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Day 155: “Gritty Reality”

Recently I’ve been doing some location scouting.  I’ve been using my iPhone to take pictures of places that I think could be interesting to shoot at because the camera will geotag my image.  That way, I can look at an image and immediately pull up its location on Google maps so I can find it again.

I’ve also been carrying my A-1 with me on a regular basis, so when I went to bag and tag this location, I decided to grab a couple of shots.  Came out pretty decent, considering I was using film which expired 5 years ago.  I did a little tweaking in post, however.  The original shot didn’t have the contrast I was hoping for.

Oh…I still haven’t learned my lesson about recording my settings.  And unfortunately, I won’t be using the A-1 for a while.  Developing costs money, and we’ve got a heavy couple of months ahead of us, financially speaking.

Canon A-1; Vivitar 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro Focusing Zoom
SETTINGS UNKNOWN
No flash 

Day 135: “Depth”

Let me start by saying, I know I’m behind over a week with my images.  But it wasn’t due to laziness or neglect.  I just didn’t want to end up out of sequence.

As I said on day 134, I started using my A-1 again.  On this day, I shot with slide film for the first time.  Once I got the slides back, I was in love.  The color, the depth, the feel you get from slides…it cannot be compared.  I shot a hodgepodge of things on the one roll, but I ended up choosing this spider because I felt that it provided the best representation of the results you get.  As flat as a computer monitor can make an image look, slide images still have a unique three-dimensional feel to them.  Unfortunately, I’ve become retarded due to the digital age and neglected to write down the settings I used for each shot, so I have no clue how I got them.  I shall remember to do so in the future.

I have begun my search for a medium format camera as I want to continue my slide film shooting, but with better film.

Canon A-1; Vivitar 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro Focusing Zoom
Fujichrome Provia 100F 
SETTINGS UNKNOWN
No flash 

Day 137: “Classic”

I’m not quite sure why, but this picture really makes me think back to the days when I would stay up late in my room watching all the old black and white shows on Nick at Nite.  It feels very “televisiony”, for lack of a better word.  When I saw this statue sitting in the store window, I knew instantly that I wanted to capture it.

Canon A-1; Vivitar 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro Focusing Zoom
Kodak T-Max 100 
SETTINGS UNKNOWN
No flash 

Day 136: “Everything looks worse in black and white.”

You may remember me mentioning Paul Simon’s Kodachrome in a previous post.  As much as I love his music and that song in particular, I cannot agree with that one line.

Personally, I think black and white film can give images any feel you want; not just melancholy.  I purposely chose this slightly blurred image from everything else I shot that day just because of how the overall image makes me feel when I look at it.  I can’t really explain it…but I get a sensation that just makes me smile a little on the inside.  And a lot on the outside.

Canon A-1; Vivitar 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 Macro Focusing Zoom
Kodak T-Max 100 
SETTINGS UNKNOWN
No flash