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Decided to shoot a roll of tri-x on the boys this Saturday and use up some of the developer that is sitting in my closet! I love this camera and film combo…and of course these 3 faces!

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Summer time!

Some shots from some of our adventures this Summer! Mostly film…Fuji 400h and Trix 400 and a couple digi thrown in for good measure!

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Blake turns four!

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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.

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Another day, another camera

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

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Point and shoot in film

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.

Contax TVSii, Kodak Portra 160Contax point and shoot/Film

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A few that got away…

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!

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Missing you already…

This Summer was one of the greatest.

Goodbye Summer

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Goodbye Summer

Goodbye Summer

Pentax 645n, Fuji 400h, developed and scanned by thedarkroom.com

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So long Bauhaus…

We took a sentimental trip to our much loved and soon-to-be-torn-down coffee shop, Bauhaus. Dave and I spent many a coffee date hanging out here between when we first dated and when he chased me down in Barcelona. Not to mention spending every single day here after school studying…(er reading the stranger, eating ding-dongs and drinking coffee). The barista told us that Bauhaus will have a space in the new building once it is built, but we wanted to be sure to get some photographs of it the way we remember…but with less hipsters and more punk rockers. 🙂
Pentax 645n, 75mm 2.8, Fuji 400h

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The negative

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I’m reading Ansel Adams ‘The Negative’…I am both inspired and slightly overwhelmed! The zone system, wah???

These two are from my last roll…Nikon F100, 35mm fixed lens (which I realized with my last roll is not a full frame lens boohoo), Kodak Tri-X. Waiting for the rest of the roll to dry…accidentally pulled these a tad to soon and they curled up which makes for difficult scanning.

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…and again with the self-develop!

Are you getting bored yet?! This is just so much fun and I couldn’t wait to try my hand with the 35mm film. I am happy to report that loading the film was a freaking breeze compared to loading medium format! My plan today was to shoot a roll of 35mm film to develop and scan…but I ended up only getting through about 22 images (we had a very trying day, child-wise!) and by about dinner I just wanted to move on so I rewind the film without exposing the rest of the roll (remember I have no patience for waiting!!).
I have to say that I really am a color girl when it comes to photography. When I was shooting digital, though, I did have a few images that always screamed out to be b&w…usually it was the photos that had an emotion that I really wanted to zone in on…a look…the shadows. And even in these last two days of shooting black and white film I have started to see shoots so much differently. When shooting color I mostly look for the quality of light and how it surrounds the subject…and with B&W I find myself seeking out the shadows…and focusing on not just pretty, but soulful.
I can definitely see why photojournalists and street photographers rely heavily on b&w! One other challenge I’ve encounter with b&w is that you absolutely MUST nail the exposure. There is no room for error here! With color film you almost always want to overexpose and there is quite a bit of room for error. You can over expose by up to 4 stops (!!) with a good film and it will still be amazing. (Side note…you usually must under-expose with digital because you can easily blow out the highlights…and you pretty much always have to do post-production, ie photoshop, with digital…which is the main reason I have been using film…I hate me some post production hardcore!!).
Anyway! That turned into a very long post that I’m sure you have no interest in! And don’t let me fool you into thinking I know anything…:) Just mulling over what I am learning.
Here are some of the shots I took…I just wanted to be quick so grab some stuff that I thought would be fun to mess with…what? Still life? Not really me…but good fun for a test roll!
p.s for some reason the software I am using to combine the photos is making them appear out of focus…which is super annoying…so just pretend they are actually in focus until I get that resolved, kay?
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