February’s Photos

Even though my last roll was half of January and half of February, I decided to do a roll for the remainder of February. That way, I’ll be carrying a roll around for a whole month from here on out, and not half and half (like half of February and March, half of March and April… you get it, I’m not sure why I’m explaining this because you’re all smart so I’ll stop typing in this parenthetical now.) This is my roll from February 12th to the end of the month. They may not be as exciting as my studio photos I posted earlier this week, but it’s nice to carry around a camera and capture things I find nice. It’s teaching me that not all my images need to be elaborately constructed.

I’ve been carrying my Fuji Natura Classica with me everywhere. I’ve forgotten it at home a couple of times and whenever I do I kick myself because, without fail, I run into a scene that’s simply gorgeous and I don’t have my camera. Typical.

I’m wondering about the dates of my photos. I’m sure I can fix it in my camera, but the manual is in Japanese, as are the controls. That’s not really a good excuse though, since the internet exists and I’m sure the manual is in English somewhere. So, what I’m really saying is I’m lazy and you should ignore the time stamp because it’s wrong and I did not take these photos in 2005 because in 2005 I was in middle school dealing with puberty, not in college taking pictures of boys in dark rooms.

So there’s that.

Right now I’m working on my research project that I mentioned earlier this month. I’ll have more images up in a week and a new explanation, as my project is evolving. I’m also planning a shoot right now in downtown Detroit, so keep an eye out for that.

It’s going to be an exciting week in photography. For all my readers out in warmer regions of the world, please send some warm weather my way so my fingers don’t fall off while I’m shooting away!

Carrying a Camera Everyday

I’ve finally made it a habit to carry a camera around with me everywhere I go. I’m so glad I’ve committed, as it is one of the best things I’ve ever done. I carried around my Fuji Natura Classica so I could use it in adverse lighting situations and loaded it with ISO800 Fuji Film. Whenever I saw a scene that made me wish I had a camera, I pulled my camera out and captured it (BECAUSE I HAD ONE WITH ME WOW WHAT A CONCEPT!) Almost all the photos on the roll have some merit, but these are the best (in my opinion, anyway.)

The last picture (with the little glass animals) is a preview of what I’ve been doing in the studio recently. More on that a different day. (:

The images were scanned in on my new portable scanner by Kodak. I gotta figure out what those weird lines are, but other than that the scanner is great. It’s super easy to use and it’s going to be great for when I’m studying abroad this summer and I want to share my photos taken with film.

I started shooting this roll in mid January and finished it February 11th. I’d like to do a roll a month. I highly recommend trying this, because it is truly rewarding. Carrying a roll of film around for a month makes you grow a little attached to it, and it makes you excited to see the final results. I was not disappointed with this adventure.



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.

Backyard Beauty

Today I did a shoot that took longer to get ready than it did to actually take pictures. My sister, Natalie, was the model for me and she spent about an hour and a half doing her hair and makeup. It took me five minutes to shoot.

“That’s it?”

“Yepp. That’s it. Let’s go inside.”

The best part was it started to rain half-way through her getting ready process. I was not about to cancel the shoot, so I had to go all classy on my camera equipment: plastic trash bags are not just for taking out your nasties. So here we were, in my backyard (which is pretty junky…) in the freezing rain, trash bag over my camera, Natalie in a robe and sitting in a hair-dryer chair I found at a thrift store, with my dog sniffing around.

It was a good time, even though it was about five minutes.