Photography

Why I Shoot Film : Connie B Photography

August 14, 2015

Connie B PhotographyContinuing this series with a photographer I’ve known my whole life- Connie is my cousin! I’ve admired her photography work ever since she started her business, and it didn’t take long for her to realize how rad it is to shoot film! Here she is:

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

I very clearly remember taking a couple of disposable cameras to a field trip at Dana Point, California in 5th grade. I didn’t know anything about film but I fell in love with taking pictures that day.

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Zion National Park, Utah | On Film pt. 2

August 12, 2015

Zion National Park

I had this roll half used up, so it took a while longer to get these developed. These are from our trip down to Zion National Park a few weeks ago.

I also was considering selling this camera (Hasselblad 501CM), but I figured I’d take it out on one more adventure to see if I should or not. Final verdict? Not selling.

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Why I Shoot Film : Miesh Photography

July 24, 2015

Miesh Photography

Remember this post way back when? Well, I’ve got the first guest for this series, Michelle of Miesh Photography! I met Michelle a few years ago, when Jordan and I wanted to update some family photos of us (since we looked nothing like our wedding photos). She did an AMAZING job (I use a lot of her photos for this blog), and really kickstarted my interest in film photography. Here she is!

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

I started traveling right after high school graduation in 2007. I lived in China for about 5 months exploring, teaching english, and just overall learning about myself. I took a small digital camera with me, it had a few manual settings that I would always sit and mess around with. I was constantly wanting something more out of the images I was taking. I would get back from having these amazing adventures and feel so sad about the fact that I couldn’t take images the way I pictured them in my head. I got back at Christmas and the first thing I signed up for to start my college career was a photography class! It was a simple BW photo class where we shot, developed & printed our own pictures. I instantly fell in love with the magic & process (as most people do) and knew that I wanted photography to be a part of my world. So although technically my first film camera was my dads 35mm pentax, my first medium format camera was my Grandpa’s Hasselblad 500CM. My grandpa had passed away and this camera had gone to one of my cousins before it found its way to me. My cousin was determined that it was broken. I shot a few rolls through it and was instantly hooked. It definitely had had its fare share of usage when my grandpa was alive. He was a hobbiest photographer who mainly used his talent to capture his kids activities and portraits of friends and family. They had a little darkroom in the basement of their house. As a kid I remember thinking how scary that little room seemed, now I look at it and wish I had one of my own!

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

I have gone through a lot of different shooting phases with my cameras! As of now my go-to cameras would be my Hasselblad 501cm, Pentax 67, Pentax 645N, Polaroid 195, Minolta X700. I use each of these to achieve a different look and feel to whatever it is I am shooting.

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What are your favorite subjects to shoot?

I would have to say my favorite “subject” is probably what I get to create for my personal projects. One of the reasons I love shooting personal projects is because I am 100% in control from start to finish. It can be incredibly overwhelming at times, but is also so rewarding when it comes out looking exactly like what I had envisioned in my head! I love capturing something that might not otherwise exist unless it was constructed by a team of creatives. I think this is why I like the fashion world so much, it allows me to almost play make-believe with my camera. I have a soft spot in my heart for anything retro or vintage inspired. Its so fun to create imagery that allows me to step back in time for a few hours!

Miesh Photography
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Why shoot film?

I get this question ALL the time. Especially nowadays with all the filters and plug ins that make digital look extremely similar to film imagery. A lot of people ask WHY spend all the time & money to shoot film. It is not a simple question for me to answer, but I have to relate back to where I and most other photographers began. Most photographers have come from a place where they get to see the image start to finish. Shooting, developing, printing. Although I don’t work like this in my professional arena (all my film is scanned in digitally and printed from the digital scans), there is still a magic to film that I can’t deny. Many film photographers relate the day that they get to see their scans comparable to Christmas morning, and I would say its usually even BETTER. I still get to dabble here and there with processing my own rolls, but I hope some day to have a little darkroom similar to my grandpa’s. I would say one of the main reasons I shoot film is that I like the way I shoot when I’m behind the camera. I take my time, think about the shot and the exposure a little more in depth then I do behind a digital camera. I like not having to keep up with the next “big thing” in the digital world. I am using cameras that are 30+ years old and they still function as great as the day they were made. I could go on and on about the reasons I love film photography, but i’ll try to leave it to sum it up in one word….MAGIC.

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UP IN THE AIR – Europe Bound

June 24, 2015

Airport Vibes

I feel like I blinked and it’s been two weeks since I last posted. Life doesn’t slow down for anyone! Jordan and I have been out on the road (er, in the sky) a bit lately for work, so I thought I’d share some film shots from up in the air.

Up in the Air

Up in the Air

Up in the Air

Up in the Air - California

Up in the Air - California

Airport Vibes

This crazy world keeps spinning, and my trip across the pond is here! I’m meeting my family out in London this week. We will spend a few days exploring the city, then fly over to Germany. My grandmother is from Germany, so we will meet some distant cousins and explore places from her childhood. And eat bratwurst!

Jordan will be staying home this time, which is a pretty big bummer. I feel particularly guilty about leaving him, since it is our 6-year anniversary the day I fly out :(. We’ve got some mountain adventures planned when I return to celebrate/make up for the fact that I am jetting off on our anni. Also, he has Kiko to keep him company while I’m gone :).

I love this kid more every day.

Airplane Vibes

Happy 6 years. Love you always, Jo!

Except the last shot, all photos taken with the Pentax 645N on Kodak Ektar film

Zion National Park, Utah | On Film

June 3, 2015

Zion National Park, Utah

We visited Zion National Park a few weekends ago, and it rained almost the entire time. BUT as the locals pointed out to us, it was a pretty unique sight to see the red rocks covered in rain. The sun made an appearance intermittently throughout the weekend (jeez I sound like a weatherman). Anyway. It was wet, and beautiful.

Zion National Park, Utah

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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

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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

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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.

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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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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.

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