about what I wanted to shoot, carefully compose and then go for it.

After our morning session, we broke for lunch.  Jennifer showed us how to develop our film, which was pretty cool stuff.  Not sure if I trust myself to develop my own film just yet, but it was neat to know that I could if I wanted to.  She then scanned our film rolls using her Pakon scanner.  It was amazing seeing some of the shots that we took.  It really was like Christmas, the anticipation, not knowing if any pictures came out ok. There were definitely more than a few keepers.  The colors were amazing!  The detail in the sky came through.  Honestly, I did not have to do much for post processing.  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

These are Kodak Ultramax 400.

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These are Kodak Ektar 100

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Watching the pro in action

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We shot a family session for the afternoon.  I thought I’d try a black and white film stock, Tri-X 400, I believe.  I hope they turned out ok,  I still need to send it in to be scanned.  I’ll keep you posted!

If you’re in or around the Waverly, VA area, you have got to check this workshop out!  You can find more info here.  You won’t regret it!

Friendship

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It’s amazing how a mutual love of photography has brought together a group of ladies from all over the world.  I can’t speak for everyone else’s journey, but I found this wonderful group of like minded friends through Click It Up a Notch when I decided to do my first Project 365.  These ladies have been so encouraging, thoughtful, inspirational and just all around wonderful to get to know.  I’m so glad that I’ve met them.  Feel free to show them some Facebook love!

10 on 10 – March 2015

I thought I’d try to keep this blogging thing up.  Who knows if anyone actually reads this blog, but I thought it would be nice to get my thoughts out and photos organized for all of these photography projects that I’ve got going on.  You can keep up with my Project 365 and Project 52 on my Facebook page.

The reason for this post.  I’ve recently taken a workshop called Everyday Beauty with Ginger Unzeuta through the Bloom Forum.  It was amazing, inspiring and motivating.  Sometimes, I get hung up on creating the perfect photo, or why my photos aren’t sharp enough, or the composition just isn’t right, etc.  There’s always something in the back of my mind, the doubt, the frustration.  Why do I keep this up?  Why don’t I just give up?  I’ll save my reasons for another blog post and another day.  Right now, I’m just glad that I’m sticking with it.

So, through this workshop, one of our assignments was a 10 on 10.  Basically 10 photos throughout the day, or 10 hours.  I’ve decided to do this on the 10th of every month, just to make it easy.  It’s fun to see how a day in our lives look.  You can find my other  10 on 10s here and here.

Ok, enough of that, onto the photos!

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Charlie waiting for breakfast.

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Out running errands.

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She’s over shopping at Target, and playing games on the phone just isn’t doing it anymore.

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Lucky’s looking for some attention.

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And so is Emmy.

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I love that she loves to read.

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View from my daughter’s bedroom.  So foggy!8

Bath time fun!

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And she’s ready for bedtime..she’ll let you believe that anyway.10

Thanks for checking out my pictures!  Oh, I should have mentioned that I’ve recruited a few photographer friends that I’ve met through Clickin Moms to do a blog circle this month for our 10 on 10.  Please check out Francesca Russel Photography’s blog post on her 10 on 10 here!

Lensbaby Love Blog Circle

I gave up blogging a year ago half way through my first project 365.  I didn’t give up doing the project 365.  It just became too much posting in multiple places.  BUT, I don’t want to give up on blogging, and I don’t want to give up on photography.  For anyone that is interested in my photographic journey, you can check me out on Facebook here.  I’m also on flickr, but I don’t publish as much there.  But in case you’re interested, you can check me out over here as well. I’ve also recently gotten into creating more than just snapshots with mobile photography and my Samsung 4s (with the help of a few apps), so you can find me on instagram here. Now, the reason for this blog post.  I’ve recently joined up with a fabulous group of ladies that share a love of the lensbaby lenses.  Now, I’ve loved lensbaby for a while now, but have yet to master the lenses.  There are a variety of optics and creative discs, macro converters, etc.  I have the Composer pro with sweet 35, sweet 50 and edge80 optics, along with the fish eye lens and macro converters.  I’ve become a little obsessed.  I blame it on my enabling photographer friends.  I see their AMAZING photos, and I think I can do the same.  Nope, not that simple.  Everyone’s journey is unique, and I’m realizing that mine is no different.  How ironic is that? So, for my first post as part of this blog circle, I thought I’d review the lensbaby photos that I’ve taken from 2014 up until now.  A reflection, if you will.  A look back at my journey thus far.  Hope you enjoy the ride.

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Please follow the circle and check out my dear friend Pauline at OakTree Shutterbug.  She is a master at lensbaby and her photos are awe inspiring.  You can see her blog post here.