A Year in Film: Week 9

My 9th week of photos. I shot my 10th and 11th roll of film in the Hasselblad 500c in a matter of hours.  A new record for me in pumping out film content.

We went to the Oregon coast on a beautiful day, stayed in a yurt, watched an incredible sunset, frolicked on the beach, and had a really wonderful time.

I also ended up creating quite a large job for myself.  Scanning and editing 2 rolls of photos made writing this blog seem like quite the daunting task.  But I thought, you know, I will just half-ass it and try to catch up so I can do a better one some day (hopefully).


Sun directly over Haystack Rock

I took this photo for the symmetry of the sun directly over the most interesting thing at this beach.  Although this also provides quite the juxtaposition of light and dark.
That rock is really dark.

I like that I got the wave crashing over the rock on the bottom, I don’t really like how I edited it/color corrected it.  I may come back to it again later.  I do love re-visiting old photos to see if I can improve them.


Tiny Dancer on the Beach.

One thing that may never end is my love of taking photos directly into the sun to get some sort of cool sun flare effect.
It pleases me.
I also really like all the cool things the clouds are doing in the photo.
As far as getting tiny dots doing interesting poses, I think my subjects are doing as good of a job as I could ask of them.  Their reflections look great.


Beach Raven

When walking on the beach I pointed out how cool this tree was to Jenny.
I also remember remembering how dumb most of my photos of trees look so far… But I don’t want to give up on trees.  So as I approached the tree a raven flew onto it.  He sat there for a while, and I was able to get close enough to it, that when it was ready to fly off, I was ready to capture it.  Luckily, it is slightly larger than a spec, which for a camera without a telephoto zoom is all you can really ask of a bird photo.


Jenny contemplates  vastness

This is my favorite photo of the roll.  Probably because it features my favorite model, but there are some other things I will point out too:
I love Jenny framing that big ol’ rock.
I like the band-aid on her thumb, I love the shadow of the earring on her neck.  Her purse perfectly matches her earring, and lends continuity to the photo (and outfit, what a fashionable lady).
The pattern on her shirt is great and the blue of the sky and pink of the shirt complement each other in a nice way.

I like it a lot.


Sunny Beach

Well, this photo proves that just taking a photo into the sun isn’t quite enough.  This is pretty boring.  I think the clouds were doing something cool, and they are pretty, but the photo isn’t that exciting.


Haystack Rock Jr. 

I like the cool sun rays emanating from the top left.
The cool hazy rocks make me happy.
The surf at the very bottom edge gives a nice dramatic feeling to the photo, like my toes are going to be wet in about one second.

Haystack Rock Jr. Part 2.

I was enjoying the reflection on the sand and tried my hardest to capture it here.
It is cool to see the clouds and sun in the sand, as well as my favorite little Haystack Rock Jr.
I think having the rocks at the top of the photo makes them feel larger than they actually are.  It’s an okay photo.



I love the absurdity of this sign.  I tried to lift up the box to see if I could open it, and also to prove that the sign was referring to the grate and not the box.  Better watch out guys, that sewer grate leads to a confined space.  And the only reason we shouldn’t go in there, is… because it is confined…
I wonder how many people had to go in there in order for this sign to be put up.


Lil pup Cerberus

My other favorite photo from the from this roll.
Jenny and I went to a different beach after Haystack Rock, to watch the sunset.  I saw this woman walking 4 enormous dogs on leashes and ran down the beach to get in front of her.  It was worth it though.  I was far enough ahead of her that I had about 5 seconds to set up the shot before she was in my frame.  For that fact alone I am happy it turned out,.
But… man, this is a pretty cool photo.
This photo is one where I do wish I was closer to the subject… though I do really like the reflection.    I am mostly just relieved that it turned out.


1. Sunset

Okay, Okay, Okay, now we are into sunset territory.  I was so enthralled with the beauty of this sunset that I ended up finishing this roll, and taking an entire second roll of photos in the following 20 minutes.
Now here is where I think I made my mistake.
I am supposed to show you guys photos and why I like and don’t like them.  What I think works and doesn’t work… Well… They all look the same.
These photos are all the same.
So I am just going to tell you a bit about my process and the problems I encountered processing them instead.


2. A bird makes this sunset different

Okay, so… All of the sunsets are functionally the same color.  But… I kind of just played with Adobe Lightroom to see what I could get away with as far as color combinations, luminence and saturation goes.  I don’t like all of them, but this is where most of my experimentation energy went.

These photos all have little captions if you click through them.   If you don’t I get it.


Well, another week in the books.  I am obviously late on this one, so I already have the other roll scanned and almost edited.  See you soon.  Also, I am curious which color scheme you think looks the best on the sunset if you care to give me your opinion.  I numbered them for convenience.

4 thoughts on “A Year in Film: Week 9

  1. Tiny Dancer photo is my favorite. 3 and 10 on the sunsets, I’m a sucker for the deep reds and pinks

  2. Hi Eric,
    My favorite sunsets are 6 and 8, 8 not so much for the color but for the clouds.
    They are amazing!
    I can easily understand that you had to do this second roll kust doing sunsets – sometimes it‘s good to be awed by beauty and feel touched by it.
    Even when the theme is rather classic 😊

    I love the tiny dancer (great flare!) and the one of the cerberus – although I am not entirely happy with the center-position. But not having time to frame and running to get into a good spot does that …
    Love the kind of vignetting the dark sky and beach gives.

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