British Columbia, Canada | On Film

May 27, 2015

BX Trail, British Columbia

I got sick a few months ago, I think it was some flu bug going around. All I ate were saltines and cautious sips of Sprite. And somehow, I fell in love with saltines.

I don’t know how this happened. Usually, whatever you eat while you are sick only reminds you of the sickness. Not to mention, they are dry and plain, with only a hint of salt. Yet I can eat a whole sleeve in one sitting, no problem. I try not to. But I can.

What does this have to do with the photos, you might ask? Hm. Nothing I suppose. I’m munching on them now, and that’s about it.

BX Trail, British Columbia

I shared a few shots from our brief stay in British Columbia, and here are some photographs we shot on film! (Putting the saltines away).

BX Trail, British Columbia

BX Trail, British Columbia

BX Trail, British Columbia

Oh hey there, eyes.

BX Trail, British Columbia

Even shooting on expensive film won’t stop me from shooting my feet. I don’t care.

BX Trail, British Columbia

We finished the hike right as the sun was setting. The trailhead was just across the street from a farm, so our view as we emerged from the woods was quite the sight.

THIS IS WHY I have a love/hate relationship with film:

BX Trail, British Columbia

MID-BLINK. Ugh.

And this shot I look like I just stole candy from the gas station store.

BX Trail, British Columbia

Ah, oh well. You can see the lighting/location was beautiful. That’s what I get for having a photo taken of MYSELF. Lesson learned, narcissism never was happiness.

This roll was Kodak Ektar, rated at 400 and pushed one stop in development. Shot on the Pentax 645N

B.X. Falls in British Columbia, Canada

May 20, 2015

BX Falls, British Columbia

We were in Canada for a work shoot last week, and had the chance to do a bit of exploring during our down time. So we hiked!

BX Falls, British Columbia
BX Trail, British Columbia

Our shoot was in Vernon, B.C., on the north side of Okanagan Lake. For those familiar with Washington, it feels a lot like Lake Chelan, which is pretty much directly south of Vernon.

There is a slower pace to the town, with an outdoorsy vibe. And PLENTY to do. They get good snowfall during the winter, and nice, warm sunny days in the summer. The people I’ve met from this area tell me that living here is basically like being on vacation 24/7. Sounds good to me!

This hike was a relatively easy four miler (roundtrip) along B.X. Creek, down to B.X. Falls. It took us just over an hour to reach the falls, and around three hours total to complete the hike. We love getting out and hiking anytime we are up in the northwest. The crisp, damp air is a relief to our Utah lungs.

BX Falls, British Columbia
BX Falls, British Columbia
BX Falls, British Columbia
BX Trail, British Columbia

This is what I get when I ask Jordan to be my model for a photograph. Model = arm over the head pose.

BX Falls, British Columbia
BX Trail, British Columbia

Side note: my film camera was giving me trouble during this trip. Film in general has been giving me trouble as of late. And I’ll admit there have been some frustrations. But! I refuse to give up! It is just a hobby of mine as of now, and if I am just treating it as a hobby, I can’t expect spectacular results. With the warmer weather and longer nights, I hope to get out and shoot a lot more film, and figure some stuff out. And hey, it were easy, it wouldn’t be worth it. I’ll share my film shots from this trip after I chill out a bit. :)

Oh one more thing! My friends over at The Collaboreat asked me to share a favorite place to eat in the Salt Lake area. If you eat food, you should check it out.

Weekend Adventures // Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

May 13, 2015

Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

Exploring the red rocks in Utah has been a long time coming for me. I’ve only been in Utah for a few years now, and the adventure to-do list is long. We trekked down to Zions recently, and checked out some beginner slot canyons (no rappelling, just hiking). I was a bit nervous about heading down the slots, as it had been rainy off and on all weekend. Flash floods are a big unknown for me. But we played it safe and stayed mostly on high grounds, and the rain held off just long enough for us to get a few dry hikes in. (Seriously, it started raining minutes before we got back to our car. Twice!)

Those red rocks are magnetic, and Jordan and I are already feeling the pull to get back down there. We’ve barely scratched the surface. Including this hike down in Buckskin Gulch. It stretches 20 miles, which could be done in one day. We just had a few hours, and hiked in and out two miles, making it a four mile roundtrip. It was completely overcast and a bit chilly. I can only imagine how hot it gets in the dead of summer. On to the photos!

We just camped out of our car. It was a bit cramped, but tolerable for a short trip :)

Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

Buckskin Gulch, Southern Utah

Can’t be a complete post without a Go Pro selfie to take us out-

Go Pro Selfie Buckskin Gulch

A Little Update! Meet Kiko!

May 11, 2015

I think it’s safe to say that summer is in full swing. Work always picks up a bit in the summer time, especially when it comes to traveling, so we’ve been back and forth on the road a few times already this month. We’ve had a few adventures along the way, but we are happy to be home for now, mostly because we get to spend time with our new pup!

Kiko Australian shepherd mix dog

Meet Kiko! She’s an 8 month-old Australian Shepherd mix (not sure what she’s mixed with), and we adopted her a few weekends ago. I LOVE her so much. I have wanted a dog my entire life. With every birthday candle wish, I’d always wish for a puppy. I’m glad I finally found my pup! She’s the best. And though I anxiously await the day we have kids of our own, this pup sure brings a lot of joy into our lives.

Kiko Australian shepherd mix dog

We got the name Kiko from our recent trip to Japan. Kikoh was the little boy that took to Jordan pretty quickly, and he became our little buddy for the time we were there. We both love Japan, and thought it would be a nice way to always remember the time we’ve spent there.

I feel a bit silly about it, but I DID make her an Instagram account. Check it out if you need more dog photos in your life.

Weekend Adventures // Kanarra Creek Canyon, Utah

April 28, 2015

Kanarra Creek Canyon

Just outside of Zion National Park is a town called Kanarraville. Off of main street, you’ll find a trail that takes you in to some gorgeous slot canyons through Kanarra Creek Canyon. Prepare to get a bit wet, we hiked through some spots where the water was up to our knees (water socks saved my feet. That water was cold). We were a bit worried about flash flooding, but the rain held off just about until we made it back to our car.

Utah is RAD, guys.

Kanarra Creek Canyon
Kanarra Creek Canyon
Kanarra Creek Canyon
Kanarra Creek Canyon
Kanarra Creek Canyon
Kanarra Creek Canyon
Kanarra Creek Canyon
Kanarra Creek Canyon

More shots from a rainy day in Zions coming up next!

New Series: Why I Shoot Film

April 22, 2015

Why I Shoot Film

As winter fades away and the days grow longer, I’ve found a renewed resolve to get out and shoot film again. I haven’t really stopped shooting film, but it has been put on the back burner since being home from Japan.

I have wanted to start a series focusing on film photography, since that is what initially motivated me to begin blogging in the first place. I will kick it off with my own words. The series will continue with other film photographers I have met along the way, as I have stumbled through this adventure of shooting on film. So, without further ado:

When/why did you start shooting film? What was your first film camera?

Not including the many disposable cameras I went through as a kid, I first started shooting on film in college. I was in film school (as in making movies, not film photography), but I always had a love for still photography. There was a black and white 35mm photography class that I snuck into one year, and I fell in love. My first film camera was my parents old Canon AE-1, and I still shoot on it occasionally.

What camera(s)/film do you shoot with today?

It’s been a long process honing in on a camera that works for me for shooting film, but my main go-to film camera right now is a Pentax 645N. I also have a Hasselblad 500 CM in the quiver that I keep meaning to break out (this weekend!!!). As for film, I am still trying out different brands and speeds, but lately I have been having fun with Kodak Ektar.

What are your favorite subjects to shoot?

I love shooting nature, but primarily people in nature. I love capturing the way people look as they experience the world. I also feel like I suck at landscape photography. But when you throw a human in the shot, it gives my photos more focus and meaning. So I suppose its a sort of a landscape-portrait hybrid-style photography that really makes me excited to shoot.

Why shoot film?

I’ve asked myself this question many many times, especially after receiving a mediocre batch of scans from the film lab. BUT it is a process. I think I ultimately turned to film because I was becoming discouraged with digital photography. I wasn’t feeling inspired to shoot, and didn’t feel like anything I shot was worth sharing. Film was initially a way for me to regain some confidence in my photography. It was like I was saying, “Hey! I’m not claiming to be an amazing photographer, but this was shot on film! Cool, huh?” I still hesitate to call myself a ‘photographer’ and feel more like an enthusiastic hobbyist. But film has taken my ambition to a new level. It helps me really see through the lens, and be conscious about every single time I decide click the button. On top of that, I truly believe there is a depth to film that has yet to be duplicated by digital. And even if/when digital can truly replicate film photography, I don’t think film will ever die. The raw, physical nature of shooting on film is something that I hope can never be replaced.

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San Francisco 2015 – Film Photography

April 6, 2015

This Easter weekend, I had the chance to video chat my family. My little sis is in San Francisco for the weekend, and we realized we had people in four different states during our video chat. California, Washington, Utah, and Atlanta! If only one of us were in New York, then we’d really have the states covered. Or Hawaii. :)

But speaking of San Francisco, I did shoot some film while we were there a few weeks back. So, here ya go!

San Francisco on Film
San Francisco on Film
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San Francisco on Film
San Francisco on Film

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Pentax 645N on Kodak Portra 400 film

Farewell to Winter (maybe)

April 1, 2015

I’m still holding out for one more good snow storm. Utah is known for crazy weather in the changing months of spring. Just as you settle in to the calm, 70-degree weather, Utah will smack you upside the head with a healthy dose of snow. Also, I usually ski my last day of the season on my birthday. And that’s in May. Here’s to some wishful thinking.

In the mean time, here are a few scans I had developed from this winter. I’ll be honest, exposing film in snowy conditions is a different beast. Most of the photos from this roll are not post-worthy. Here are a few that I don’t hate. But it was a more frustrating batch of film.

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Utah Winter 2015 Diptic
Utah Winter 2015

Pentax 645n, Kodak Portra 400

The Narrows at Zion National Park, Utah

March 27, 2015

The Narrows, Zions, Utah

Jordan took a quick trip out to Zion National Park with his cousins last weekend. I wasn’t able to go (this time), but I wanted him to share a few shots from his trip. We are already planning a trip back down there in a couple weeks!

Here’s Jordan:

The Narrows, Zions, Utah

Hiking through the freezing cold mountain water, balancing over wet slick rocks you can’t see beneath you, and stopping to look up the steep red rock walls of the Narrows is breathtaking- literally from the cold water and the views.

The Narrows, Zions, Utah
The Narrows, Zions, Utah
The Narrows, Zions, Utah

There really is no substitute when it comes to getting out into the wild. I consider myself an outdoors enthusiast, but I still feel like I don’t get out enough. This trip to Zions/Southern Utah has helped me jump start my excitement and wanderlust!

The Narrows, Zions, Utah
The Narrows, Zions, Utah
The Narrows, Zions, Utah

Reconnecting with nature is something I never regret, but find it hard to take time to get out there and do. But honestly, the effort is minimal compared to the payoff. Not only the epic pictures, but a renewed sense of connection with mother earth. The icing on the cake after a long hike is setting up camp in remote spots surrounded by grand vistas of red rock mountains, and getting lost in the deep blue night skies.

The Narrows, Zions, Utah
The Narrows, Zions, Utah
The Narrows, Zions, Utah

Check out Jordan’s Instagram for more adventuring!

Seattle – Film Photography

March 25, 2015

I realize that in the winter months, my film photography is a bit less frequent. I had these rolls just waiting to be developed for MONTHS. For shame.

Here are some shots from our trip to Seattle earlier this year (pre-Superbowl XLIX).

Seattle on Film

We took the ferry across the sound to Bainbridge Island just at sunset. As we left the port in Seattle, the seagulls swarmed in like crazy, and followed us out across the sound for a while.

Seattle on Film
Seattle on Film
Seattle on Film

I have shot from this location a number of times now, and I am pretty in love with the muted tones from the skyline. The clouds perfectly compliment the greyish hues of the buildings, as they blend into the sky.

It wouldn’t be a proper Washington post without some foresty shots! We took this hike early on a Sunday morning, if I remember correctly. It was brisk and sunny and perfect.

Seattle on Film
WA Diptic
Seattle on Film
Seattle on Film

Shot with the Pentax 645N, on Kodak Portra 400 film

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