Black & White Beauty

I am not exaggerating when I say that I love black and white photography, in fact that’s probably an understatement. I don’t claim to be the best photographer in the world, but pretty much anyone can take a photo in black and white and it will turn out decent looking (for the most part). Luckily, I have my Minolta X-700 most of the time to depend on and thank for beautiful B&W shots, but my girlfriend takes a pretty brilliant shot using that camera, so she tends to use it some when I have it around. I don’t like to admit it, but her shots somehow always seem to turn out…how should I put this, clearer than mine. She knows how to focus the camera better, but if I have to blame something, let me blame the fact that I wear glasses that make it harder to see through the viewfinder! Anyway, here are some of the shots that we got on our last date with the trusty Minolta X-700.

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I am super proud of that shot (I took it!), not only is it a good clear shot, but it really captures something about her personality, it has to be one of my favorite shots of the night!

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Before you even ask, we went to an open mic night (nobody showed up, but that was cool because we got to basically take pictures of anything we wanted to), that is located at my favorite art house. It’s always a good time when the art house is involved!

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Don’t ask me what happened on those two shots above of me and her, that’s one of the cool things about film photography, you seriously never know about the film, the camera, or the developer, so the results are always exciting to see! I have a ton of other cool shots, but I took some with my Fuji Natura Classica and used color film, so I will save those for a future post. For now you will have to be satisfied with the beautiful black and white shots in this post.

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Stick Around For The Unknown

TODAY is the LAST day of the summer program that I have been working with. I can’t say that I have too many “brilliant” photos from this summer, but then again, that all depends on your definition of the word. I have my car loaded up and am ready to go tonight after the day’s events. There are a few people that I will miss from the program and the students that I got the opportunity to work with were great. Take a look at these photos and get a sense of the mood of the program for me, it was mostly relaxing and enjoyable, save a few of the employees creating drama. Most of these were taken with my little buddy, the Olympus XA, using Lomography Color Negative 400 ISO film.

Alas, I must bid you au revoir. I am excited to be going back home to spend the last few weeks of summer at my new job as the editor of my colleges newspaper. I don’t doubt that it will be lots of work, but what worth doing isn’t?

Goodbye summer program, hello to the unknown.

I Dreamed I Had Become A Ghost

I have been experimenting with lots of my cameras lately and loving the results. First off, life just simply looks better through an analogue lens, proven fact. Second, it’s more fun to shoot film. Third, fourth and fifth, it’s awesome. I know, I sound like a bit of a fan, but that may be because I am.

There is so much that you can do with film. So many cool results to get. My favorite camera thus far, out of the 15 analogue cameras that I own is my LOMO LC-A+, but the Olympus XA is a very close runner up!

I have been trying to take my cameras everywhere I go, some people love them and others are confused at the fact that I am shooting film. Not surprisingly, some people have never even seen a film camera in action.

It’s always fun to take a camera with me to go eat and get a whole new take on dinner. Nothing ever looks the same on film as it did through your eyes, not exactly anyway.

So to sum up, be cool and shoot film. Buy film, not megapixels. It’s a great way to view the world that you think you already know.

Life is beautiful, capture it in a way that is the essence of living in the moment. Don’t worry about editing your shots and correcting color, things like that deteriorate the original magic of a photo and capturing a moment in time, forever.

Fly By Days

Can you feel it? The allergies setting up shop in your forehead, the clutter mashing up your sinuses and the pollen tainting your car door just enough to make your hands itch after they touch it? Spring is in the air…literally.

I decided that I would pay a quick visit to a brand new secondhand bookshop that just opened. It is called Dayfly Bookstore. The owners were super awesome and the books were old and cool. I try and find books that aren’t super old and full of allergies, and I found a brilliant copy of The Great Gatsby. Go ahead and congratulate me on that find!

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Don’t get too excited about that image with the Starbucks Coffee cup in it…the coffee wasn’t mine. I was testing out my neat little La Sardina and well, look at that beauty of a result! It takes great multiple exposure shots. When I sent the film off for development there was apparently a little splashing in the processing fluids that went on because of how this one image turned out…no complaints though, I like it.

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