Project 365 Film edition – May 2016

So, as I’ve said in past blog posts about film, I’m obsessed.  like OBSESSED!  I’ve shot a TON of film.  Picking the best 30 or 31 for each month is no problem.  I probably have enough for the rest of the summer, and it’s barely started.  I’ve shared a ton on instagram, so if you feel like checking me out there, the link is here.

Recently, I submitted a few photos to the Analog story.  I wanted to share my story, why I shoot film.  Best decision I ever made, committing to shooting film.  Unfortunately, my husband is starting to wonder what all is involved (cost of film, cost of development, etc).  But then he loves the prints that come back.  So I’d say it’s well worth it.

Here are a few of my favorites from this month. Some Portra 160, Portra 160NC, Portra 400, Lomo 800, Fuji 400h.  Shot with Nikon f100, Pentax 6×7 and Mamiya 645AF.

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Project 365 Film edition – April 2016

This project focused solely on film has become so much bigger than I thought it would.  I’m obsessed.  The loading of the film, the guessing with the metering (I’m too lazy to pull out my handheld meter most of the time, a goal of mine is to get better at metering accurately), deciding what to rate the film at, if I’m going to push it, shoot without knowing if I got the shot, or how it will look after it’s developed, the process of packing up the film to mail out and be developed by a film lab, the anticipation of getting that email saying that my scans are ready to be downloaded, clicking on the link, and loving close to every one of my photos.  No joke.  This is a serious love affair.  I have BARELY touched my dslr b/c I’ve been OBSESSED with film.  Like, really obsessed.  Any way, I’m not going to bore you with my all of my film shots, b/c they’re mostly of family.  But I will post a few of my favorites from this month. If you follow me on instagram, you most likely have already seen these pictures, as I was too excited to wait until this blog post to share.  But if you haven’t seen these, well here you go!

Nikon f100, fuji200

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Nikon f100, portra 800

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Nikon f100, fuji 400h

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Nikon f100, ilford xp2

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Project 365 Film edition – March 2016

I’m so in love with film.  So in love.  I’m learning a ton, and I still have a LONG way to go.  But shooting film just fits with my lifestyle right now.  one thing I’m starting to hate is the time I spend on my laptop.  When it was just Ariya, I had plenty of time to sit down after her bed time and just hang out on the laptop, upload pictures, edit, etc.  Now, with a baby…forget about it.  Asha only naps for 30 minutes at a time in her crib.  She can be high maintenance at night.  And honestly, I’m just tired. At night,  I just want to sit down, watch my favorite tv show, hang out with the hubs actually have a conversation.  So the only time I want to spend on the laptop is if I’m typing up a blog post.  Like right now.  Right now, my husband and I are catching up on the OJ mini series.  Ariya is in bed, Asha is swaddled and in his arms.  And I”m catching up on blogging.

So, a few days late, but here are a few pictures from March on film.

Mamiya 645 and Portra 160

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Mamiya 645 and Kodak 400vc (Had I known how awesome this film was, I would have treated this differently.  But now I’m on the hunt for more VC. If you have any, send some my way)

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Nikon f100 and fuji 800.  This was old expired film that my mom gave me.  I didn’t know how to rate expired film, or if I should tell the lab to push it.  Had I known, I would have done things differently.  But now I know, and have some more expired film that I plan to experiment with.

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Mamiya C330 and fuji 400h

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Mamiya 645 and Portra 800

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Nikon f100 and Portra 400 rated at 200

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That’s it for March!  I’ve got plenty more for April.  This 365 project is going much better than my digital version, that’s for sure.  But, I refuse to give up!

10 on 10: April 2016

I’ve been in a photography slump lately.  I’ve taken workshops, but I’m just tired.  Running after a toddler and a 4 month old baby, it can get exhausting.  And I’m just taking pictures to take them.  I’ve fallen off the 365 wagon (digital version).  I’ve been shooting, just haven’t been editing.  I’ve fallen in love with film.  I’m not able to get on the laptop and edit.  I love the colors of film.  The only problem is that I don’t get instant gratification.  Which is why I still shoot digital.  But this isn’t a love letter to film.

The 10th happened to fall on Ariya’s 3rd birthday.  Ariya decided she wanted a Sophia the First themed party.  And what started off as a small party with a few close friends turned into something bigger.  Family came into town.  We had a petting zoo.  It was nice, but wow, it was exhausting.

So, I didn’t shoot a true day in the life, it was chaos trying to get ready for the party.  Honestly, I turned my fuji x100t on auto, thinking I’d give it to someone to shoot.  Big mistake.  a lot of the photos were out of focus.  I didn’t change the ISO to auto, so a lot of the outdoor shots were blown out and not salvageable.  I was wearing Asha in a wrap b/c that was the only way that she would take a nap, so taking pictures were not very comfortable. the angles are awkward, etc.  I shot film outside, which i have to send out to the lab, so I won’t get those photos of the petting zoo until sometime next week or the week after.  The downfall of film, the wait.

What I realized, and hopefully learned from this is that I’m no longer taking a gazillion photos at my daughters’ birthday party.  Either hire someone, or get a photographer friend to help.  But if it’s just me, I’m taking a few key photos and that’s it.  Because there was no way to be 100% present.  And a lot of my photos were not the best, so it almost doesn’t seem worth it.  Anyway, that’s me just venting.  It was a great day, just wasn’t documented in the best way.  Live and learn.

Here’s a few from our day.

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Feel free to follow the circle, and check out the talented Francesca Russell and how she spent her 10th here

Project 365 Film edition – February 2016

I survived the 2nd month of this film 365.  I tried 2 different things this month.  I tried pushing film and I tried using the lensbaby sweet 35 on my Nikon f100.  I’m not sure if I was successful, but at least I tried 🙂  I still don’t know what I’m doing (I don’t know if I ever will), but I’m having fun trying! And for the record, I’m having a hard time taking a photo every day.  so my rule for this project is to get at least a decent photo for each day of the month.  I may get a few decent photos on one day, nothing on the next day, maybe a few more dent photos in one day, etc.  The only way I can keep this project going.

Tri-X 400 +2 on Nikon f100, using the lensbaby sweet 35

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Tri-X 400 on Pentax 6×7 with 105mm lens

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10 on 10 : March 2016 – Here is Where: Photographing the World Around you

It’s that time again.  The 10th came and went, and I had a great incentive to take more than 1 photo for my Project 366.  I’m currently taking a Street Photography workshop at Beyond the Wanderlust, called “Here is Where: Photographing the World Around you” with Lauren Mitchell.  Just wanted to try something different.  It’s been tough.  my default is to photograph my daughters’ pretty faces (which I didn’t fail to do this 10th) 🙂  But this week’s assignment was to look at lines, light, shapes, framing, layering and depth.  Not all 10 photos cover these compositional elements, but I tried 🙂

Taking a walk in Old Town Winchester.

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Attempting to play chess at the local coffee shop.  Ariya wins.DSCF8485 DSCF8501 DSCF8511 DSCF8512

Asha is finally awake!

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And is not a fan of the tummy time.

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Reading rainbow

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Emmy loves that new baby smell

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Thanks for reading!  Feel free to check out Cindy’s day here!

 

 

My first film Project 365 – January 2016

So, I fell in love with film some time last year.  Within that time, I’ve acquired a lot of film and a few (ok, a lot of) film cameras.  Somehow I developed a fear of shooting film in manual.  I was always ok with a point and shoot.  I shot film a ton in high school, I just let the camera make all the decisions.  After taking a workshop last year, I got into it…and then I stopped.  I took ANOTHER workshop late last year, got into it…and then stopped.  What was wrong with me?  The fear was there.  So I thought for 2016, in addition to my regular digital project 365, I’d do a film 365.  I’m crazy, I know.  BUT, I really want to know these cameras and these film stocks inside and out.  I want to get comfortable with metering.  And I figured this would be the best way to do it.

I won’t post all 31 pictures for this month.  There were  a few successes and a few failures.  I’ll go ahead and post a few of both, b/c I need to document this progress.  I also need to go back through my notes to see why some of these photos worked and some didn’t.

I also have 2 rolls of black & white film still in development (at the FIND lab).  So look out for another blog post from me soon.

Here goes (and yes, I know more than a few are blurry and aren’t that awesome.  but not every photo can be awesome right?  and yes, most of these photos will be of my girls while I try to figure this film thing out):

Mamiya C330 with fuji 400h

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Nikon F100 with Portra 800

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Everyday Films Family Films Workshop Review

I am a workshop addict.  Ever since picking up my dslr and starting my first Project 365, I’ve taken more than a few online workshops from Clickin Moms, The Define School, the Bloom Forum and one in person workshop.  I just love to learn all that I can.  I’m still trying to figure it all out.  I have no idea what my style is.  I just love documenting my family.

I’ve formed close friendships with other classmates from the workshops that I’ve taken.  For a while, we’ve encouraged (you could say enabled) each other’s investments in our expensive hobby/career.  The most recent encouragement was to sign up for a video workshop.  Now, I’ve tried signing up for a video workshop last year, but it wasn’t structured enough for me, and the information was kind of all over the place, hard to search for, and I lost motivation pretty quickly.  I admire the artist very much, but her workshop was a waste of money for me.  I’m hoping I can revisit her information, and now that I’m in the right frame of mind, learn more.

But this isn’t a review about my previous attempt into videos.  This blog post is about Emily with Everyday Films and her workshop DSLR Video Storytelling Workshop.  This workshop has been eye opening.  It’s about 4 weeks with 12 lessons about your dslr settings for video, what lens works best for video, gear, styling your shoot, watching Emily shoot video during a family session, go behind the scenes to watch Emily edit in Lightroom and put it all together in Adobe Premier Pro.  It was amazing.

Now, I’m just a hobbyist that loves to document my family, and I hope to make this a regular thing.  Perhaps a video a month.  But with the baby coming next month, I may have to give myself a break in January.  I don’t know, we’ll see.  But I could see this being the next big thing.  Photos are wonderful, amazing ways to document life, but videos show  life as it happens in real time (for the moment anyway). My daughters voice, her mannerisms, her interactions with me and her father, our pets, our extended family.  I want to remember these moments forever.

Here’s my final assignment, all that I’ve learned from this workshop.

 

10 on 10 – November 2015

I’ve officially ended my 2nd Project 365 on October 31st, and have taken a break from taking photos for a while.  Going from one 365 straight to the next was a recipe for burn out and that’s what happened to me.  I did complete an amazing video workshop, which I’ll blog about later.  But when the 10th rolled around, a friend of mine in our blog circle reminded us, and I had to do it.  Unfortunately, (or maybe fortunately), I took too many photos.  It was a dreary depressing rainy day, brightened by a visit with a good friend and her baby girl.  Since we’re expecting a baby girl in December, I wanted to see how my daughter would interact with a little baby.  And my friend, a fellow hobbyist photographer, has amazing windows in her house, and awesome light.  So at least I had a few decent pictures with natural light.  But for the rest of the evening, it was dark dark dark!  Which gave me a great reason to break out the flash.  Most of my favorite photos are of bath time, the flash made a world of difference!

I hope she always loves to read!

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Doing her hair is always a struggler, but when you sit her in front of the tv, it’s not as bad.  DSC_4310

My friend and her beautiful baby girl.

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So sweet!

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Dinner time!

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That hair!

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And good night!  Playing with an easter egg, of course.DSC_4493

To follow our blog circle, please check out Anna at 2 Monkeys Photography here

10 on 10 – August

I haven’t blogged in a while, so excuse me if I’m a little rusty.  The 10th has snuck up on me yet again.  I didn’t get to take any pictures of Ariya’s last Little Gym session with my nice camera (just had my cell phone on me), but I picked up my Fuji x100t for the rest of the day. So here’s my day.

Can’t start my day without some type of workout at the gym.

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My poor Charlie bear, suffering allergies.  I think this is his doped up look. DSCF5414

19 weeks baby bump

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This is what’s currently going on in our house.  Mentally getting ready to potty train my toddler.  She’s peeing in the potty, but we haven’t given up the diapers yet.  Hoping this book will give me a good plan of action.

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Dinner prep

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Awake from her nap and ready to go!

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And of course she wants to play with her bubble gun.DSCF5448

Pretty excited to get some nature photos

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Her new obsession (besides bubbles) is chalk.  Might need to get this girl a chalkboard!DSCF5479

Playing with puzzles, learning her letters (and stealing my cookbook) DSCF5483

And bath time!  Night night all!

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