Little Things Thursday

Welcome back to Little Things Thursday! I loved everyone’s blog post last week.  I took so much encouragement from your shares! Thanks for that!

I’ve got a few more film shares from our fall mountain get-away. One thing we like to do on trips is drive off the beaten path.  We saw this road and decided to detour…mainly because we saw a huge flock/gaggle of turkeys in a field.

Hiawassee

 
I really liked the color in these in spite of the steady rain that fell all that day. And I love the way the light reflected in these wet mountain roads.   One of you asked last week if film scans are editable. Yes, you can edit film scans, but I find that with a great developer/lab that it is rarely needed. I usually just edit blemishes, under eye circles, and that sort of thing. Your lab will work with you to get the look you like and there are a couple scanners that can give you varying results. I indicate my scanner of choice (Noritsu here) and whether I like my images cooler/warmer/neutral, how I like my mid-tones, and how I like my contrast. This saves so much time in achieving your look. Of course, the type of film you use plays a huge role in getting those looks so you need to have that in mind before loading the film. Again, this is Portra 400. Our beach trip last month was all Ektar 100 for punchy colors.

 

I hope you guys are all having a great start to your holiday season! Let’s see how it is going!

 


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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 (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.

Summer film bloopers   Summer film bloopers

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?

Summer film bloopers Good old fashion missed focus. Summer film bloopers

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

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

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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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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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.

Ektar 100 

Ektar 100

Ektar 100

Ektar 100

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.

Linking up with Good, Random, Fun, Songography, and Wednesdays Around 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.

Linking with Good.Random.Fun and Songography|It’s Not Easy Being Green

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