A Year in Film: Week 3

Week three and I continue my photography momentum.  This week’s theme is “Quiet Moment.”  I tried to portray quiet moments with water, coffee, and birds, and books, with varying degrees of success.  It was a fun week though, and I am ultimately pretty happy with a few photos.

All photos this week still on Kodak Portra 400 metered at ISO 320.  29050001

f22 1/4

This sunset ended up being pretty good.  The purple of the sky and water and yellow of the sun are pleasing.
I also like the details of the trees on the sky.
Not super happy about the foreground reeds.
And photo feels like it is just slightly askew.


f22 1/2
The extra 1/4 of a second helped smooth the water out a bit

Thought it feels like this photo is even more of a tilt than the last on
The beaver eaten tree in the foreground is much more interesting than previous photo.
And it is nice that the reeds in the foreground do not compete with the reflection of the trees.
This photo would probably look pretty good edited, maybe like this:29050002

Edited in Lightroom.

29050003f11 1/60th
Can you spot the duck?
This photo, would not look good edited in lightroom
It feels  a little top heavy,
not much interesting is going on
Its all just green.
Though the lack of exciting things here really helps me find the quiet/relaxing theme.


F22 1/15

Exposure on this was a bit too long
The bamboo/willow looking plant at the top is a bit blown out
Also a bit top heavy
Would feel better maybe if this one included 2/3 plant 1/3 water instead of 1/2 and 1/2
To be fair, a duck tricked me into taking this photo,
But when I went to get the shot it swam away.


f2.8 1/60

This photo turned out pretty okay.
The subject is crisp and in focus
Framed nicely by adults
I like the rim lighting on the hair/heads.
Its ok that window is blown out, nothing interesting out there anyway.
A nice quiet family moment.


f4 1/30

Another nice quiet moment
Would be improved if the notebook she is writing in was against a solid background
I like the placement of the subject
There is interesting things happening in each corner
And the books make for a nice backdrop.
Would have likely been better at f2.8 so the background was a bit more blurred
And at 1/60th of a second so the pen was crisp.
Not a terrible photo.


f11 1/60

This is the best photo of the roll.
It is also exactly what I had in mind when I went downtown to get a quiet moment shot
I walked around this city of books 3 times before I saw someone sitting next to the window.
However; it was luck that this couple walked by.
Also serendipity that the books behind the reader transform into the building in the reflection.
And if you look really close over the walking man’s shoulder there is a yelling head.  I don’t know if that is real or a billboard or a book.
Overall B++


f5.6 1/60
Perhaps my second favorite photo.
Light coming from the window next to jenny is so nice
As are the greens and red in the corners of the photo.
The deepness of the black of her jacket is perfect contrast for the white of the mug.
And her hands make me laugh
I told her to drink like that though, so it is my fault.
I should have told her to tilt the handle so it goes straight up like a dorsal fin.
You live and you learn.


f8 1/125
Bird photos.
Sure bird watching lends itself to quite a few quiet moments in my life, but…
Man, bird photos are hard enough with a digital camera and a zoom lens, taking thousands of photos…
What was I thinking?
This goose is the best of the bunch
And it isn’t that good…
Although the thing that sets this goose apart from my other photos is that it is in focus.









f8 1/250
These photos are not good.
Not interesting landscapes.
Not good bird photos.
These were both taken while I was laying on my stomach
Leaning head over the water with my camera inches from the water.
This weird pose made for shaky/rushed type of photos,


f5.6 1/250

This could have been the best goose photo.
But instead it is a photo of gravel that has a goose hogging all of the attention.
I tried a film loading experiment
I didn’t actually think this photo was going to turn out.
I thought it was going to be blank.
So I was rushing this one as well.
Too bad, lighting is good, pose is good, eye catch-light is good.
It just lacks “critical focus.”

Ultimately, I got a few photos that I like a lot, and I always learn something new.  I now know how to load the film, so I should remove some problems.  I know that I need to slow down, make sure I have focus, and make sure I am close enough to my subjects to get an interesting photo.

I also learned that 1/60 of a second is pretty good for photos of humans and 1/30 for someone moving is a bit too slow.

Next week is another week where I get to pick my theme, so look forward to 12 more photos coming soon!

A Year in Film: Week 2

For the second roll of film this year, the challenge was “Full Manual.”  This is pretty easy since I am shooting on a 60 year old camera, so I just went for a drive up The Gorge with Cody.

I love how this project gives me a chance to be super critical of all my photos.  I hope I learn something from taking the time to critique each one. 26090001

f16 1/60
First photo of the day wasn’t really that exciting.
No clear separation between layers of hills, light not that great, no real subject.
I just thought the way the clouds were obscuring the peak was interesting.
That doesn’t really translate though.


f11 1/250
I pulled over just so I could take a photo of this van.
I love the one yellow hubcap.  The weird shape.
Moderately happy with the framing, the van is an obvious subject
It is in an interesting location.
f22 1/60th

I really like the light on the building on the bottom right
And the shadows hide some interesting cranes
Good layers and clouds.
Not a terrible photo, though it is missing something.
A Godzilla perhaps.26090004

f4 1/500
Best photo on the roll.
Codymon is looking crisp.
Good depth of field.
I like the framing, I am pretty happy with this all around.
What’s he lookin’ at?26090005

f22 1/15

The bright white spot is the sun.
It was making some interesting rays
But I obviously didn’t capture that.
Minimalist photo, and unexciting photo.
I like how the blue looks though.
Shot this whole roll metered at ISO 320, so that is a good note to self.


f16 1/30th

I messed this photo up.
I was rushing to get the lady in red in the shot.
But I accidentally shot at 1/30th instead of 1/60th.
This led to a bit of blur that I didn’t intend.
Though the blur isn’t as bad as the fact that I clipped the ice cream cone.
The ice cream cone is the best part.
Photo had potential, it could have been better with more patience and attention to detail.26090007

f22 1/15
This whole photo is askew.
As if the world is bending to the will of the tree on the hill
And not the other way around.
Another foggy/no good light/no subject/not interesting photo.
Note to self: stop shooting fog unless lit in an interesting way.26090008

f16 1/4

I wasn’t smooth with my shutter release and I bumped the camera.
This photo was ruined due to my error.
This weird Sears could be a lot better if I had a steady hand.
I am using a tripod, but I gotta be careful wit the slower shutter speeds.26090009

f22 1/4
I should have taken a step back.
The R being at very edge bothers me a lot.
I think I learned two important lessons this roll.
1. Fog/low clouds are hard to capture well
2. Don’t clip the subject of your photo/take more time composing the shot.


f22 1 Second

I really loved this scene, so I spent a lot of time on it.
I was careful to frame the sign and the door
I was careful to make sure the buckets of compost weren’t clipped.
This is a really weird restaurant entrance.26090011

f5.6 1/60th
Not exciting or interesting
If I take photos of people I have to get closer.
I also should maybe not use a tripod in the middle of the street.
If I worked on my timing the guy outside could be slightly more to the right.
That would make the photo a bit better.
But it really isn’t that interesting or great. 26090012

f11 1/15

Last photo turned out pretty okay.
I should have shot at f22 1/4 to smooth out ripples.
The color is pretty good, as are the branches of the trees to the right.
It is pleasing but not super exciting.

Overall I had a great day shooting photos, and I feel like I learned a little bit from the experience.  I really enjoy shooting film, and look forward to doing it all week.  I can’t wait for the next roll!

A Year in Film: Week 1

My goal this year is to shoot 52 rolls of Kodak Portra 400 film on my borrowed Hasselblad 500 C.  There are similar one camera, one lens, one film, one year projects, but this is mine, and I am going to do my damnedest to stick to it.

Each week will be themed according to the rules of Dogwood Photography.  There is also a group on Reddit that I will be submitting these to, though I am trying to work a week or two in advance just so I have time to develop my film.

There will be a lot less curation on these photos than on my bird photos.  Wanting to document my whole process and learning curve.  I am assuming there will be weeks where I get no good photos…

This week I also tested shooting all photos metered at ISO 200.
This is supposed to make them brighter/vibrant.

So. This week’s challenge/theme was photos of complementary colors.
The friendliest kind of colors.22840001

f8 1/30
This ended up being the second photo of the roll.  The first photo was lost to a loading error.  One of my many lessons I am assuming I will learn shooting 52 rolls of this film.
Blue/Orange and Green/Red complementary colors. 22840002

f16 1/8

For some reason I thought red and blue were complementary.
Meh… close enough.22840003

f16 1/8th

Some lady came out of the building to ask what I was doing.
I told her it was an art project.
Orange/Red and Blue/Green

f16 1/4

Goal here was to get a bit of car movement to actually make this orange/green photo interesting.
Though I do love the details the Hasselblad’s medium format give in the brick and the tree.

I may end up focusing more on pleasing colors/textures in the future.

f4 1/15

Red and Green booths really caught my eye
This place also has Street Fighter two.
El Burrito Loco #3 (My favorite neighborhood taco shop)
I learn here that if you shoot blue in the dark it just looks black.
I shouldn’t be surprised

f5.6 1/60

This woman perfectly matches this laundromat.
I learned another lesson here though:
I gotta keep my head up when taking photos.
3 seconds after she passed there were two women holding vacuums that walked by.
That probably would have been a better photo (shrug emoji)22840007

f5.6 1/30th

Happy about how vibrant this is.
Though it is pretty boring.
And slightly askew.22840008

f5.6 6ish seconds counted in my head

I just really love laundromats I guess.
This was supposed to be orange/blue, but the blue of the building went black.
You live, you take notes, you learn.

f5.6 and cable release malfunction22840010

f5.6 30 seconds

I took two photos due to the first not working the way I wanted.
I have a cable release that doesn’t quite work, so the first photo is probably 1/15
The second photo, the release triggered and didn’t fail,
so I was able to do a 30 second exposure.
Not really sure which one I like better.
The second one is growing on me,
seems a bit more interesting, and the wood texture is nice.
Also, it is better aligned in the frame.

Week 1 is done.  I sure learned a lot with one roll of film.
Let me know if you have a favorite photo!

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