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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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.

Aidan 01-750 I actually loved this one immediately. No crests were fallen. blog dyp 01-750

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

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

This week has been so busy and I’m struggling to keep up with everything. Somehow, I thought my load would lighten a bit this year, but my load has been anything but light. In fact, it has grown.

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Kodak Portra 400 on Minolta SRT 101

I can’t figure out if things are just busy due to the newness of school or if this is how our year is just going to be. Either way, it’s OK. I’m just trying to figure out balance.

Does balance really exist or is that a thought we just console ourselves with?

I haven’t been able to do much for myself these last 6 weeks, but I am excited that my Starbucks Wednesday nights are back! I will get two+ hours to just sit in a semi-quite place and work on personal and professional things. It’s a small oasis carved out in the busy of everyday life.  I’m thankful for it because I have felt the weight of trying to get to my growing to do list.

It’s an exciting prospect.

Well, how about your beginning of fall? Let’s see a bit of it!

 

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Little Things Thursday

My little thing this week is the joy of receiving film scans back from the lab! I mentioned earlier this week the element of surprise when months pass between shooting and developing the rolls. To my surprise, I found Easter on my Portra 400.  And Portra 400 is definitely my jam.

I just love Portra’s skin tones.

Easter 2015

Easter 2015

Easter 2015

Easter 2015

The kids were mostly over being in their Sunday best for these, but I still love them!

I can’t wait to pop a few more rolls in my camera and start capturing more memories on film.

How’s your corner of the world?


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Footballers

My boys are doing their first sports camp this summer.  British Soccer hosts a Challenger clinic in various cities across the US. Our town just happens to be one of them, surprisingly!

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Minolta SRT 101 on  Kodak Portra 400 Film (desaturated)

Local families host British coaches that come run the camp for our kids. Interestingly, the host family for our group is just one street over from us.  The morning camp hours are mostly fun and games, but our boys are taking a special after hours clinic with the coaches.  5 kids registered for the “Golden” clinic, but since 3 were no shows the boys are getting semi-private lessons.  This has been great!

They’ve been learning ball handling skills, agility training, and how to outsmart their opponents with fancy footwork. Georgia decided that this was a great week to hit the 90’s. The boys are absolutely toast by the end of camp that all we can do is take a quick shower and go to the community pool.  These boys are filthy and roasted by the end of the day.  Not one ounce of energy is left to play with the neighborhood kids.  That is saying something.

Tomorrow is Wacky Wednesday so I might just bring my camera along to see what happens.

Linking with Wednesdays Around the World and Black and White Wednesday. 

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It’s Not Easy Being Green

It’s not that easy being green...

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Minolta SRT 101 on Portra 400 Film

Especially when my daughter is around.  She will find you, catch you, and make you her squishy.

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Little Things Thursday

Hello Friends! We’ve officially hit the end of year crazies.  We have just 17 school days left of our school year, which means we are in the scramble to accomplish as much as we can in a short period of time.

Clouds

Summer is so close and the freedom is beckoning me. Yet, I discovered today that we still have so much to cover in certain subjects, so it is go time around here. I really do not want to slide into June with school on our backs.

I may be a bit in and out on the blog, but I will try my best to keep up. LTT will go on as usual because I do so love this little community! But if I don’t make it to everything over the next 3 weeks know that I still love ya and will be back to normal very soon.

I foresee some late nights in our future with our rising Freshman. I can’t believe High School years are beginning.

Now let’s hear about you!


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Analogue

Come on let’s take a picture

The kind you gotta shake

Spring 2015

Ok, so I didn’t shake it. But it was developed the old fashioned way.

Nothing automatic about this. No instant gratification.

I’m falling in love with all things analogue.  I don’t throw out my technology with the development bath water, but there is something about doing things old school that makes me feel more connected to what I’m doing.  No matter what I’m doing.

Learning to wait and anticipate is a beautiful thing.

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Growing

I’ve been feeling a renewed sense of taking the time to live. Do you know what I mean? Like all of us, I can get so bogged down in the daily doings of life that I forget to truly live.

It’s funny how spring invites us to see things freshly.  All the life bursting forth reminds us that we also need to recreate.

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So, I sat down and wrote a bit in a journal about what that means to me right now and I realized that I need to protect this sacred place of living. I mean, I already knew that, but it gets lost in the fray at times.

I realized, anew, that I’m responsible for my own happiness and time to live.  It is not anyone else’s responsibility to carve that out for me.  Me being me, I came up with a plan.

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On the docket:

  • Gardening
  • Walks
  • Time to reflect/Bible study
  • Handwritten letters
  • Time outdoors
  • Creating my own adventures
  • Simplicity and Minimalism
  • Nourishing my artist’s heart
  • Friendships: Old and New
  • Guarding my heart
  • Meaningful conversations and fellowship
  • Seeking out inspirational, passionate people/being mentored and mentoring/a circle of giving and receiving
  • Abundance mentality in thoughts, words, and deeds
  • Picnics
  • Time with hubby
  • Wine and cheese

Gosh, there really is so much more I could say.  This will require lots of prayer and intentional choices.  You may remember that my two words of 2015 are Pause and Follow. It’s getting close to mid-year and it’s time to do those gut checks.  Am I making strides towards my goals? Are you? Are you pursuing them un-apologetically? If I’m honest, there has been rough surf.  I’m grateful for those because I can adjust my sails going into the second half of the year.

Happiness is the reward of intentional living.  I’m growing.

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