Little Things Thursday

Hello, Little Things Thursday Friends! I hope y’all are having a great week and if you are like us, heading off to Spring Break!

We are off to the gulf coast of Florida this afternoon as soon as Gracyn gets out of school.

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We are all excited about a little downtime to just swim, collect shells, and breathe. Slow mornings on my in-laws’ lanai sipping coffee sound just about perfect!

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What’s up for you this coming week?


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Little Things Thursday

Welcome to Little Things Thursday! Thanks for joining in.

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Portra 400 rated 200 in 35mm format

What a crazy week last week was! It was one of those “putting out fires” kind of weeks. All I could think about was how I wished I could just sit in my new robe and sip coffee quitely, but there was no real way to phone it in, so I had to just show up to take care of the urgent things around me all week long. By the week’s end, I was feeling drained.

You ever have those weeks where you just can’t get off the hamster wheel of too much stuff? It’s difficult to find joy in the midst of weeks like this, but I did manage to find a few things to brighten up the week.

First, I got my film scans back. It was a little bit of the good, the bad, and the ugly. My 40 year old camera was having issues and messed up quite a few frames due to a sticking shutter, missed focus, and light leaks. However, I actually like the light leak in the above photo, so I can’t complain. It’s all another lesson in a long journey and I am cool with that.

But, I did purchase a slightly “newer” model Minolta because I didn’t want to continue wasting film. I need to get through the roll in my 1960’s model before I can check it out the 1981 version, since I only have one lens for a Minolta mount. 

And then…

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I bought new teak wood cooking spoons. My husband doesn’t understand my preference for wooden cooking spoons over metal, but I just love the wooden ones. So do my pots and pans! These spoons smell just like Thai handicraft markets that are filled with teak crafts. Smells like home, to me.

I bought myself a bouquet of pink tulips.  I don’t know what it is about tulips in winter that makes me so happy, but I love having them around for a little cheer. This particular morning, captured above, had the most beautiful sunlight falling on the flowers. I had to document.

The boys and I stopped for ice cream one afternoon near my daughter’s school. This particular parlor is right in downtown Senoia and the hub of all things The Walking Dead. The show is filmed, in part, just a few miles from my house. I have to admit that I do not watch the show, but the show has become part of our area’s pride. People from all over come to tour the sets, but we just wanted a cone.

I’ve been trying to make a point in the afternoon to take a moment for a cuppa tea. Just to collect myself for the end of the day rush.  It is so helpful to pause, if even for just a few moments.

All in all, an okay week! How was your week?


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In the goal

A recent film scan…

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Portra 400 rated 200 on 35mm

October 2015

The boys are so ready for soccer season to start up again. We have roughly 5 weeks to go before they can hit the pitch. Santa brought them new gear that they are so excited about sporting. There will be new soccer bags, funky soccer socks, new balls and etc…

I’m sure we will freeze through the first few weeks of practices and games, per the usual spring start.

I just love this stifled smile above caught on film. Too cool for school.

Last Friday I took my 40+ year old Minolta out for more film work and became frustrated by the continual sticking of the shutter causing me to loose frames. Film is too costly to throw frames away like that, so I found another newer model Minolta (1980’s) and purchased it.  I’m going to see if I can get the 1960’s model serviced because I really do like the camera, when it works.

Happy Monday, Friends!

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Flashback to Thanksgiving

It takes me a few months to get through a couple rolls of film, so I just got my scans in this past Thursday from late fall! My family and I spent Thanksgiving in Florida with my husband’s parents. I only brought film cameras along so I could not only practice, but also be in the moment.

My keeper rate was slim out of 72 shots and 5 or so were blank due to a sticking shutter. But, failing is part of the process of making changes for future rolls, so I always take a little something away to work on. And I made a big boo boo on one roll of film in which I thought I was shooting with one stock, but it was actually not the stock I thought. I rated for the other stock, which meant that I have to compensate for my mistake in development by pushing.  I know many wonder, “why bother with film?” But, I really find the experimenting fascinating, challenging, and creative. So, I persist!

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Portra 400 35mm rated 200

We spent most of our days in Mimi and Puppa’s pool. Heated, of course. The hot tub was also a hit.

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Ektar 100 rated 200 and pushed 1 stop in development.

Here is where I made a mistake. Can you see the difference in the two stocks of film? I thought I was shooting Portra the whole time, but in a rush I grabbed Ektar 100 and loaded. Ektar is punchy and a great stock for summery colorful images.  But, you need to rate your ISO properly.  Thinking I was using Portra, I left the ISO at 200 because I  like to overexpose it.  But, 200 on Ektar 100 is underexposed.  I needed to have the lab leave my film in the developer longer to bring back contrast and cover my mistake. The punchy, strong contrast doesn’t bother me, but I typically favor creamier skin tones. 

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Ektar 100 rated 200 and pushed 1 stop in development

I ended up toning down the red around her eyes in Photoshop. Ektar can really make redness pop. I do love the strong colors here, generally. The greens look amazing!

One of each. Can you tell which is which?
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Portra 400 rated 200 and Ektar 100 rated 200 and pushed 1 in development

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Ektar 100 rated 200 and pushed 1 in development

So my take-aways from this round were to watch my stock and rate accordingly. Two, try to control the harsh light a little better in strong sun, and to maybe use my other film camera more to combat the shutter issue with the Minolta SRT 101.  I just love that the Minolta has a prime lens, and my Nikon FM 10 is a zoom.

Until next time…

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Little Things Thursday

I am almost through the initial gauntlet of revamping my photography business, which is one reason I have struggled to blog frequently the last 2-3 months. I am so thankful Christmas break is coming so I can work more creatively as opposed to business-minded.  Though that never really gets a break. But I am excited to recharge my creative batteries soon!

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I’m thankful to have these film shares in reserve!

This kid is my always blink right when you push the shutter kid. That or divert the eyes away from the camera.  He has a knack.

At least it is a happy knack. This image was 5 minutes before busting his lip on a playground doing this:

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You know, as a mother I teeter the balance between letting my kids explore dangerous things and wanting to tell them to get down right now!!! Mothers, you get it, right?  Well, exploring the edge won the day and wouldn’t you know it, he fell smack on his face about 10 seconds later.  ER visit followed to see if a stitch or two was needed below his lip.

I can’t win. Instead of telling him to get down, not only did I let him do it, but I stood by taking photographs of it.  Mom of the year!

Maybe I didn’t win, but I know on some level he won some sort of lesson in becoming a man. Chicks dig scars, right?

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How’s your week?


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Little Things Thursday

I’m so thankful that some film scans came in late Tuesday night or I would have been in serious pickle for today. Outside of my professional work I have been on a film jag. I think it is due to being free to capture and not run to the computer to edit.  After portrait season, I just can’t muster up much energy to edit my own stuff.

When my scans come in, my initial reaction is always a bit crestfallen.  I remind myself, “This is not digital! It isn’t supposed to look like digital!” The next viewing is always seen in a new light. Someone asked me last week ,with a snicker in their eye, why I would bother with film when an SD card holds so many images. That’s it exactly. The answer is shooting with focus and intent. Film forces you to correct in camera instead of out, which is what you should be doing regardless of technology.

Since my middle turned 11 this past week, I’m highlighting his scans.

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These were a bit more muted than I like. Same film stock as above, but captured on dull days.

Aidan 04-750 They weren’t supposed to dog pile in this shot, but…boys. Wouldn’t you know it was the last shot on the roll? It captures their relationship and that’s what photography is all about in my opinion.

All images shown are taken on my Minolta SRT 101 using Kodak Portra 400 film stock rated @200. Images were developed and scanned by The Findlab on Noritsu.

I love Portra 400, and I’m discovering that I love it more on a sunny day. I had about 10 keepers on this roll. My shutter got sticky and I lost 10 frames.  Totally blank frames. A couple of misfires rounded out the roll. “Hey, why is there a frame of my window blinds?” How was your week and Thanksgiving?


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Little Things Thursday (The bloopers edition)

Happy Thanksgiving Friends!I know we are not all Americans visiting here today, but I’m thankful for you! The last few months have been really busy for me and thank you for hanging in with me as I slowed down on my blogging a bit. I know that once January comes, I will be back on track. This fall brought so many transitions that really ate a lot of time. But, I’m coming back to participate in all the link ups soon!

We are spending our Thanksgiving in Florida visiting family. It’s been 8 years since I had a summer-like Thanksgiving, so I thought I would bring summer back to you today. I have some summer film bloopers to share because a hot Thanksgiving feels a bit like a blooper to me after years of cool ones.

I’m still working on my film skills with the vintage cameras I have. Like seriously, no bells or whistles. So, that can cause some bloopers. That and stupid things I have done personally that I cannot blame on the camera.

Like opening the back of the camera before the film was fully rewound. I thought I heard the tell tale click. I was wrong. But hey, some people add light leak filters to their photos. Maybe I’m ahead.

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And then there is when Ektar 100’s red gets overdone on skin. They look so creepy in the eyes. But…doesn’t Jasper look like Macaulay here?

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Summer film bloopers Even though these are full of imperfections, I still love them because they are part of our memories. Preserved memories are our treasures. I’ve gotten brave and only brought film with me on this trip to Florida. All Ekatar 100 in all it’s red toned goodness. I decided that film would help me be more in the moment without worrying about taking so many shots. If it isn’t something I want captured I won’t bother, because, um…film. I love film for my personal work because it allows me to slow down and be selective. I’ve got two rolls out at The Find Lab now and I can’t wait to share those soon…bloopers and all! What’s up with you?


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Little Things Thursday

I am still working through some film shares from my recent rolls spanning spring-summer.  I guess they are a fitting tribute for saying goodbye to summer’s season.

Newsie Aidan Film 01-blogIf you’ve been around a few months, you might remember the Newsies session I shot in spring. I shot most of it digitally, but brought my trusty antique Minolta along with a roll of film. For funsies. This already feels like a long time ago.

Gosh, I tell you, I’m ready for the pace of the cooler season when things start to slow down a bit.  This week alone had me trying to get dismissed from jury duty due to being a homeschooling parent, setting up a rigorous orthodontic plan for my oldest, overseeing 3 grades of schoolwork, two soccer games, 2 soccer practice preps, playing taxi, refereeing sibling squabbles, cleaning house, trying to exercise, and cooking umpteen meals after shopping for said meals and putting up all the groceries. Does anyone else loath putting groceries away, or is it just me?

I guess all the above just grants me rights into the parenting club. I’m not special. We parents are all juggling the very same things. I wouldn’t trade any of it because I know that it’s a privilege to be the anchor of a home, but when breathers come I am grateful.  To me, fall is a great big old sigh of relief. It’s like getting an invitation to hibernate from all the busy of the season just passed. Every thing begins to settle into a familiar routine and growing pains of a new school year have passed. I’m looking forward to being through all the adjustments of late and soaking in a bit of the quiet recreation that fall affords.

How about you? Are you ready?


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Little Things Thursday

It’s a big day around here, which will explain my absence in blogland this week. I “officially” have a high school Freshman today!

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Kodak Ektar 100 on Minolta SRT 101

Today is the first time since Kindergarten where I am releasing my child to be educated by others. It’s a big step. For us both.

It’s not that we have felt others couldn’t teach our children, it’s more that we fell into a way of education that felt right for those years between 1st and 8th grades. But, the time for change and help came around winter of last year.  We could sense a need to fill that wasn’t there before.

We have always said that we would take this homeschool journey one year at a time and consider the needs of each child individually.  At this stage, for this child, it was time to explore other options. She will begin a hybrid type education today.  There will be campus days and home days. There will be dances, plays, and time to be with peers.

And, the next four years will be rigorous.  She hasn’t even had her first day of school and she has already written an essay comparing/contrasting Pride and Prejudice with To Kill A Mockingbird. Her choices.  She has studied for Government and completed a project for Government. She has completed 3 lessons of Algebra I, and has begun reading for her Literature class. There will be several quizzes on day 1.  

I’ve merely been the assistant in helping her navigate this transition from all me to a slew of educators with new expectations. So,we’ve been busy and I’m still on the hook.  I may not be teaching the classes, but I am still to be the supplement and guide ensuring that all is well.

There are butterflies this morning, but I know that this is going to be great.


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Ektar Film

It’s been several months since I have posted any film images.  The main reason is that it took all summer to use up two rolls of film!

But, I finally got them sent off to my lab and my Kodak Ektar roll came in today.  For those new to professional film, like me, Ektar is well-suited for sunny outdoor days.  The colors are punchy and Ektar showcases vibrant colors.  The downside is that sometimes you get red tones in unwanted places, like skin.  Still, I found Ektar to be a fun summer-friendly film with a vintage vibe that I love!

I decided to try this film on one of our summer pool outings.

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It was such a surprise to get these scans back because I truly could not remember what was on them. I’ll share more later this week.

Film is tough, but so fun. Don’t be afraid of it. You gotta go big or go home! I love that I won’t forget these memories, because they are captured!

All images shot with Kodak Ektar 100 on Minolta SRT 101.

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