Polar Vortex and Photography

I live in Michigan. It’s cold here in the winter. That’s normal weather behavior. However, Michigan was hit by the polar vortex that was passing through the United States, and it was as if winter in Michigan took a couple of steroids. Make that a couple of bottles of steroids.

Here is some perspective as to how cold it was:

One night it was so cold that the steam on the windows in the shower room froze to the windows. Ice on the windows, inside.

People’s eyelashes were freezing together.

Bubbles could freeze. Throwing boiling water outside would cause it to instantly vaporize.

It was colder here than the South Pole.

My university had it’s 6th snow day in school history. My school opened in 1855. So,  I stayed inside all day. I didn’t have one of my photography classes which bummed me out, but I took care of it. I opened my blinds to look outside and fell in love with the light. So, I set up my camera, threw on a dress, and voila!

One of my goals this winter season is to go out and take pictures in the snow. I want to try my hand at landscapes. People are almost always present in my work, and I think it’s time to expand my horizons (which is almost a pun, because landscapes, horizon lines, horizons… like I said, almost a pun.)

So, yeah. I don’t really have much else to write about. I just missed writing. I think my next blog post will have a little something for you guys to try out. (:

Chasing Balloons

Today I did an impromptu photo shoot with my friend, Alison. We went to the dollar store, got 40 black balloons, and went to the vacant lot near my house (y’know, the only place around here that sort of looks like nature. We take what we can get in the suburbs.) I really had no ideas or concept, but as usual, a narrative fell into place as I worked.

While we were at the field forest lot place thing, we came across this little fort. It’s in one of the pictures above. It was kind of funny, kind of weird, and definitely made for some teenagers up to no good. We explored it a little, I climbed a tree… The usual business.

I shot 35mm film, Fuji Superia ISO800. I remembered how much I liked the 800 speed film in that field the first time I shot film there, and I wasn’t disappointed. I ran out of my roll, and even though I was done, there were two more moments that needed to be documented. So, I pulled out my handy dandy iPhone to save the day for the second time this week.

It’s great to gauge how far I’ve come this past year. Last December I shot my first roll of film on an automatic SLR. Now, a year later, I’m shooting with a fully manual SLR and I can read light on my own to pick out the best possible shutter speed and aperture without the need of a light meter. I make mistakes, but dang, I’ve come so far. Practice makes perfect, and this past year I’ve been practicing almost non stop.