Paris Throwback

I kept forgetting about a roll of film from my trip abroad that hadn’t been developed. I’ve been procrastinating on getting it done because I’d have to mail it to Lomography in NYC, which is a bit expensive, and I’d have to wait about a month. But, when I was getting things together for NYC, I noticed it, and packed it, figuring I could deliver it to the store myself and get it developed over the weekend. My plan succeeded, so, here’s a throwback to Paris, Lomochrome Purple XR panoramic style:

I used my Horizon Perfekt and determined the exposures without a light meter. It’s good I can do this regularly now, considering I’ve kinda been doing this photography thing for a while… even so, I’m thrilled they came out so nicely.

I think my favorite is the Eiffel Tower one, but they each look so nice it’s hard to commit to that comment.

There are two things I want to do with my life: travel and take photographs.

Happy Shooting!

Every Photographer Needs Patient Friends

Gotta love that post-travel blues. Here are some more photos, this roll was shot at Versailles- the main reason why I brought my Natura on this trip with me. The rooms aren’t lit the best, so I figured a super light sensitive camera would do the trick. And I was right.

I also got some nice shots at the Musée d’Orsay and a few random places around Paris. And I think that statue with the “Hey! Look at this guy!” vibe goin’ on is from the Louvre. But I can’t remember but hey, lookin’ good dude!

Let me tell you how I have some really great friends right quick.

So we’re in Versailles, right? This is my second time there, and a couple of my friends are a little behind us, so we decide to set up a place to meet (the exit) in case we separated. I was anticipating being one of the first people done wandering, since I’ve been there before, so I kind of set up this plan thinking I was the responsible adult type and I would wait for the kids at the end should they get distracted by the pretty gilded ceilings and floral tapestries.

Ha.

They were waiting for me for a good 20 minutes at the end. That’s right- me. So, shout out to my friends who sat patiently while I stood in the Hall of Mirrors for fifteen minutes. Every photographer needs friends like these.

Happy Shooting!

Une journée à Versailles

Today is a good day. I got my prints and negatives from the shoot I did in the gardens at Versailles:

The first image was an accident. Whoops. The other two, not so much. My Voigtlander Brillant v6 did exactly what I wanted it to do, which was create a foggy, dreamlike effect. I think I found a good use for this camera.

Some unfortunate things did happen. I had two potentially AWESOME photographs, but… I somehow accidentally double exposed them? I have NO IDEA how I accomplished this on my ancient camera, but whatever. That’s why I shot in digital, too.

I tried emulating the dream-like effect that my medium format camera wielded, but I didn’t get close at all. I do like what I ended up with though- the feeling I wanted is still there.

Originally, this shoot was going to have at least six or seven girls in it, but plans got all mixed up and our group all didn’t end up going to Versailles on the same day. It was for the best though, because it was difficult enough arranging three girls in an unknown place- I can’t imagine trying to do that with six or seven girls! Though, hopefully one day I can get a chance.

So, yeah, another international shoot under my belt. I have one more set of photos I’m waiting on that features a model, so keep an eye out. Until then, you know what to do: Happy Shooting!

 

Voyage à Paris

Well, I’m here again! It’s nice to be back in Paris- even if today was a bit of a successful cluster of a day.

We started out this morning at 6AM. We hopped on our train to France, where I fell asleep with my mouth hanging open and I drooled a little bit but hey I shouldn’t see any of those people on the train ever again. I really hope I never run into the conductor, because I tripped her on accident and if looks could kill I would not be typing this right now.

When we got into Paris we bought Metro passes and fought our way to our hostel. I mean, no punches were thrown but if the Metro system was a person, I don’t think I would hold back. I’m just spoiled by the tube, I guess, so even though the Metro is relatively easy to use, getting down to the trains is a nightmare. But yeah, we made it, the hostel is lovely, and we went to Versailles.

I was well prepared for Versailles this time. I brought my Natura Classica with me to help me out in the dimly lit apartments. I obviously don’t have those images quite yet (if only I had a pop-up developing tent like in the good ol’ days,) so the suspense that must be killing you right now will have to be endured. Also, my friends are great because they ended up waiting for me for about 20 minutes at the exit while I took my dandy little photography-driven time through the place. That’s love.

BUT THE BEST PART ABOUT TODay was the gardens.

Now, remember the last time I was in Paris, it was cold and it was the first week of April. There were no flowers. No fountains. It was pretty and all, but it wasn’t screaming HELLO YES WE ARE THE FAMOUS GARDENS OF VERSAILLES YOO HOO LOOK AT HOW PRETTY AND FLAMBOYANT WE ARE HOW ABOUT YOU GO FOR A STROLL AND MAYBE START A REVOLUTION OR SOMETHING?

All of that happened this time. Except the revolution.

My friends and I did a photo shoot in the gardens on my Voigtlander Brillant v6. So, once again, I have nothing to show you because I have to get those developed before I can show you. I’m pretty excited about them though, and if they turn out anything like my last batch from that camera, it’ll be revolutionary (see what I did there? do you see it?)

After toiling through the gardens for a few hours (my camera bag was back-breaking and it was hot and man those gardens don’t look so big from the Palace but when you’re suddenly at the end of the Grand Canal you may have some regrets I’m jussayin’,) we went back into Paris and decided to try getting to the Louvre before it closed. Well, that was a fail on 4 of 5 of our parts (kudos to Sarah for practically running across Central Paris in the name of art!) so instead we strolled along until we got to the Pyramids and soaked our feet in the fountains.

It was a lovely, busy day, and I’m looking forward to more adventures tomorrow. It’s wonderful to be back in the City of Light- let’s see what being around all this artistic inspiration does for my work!

À bientôt, and Happy Shooting!