Kind of a crazy afternoon yesterday. I submitted 3 photos to www.stevehuffphoto.com as part of his daily inspiration series. Since I have never really shared my photos other than here, I was a bit nervous. Within minutes of submitting, I got this note back from Steve Huff himself.
These are great! I will post them soon.
Shortly after, my site traffic went up quite a bit. I looked at where traffic was coming from and it was from Steve Huff’s site. Thank you Steve. I can’t believe I made your site from my little place here on the internet. My 3 bicycle travel inspired photos were posted as Daily Inspiration #360. Thank you Steve Huff Photo. See them here.
If any of my bike geek friends need any motivation to check out his amazing photography site, one of my photos is new work from my recent trip to Japan. It’s the first time I’ve shared it so make sure you head on over there to check it out.
For all the photography folks that landed here from Steve Huff Photo, I just want to say thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoyed my site while here. Also, thanks for the words, the critiques and the encouragement in the comments over there. I can’t thank you all enough.
It’s mid April and I’m once again scanning and processing all my film I shot in March. It was a great month as you may have recognized from some recent posts. I shot quite a bit of film and I also got a new to me old Olympus 35RC rangefinder camera that I am quite smitten with. So beyond the new old camera stoke, why did I shoot more film? Honestly, I am just enjoying it and I love the feeling of anticipation waiting to see the processed film and the 4×6 test prints I have made. It is like Christmas where you have ideas of what is in the wrapped box(es) and you can’t wait to open them up to see if you were right. All in all I shot 4 rolls of film. I’ve shared some of these images already in other focused posts, but I have many new images to share below. Hope you enjoy them.
Here’s the link to my Up North on Film post with some more scanned images.
The shots above were all shot at the USS Midway in San Diego. The B&W are TriX 400 shot with my Bessa R4A and that last shot was shot on Portra 400 with the Olympus 35RC.
Getting the shot @ Sunset Cliffs - San Diego, CA
Sunset @ our Hotel - Sunset Cliffs - San Diego, CA
Sea World - San Diego, CA
Legoland - San Francisco Skyline
All in all a very good month on film. I learned a lot. I am slowing down. I am really thinking about exposure differently as I can’t shoot RAW and fix later. Aside from struggling with keeping the horizon level when trying to focus with a rangfinder, compose and get my exposure right, I am getting the hang of it pretty good. I’m really digging this project and I’m really excited to look back in January 2013 and see how I’ve grown as a photographer. So far, I really believe it is helping me and I’m so very happy to have so many printed images around our home.
Over the past few months we’ve had a few friends dealing with significant things in their lives. Life changing things. This coupled with changes going on inside of me have really made me think about what is important to me. I’ve written several times that this year will be the finishing up of some commitments that I hope will free up some time for me to commit more time to the things that matter. One of those friends recently wrote on facebook “What I think about, I will become, like it or not.” This struck me and made me realize I’ve been filling my mind with stuff that really is not all that important. I have much bigger and better things to be spending time thinking about. One of those things is my family and another is my awesome wife.
As such, I looked back over our recent trip to California. We did all the super tourist things such as Legoland, Sea World, and the San Diego Zoo. But you know what, my favorite memory of the whole trip was walking on the beach with my family. Below I am sharing my favorite images from the trip. I may do something with these 4 images. I’m not certain what yet, but I want to print them just for me and hang them somewhere I can always see them.
Coronado Beach @ sunset - San Diego, California
My greatest gift
I know this post is sorta heavy. It is just what is on my mind today. I’m looking forward to my weekend with my family. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do after being gone for a bit. I suspect I’ll get out for a ride too.
Now…I gotta get to work. Have a great day and an even better weekend.
I know it is mid March but I just got around to scanning my film from February. I made it a second month. I have to be honest, it wasn’t easy this past month as I struggled a bit not with film, but with my photographic mojo. It just wasn’t happening for me. I had a few bursts of creativity, but I just didn’t have “IT”.
After two months I am very pleased with how this project is working. It is slowing me down a bit. It is making me think more. I love the feel of the images more than anything. While I can get close to replicating film with digital processing, it just isn’t the same. Some may argue, but at least on my images, it seems obvious that I can’t replicate them.
An unexpected result thus far is that I find myself not only fiddling with the settings on my digital camera more, I find that I am taking the time to put my digital camera away with the proper settings I like and want. To often in the past I have grabbed my digital camera, turned it on and started shooting only to find that I had some stupid setting from my previous time shooting. I still make mistakes, like my trip up north where I shot medium size jpeg images all week, but honestly I have been making less mistakes digitally.
So here are a few shots from February. I only shot one roll in the entire month. It was TriX 400 pushed to 800. Hope you enjoy the pics.
So that is it for February installment for My 2012 Film Project. I’m excited to share some March images already as I’ve shot a couple rolls so far. Look for some Portra 400 images next month!
We made it back to Minneapolis from the great white north. Awesome time on fatbikes. Great friends. Amazing scenery. Lot’s of stories to tell. I’ll get to that. Today I’ll share just a few portraits. I’m working on my portraits and I’ve found a combo of camera and lens I really like. I’ll tell you about it soon, but it’s something old and gives me awesome files with an lovely feel. As you can see from the smiles, we had a blast.
Errin – Frontage Roads & Fatbike in the City
Ben – Milltown Cycles
Matt – The Dirtblog
I’ll be back with more stories and pics as soon as I get my images processes. I think I got some great stuff.
Hope you take the extra day this year to do something you’ve always wanted to do or put off because you don’t have enough time.