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.

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.

Playing with Film – Portra 400

As you may recall, I have been trying my hand at shooting film and am participating in a part of a blog circle of some lovely photographers who are doing the same.  Each month we will be trying out a new type of film and posting our results.  This month, we shot Kodak Portra 400.  Most of my circle had shot Porta 400 a few months ago, so this time they rated the 400 ISO film as 800 to test those results.  I had never tried the film before, so I skipped the rating at 800 portion of the experiment.  (Also, I couldn’t figure out how to do it.)  Many people have told me is their favorite film, so I expected just to love it, but in the end I am not sure that I do.  It certainly “feels” like the film shots I recall from my childhood, and I appreciate that nostalgia, but I am not sure that I am happy with the tint, the saturation or the grain – except for most of the bright, full-sun photos, which I prefer.

First, here are a few shots from Seattle –

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The rest of the images were shot while we were on vacation in Hawaii.

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Please continue around our blog circle and check out the stunning work of Gretchen Willis by clicking HERE.

Playing with Film: Fuji Pro 400H

This month, my Playing with Film blog circle has taken on shooting with Fuji Pro 400H film.  We’ve had a HUGE variety of weather this month in Seattle, not just the dreaded overcast and rainy days I’ve come to expect, so I was able to try this film out in various conditions.  Sun, in Seattle, in January is quite unexpected and spectacular (you should have seen all the photographers lined up in Kerry Park for this view!):

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Including this one of Avery giving me the stink-eye:

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We’ve also had several days of intense fog, which I have LOVED.  It just creates such a gorgeous, ethereal feel to the world (and I think the film captures that quite well):

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And, of course, here are a few macros (mostly taken outdoors in overcast conditions).  I particularly love the green spiky plant!

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Please continue around the blog circle and check out Jenny Hall’s play on Fuji Pro 400H by clicking HERE.

Playing with Film: Kodak T-Max 400

A few months ago, I was visiting my family in New Jersey and dug some old film cameras out of the back of my parents’ closet.  I thought it would be fun to play around with them, and that they might help me to learn to slow down when I am shooting (I tend to be a bit rapid fire chasing my girls).  I mentioned this to my friend Justine Knight and, the next thing I knew, she had brought me in to be a part of a blog circle of some lovely photographers from Clickin’ Moms who are also exploring film.  Each month we will be trying out a new type of film and posting our results.  This month, we shot Kodak T-Max 400 Professional Black & White film.  Here are a few of my shots:

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Please continue around the blog circle and check out the work of Aimee Ford by clicking HERE.