I shot a couple rolls of redscale pictures. It's a new assignment for Advanced Film. These pictures are straight scans from negative - no filters or manipulation. I think it's a cool technique.
As my wife shot a lot of digital, I shot a lot of film.
The Mamiya M645 is a medium format camera. It uses 120mm film, which has about 4 times the surface area of 35mm film.
I spent a lot of time shooting this summer. My wife has a great eye, but never really learned to use a DSLR. We had fun shooting together as I helped her learn how to get the most from her camera.
I got a Mamiya M645, which is a medium format film camera. Here's some pics I shot while visiting Steven at OU and a couple of color pics from my yard. These are all caught in camera (unedited).
This is the coolest thing I've seen in awhile. There's a long waiting list, but Brandon Jennings lends an underwater 35mm camera, a Nikonos, to others who share in his passion for the ocean and for analog photography. He has a website with a cool blog and is on Instagram.
This technique is very fun and teaches you about ISO, aperture and shutter speed (exposure triangle).
Christmas Tree Bokeh
I will freely admit that I am a technical photographer. I enjoy the challenge getting good shots in tough shooting conditions - getting the perfect balance of aperture, shutter speed and ISO (exposure triangle). After I'm confident my exposure is accurate, I concentrate on composition. From my perspective, what good is a well composed photo if the exposure is so poor that it distracts from the image, or worse, no image is captured at all. Steven, on the other hand, is new to photography. He seeks composition, and is learning to get the proper exposure. Here are a couple of his better shots with he captured with his film SLR.
Man, it was cold! Before our meal, Steven and I went shooting. Steven knows a lot of good spots to shoot in Granville.
Ashley was a gifted photography student several years ago. I met them after school a few days ago and sincerely enjoyed shooting Ashley and her son. The hardest thing I find in shooting for clients is developing a style. Because I try so many styles and teach different styles, I can pretty much do the style the client wants. However, most clients do not know the style they like until they see it.
Steven came home from OU Sunday for a few hours. Much to my delight, he came home not only to say hello, but to get his camera. You see, last year Steven really got into shooting film. He was shooting with my Canon ElanII, but wanted a more hands-on, tactile experience. So, last Christmas, the World of Used Photography was having a 75% off sale. We went not really expecting much. We walked to what is probably my favorite place on earth (at least in Ohio). Walls of cameras of all makes and models, from all eras, film and digital. As we searched through the cameras, Steven spotted a Nikkormat EL that was in mint condition. I had to get it - it was 75% off!
Well, as things go, Steven got busy; it was his senior year and he had a lot to do to get ready for college. So now, some 9 months later, he still hadn't shot with his Nikkormat. When he announced that a friend and he were going shooting at OU and he wanted to get some practice, I said "Let's go!".
Being crunched on time, Steven and I shot color film and had our negatives scanned to CDs rather than having them printed. Below are the shots we took a I tweaked a couple in Photoshop.
This photo of Connor was taken with a Canon Rebel G film SLR, using ISO 400 T-Max film at f/2.8 with a 50mm Canon EF lens. It was processed and printed in my home darkroom with a #5 filter. I spent several hours dodging and burning prints to get this final product.
I can remember this day well. Connor was about 6 and we hadn't had snow all winter. He was anxious to try out his new snowboard, and his mother had bought him a new snowsuit in his favorite color; orange. Then, on a chilly Friday night, the first fluffy snowflakes began to fall like cotton balls from heaven. We awoke Saturday morning to a white blanket of thick, heavy snow; perfect for sledding and snowboarding. Living in Gambier, Ohio, among mature oak, walnut and cherry trees, finding a clear snowboarding path proved to be difficult. Sensing Connor's frustration at the lack of an adequate path, I busted out a 12 foot toboggan my father had made me when I was young. On that day I weighed about 80 pounds more than I do now. So all it took me was two or three trips down the hill to pack a fast and safe path for Connor and Steven to snowboard. We spent the entire day outside, sledding and snowboarding. It is a day that is emblazoned in a father's memory. Fortunately, I was able to capture this shot, which continues to be my favorite black and white portrait I've ever taken; not only for the quality of the picture, but of the memories the picture contains.
Very cool idea. Follow link above to website and more pics.
A friend of mine, Jim, gave me this camera about a month ago. Jim taught photography at Thomas Worthington and was my cooperating teacher when I student taught in his photo classes. He's a very cool guy with many colorful expressions. If you like my teaching style, thank Jim. He helped me a lot.
With school starting, I finally found enough time to go out and give it a whirl. I wasn't sure if this camera was working, it fired and the light meter worked, but with an older camera that's been sitting for awhile, you just never know. I found a couple cool spots and shot.
This camera is a little different than most of the cameras I'm used to; the aperture settings are at the front of the lens instead of the base. Once I got the hang of that, I found that I really liked using this camera a lot! The pics I got back, I feel, were really good. I shot ISO 200 film, because it's still pretty bright out. Check out some of my pics below. Notice the fine grain and the color. I shot color, had it processed and had the negatives scanned to a CD. For me, I like this style of photography. I still get the old school film feeling but it's pretty much still digital.
look down into the viewfinder. The cool thing about this camera was that it took me back to the days when photography was new to me. Every shot was an experiment. The thrill I experienced of waiting to see the images was akin to the anticipation of opening presents on a birthday. This camera was a time machine for me for one hot summer afternoon. I can't wait to try it again tomorrow (after repairing some light leaks tonight).