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Portraits

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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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

Yashica Electro 35 - Test roll

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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!

Stills on film
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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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Beach Day!

Using up the last of my color film so I can try out my 35mm B&W development! This is Portra 400 film developed at ol’ Walgreens! Still not my favorite film…but had to use it up before going back to my beloved Fuji!

full disclosure…it wasn’t really a “beach day” as I just swung by after doing errands to snap these shots…haha! Magic of the internet would have you believe I was there all day…not 45 minutes!
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A year later…

Do you know what happens when you don’t blog (or for that matter, even turn on your computer) for more than a year? Every application you used (Flickr, WordPress) is now totally different and you have to relearn it all! Guess I should start posting more again! To start us off…here are a couple shots from a roll of film I had developed today! They are from a road trip to the ocean last Summer.

And now that I’ve used up the 20 minutes of Blake-playing-alone-time trying to log into wordpress and remember how to post photos, I must go. More later…(just how much later this time!?).

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Embracing the Grain

In digital photography “noise” is NOT a good thing…but in film photography it can be (but they lovely refer to it as “grain”). I often add some grain back into digital shots, just ’cause I like the gritty, toothsome feel to it. B&W coming from a digicam can sometimes be so sleek and smooth it loses some of its omph. I wanted to test out some seriously grainy film so ran a roll of Ilford 3200 through my 35mm camera a few weeks ago. These shots might be pushing my grain tolerance even for me! But they are kind of arty. Next time I think I will try it with my medium format camera…I think that might be a better combination!

ilford 3200 in 35mm

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