Film Obsessed

My family and I took a day trip to visit other family members in Sequim, WA on probably one of the hottest of days with the harshest of sunlight. I sometimes forget when shooting with film, it’s a different result.

A ferry ride and winding scenic drive with my hassey, lots of film and bottled water, I think I rediscovered my latest film obsession. Kodak Ektar 100.

I think I’ll be shooting with this film for a while.

 

 

A belated May Day

May Day known as Anarchists’ Day

Sixteen days into May and a little late on this blogue, but it took forever to get my film back from the lab. When I mean it took forever, it took 8 whole days! Lately there has been a surge on film development, another story for another post.

I’ve lived east of Seattle for about 20 years and this was my first year I was in downtown Seattle for work on the May Day protest. Leaving work about 2:30pm that afternoon, I needed to catch my bus ride home, and I have never seen such a crowd that early. I always bring my Rollei everywhere I go, because I never know what will inspire me. Well, not only was I inspired, I was very much confused over this kerfuffle going on. So many causes from Anti-Government, to Free Speech to protesting Day Light Savings (I’m not sure on the last one, but it wouldn’t surprise me). This led me to do some research on the evolution of the original May Day.  Here’s to the industrial workers in the late 1800’s for demanding that 8 hour work day. I can’t imagine working a 10-12 hour day. Ha! I won’t get into debate or opinion over the issue.

The best part of the 30 minutes waiting for my bus was the fact the younger people there saw me photographing with my 1954 Rollei and thought it was an antique looking modern digital. Basically, I felt cool in the moment, as lot of photographers documenting the harsh words of people debating ended up asking me if they could photograph me and my camera. I should’ve given them my information. So hey! If any Seattle peeps were there that day and happened to photograph me with my Rollei camera? Let me know!

Here is your 2018 May Day anarchists that was much ado about nothing.

A Great Big Thank You Seattle PD for keeping all safe!

Kodak Ektar Rolleicord
Seattle PD photographed on Kodak Ektar

Photo’ing Indoors

Photo’ing Indoors

Over the weekend I photographed an event of a brand new tasting room. It sure was a lot of fun and very delicious. Woodinville sure has a lot of cool tasting rooms opening up. Doing my due diligence with documenting the event and people enjoying life on digital, it was good energy and happiness.

Moody music, remarkable wine, tasty food and good company, it’s the little things that make it!

Event
CineStill 50

Of course I had to bring my film camera to try to see if I could capture indoor shots. I really enjoyed listening to this band, The Apollo Trio.

I haven’t really attempted to photograph indoors, because of my fear of not enough light and if using a flash, having the results of hot spots and harsh contrast. Fortunately, I was able to attach a speed light to my film camera and hoped for the best. When I got my film back from the lab, I was absolutely crushed that some of them didn’t turn out. I was definitely under exposed, but I managed to get a couple of decent exposures that weren’t too muddy.

In this expensive lesson, I realize it is going to cost me more (but please don’t tell my husband, ha!), as of right now I am on a mission to try and conquer indoor film photography in dark lighting conditions. I know it’s not something new, but it is new to me.

As a learning lesson, I needed to use a light meter for the low light conditions. I should consider over-exposing by 2-3 stops, and I also should’ve used a higher film speed, like 400…

I used CineStill 50 which probably wasn’t the best to use. Oh, and I forgot to tell the lab to push the recommended stop.

You be the judge….

The mood of springtime

The mood of springtime

How is everyone doing with the time change of springing forward? I am still adjusting and have been drinking more coffee than usual.

I spent some time in the studio doing some fun portraits over the weekend and when I was done I thought I would go afterwards to the flower store here in Woodinville. My favorite place to get inspired is wandering the big green house at Molbalks. The seasonal plants and home décor make me feel there is hope on the horizon for this girl.

When I see people and the moment, it’s a hard thing to do as far artistically document with a touch of photojournalism without interfering. Out of my comfort zone, but rising to the challenge with that famous quote by Robert Capa. “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough”.  Just a little food for thought.

Not with the intention of being a war or conflict photographer, I don’t know if I have the emotional ability to document the sad part of humanity, but rather focus on the beauty in front of me in plain sight.  Sometimes I day dream I’m a Magnum Photographer, but better yet, maybe a part of Magna Brava.

 

Kodak Portra 400
Woman admiring succulents

Photographed using 120 Kodak Portra 400

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Suquamish

Suquamish

I love living in the Pacific Northwest, but not so much when it is gloomy and raining. I love when the sun comes out, I appreciate it even more. The sunrises and sunsets are absolutely incredible. Note to self, I really need to make an effort one of these mornings to capture a sunrise when it isn’t raining either digital or film, but preferably film <wink-wink>.

Last summer, my husband Joel and I took the Edmonds-Kingston ferry and drove to Suquamish. What an absolutely quaint picturesque town. I don’t know what gave us the idea to go since it was quite a jaunt to get there from where we live, but what amazing scenery.

I moved here about 23 years ago and never knew a place like this existed. Growing up in Southern California, it was a constant of third stage smog alerts, cookie cutter nuclear family homes, and overall different quality of life. I digress…

Joel and I are driving through the Kitsap Peninsula, the weather is perfect! We stopped to dine for some delicious food at Sully’s Bistro Bar.  Sitting out on the deck looking at the peaceful water and boats drifting by made me want to know more about the Suquamish Tribe and their rich culture of Seattle and decided to venture to Chief Sealth’s headstone, whom the city was named after, but not before walking our dinner off by the dock where the crabbing was in full swing.

I am so glad I brought my Rollei loaded with Provia film and captured the work it takes for this feast!

To find out more about the Suquamish Tribe and Chief Sealth’s only known photograph, visit the Suquamish Tribe home page.

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Super Grain is Super Good

The beauty of film is in the eye of this beholder. It looks like I’m turning that well known phrase to suit my persona regarding this particular film of Ultrafine Xtreme. I have shot with Kodak TMaxx, Ilford HP4, HP5 to name a few popular black and white films and will continue to do so depending on the look I am going for.

The first time I tried this film, I don’t know if it was the film itself or the scan, even though it has a moiré pattern, I love love love the result, the direction of the light draws me in to the subject. To me it’s a very haunting image of a time long ago but was taken today.


However, in this specific case, I wanted to try this super grain film out again and oh boy, do I love it. I have been working on a mini series of “farm life on film”, not as easy as I thought it would be, farm animals especially chickens move fast, but you never know what you’ll capture.

I mean, don’t these images just make you happy? Film and the smartest goat jumping through a hula-hoop!

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Why do I shoot film?

Why do I shoot film?

A good friend of mine asked me this question, but it was hard for me to come up with quick answer other than saying, “because it’s cool man!”. Then I thought about that question in depth. Why do I shoot film? I will try and break down my thought process, so here it goes.

Going back to childhood, my dad was actually our family documentarian; I wish I could remember the camera he used, all I know is I was mesmerized by those cool disposable flash bulbs making the loud popping sound and the smell of the magnesium scent after it was fired. Makes me smile just thinking about that! It was a hobby of his and the difficult part to share is that all the images he took ended up in a shoe box rather than placed in photo albums or print on the wall. When I decided to venture into this competitive world of photography, I didn’t know really what I was doing. A lot of photographers can make a decent salary doing this craft for a living, but they are well established and earned that solid reputation over time. I have yet to establish a name for myself, but I’m on my way.

My desire to shoot film in the digital world isn’t to be trendy or hipster but rather an homage to a time that wasn’t that long ago. Maybe it’s me holding on to a piece of my youth in an era to where times were better than they are today; at least that is how I feel. Put it this way, I sure miss driving my 1968 Mustang listening to The English Beat, dropping my film off to the local Fotomat on a sunny SoCal SoCool day, the window rolled down and the wind blowing in my face, not a care in the world. I was even more excited when I picked up my film and prints in one day; it really was worth the wait.

I value the medium as the results don’t quite measure to digital at least for my artistic preference and I love the fact that I can slow down and take a deep breath and try to frame my shot, it’s the slow and methodical process that I love.

On this particular week, I was home for Spring Break last year in April 2017; I took my family on day trip to Baby Beach and Long Beach to do some exploring. I brought my 1954 Rolleicord and loaded with Velvia Film. This is my favorite film for landscape by far! I love the fact; I didn’t use any filters and no Photoshop other than converting to jpg for web use. This was straight out of this analogue camera and I cannot seem to take my eyes off the images, it was a good day that day.

So there you have it in a nutshell. That is why I shoot film.

Oh, and if you’re wondering, last year I bought a lot of photo albums for my dad and all the pictures have been removed from the shoe box and placed into those albums and a few frames. All is well.

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