Archive for the ‘Photo Blog’ Categoryby Eric on January 31, 2012 in Photo Blog with No Comments
Rowan on his 7th birthday wanted a suit. I have no idea why he wanted a suit, but he wanted one kept asking for one for a year. So we finally bought one for him and he loved it. So I figured that I would take a photo of him in front of the Azalia bush which blossoms every Spring in the bright magneta color you see in the photo below.You see I have taken a photograph of my boys every year around their birthday. I present it for their birthday present.
I than print out the photos and but them in a leather bound book. I give it to them as a gift every year.
This photo I was working with my Rolleiflex and strobe lights. This was one of my first attempts using a flashes in the Strobist fashion. I really like my Rollie, but after shooting some rolls, I have come to realize that the focus is off a bit. However in this image I really like the focus. In fact this image was the most favorite of mine from the roll. I have now idea why he had the leaf in his hand. He just held it there, looking at it in his outstretched hand with his birthday suit on getting his annual photo taken.
To Choose or Not to Choose…
I have been asked to donate again one of my photographs for an auction at the school where my brother teaches. I donated one last year and the selection was made by 2 of the women who were handling the organization of the auction. Here was the photo that was selected for last years auction:
This year they are leaving the selection up to me. I have a good idea of which photo I am thinking of selecting.
That is the major reason for this post. I figured that I would put it out there to see if there were any opinions as to which photo I should submit to the auction this year.
If you are interested you can comment on this post. If you would like you can comment on any of my photos on my Flickr stream.
We arrived at our destination roughly 12 hours later, actually 13 because of a GPS misinterpretation from my trusty navigator who frequently says “I Love my GP!” I do not love the GP.
Anyway the rest of the family was there. It was a great time and such a refreshing time for me. Thanks to Andrea and Cheryl for the week hiatus thank you soo much!
Montana is truly the Big Sky State it is pretty amazing really, I have lived in Colorado and Wyoming both with sprawling skies, however there is something very different about Montana skies. A day after settling in my oldest son and one of my brothers took a ride around to take pictures. My brother is an avid raptor fan, and loves to photograph them. He even tends after Hawks where he lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Well raptors are plentiful in Montana especially in Gallatin county. The skies are frequented by hawks and eagles. Just down the road from where we were staying perched in a tree was a bald eagle. It almost waited for us to pull up and my brother just started snapping away from outside the passenger window. After he was finished we drove on a little further. The sun was beginning to set and I wanted to capture the scene. If you are into mountain vistas this part of Montana is full of them! I found a spot and set up my camera on my tripod and adjusted and focused and than started to shoot I had a neutral density filter on the lens this allows you to take long exposure photographs during the daylight. Both my brother and son asked what I was doing? “I am just taking a photo, we will see if it works”, I said.
Here it is you decide…
I shot and processed my first roll of Efke 25 black and white film. I did a lot of reading around the internet to determine just how to process this film. I have been shooting with Tri-X almost exclusively and processing with D-76. With this film I wanted to challenge myself and I decided to process with Rodinal which is now called R09 One Shot. It is the same chemistry as the legendary Rodinal so I will refer to the chemistry as Rodinal. I decided to develop the roll by way of stand developing. I bought some Rodinal from Blue Moon Camera and Machine.
I was nervous about developing the film. I wanted to get the ratio proper and I did not want to waste this roll. I went on line and found a wide range of ratios and processes. There were many references to Rodinal and how it was the best to develop this slow fine grained film. I dove right in I mixed the chemistry and processed the film. I was so excited when I finally hung the film to dry. Wow the grain structure was amazing. Although something was a little off the base was weird looking. It wasn’t clear. I took the processed film to Blue Moon we talked about why the film look the way it did. I finally realized that I mixed the Rodinal as 10 to 100 or 1:10 not 1:100.
The film was way over processed, although some of the images looked cool. As I said I was totally impressed with the grain of the film. I have another roll in my camera now. I took it to Montana with me on our Christmas vacation and am dying to see the results this time with the 1:100 ratio. More later…
Going Old School with Efke 25
I decided to shoot some old school film Efke 25. I have been doing some reading about this film for a little while. With all the information out on the web, and all the beautiful images on Flickr I decided to buys some of this film and give it a try.
There is a great camera store in North Portland. It is called Blue Moon Camera and Machine which by the way is one of my favorite camera shops in Portland. I purchase my film here. Do check them out the store is great! The sell typewriters and all sorts of oldies but goodies, camera bodies, lenses film and chemicals. They are also very helpful. I especially like that all the men wear a button up shirt and a tie. The place has a very nice atmosphere. If you are in the Pacific Northwest and a film/camera buff I would pay them a visit.
I digress I bought 2 rolls of the Efke 25 ISO film to try. Over the last couple of months I have been driving by a farm house near the Sherwood Ice Arena on the Tualtin/Sherwood highway. It seems we are there once every weekend. I went out earlier in the week to capture the scene that I have seen so many times. With half the roll exposed I am really anticipating the images when processed.
Stay tuned for further developments…
Lovely Family and Great Photos
The weather in Portland started to become rainy and we got lucky with a beautiful sunny weekend day to photograph.
My client wanted some photos of her husband and her daughters in a casual environment. We used the surrounding forested area and playground for the scene. I turned out to be perfect.
I shot film for this job. I like the look that I get from my Leica and my Rolleiflex. I have shot several hundred rolls of film so I knew I would get some great photos for my client. Everything went as expected I used my 35mm Leica and 120 Rolleiflex for the job. I am glad I really liked the way that the color and look of the final photos.
Here are a few other photos from the shoot:
Here are some photos shot recently with my son Collin and his friend Silas in my makeshift garage studio. I used my oldie but goodie Rolleiflex and my Leica M7, shooting with my preferred Kodak Tri-X and Portra 400. Seems that I have a penchant for Kodak film.( Please Kodak do not go away!) I went to Goodwill and bought an old white sheet and attached it to my open garage door using it as a large soft box. I lit them with 1 Vivitar 283 behind the sheet and 2 other to the left and right of the guys. I was working on some strobist and makeshift studio work. I liked the challenge.
I asked the guys to get the PS3 controllers and they just started to ham in up, well Collin did especially.
More Images from Lake Huron
My family and I spent a few days on the shores of Lake Huron. My Dad and my Step Mom have property on the Southern shores. Lake Huron is gorgeous. It is one of the Great Lakes, left behind by retreating glaciers.
I was surprised by how shallow the lake is. We paddled around the lake a bit in a blow up kayak. We did not travel out very far but the lake was so clear one can see the bottom.
We were graced with great weather while there in late August. Having grown up in Michigan, I had not spent any time on Lake Huron. This was really my first experience there.
I took my Leica M7 and several rolls of Tri-X film. I shot several images of the lake. Something about water and clouds being shot with long exposures is very calming. I have been experimenting with long exposures, lately. I sort of like what effect I am getting.
You can see more of Lake Huron and long exposures in my Fine Art Gallery.
Photographing at Night
One of the most enjoyable things about shooting long exposures are the unexpected results that may develop. There is also an added bonus when shooting film, because of the lag time. I feel like today with everything needing to be finished and done almost instantaneously it is refreshing having to wait and see.
These are some images I captured around an in ground pool. The high contrast between the darkness and light give these images a eerie feel to them. There seems to be Creatures moving through the water. Notice how the water looks? It is rather smooth almost fog like. Another virtue of long exposure. The individuals swimming transform into ghost like apparitions. When shooting long exposures at night everyday things take on a different perspectives.
Another of the mystical creatures captured swimming at night in the photo below. I really helps when you have slight movement from your subjects to enhance that eerie and or flowing effect.
Michigan was great to us.
Our vacation this past August to Michigan was just amazing. I brought my Rolleiflex TLR (Twin Lens Reflex) along and shot some portraits in the backyard near my parents pool. The sun was setting and cast a golden glow onto all my subjects. I used a couple of strobes to fill in shadow areas. Enjoy.