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Random

 I have no idea what is wrong with WordPress lately but posting anything at all is such a pain! Grrrr. I’m trying to get better about posting and stupid wordpress is not helping! Anyway…just a couple random pics. Left is Fuji 400h and Right is digi! This boy is giving us a run for our money this Summer!

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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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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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Labor Day Camping

So a couple weeks ago my beloved Nikon F100 fell off the top shelf and onto the hardwoods below (along with my also-beloved Pentax 645n…but it somehow went unscathed). The gentlemen at the camera repair shop fixed her up, but said there might be some issues with the calibration on the focus and that would end up costing more money than replacing the camera, sad face. I decided to run a test roll and, well, since it has been a ridiculous amount of time since I had used a real camera, it was a perfect excuse to document some of our camping! I’m happy to report that focus is fine…at least to my eyes!
It seriously has been a very long time since I’ve used a nice camera…I get so used to just whipping out my phone, and for the most part it does the job. I had forgotten how much easier it is to get what you want with a manual camera, though! Anyway…these ones I just developed and scanned at Walgreens…oohhh, I heart the look of film so much! Must be that 70’s vibe…

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This set is just a couple shots from a while back…did I mention we got a puppy? These are from last year, actually! Blakey starts preschool a few time a week, next week…so I will hopefully have a bit of time to get this blog back up and running! What?! Time to myself?! So. Freaking. Excited.
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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!

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Blake

Silly boy…more film from the snow day roll…desaturated.

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