August marked a change in my film shooting. It seems that rather than forcing myself to shoot or forcing myself to finish a roll of film, I used it when appropriate. When I wanted for what I wanted. I think for me, I am starting to understand just exactly how I want to use film in conjunction with my other digital camera. In many ways, I am starting to see film as just another tool in my photography tool chest.
Going forward, I will be changing the way I write and talk about film. Since film has become just part of my everyday photographic journey, I won’t be waiting until the 1st week or so of every month to be talking about it. Nope, I’ll just be integrating images shot on film as well as film related shots and experiences into my blog whenever I take them and whenever I choose.
This past month, I shot 4 rolls of film. However, I have only got three back from processing. I shot a roll of Ektar 100, expired Portra 400 pushed to 800, TriX 400 pushed to 800 and experimented in an old Olympus Camera with a roll of Porta 400. I haven’t gotten the last roll Portra back from processing yet and I honestly, I only like 2 of the shots from the roll of TriX so today, I am just going to show you some of the Portra stuff and some Ektar 100. I will apologize in advance for the poor scanning quality. I am having some issues with dust as well as my scanner.
The first several shots were shot on Ektar 100 while we were up on MN’s North Shore.
Here are some expired Portra 400 shots pushed to 800. Don’t think I’ll push Portra again. I got shots I like, but they required quite a bit of work to print.
And here is my favorite shot from film in the month of August. I shared it a few weeks ago but I had processed the lo res digital scan in Lightroom. Here’s the un edited scan.
This last one was shot on expired Portra 400 into the sun. I pushed it pretty hard to salvage the following image. I also converted it to B&W in Lightroom.
My girl – Grand Marais, MN – Artists Point
Really love the new old tool in my photography tool chest called film.
I know I said I’d be out until next Thursday. I just have too much content lately. Here is one shot from yesterday’s Coffee Ride. We had an awesome group. We also were treated to heavy fog and incredible light. I got so darn many good images from yesterday it is crazy. This one really makes me want to go ride my bike in the country.
We’ve got kid soccer practice this morning and then we are officially checked out.
Have a great weekend and see you all here again next Thursday.
Today I bring to you a few images that are symbolic of what I had in mind when I started planning my film project back in December 2011. I not only wanted to learn from shooting film, I had a specific vision for shooting film. Today, I will share with you several images of shooting analog, or film, while in motion. I wanted to shoot motion while in motion. I wanted to capture this with film.
Before I get into the images, I’ll share the technical details of my camera and film set up and why I chose what I chose.
- Camera – Bessa R4A Rangefinder. I chose a rangefinder because I liked the simplicity and the durability associated with simplicity. Who knows, that may in fact be in my head, but I do believe simplicity is often times more durable. I also wanted full manual focus so I could zone focus and I needed something with an Auto or Aperture Priority metering system so I could fully shoot while moving without needing both hands to focus, adjust aperture and adjust the shutter speed. I chose the Bessa R4A over any other camera that fit this description because it is optimally designed for wide angle shooting.
- Lens – Cosina Voigtlander 21mm f4 – I chose wide because I knew I’d not really be able to put the camera to my eye in most conditions or situations. The lens is incredibly small and lightweight as well. The 21mm allows me to be close and still be able to capture the entire rider if desired. Just point it and you have a good chance of getting it. The focus scale is very easy to read on these lenses as well so zone focusing while moving is pretty darn simple. I also searched Flickr and other photo sites/blogs and I like the images captured with this angle of view and this specific lens.
- Film – I chose Kodak Tri-X 400 simply because that is what I shot in college and it is just sort of the look and feel I like. I also pushed this to 800 because we started early and I wanted a deep depth of field so that I could get all of the riders in, or nearly in, focus. Most of these shots are shot at f16 or f22. It worked perfectly. In bright light I’d shoot this at 400, but again it was early and we’d be riding in and through dark roads so I needed that extra stop that pushing to 800 gives.
Overall, I am very, very pleased and I can’t wait to go out and experiment a little bit more. I found the lens does have some flare that I need to be aware of, but other than that, my set up worked as planned. I also found out the 21mm is so, so wide that I kept getting the brake hoods in my photos. I did crop them out of one of the images below, otherwise all images are simply scanned as is and un-edited or processed.
The first few shots give you an indication of the look & feel for my vision of shooting film while in motion.
These last two really represent what I hoped to capture. Both of these images really make me feel like I am in the picture and participating as opposed to just shooting a snap shot.
These last two shots are probably my favorite images of 2012. Some may think otherwise, but for me it represents achieving a vision. It may sound a bit stupid, but it is an accomplishment that I planned in my head 6+ months ago. I put a plan in place and went for it. These visions don’t always come true or work out as planned so when the do actually achieve them I try to acknowledge it and celebrate it. I gotta say I am pleased and I can’t wait to capture some more.
Overall, with some more practice, I’m certain I can master this technique. I’m going to keep trying until I do. Until then, I hope you enjoy my learning process and experimentation.
Every once in a while it all comes together as planned. Ben Witt and I have talked about the idea of a coffee ride for some time. The idea is simple. Meet for coffee early in the morning. Ride bikes. Check out new places. Go to work. Last Friday marked our second attempt and it was perfect in every way.
Not only did the weather break just for a few hours of cool morning riding, but we had a nice group of 7 and a shortish 15-20 mile route. I put the route together and it included pavement, gravel, dirt, grass fields and maybe a ditch or two. I think all had fun and we all made it to work at a respectable hour.
Ben and I are scheming and planning. We envision the ride starting at different coffee shops and led by different people. Meet new people. Ride new places. All brought together by a love for 2 wheels, people and coffee.
So here are some pics from the ride. A few of these are my current favs from all of 2012. Hope you enjoy them.
Oh yeah, it was a great morning riding with friends. I was so pleased with the images and had fun processing them to give them a bit more “feel”. As a side note, I also shot 36 images on film! It was my first effort of shooting analog while riding. I was using my wide angle 21mm on the Bessa R4A with Tri-X 400 pushed to 800. I can’t wait to get those processed and scanned so I can share them next week. I have high hopes for them. Let’s hope they meet those expectations so I can work on this idea I have in my head….
I am out for this week’s coffee ride. My mom is in town from Colorado so we are planning to meet up with her. I’ll be back the following week though. Next week I’ll post a location and time. Sure hope you all can join us.
Well….I think I started something new today. I’m calling them the coffee rides. Ben Witt and I have talked about it before and today we made our inaugural attempt. What is the coffee ride? It’s a casual early morning no drop group ride that starts and ends at a coffee shop and could involve making coffee somewhere. Pretty simple. Today we started at the Dunn Bros in Farmington, MN and we did a pavement, gravel, dirt, mud, and grassy two track route. Nothing too hard. Nothing too long. We had 5 folks total. It was a great ride and a great way to start the day.
Here is the recap in images. Just fun stuff here. Nothing too serious and certainly not my highest quality work. Hope you enjoy. Better yet, join us next week. I plan to make an announcement next week for our next coffee ride. Tentative date is next Friday. Stay tuned for more info.
Did I make it appealing enough? Come join us next Friday AM. Location TBD. Time? Early. When I say early, I mean early.