First, a shout out to my dear friend Allison at Allison Anne Studios – she needed some second shooting help for a recent Cape May wedding and gave me a call. Sure! I love Cape May weddings! I had wanted to brush up on some FILM shooting techniques, so I asked her if it was alright if I brought a few rolls of film to shoot while photographing for her.
Yup – FILM! Beautiful film! There is a softness and elegance to film. There’s a subtle tone to it. Plus, there’s the release from that nagging little screen on the back of digital cameras. I love shooting film – I see more and more rolls in my future!
Thank you to Allison for letting me fire off a few rolls during her wedding shoot!
All images – Nikon F5 – Kodak Portra FILM
A gorgeous new 10×10 sized 3500 series album arrived to me just in time for a recent Open House I attended. Using my Modern Layout style, I chose a great group of photos from Becky and Matt’s June wedding to be bound in Countryside Book Cloth. A simple white imprint on the front cover (using my favorite ‘Mr. and Mrs.’ imprint) added the finishing touch!
Thank you again Leather Craftsmen – you never disappoint!
As I sat on the edge of a field last Thursday morning, watching the sun rise through some clouds and running a test roll through the newly acquired Nikon F3, it dawned on me. No buttons. No thumbwheels. No white balance. No metering mode. No menus. No lcd readouts. No distracting little screen on the back. No auto focus. No brackets in the viewfinder. No image sizes. No file formats. No advance mode. Just load your roll of film, turn the aperture to your f-stop and dial in your shutter speed up top. It was simple, it was pure. It was photography with the freedom from all that photography stuff.
That test roll is going out to process today – when it gets back I’ll post my favorite one here.
Here it is – my favorite from the first test roll of Kodak Portra 800…
Beauty and simplicity, two things I love about the outdoors. I see this tree every Sunday evening as I drive home from dinner at my mother’s house. I sometimes will slow down to admire it during my drive, but this particular evening, the light was just right. I had to stop.
Images like this are what continue to motivate me to shoot all of my own photographs with film. The texture and depth are just gorgeous. I made this photograph with my Nikon F5 loaded with Kodak Portra 400.
This was a little project that I wanted to do back in the fall. Take a roll of film and document the flight to one of my destinations. In March, once I passed through security at PHL on my way to PHX, I stopped at a bench to load a roll of film in my Nikon F5. Much to my surprise, the very first photo I came upon was that National Geographic cover. It was the perfect way to kick off my Grand Canyon adventure.
B&W IS ON ITS WAY BACK!! This will sound ridiculous, but I saw a movie that prominently featured B&W film. It got me thinking about Kodak T-Max. The whole idea in my head a few years ago when I purchased my Nikon F4s was to shoot primarily B&W film, hand process it, and then scan frames for printing with my dedicated film scanner. It’s difficult to set up an actual chemical darkroom these days, but B&W prints from true monochromatic film can be digitally printed just as well as digital captures.
So, while I was in NYC back in January, I did some research into Epson’s line of high-end photo printers, and I found that they had some gorgeous new Fine Art papers that closely emulated what I remembered of printing and developing Kodak’s Ektalure G fiber papers in the darkroom. These new papers have some richly textured and toned surfaces and heavy cotton bases. The feel of these papers is just elegant!
So thank you Epson for running a special on your printers, as an Epson R3880 Photo Printer has joined my arsenal. My hopes are to begin shooting more T-Max 100 and 400 films, to process that film by hand to get the best results as I used to do, scan in the best of the bunch, and print some gorgeous Fine Art B&W prints on the Epson. I’m still dialing in the Epson – it takes a little work to get color profiles pinned down – but what I’ve seen so far is impressive!
Every time I go to Manhattan, I’ll find something I’ve never seen before. January 28th was no exception. Now, this is a BIG building, how have I never seen this!? I guess you simply can’t see the trees, for the forest. Or, the less poetic excuse would be that I’ve never walked down 8th Ave. from 42nd St. I felt compelled to take a photo of this building because, back in the heyday of photojournalism (we’re talking in the 60’s and photographers with the original Nikon F, not the wedding trend) if you could say you shot for the New York Times, you’d made it! Plus, it’s an excellent example of perspective – that was one of my photo lessons and projects in Basic Photography back in high school!