So Much London, So Many Pictures

Good news: I found a film lab (give it up for Snappy Snaps, being virtually everywhere in London,) and I successfully managed to get my roll of film developed! Huzzah! So let’s jump right into that:

These are all from my Natura, from this past Wednesday, because I’m a forgetful person and forgot to put my memory card back in my camera. I’m also an over-prepared person and had three other cameras on me, including this one, so all was well. This was my first time shooting with Fuji Natura Film, the film make special for this camera, and man, the colors are stunning. I’m looking forward to shooting more. While my photos were developing, I adventured around Regent’s Park. I was trying to do some mock-infrared photos, but I think I under-exposed too much and am having a difficult time editing them properly. C’est la vie.

I was in Queen Mary’s Rose Garden, taking pictures of roses, when an idea struck me. Now, I don’t like taking pictures of flowers. For me personally, it was a phase in my early days to photograph flowers, like photographing shoes and photographing the sky. There are beautiful photographs of flowers out there in the world, but I am not a photographer who enjoys creating said photos. But when you’re in a place where there is literally nothing but flowers, you have two hours to burn before class starts, and you have a camera around your neck… You see where this is going. So I got creative.

slow shutter + small aperture + spinning the camera = this

I’m pretty excited about these. I want to do more, will do more, will probably make a whole series out of them because that is what I do with my life. In the late afternoon, I went out with some friends to Leicester Square and Covent Garden for a bit of window shopping. It was nice, being in a small group, and the area wasn’t too crowded so I was able to get pictures that I wanted. All in all it was a good day for photography, especially because I didn’t forget anything like a camera or a memory card.

I’ve taken so many pictures already this trip, and the excitement only continues from here on out! I’ve got a few more cameras to take out, many more series to execute, and a lot of homework to catch up on. So, with that… Happy shooting!

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Babes in the Woods (and Other Places)

This past weekend I visited some friends and attended their graduation party. I only had my Natura Classica with me, but I filled it quickly at their party, which was near a wooded area. I took some pictures of my friends (who I don’t normally get to take photos of so it was a treat,) and yeah. I don’t know what else to say so here are the photos:

At their party there was a huge bonfire that I got some good pictures of- but you won’t see those until I make my “May’s Photos” post! I filled my roll that was supposed to be for the month of May on these photos, so half the roll is from my random captures and the other half are of my friends. I loaded my camera with a new roll, so maybe I’ll fill it up before June (which is ten days away but whatever.)

The woods were really beautiful, I hope I get the opportunity to shoot Christine and Amber there again sometime.

I have a shoot tomorrow with a roll of film that I souped- I can’t wait to show you guys and give you the recipe!

Thanks for looking and happy shooting!

Field Study #9

Time for something kind of different!

I did a project for one of my classes with the theme Environment. I had to locate a space and find a way to bring a sense of the place into the classroom. So I did a mock field study. Using the Lomochrome Purple XR film and my imagination, I created a purple forest. As a field scientist (as a pretend field scientist, rather,) I documented my stay in the Purple Forest through journaling, taking samples, sketching, and making sound recordings. I tried to bring a sense of my imaginary place into the classroom my using 4 of my 5 senses: hearing, touch, smell, and sight.

So this is what I did: I went down to the river on my campus, to an area that has no trails and isn’t frequented by students. I took pictures, made sound recordings of the birds and the river, and I took leaves and berries from the area. I altered the recordings I made to include choral, heavenly sounds. I took the leaves and berries and I put them in jars with colored water, to give the effect that the leaves were purple or pink. I also took strawberry extract and said it was a “river water” sample, so my imaginary place smelled like strawberries.

Here is my field guide that I put together.

My handwriting is a little hard to read, but no worries: it’s typed up and ready to read in the Undergraduate Work tab.

As usual, things didn’t go as planned. My first roll of film gave me a world of trouble. My camera refused to rewind it. So I had to do it the old-fashioned way (turn off all the lights hide under numerous blankets and use a pair of scissors to ease it back into the camera…) Because of this, a lot of my roll got over-exposed and turned magenta. I scanned them in and did what I could to salvage them, but they just weren’t to my standards. I printed them on normal paper and pasted them into the field guide, and moped. And moped. And moped some more. Then I got mad, grabbed my camera, and re-shot another roll. And they turned out beautifully.

I’m super bummed I only have 2 rolls of the Lomochrome Purple XR left. I’ll need to order some more soon.

In other news: my blog is a year old! Yay! It’s incredible to look back and see how much work I’ve done this year. It’s inspiring and humbling all at the same time.

Well, that’s all for now. Now that my finals are over and I’m on break, expect more blogging from me!

My Experience with Lomochrome Purple XR

Lomography came out with this really cool special effects film last summer. The film kind of mimics the much loved and now coveted Kodak Aerochrome infrared film, only it’s not infrared. It has standard C-41 processing. Lomochrome Purple turns greens purple, yellows pink… This photo by BlazerMan on Flickr does a good job illustrating what this film does to color.

I bought five rolls of it, since you can only buy it in bulk at the moment. I was stingy and cautious with my first roll, one because it was expensive and two because no one has a set formula to get the most ideal results from this film. You can shoot anywhere from 100-400 ISO, but I’ve been some shots that are 50 and 800, and they look nice. It took me about a month to fill my roll, so it had three different shoots on it.

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This was my first shot with the film. Since the film’s effects show up best with foliage present, I thought my favorite view of the river on my campus would be perfect. I was not disappointed. I took this on my way to board the buses for a trip with the Marching Band.

I knew the school we were going to had a grass football field, and I was curious to see what results it would have. I shot these with an ISO of 200, and over exposed one stop. The colors are nice and rich, but a little too dark for my taste. I do enjoy the effect the film has on skin, though.

The film traveled with me on my adventure to the Packard Plant as well. I wanted to see what sort of results I would get without foliage present. It created an other-worldly effect, which was appropriate, considering my subject matter.

My last stop my film made was a cider mill/pumpkin patch. I over exposed by two stops for a couple, and those are the photos that have a pink haze.

I’m pleased with this film. I’ve used three rolls out of five. My second roll encountered a great mishap (my x700 was being a jerk and wouldn’t rewind the film, so I had to sit under a bunch of blankets to hand rewind it, wasn’t working, scissors, tears, snot, tissues… it was a total mess,) and my third roll will be showing up on this blog shortly, since it has a whole project attached to it that is worth seeing.

I recommend checking this film out and experimenting with different ISOs- it’s a lot of fun, and I like sharing fun things with you guys!