Dream Theme

Last night I was feeling crafty but I was sitting at my desk and my chair was just so comfy and getting up was the equivalent to scaling Mt. Everest I just kinda grabbed what was within reach and this happened:

I played around with my extra prints. I highly suggest you try this sometime, because it was really fun. The top one I used nail polish- pretty cool, huh? Check out your local dollar store or Poundland or wherever you live that has the equivalent of a dollar store and invest in some cheap sparkly nail polish.

These are definitely following my dream theme (hey, that rhymes!) I’d say they are even more dreamy than before… I wonder what else I can do in the future?

I’m filling up another dream roll this weekend, so that should be fun. I’m looking forward to exploring this motif further.

Happy Shooting!

Double Exposures

I’ve been really itching to try double exposures on my Minolta X-700, and after a week of shooting I finished my roll. It usually doesn’t take me that long to fill a roll, but the double exposure idea I had in mind required 20 different people to photograph. I essentially “collected” people all week. I would ask my friends, family, and neighbors to pose for me.

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The idea behind it was that I think we all have the desire to see marvelous things and travel and just live our lives to the fullest, but life happens and gets in the way and we don’t do the marvelous things we think about. I always hear people talking about how they would love to do x, y, or z, but they can’t because of reason 1, 2, and 3. One of my desires in life is to do these marvelous things and not let life hold me down with reasons 1, 2, 3. Are ya following me?

My first exposure was pictures of pictures of interesting travel places, like the Grand Canyon, the Great Pyramids of Giza, etc. After I filled my roll with exposures of these places, I rewound (rewinded? rewound? uh?) and shot people doing ordinary things. I got my dad making coffee, my mom getting ready for work, my sister when we were out for dinner, stuff like that.The sad thing is only 5 out of 24 really came out nicely. But hey- that’s okay, 5 is better than nothing! I love working with film and the unpredictability of it.

All five of the pictures are in my film work tab, so be sure to check it out. I’m heading to Chicago tomorrow to visit my best friend, so keep an eye out for some more updates and photos.

Minolta X-700 and Revolog

I received a Minolta X-700 for Christmas, and have been procrastinating learning how to use it for the past six months. It was daunting to me; I had never used a fully analog camera, and all the nobs and numbers and dials were intimidating. Honestly, I was afraid I’d screw it up. However, I finally bit the bullet yesterday and read the manual and went to work.

For those newbies like me who have done nothing but hold a DSLR, the Minolta X-700 is a manual focus SLR from the early 80s. It has a program mode and an aperture-priority mode, so there are options on it that aren’t fully manual, but I was feeling tenacious and figured I had enough schooling to go all-out on manual mode.

The oldies reading this are probably smiling or shaking their heads at me and my excitement over using an analog camera. But I was practically dancing while taking pictures yesterday because I knew what I was doing. I started laughing with joy yesterday when I was trying to take a picture with my aperture stopped down to f/11, and I was still over-exposed with my shutter speed on the fastest shutter available for the camera. Then, I had an epiphany- I COULD STOP DOWN FURTHER. HOLY COW WHAT A CONCEPT. And then MAYBE- JUST MAYBE- I could find an equivalent exposure so my shutter speed wouldn’t have to be ridiculously high.

I think I take too much advantage of my DSLR. I let it think for me. When I see my light meter, when I see that little white triangle veering towards the -2 or the +2, I absent mindedly adjust my camera settings, not really paying attention to what I’m doing. My camera may be set to manual, but my mind is on automatic. Using my Minolta yesterday made me completely aware of every shot, the light, the exposure. I had to think about what I was doing; was that shutter speed really necessary, or was there an equivalent exposure I should use? Should I over-expose here to get the shadows lighter, or do I leave it? What aperture should I use to get the most out of the clouds during that sunset?

Seeing my developed photos, I see I have a lot of learning to do still. That makes me even more excited. I think working with my Minolta X-700 will make me into an even better photographer: one that is more aware of her camera.

For these pictures I used Revolog brand film, specifically their 600nm. Revolog is an Austria-based film company that makes films that have different color and texture effects. I’ve used their Kolor film (you can find the results of that one under my Travels<Film page) and the 600nm (on the Film Work page, more carnival photos like the one above.) They’re really awesome and fun to work with. They can be developed at home or wherever you can develop film, since all their films are C-41 process. You can check their store out here. Shipping is a bit pricey, so get with a friend and order film together to split the shipping cost!