Who We Become – January 2016

We are posting our December blog for Who We Become, with perspectives from all our members.  My image was taken on film, when we were in Florida for our friends’ wedding.  KAC_2016_01_12_0115

If you would like to visit this month’s images as a blog circle and spread a little love to my friends, please start with my friend Kim by clicking HERE. Or you can click on my image to get to Who We Become and see all this month’s images.

Who We Become: Artistry (8)

We are continuing to work on shooting for ourselves on Who We Become.  This week we are discussing specific steps that we may try to do this.  One thing I have been trying is to shoot more film.  Film forces me to slow down, to work very deliberately on my focus and to pay more attention to composition and other details in camera.  I like shooting film outdoors, because film loves (and requires) lots of light, but shooting film indoors is much more difficult.  Working on a technical skill requires a certain level of concentration and I appreciate that.  I recently acquired a manual focus camera that is particularly tricky.  I don’t know if I will love the images I am creating right away, but I am glad to be practicing these techniques regardless.  Please click HERE to visit Who We Become and see all the images on the blog this week.
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Playing with Film – Lomo

My film circle experimented with Lomography 100 film this month.  When I think of Lomo, I think of Instagram-like filters, crazy colors and effects.  Shooting with my regular F100 and having the film processed normally led to absolutely boring results, however.  The colors are saturated, but not so crazy that it looks particularly intentional.  I think I need a Diana camera with some cool light leaks or something to make it more interesting.  Still, some of these shots are pretty fun.KAC_2013_07_16_0100

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Please check out what Joanna Bach thought of Lomo (or Fuji Velvia) by clicking HERE.

Playing with Film – Ektar

Over the last few months, I have been further exploring the world of film photography, and I must say that I am really beginning to love it.  As you may recall, I am participating in a part of a blog circle of some lovely photographers also exploring film.  Typically we try out a new type of film each month, and this month we had a choice between Ektar (color) and Acros (black and white).  I am a bit tired of black and white film at the moment, so the Acros is going to have to wait.  This Ektar was shot on my trip to Hawaii earlier this spring, with a few frames when we returned to Seattle.  I find the color to be pretty saturated, with quite a lot of magenta, but I really love the nostalgic feel it creates.  Here are some of my photos and I’d love to hear what you think!

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Please continue around our blog circle and check out the work of Jennifer Vititoe by clicking HERE.

Playing with Film – B&W free for all – HP5

Over the last few months, I have been further exploring the world of film photography, and I must say that I am really beginning to love it.  As you may recall, I am participating in a part of a blog circle of some lovely photographers also exploring film.  Typically we try out a new type of film each month, but this month is a bit more loosey goosey, with each of us trying any B&W film we’d like.  I shot a roll of HP5 (actually last month, but not too long ago!) and am not sure what I think.  I absolutely love some of these shots – my favorite is the one of Avery sticking out her tongue – but others (especially the ones I’ve decided not to post) I like less and I wonder if I should have exposed them a bit more.  In any case, here are some of my photos and I’d love to hear what you think!

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Please continue around our blog circle and check out the work of Joanna Bach by clicking HERE.

Project 52: Playing with [Night] Light (4)

Today’s post is for Project 52, a weekly blog project that I am working on with several other talented photographers whom I’ve come to know and love over the past year. In this project, we concentrate on light and spend several weeks exploring an overarching theme. In this month’s theme we explore light at different times of day.  In this final week, after exploring  morning, afternoon and evening light, we are exploring the light of night.

I love the drama of nighttime photography, even if it’s something I rarely get to do.  I took this image of the Seattle skyline using film – specifically Ilford HP5 400 – and a slow shutter speed to capture the light trails of the cars on the highway.  This view of the night skyline is one that I remember from my first night here in Seattle, when we’d arrived from the airport with an absurd quantity of luggage and no idea where we were going (both literally and figuratively).  These days I am finally starting to feel more at home.

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Please continue along our creative blog circle to see what my lovely friend Kim DuPree has posted.  Kim takes the most cheerful, bright and absolutely stunning photos of seniors.  Please click HERE to see Kim’s play on night light.

Playing with Film – Portra 160

Over the last few months, I have been further exploring the world of film photography, and I must say that I am really beginning to love it.  As you may recall, I am participating in a part of a blog circle of some lovely photographers also exploring film.  Each month we will be trying out a new type of film and posting our results.  This month, we shot Kodak Portra 160.  I have been really enjoying the results I got with the Portra 160 (and perhaps particularly in combination with my new film camera, the Nikon F100), so I am going to do a bit of an overshare, once again.  Here are some of my photos….

These first few were taken on our trip to Colorado with some dear friends.  Ben is *such* a cutie, don’t you agree?

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I just adore this shot of Avery “posing” for me.  She managed to get quite cold in the process!

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These next couple were taken for a project I’m doing in one of my film classes, but I like them so much that I had to share:

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Back in Seattle, this is the face Avery makes when she doesn’t want to do what I have asked her to do (check out those lips!) – and then proceeds to ignore me, of course:

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And the rest were all taken at the tulip festival in Skagit County (tulips.com), which I love so much that I am going to twice this year!

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Please continue around our blog circle and check out the work of my dear friend Linda Hooper by clicking HERE.