Bruh, that Water is Nasty

Today I continued shooting for my Dream series, which meant doing something weird, like taking my mother’s arm chair, cramming it into a jeep, and going to the beach that is notorious for being disgusting and un-swimable. Because, y’know, that’s my life. Two of my favorite boys were with me today, and we had a good time with this chair.

Ignore my awesome neon Crocs for a second and check out that water. Blergh. Art is suffering? So, since the water wasn’t aesthetically pleasing, I Photoshopped the bejesus out of it. And now it looks surreal, but nothing about this photo is really normal, and it is a dream, so why not have extraordinarily blue water?

Yeah, so, even though I’m in a film class, I had to take digital photos of this scene because if the film didn’t come out, no one would believe this was a thing that happened. I treated myself to some editing for fun tonight.

We did another photo, this time on a hill near the beach. It was another dream one, but I did some test shots on my digital camera.

So that was the photo part about our adventure.

Now I gotta tell you about the chair.

Kaiden drove us, since he is a saint and has a large trunk, ’cause his vehicle of choice is a Jeep. His trunk likes to be temperamental, but we got the chair in without any issues and got it out without any issues. Trying to put it back in the Jeep to go home was a different story.

Stupid trunk wouldn’t open. We tried for about half an hour, looking things up on our convenient smart phones. We tried a couple things, like pushing right above the hatch while trying to open, but nothing worked. So we tried putting it in the back seat. Ha, what a cute idea. So then we put it in the front, and it was the worst passenger ever and there was no way Kaiden could drive with that monster blocking his mirrors and blind spots.

So, what were we going to do?

I kicked the hatch.

Unfortunately, the trunk didn’t spring open, even though that would have been cooler than what actually did happen.

Mitchell did the aforementioned push while trying to open thing, and it was like a chorus of angels starting singing from heaven on high and the sun came out and birds were singing and everything in that moment was perfect everywhere.

Then we had to get the chair back out of the front seat. We cracked Kaiden’s windshield in the process. (Sorry, man.)

But we got that stupid thing in the trunk and that is the story about the Jeep and arm chair that were out to get us.

Happy Shooting!

Memorial Day and How Hot Air Balloons Exist

It’s Memorial Day in the United States, which means it’s a holiday weekend! This weekend I did quite a bit in the way of photography, so here it goes!

I got a new camera. Kaiden and I went to a couple flea markets and I scored a Sears KS-1 camera with a fixed 50mm lens. The camera is semi-automatic and I can only set the aperture. The camera sets the shutter speed. So, it’s good for when I’m in a hurry. I also scored a Promatic FTD4500AF Hot Shoe Flash- which I am SUPER HAPPY about because I’ve been wanting a flash for my analog cameras but hadn’t gotten around to it. Now I can play with gels and TUNGSTEN FILM I AM USING ALL CAPS BECAUSE I’VE BEEN WANTING TO SHOOT TUNGSTEN WITH A YELLOW GEL FOR ABOUT A YEAR NOW AND MY TIME HAS COME.

So that was pretty great.

Sunday morning was the more intense adventure. My boyfriend and I woke up at 3AM to drive two hours to see a hot air balloon launch in Frankenmuth, MI. For those of you who have been around for a while, my hot air balloon attempts from last year ended with two good photos of the balloons on the ground (one of which is being published.) I’ve started the hot air balloon season with determination, and I was not disappointed.

I was, however, deeply confused.

I’m new to this whole hot air balloon culture. All I know is that they are pretty and they fly and I want to photograph them. Last year, I always went to evening launches, where there would be a giant roped-off field and crowds of people sitting around it waiting for the balloons to blow up and get flyin’. Since every evening launch I went to ended with no balloons, I did some research and found that the balloons are more likely to fly in the morning. I’m not a morning person, but it was a “challenge accepted” kind of thing.

We got to Frankenmuth.

Nothing.

No one.

There was a field, but no people.

Imagine my tired confusion.

I took to the interwebs and found that they were not launching from the designated field, but rather from different backyards in the area, and that they were going to meet over a nearby air field. The hunt was on. We found the air field, but saw no balloons. On our drive though, we saw some balloons being inflated. So we waited.

The sky was dotted with balloons within 15 minutes. We parked the car and started walking, looking for a place to see the balloons more clearly. We got to an open field where there was a clear shot to the air strip, where the balloons were congregating. Pictures ensued.

Thank goodness I brought my zoom lens, because those balloons were a bit too far for 80mm. They are a bit back-lit, but that couldn’t be helped because, y’know, I can’t control the sunrise. I got a little lens glare as a result, but c’est la vie. Live and learn, as always.

I’m not super pleased with the photos, but I am excited I got to see balloons in flight. I’m going to more launches this summer, and I’m hoping that I’ll get to go to an evening launch, where the balloons will be a lot closer and hopefully not back-lit.

I took a picture frame that had a stock image of a hot air balloon in it with us because I had an idea for an instax picture, but we ended up using it for more than just that. Some of my favorite pictures are from messing around with it.

And that’s the hot air balloon adventure.

Our adventures on Sunday did not end there. We went to the beach to see my family and ended up going on a nature trail. I had my Minolta X-700 with me, but it randomly stopped working, so I was out of luck. I had my Minolta Weathermatic A with me, but it only had 6 shots left on it and it was quickly filled (but I can finally send it off to get developed!) I had to resort to using my iPhone, but I got a few pretty shots.

It was an excellent weekend for photography. I’ll have a double-exposed roll of my hot air balloon and beach escapades, but I have to finish the roll. And, speaking of double exposures, I’m still taking submissions for my double exposure challenge. Follow the link for more details and email your images to owensbydanielle@gmail.com. I’ll be posting the submissions by the end of the first week of June.

That’s all for now- I’m looking forward to seeing more submissions! Happy shooting~

 

Pocket Film and Minolta Weathermatic A

Remember back in forever ago I got my Minotla Weathermatic A? I finally used it in August, when I had a reason to take it off the shelf and learn how to use it properly. The thing with underwater/weather proof cameras is that there are only a few conditions where you can use it. I mean, you can use it whenever, and maybe I’ll use it for non-water-esque purposes in the future, but for now I want to play with it in all the conditions it was made for. Ideally, underwater. So I went to the beach.

In the middle of August I took my camera with me to visit a friend and her family while they were on vacation to Lake Michigan. It was the first time I used my Minolta Weathermatic A, and I was super excited. Everything worked, I had film, and it was a brand-new experience. I was being extremely picky with it though, since the film itself was pricey and I knew getting it processed was going to be expensive as well. So I didn’t fill my roll of 110 film while I was on Lake Michigan, a result of this frugality. Below are my favorites from there.

I knew that pocket film would have a grainy effect, but I didn’t expect it to be so atmospheric. In some photos, the result is almost ethereal and dream like. I love it. I took my camera with me when I met up with my boyfriend on campus at MSU, and I took some pictures by the river. I even took a picture of him, and the result is interesting enough to take note of.

See how his skin glows? I have no idea how that happened, and I kind of wonder if it has something to do with the amount of light reflecting off of his face and bouncing off the lens. I’m also a fan of the random red dot things in the first image, which make appearances in other photos. I don’t know how those ended up there either, but I’m 100% down with these happy accidents!

I finished my roll of film the last day before I went back to school, when a group of friends and I went to the beach to do my couch shoot for my Domestic Series. We figured while we were there we should go swimming and have a good time. Water? Good time? I brought my camera.

The last two are striking because my friends are splashing each other (and me, in the last one,) but you can read the water as light. It makes me wonder if the Minolta Weathermatic A is hyper sensitive to reflective surfaces, which is interesting because it’s a camera made for use near water. I like that about it, it makes for interesting photography.

I got my 110 film from lomography, and I sent it to them to get developed. It took about three weeks total- it was torture. I am not patient, and everyday I was checking my email hoping I got my digital copies. They did a good job and I am very pleased with the results- the wait was worth it, as much as I hate to admit it.

I really want to do an underwater photo shoot with props and a narrative, but the weather is too cold now. Next year it will happen. In the meantime I will prepare for snow fall!