Archive | April 2012

Lunch break

I’m at a photography lecture by Rick Sammon, sponsored by Canon & Glazer’s today. On our lunch break I snapped a few shots with my iPhone.

Enjoy!

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More Holga

While I was in New York, I also shot a roll of black and white film on the Holga, I really like the way these shots turned out!  (Also, as expected nothing turned up on the Brownie Starflex negatives, so I have a very cute decoration for my bookcase instead of a working antique camera, oh well, I gave it a good try.)

Enjoy what else I saw in New York:

Family Photo

This was in the house of the family I photographed today, I loved it and had to grab the shot just for myself.

Enjoy what I saw at the C family’s house today:

Time Stands Still

I have been thinking about this quote from the Broadway show Time Stands Still recently. It pretty much sums up how I feel when I press the shutter release.

“When I look through that little rectangle…Time stops. It just…All the noise around me…Everything cuts out. And all I see…is the picture.” – Time Stands Still (Donald Margulies)

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Holga

Back in October, while visiting my aunt in Portland, OR, she gave me her old Brownie Starflex camera.I thought it would be really fun to shoot with this “antique”. I found the 127 film needed at both Freestyle Photo in Los Angeles, CA and B&H in New York. The film is quite spendy (about $10-$14 per roll of 12 exposures), so I just bought a couple of rolls to see what I ‘d get. There was no guarantee this camera was still working after sitting in an attic for so many years. The first roll I shot was black and white and I was able to get a couple of semi-decent shots, but nothing I thought was worth sharing. The color roll produced nothing once developed. I don’t know if it was the film, the developing or operator error. I’ve got two more rolls currently being developed, if anything shows up, I will share them here.

I was still interested in shooting with film though, and thought I’d try out a “toy” camera, so I purchased the all plastic 35mm film Holga. (I got the 35mm format because I thought this is an experiment and the film and developing might be more cost effective this way). I’ve been really curious to see what kind of images I could get with something so simple.

Last week I was back in my favorite city, New York. The sun was shining so I thought it was a perfect time to break out the Holga and see what I could get. I’m still figuring out the focus settings (as you can tell, some of the shots are completely blurry vs. the others that are only somewhat blurry – which is the desired outcome). So here are a few of my favorite shots from my first color roll. I’ve got a black and white roll being developed and two more color rolls to shoot. Stay tuned!

Enjoy what I saw through my Holga…

Learning Lighting

Recently I completed a four week class at Glazer’s on Studio Lighting. This class was held 1 night a week for 4 weeks and covered:

Basic lighting theory
Use and safety of hot lights
Working with studio strobes and modifiers
Combining daylight and strobes

It was a FANTASTIC class and Bill was the best teacher – he spoke in terms easy to understand and was patient with all class members (those who had no lighting experience/knowledge at all and those who knew quite a bit more but wanted to fill in some gaps – I fell somewhere in between these two).

Here are a few shots of Bill in the various lighting set up’s he taught us. I had a great time playing with the studio strobes and pocket wizards! Enjoy what I saw in class….