Friday, June 17, 2011

Film Share 2

So I got around to playing with my second roll of film, Kodak Portra 400. I am still so-so about the pictures. The low quality scans from Walgreens aren't helping but I want to get my exposure down before I spend more money on better scanning. The pictures in print look really good, however. I was satisfied with these but not too, too happy. I can see where I still need a LOT of work... getting exposure right. Hopefully when I get an external light meter that will improve my exposure, right now I have just been relying on the in-camera meter and that is not really recommended. I have a roll of Fuji Velvia 50 left so I'll play with that before I order some more film. I want to go to Downtown to photograph some buildings with the next roll so we'll see how that works out for me. For now, here are the pictures from my second roll of FILM:

This one is one of my FAVORITES!!:

This one too. Joe is SUCH a good model:

My Mille:

That's it for now (even though the roll was 36 exposures... I won't bore you with all that LOL). (Disclaimer: there was light editing on some of these... like SUPER light, mostly removing some grain, but I still wanted to point that out. The one of Joe and the first one of Mena did have a little more work done, I might post the SOOC in another post for comparison.) Thanks for reading!

Film share 1

I bought a film SLR camera last week (a Nikon F100) and it came in the mail yesterday. I was soo excited to try it out and to make sure it even worked since I bought it used. It was in "E+" condition per Adorama. It arrived perfectly, with the manual, all caps, plastic bags and everything. The only thing I needed to buy was some film. I still need to buy a strap for it too since it didn't come with one.

It uses all my current lenses and even auto focuses with them all since the motor is built in!! That's awesome! I also got some Kodak Portra 400 and Fuji Film Velvia 50 (the numbers are the ISO) in 36 exposures just to play around with different brands of professional film. I was too eager to see if it even worked so I also bought some Kodak 400 film at the store in 12 exposure and that film was more expensive than the 36 exp!!! guess I'll stick to the "good kind" from now on :P. I got the film developed developed at Walgreens and their film scanner is definitely not the best so the images on the CD were pretty small and they look super grainy. I also got prints and they don't look this bad in print.

Anyway, here are the pictures. No editing on these. They are no where near perfect but this is my first time shooting manual mode on film. I need a lot more practice.

I love the bright blue sky. Aren't the colors just gorgeous! Manual Mode, Matrix metering, 1/800, f/8. Kodak Ultra Max ISO 400:

I swear they're not this grainy in print!! Manual mode, matrix metering, 1/320, f/8, Kodak Ultra Max ISO 400:

P-mode, 1/400, f/10, ISO 400:

Manual Mode, 1/200, f/8 ISO 400:

Manual Mode, 1/1000, f/8 ISO 400:

Thanks for reading! More film shares to come as I play more with the camera.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sunny Grass

I love how beautifully the sun was streaking through these photos. Who knew a blade of grass could look so pretty just sitting in the sun?

A little "helping hand" came along while mommy was taking a photo of the grass so I had to move on to other "subjects":

Carlos said the sun looks like that in the photos because my lens (filter) was dirty. That may be true, but I think it still looks awesome. I got attacked by the ants after this one :-( :

One of my favorites of the day:

Thanks for reading :-)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Random Photos

Since it's been a WHILE since I updated my blog... here's a few random shares from this weekend:

Mena wanted me to take a picture of her "double stack":

This is how she likes her cookies:

The face I get when I ask her for a smile *sigh*:

A serious look:

Hmm.... maybe I like it better in B&W:

A fake smile:

UGH! This girl seriously makes me need a drink... this is MY type of drink ;-) :

I swear I took photos of Litos too. Maybe next post will be a "Litos" post. Be on the lookout, hopefully it won't take me forever to share those, lol!

Thanks for reading :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fun with Apps

A little too much fun I would say. :-)

Okay, I admit it... I was always too cheap to pay for an app. Yes, $0.99 and $1.99 was too much money for a little square on my phone. There are plenty of fun apps out there for free...right? Well, one day I got an email about "the best photography apps" of this year I was intrigued. They interviewed a few different people (/photo enthusiasts) and some of the same recommendations would come up. "Hipstamatic, really hmm?" I thought to myself. So I bought it to give it a try.

I am in love, LOVE!! I've had so much fun taking pictures of the same random things over and over again just so I could use a different "lens" and a different "film." I wanted to play with all the possible combinations. Yes, I bought all the different lenses and films they had available. My $1.99 app has cost me well over $5 now but I don't regret it. This app is just too much fun! Here are a few of my latest photos:

Those were so much fun, right? I love this app and I highly recommend it. Thanks for reading :-)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Wild Flowers

I just love taking photos of random wild flowers. I don't know what it is that attracts me to them but I could spend all afternoon in a random wild flower patch with a camera and be happy. :-)

Thanks for looking :-)

Cake Smash

These photos are a few weeks (months?) old now but I'm just trying to catch up and put more photos on my blog. Isn't she a doll? My sister made the headband and I just LOVE it!! Here are just a few photos:

Thanks for reading! :-)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Belinda's Orchid

Yesterday I took a few pictures of my sisters Orchid plant. Oh how it made me wish for a macro lens. I couldn't get as close as I wanted but I still love how they turned out.

The first one was taken with the 24-70mm 2.8:

The second one was taken with the 70-200mm 2.8. The minimum focusing distance is greater on this lens so I couldn't get quite as close even at 70mm but I love the bokeh it produces:

Don't let the photos fool you, this was a tiny plant!! From top to bottom INCLUDING the planter, it was only 8-10 inches tall. The photos make it look so big but it was tiny! Really cute plant. I would get one... but I hear orchids are pretty sensitive and I don't exactly have the greenest thumb. ;-)

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Welcome Baby "D"

On Saturday we went over to my mother in law's house to take pictures of my newest nephew, David. He is a super cute baby but he just wasn't having none of that "photo" business! He wasn't crying but he refused to sleep and he would even grunt at some of the posing!! I worked a few tricks to make it appear as if he were sleeping but he wasn't ;). After almost 5 hours we were ALL exhausted and he started crying the cutest little cry and we knew he was done. This boy has some resistance! Here are a few of the photos:

Thanks for reading! :)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Newborn Girl

I took these a couple weekends ago and I just hadn't gotten around to posting them on my blog. She was a super sweet baby even when awake. I wish all newborns were as easy as her. As I carried her in between set-up changes (my sister was helping me with that) she would just calmly look up at me as if to wonder who I was. She was so precious that she almost gave me baby fever. Almost ;-)

Some of my favorites:

A few more:

Thanks for reading :-)