I was going through pictures to send to the printer from 2013 this morning and I realized that BY FAR I use my iphone way more than I do my other cameras. While I could feel bad about that, I don’t. I love my iphone, seriously so much. It fits in my back pocket and is super discreet. The kids don’t give a whip if I pull it out to snap a picture and bottom line is it always always near me which means that I get so many shots that I wouldn’t normally.
I thought I would put together a little year end review for those of you that don’t follow me on instagram. Oh and I keep meaning to mention that I started another blog so come check it out at http://www.arrowandtheheart.com!
Each row is a month…starting with Jan (duh).
So almost 2 months ago Blake turned 4! My last one was when he turned two. Ooops. So here is a little Blake round-up…better late than never, right?
Blakey Blake is still what we call you most often. However you have requested on many occasions (and quite seriously) that we change your name to Hot Head (from a character on Skylanders).
You are a talker. Talk talk talk…man sometimes I wonder how any one little person can have so much to say! On the other hand you can be so contemplative…especially in the car. You could sit in the car silently for hours staring out the window and observing everything. Unless Red Hot Chili Peppers is on…then you rock out.
Your favorite color is red, red, red. Everything you choose is always red…red crayons, red sunglasses, red legos, red hats.
You want to be a builder when you grow up specifically so you can build us a hotel to live it because “why would I just want to build one house when I could build a bunch of houses at the same time?” I think maybe our tiny house is starting to get to you
You have a amazing imagination. You often make up the most intricate pretend games involving very specific goals and situations and will get dang upset with me if I can’t seem to quite piece together what is happening. You live happily in your own brain for much of the day.
You are starting to write words…Mom, Boo, wow and are pretty excited about putting those words in everything you draw.
You love books. Everytime we go to the library you are astonished that you can “buy” more than one book. You always say “Mama, if I put this book back can I get this other one?” and it’s like christmas when I say “You can get them both Blakey and we can even keep looking for more!”
You are very specific and careful about whatever you are creating. That mark goes HERE…that treasure sits HERE on my bookshelf. You teacher says that you are the only kid in class who ever asks her if he is doing his project “right”.
You love school! I think you are still mad at me for that one day I made you stay home because you were sick. It was the most devastating day of your life.
You are a collector. Any outdoor adventure we have ends with your pockets stuffed with special rocks and an armload of the most perfect sticks. You have an amazing shelf of your most special treasures…a secret pen, a lucky penny, real gold!!!, a necklace Daddy gave you, a scratch and sniff pizza bookmark, a rock with diamonds in it, a ceramic vase Coen made you, and a polaroid picture you took.
You think of others constantly. “We should get this for Coen.” “I’m saving this for Daddy.” “I found this flower for you mama.”
Your favorite activity is turning on some music and pulling all the cushions off the couch to make forts and trampolines with. You do this for hours EVERY day.
You love photography and you have a very keen eye on how far back to be to get your framing just right. For you, taking a pictures takes a few minutes to be sure it will be just perfect and every photo is kept. Deleting is not an option!
You have your “moments’ of naughtiness…but usually that entails saying something mean and then immediately asking if we are still friends and do we still love you.
You would like nothing more than to live in the same pair of comfy clothes for the rest of your life. You hate having your hair washed and your toenails clipped and I’m always hoping that CPS isn’t walking by our house when its time for those things to happen because you scream like the dickens!! I hope that ends soon!
Your favorite foods are quesadillas, chocolate milk, and oranges. You love spicy foods and pepper.
Every night you ask if I am going to snuggle with you (and how could I say no to that?) and we have our special way. We lay down for bed and you always say the same thing…”Let’s snuggle how we always do.” Faces smooshed together, little arms around my neck. Heart melting!
Oh how we love our little Blakey Blake! So big now, but still my baby.
Sometimes I get the urge to shirk all housekeeping duties and errands and take pretty pictures of stuff. And sometimes it just works out that it takes exactly as long to do as preschool lasts.
Sometimes I just need to appreciate how much fun they have together…you know, when they aren’t shoving each other into walls.
Someone, ahem, turned 35! We took a little trip to Leavenworth to celebrate. These were taken with my digital camera, gasp! I figure I should use it once every couple of year so it doesn’t get rusty.
So, yeah. My camera hoarding is starting to get a tad embarrassing. But there are just so many amazing film cameras that you can buy for SO CHEAP…it is really not my fault at all! Anyway…this is a test roll from a Yashica Electro 35 (I’d buy it on the cool name alone!) that I developed today. I shot the last few rolls at the beach and my heart was nearly broken when it jammed up at about frame 26. So I re-winded and developed it just to see what came out. Turns out it didn’t jam…I had just put a roll of Tri-x 24 exposure in, instead of my normal 36 exposures…duh!
Admittedly this thing is not ergonomic…it’s quite a little brick, in fact. But I muddled through and by the end of the roll I think I had it figured out. Actually about halfway through I though for sure I would be sending it back. It is really hard for me to get used to the ranger-finder viewfinder…but I am actually really pleased with the images, even though some are pretty overexposed (note the grain!). More so than with the Contax point and shoot that I blogged. I am currently running a roll of b&W through the contax and we’ll see which one wins the spot in my purse!
Yashica Electro 35, Kodak Tri-x 400, self-develop with d76
The cool thing about film is that instead of using photoshop or actions to create a “look” to your photos you use film stocks, development and well, cameras! Every camera, every lens gives a little something different. I decided I wanted a little carry around point and shoot film camera to replace some of the images I am now taking with my phone and bought the Contax TVSii (because you can’t go wrong with Zeiss glass, even in a point and shoot!).
It is an itty bitty thing compared to my other cameras and ITS ALL AUTOMATIC. Most people would think that would be easier than shooting manually, but I am so used to just making all the adjustments and getting exactly what I want that it was actually a little scary to use at first. Literally you turn the thing on and “snap” the photo. So weird!! Also the viewfinder is similar to a rangefinder in that you aren’t actually looking into the barrel of the lens, just a little glass window that gives you no information on focus (but this baby focuses super fast and silently) or exposure.
I think I need to run a few more rolls through this baby to decide if I am going to keep it. Maybe I am just a bells and whistles kinda gal? Or maybe I am just a control freak.
Just a few shots from random film and random cameras. I have some exciting projects in the works! Including an awesome collaboration with one of my best buds…can’t wait to dive in!