The photographic explorations of a former film student.

Archive for September, 2011

Film

A while back, I was sorting out some stuff and happened to pick up an old box of prints and negatives from highschool when I still shot with my old Minolta AF-C (https://mycameramyfriend.wordpress.com/2011/05/30/my-first-camera/). They are weighty boxes that smell of the emulsion stored within.

Although I shoot digital these days, film conjures up strong emotions in me. I took several film photography courses, and, if that wasn’t enough, I was also a film student. The smell of emulsion takes me back to learning to process black and white film, making prints in the darkroom, and learning to load and shoot with different kinds of cameras. Sometimes I can almost feel the magazines as if I were about to turn off the lights and load them. I’m a sentimental creature, sometimes. I suppose that’s why I have a 16mm reel that I got as a prize for the department handbook quiz hanging on my wall with a short end of black and white reversal film on it. The green antihalation coating goes with my decor.

Smell is said to be one of the strongest memory triggers. What smells bring back memories for you?

Next Week: Outdoor Portrait or Classic Camera

If the weather and people’s schedules cooperate, I’m adding some portraiture to the blog. If not, it’ll be the camera.


An Exploration

Saturday, my father and I went on a photographic scouting expedition to a local park we’d just been told about. For me, it was more of a preliminary shoot, as I brought my normal camera. We spent half of the time learning the terrain and the new sights, and finding out that over half of the park was across a creek with no bridge over it. Overall, it was a nice place, but a different season/time of day combo would have made it better for photography.

The first thing I saw was a bunch of fungus in the shape of large flower petals.

 

The park was full of small trees that had been bent or knocked over during recent storms, forming archways. Many more trees were swaying unsteadily in the breeze above our heads.

 

In contrast, there were some large, sturdy old oaks with lots of octopus like dead branches. Very interesting, but as you can see, not the best lighting conditions. I’ll have to come back another day.

 

The leaves are just barely starting to turn up here, so it will probably be another few weeks before I shoot nature again.

 

Next Week

Honestly, next week comes at a busy time for me. My next post may be late, archived, or both. Hopefully neither. Hopefully I will be photographing negatives and short ends of film. I was a film student, so I have them, and I have a strange emotional attachment to them.

 



Highlights of Average Cars

Unfortunately, my schedule didn’t permit me to make it to a cruise night last week. I’ve got some prospects for next week, so hopefully things will come together this time. Meanwhile, here are some artistic shots of more average vehicles. It was a color, shape, and texture exercise. Good practice for when I get my lens on something more interesting.

 

 

Yes, I like tail lights, but I did consider other parts of the cars.

 

Next Week: Cruise Night or Nature

Which one it is depends on when I can find a cruise night and what else is happening in my life.