Tags: black & white
Redneck Rumble pt 3: Monochrome Edition
I can't help myself. Somethings just look great in b&w. Especially black shiny cars. Even those with flat paint jobs. It just helps filter the clutter sometimes. Who wants to get distracted when they can focus on the forms?
Hope I'm not wearing you guys out on these rumble shots. I'll probably post one more story tomorrow, although it won't be so much about the cars. Thanks for all the comments and for taking the time to look!
As stated last week, this here wraps up my feather shoot. And unfortunately I didn't get the camera out this weekend. Had a birthday party on Saturday (a certain favorite model turned 5 this year) and I was doing chores on Sunday. Maybe one day this week I'll try out some of my new ideas for shooting these things :-)
Thanks for all the feedback... i know one subject can be monotonous, but hopefully the next set will be different and intriguing.
Another one of those finicky subjects
There are some still here who remember when I joined there was an excellent young photographer. He had an AMAZING eye for photography. And much like candice inspired my love of leaves, this one inspired a sense of wonder in feathers. I don't come across feathers that often, but everytime I do I think of his wonderful portrayals of these delicate items. I got lucky a couple of weekends ago and found a Raven's feather in my yard and I happened to have been out with the camera. So I picked it up and took a few shots. I've still got the feather and plan to play with it some more... maybe after our Vacation I'll have time to revisit it. But for now, this is what I have:
Thanks for looking. Any kind of critique is helpful since I do plan to revisit the subject.
Just an old-fashioned Film-Junkie
It's been a while, but I haven't exactly lost my touch with film. I took about 4 rolls with my 35mm camera and another 3 rolls with my Diana. The diana shots are scanned but I've had some compatibility issues and haven't been able to edit them but all is not lost and that's what matters. My shots from my N80 on the other hand are scanned edited and ready for your viewing pleasure. Having only taken 4 rolls of b&w I don't have many shots to share but I have two from San Juan Island and three from Quinault that I thought were good enough to post. I also have to add a caveat to my previous statement. On top of only shooting 4 rolls (one yet to be developed) and one partially ruined due to a lapse in thought while developing.
In over 5 years of developing my own b&w film I've NEVER ruined a roll by light exposure... until now. Yes ladies and gentlemen, I f***ed up. While going to rinse my film instead of popping the top of my tank that still keeps it light tight, I unscrewed the whole freaking lid. As soon as I lifted it just a bit I realized what I did and slammed it back closed. Instead of just throwing the film out thinking all was lost, I developed it anyway. Only 4 shots were even scannable out of 36. Out of those 4, I got something magical. This is straight from the scanner. The only post editing done to this shot is a simple curves layer for added contrast: Lime Kiln Lighthouse. I love it. I think it's magnificent. It turned out to be a happy accident. Or at least I think so. Let me know what you think.
On the other hand, my other rolls went smoothly with no "disasters." And in them, I have these four shots.
The vignetting is from the UV filter on my 24mm lens. I haven't shot my film camera since I got my nikkor 24-120mm and didn't realize how wide 24mm was in full format. I normally have a polarizing and UV filter on it when I shot with my D200. I could see the vignetting when I had the polarizing filter on so i took it off while shooting film. I didn't even realize that it was doing it with the UV filter too (couldn't see that in the viewfinder). But I like it too. Maybe I'm just odd.
So until I have my diana shots sorted out, this is it for the honeymoon. Thanks for all the comments over the past couple of weeks!
Gonna post 'em anyway
These kinds of shots don't always go over well with most of you, but I figured I'd post some anyway. I have quite a few "favorite" subjects. I love leaves, as you all know. But I also like rock... I like the jags and juts and I love the tones in b&w. And it's fun trying to make these things work in a photograph. I have more than these three... but so far, these are my best shot at it (for this trip... I got some pretty cool shots of wall facing when I went out west). These were taken while walking the beach to the cattle point lighthouse.
Love or hate 'em... comment and critique away!
Tomorrow, the last of the islands when we visit Roche Harbor (just one big tourist attraction...).
Been a bit busy
Life's been busy and work's been busy. I haven't been able to be on much or shoot much, but this weekend held ample shooting time thanks to some coworkers asking if I would come shoot a Crossfit event for them (one was competing and did very well!). It was a different experience, I didn't really know what crossfit was other than a workout regime and I've never shot anything quite like this. I don't think I did as well as I could, but I did come away with some pretty good shots. I'll try not to overload you guys (in 2 days I took 1350 photos. I've narrowed that down to a fitting 200 photos and so far have edited the best 60. I'm certainly not going to post all those, but I may post a few throughout the week).
I tried to go at this in a journalistic way. I wanted to document the event a little. More than just the athletes competing. I think these two were my best examples of this.
Thanks for looking and as always, critiques are more than welcome.
edit: because everyone's complaining it's too dark, a lighter version
Revisiting the Southwest pt 3
The lost shots (not really... but kinda)... All film:
Hanging went... not very well. But that's ok. It's up and I guess that's all that matters. I'll get shots of it up at the artist recpetion. Look for part 4 in April.
My Best Shot of 2008 !
The Spanish market on my last day in Santa Fe. Taken with the Diana F+.
Some old film shots
Not really that old, but probably about a year ago I went out with a friend to go driving around to places we hadn't been to since we were little. I'm the only one with cameras, so I had brought along both my film and digital and we took turns switching between the two. Given that digital is more forgiving, we didn't use that much film (or she didn't) but I did have one roll of color I never got developed, got lost and recently showed back up. I took it with another roll I had shot with my diana and got them developed last week. There really wasn't anything spectacular but I had three-four shots of the rocks on the ground that intrigued me. I pulled the shots into lightroom played with contrast, saturation, curves, split-toning, vingetting and even a little b&w and this is what I got:
Let me know what you think. I love taking pictures of things out of context, like these rocks and especially leaves. Sometimes I don't think they're as successful as I'd like them to be, but I was pleasantly surprised with this set. Honest critiques are encouraged and asked for, so go nuts!
Important Announcement........................ A Post of Mourning
First, the important announcement:
The next challenge (theme) will be presented by smalltown05.... or as some know this popular member... smalls or smally.
My entry in the B&W Challenge is: