Thursday, May 27, 2010

Options in an Instant

Black and white

Black and white?

or color?

Recently I pulled out my film camera after finding a roll of black & white film
in the deep recesses of my fridge.
I haven't used my old film camera for a few years
but it felt good in my hands.
I put on my favorite lens and went outside.
The little neighbor boys were playing in the backyard.
I went over to them and asked them if I could take a few pictures.
They are such cute little guys, with these heartwarming smiles.
Their baby sister and mom came out and posed with them.
Without giving much direction to them I started shooting.
Those 24 exposures went by fast!
I had to laugh when the youngest brother asked to see them
(on the back of my camera).
I explained that this was a different camera and they would
have to wait to see the photos.
That statement even struck me funny.
We are so used to the instant gratification of viewing what we shot
just seconds after the capture, that it seemed foreign to have to wait.
When I finally got them back, I pulled them out of the envelope right away.
The look, the feel, the texture, the NEGATIVES......
I wondered why I ever deserted film for digital.
There is just a quality (in black & white) film that I
cannot seem to achieve in digital.

Until tonight.

The orange lillies are in full bloom under my cherry tree.
I grabbed my camera, switched to the macro lens and started shooting.
I had the sprinkler on earlier and all the little droplets of water
falling from the tree landed all over the lillies.
I don't think I would have got the shot I wanted without
the luxury of checking the led screen and the histogram, telling me
that I had to change the aperature down a couple of stops.
Finally, after way more than 24 exposures I got about 5 shots I loved.

Then my little girlfriend walks over with her paci and pink blankie.
BAM! One single shot and I got this one that makes me smile.
With a macro lens!

Knowing that I can easily change the color to b&w sitting here at
my computer made me happy that I have options.

I still plan on shooting the rolls of film I purchased the other day.
I think it's good to keep a hand in it to keep me on my toes.
But it's always nice to have options.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Baseball Fever

I have been photographing this little guy since he was a baby.
The parents are religious in contacting me on his birthdays
for an updated portrait.
He just turned four years old so it was time for a session.
I think this set has been my favorite of him so far.
Such personality and energy he has!
He loves baseball and has a very good, level swing.
The above is one of several that I just love
so had to share.
Happy Birthday Dominic!