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 

Hey all,

My younger brother is part of an organization at his high school called the Dream Team (drug and alcohol free student athletes) and right now they’re participating in a safe driving campaign called Celebrate My Drive, which is aimed at getting people to stop texting and driving.

The program is based on pledges (all you need is an email and five seconds to answer two questions) and right now they’re 30th out of the top 50 high schools in the nation—I know I don’t have a ton of followers, but if you guys wouldn’t mind taking five minutes out of your day for the next two weeks to pledge daily, I know Bryan would appreciate the help!

If you click on the link, it should take you directly to the pledge page—you fill out your email and date of birth and then when it asks what high school, enter 28105 in the zip code search option to select David W. Butler High School, and then all you have to do is answer two questions and you’re done!

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 

Elizabeth Lane Elementary teacher wins Hometown Hero Award

What:           Representatives from the Charlotte law firm of Charles G. Monnett III & Associates will surprise the second winner of the Hometown Hero Award at Elizabeth LaneElementary. To honor the commitment teachers make to students, the law firm will award a monthly $250 Visa gift card for classroom supplies during the school year. In addition, the winning teacher’s classroom will receive a pizza party provided by Domino’s Pizza.

Students, families, faculty and anyone from the Mecklenburg region may nominate and vote for a favorite teacher by visiting www.carolinalaw.com and clicking on the “Vote” button. Voting lasts during each month, closing at the end of each month, with the presentation ceremony at the winning teacher’s school during the first week of the next month.

When:          Monday, October 6, 10:40 a.m.       

Where:         Elizabeth Lane Elementary

                    121 Elizabeth Lane, Matthews, N.C. 28105

Note:            For more information, please contact Bob Dill at 704-376-1911 or Robert@carolinalaw.com.

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 

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