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…

February 2016

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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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

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.

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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 (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?

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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Boo Boo season

As soon as the weather warms up the daily boo boos begin.  My kids have been going out to play full force since winter left.

I happened to capture this a few weeks ago and it just makes me laugh.

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Minolta SRT 101 on Portra 400

This guy hates boo boos.  It’s like they don’t physically hurt as much as they hurt his feelings or something.

He is absolutely filthy from playing hard in this image, but that boo boo just needed a moment of reflection.

He was back to play in no time, but scrapes always give him pause.  Always.

Linking with Good.Random.Fun.

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Film Friday

One of my film rolls came in yesterday afternoon.  At first I was all sad panda about them.  I’m not even sure why, but after a few minutes I began to appreciate them more.

I could see improvement and that’s what each roll is all about.  I think the thing I most struggle with is an expression I don’t want when you only get one shot.  Part of it is training my kids not to pull a weird face right as the shutter is ready to click. We are working on that.

Today, I’ll share a couple from this new roll of our Easter since that just passed.

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Easter 2015

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Easter 2015

All images shot with Minolta SRT 101 circa 1967 

Stock: Kodak Portra 400 and rated 200

Film developed and scanned by The Find Lab on Noritsu

I’m not tweaking these at all right now. I want to see exactly what my camera is doing with the metering I’m employing so I can make in camera adjustments.  At this stage, my focus is on mastering the very rudimentary light meter of the Minolta and of course, mastering the manual focusing ring.

And if you would rather see more film work now than parceled out each Friday, let’s connect on Flickr.

Linking with Photo Friday.

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