Monday, March 3, 2014
I've always wanted a medium format camera, so I finally bought one from Joey, the amazing man behind Awesome Cameras. I put a test roll of Fuji Pro 400 in the camera, just to make sure the camera was in working condition, and attacked my friends. The battery for light meter in the camera was long dead and they aren't made anymore, but that didn't stop me from shooting. As I'm relearning the Sunny 16 rule, I brought along my EOS M as a back up meter. For the most part, my exposures were spot on, erring on the side of over exposed which is completely salvageable once the negs were scanned. Since I wanted the roll scanned quickly, I brought it to Milford Photo; development and scanning ran me about $20. I'll be looking for a better price online.
What I learned from the test roll was that I need to work a bit more on my focusing. I've definitely gotten spoiled by my SLR's auto focus. I learned that I'm not as steady as I once was with slow shutter speeds; the picture of Steve indoors has a bit of camera shake blur in it at 1/60th of a second. Some of my compositions are a bit off because I wasn't sure if what I was seeing in the view finder was what the camera would really take. There was a slight hiccup in the film winding after the first picture of Addy, which caused me to lose a frame at the end of the roll. Other than that, I really like the bokeh of the lens and was pretty happy with the results, especially in the picture of my mom.
Donna (Hey, her sweater is sharply in focus)
Mario (Way too much dead space)
Steve (Slow shutter speed)
River of Ice
Addy 1 (With a slight light leak on the bottom of the frame during winding issues)
Addy 2 (Poorly focused)
Hurricane Lamp (how did I not notice the bottle of Alkalol in this shot?!?!)
Friday, February 28, 2014
hello and welcome to fr EYE day!
I'm no eye doctor and I'm fairly good at researching things on the internet, but I'm at a loss for what we're seeing here. This eye belongs to a relative of mine, that used to have the same hazel eyes that I have. Over time, the pigment in the eye has faded into the blue color you're seeing. This relative does not have any eye disease, so I'm not sure if there is a medical term for the loss of pigment in the iris. There are a couple of terms for loss of pigment, but those are both when the pigment is leaking into the rest of the eye.
If you have any idea as to what this is called, please leave a comment.
Also, don't go googling eye diseases. It's not pretty.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
We celebrated Hannah's first birthday at Pepe's Pizza in Yonkers a couple weekends back. It's hard to believe she's already a year old! I got to meet her the day before the Christopher Walken shoot; it was a crazy weekend. There were plenty of activities to keep the kids all busy, tons of oddly shaped pizza and the super cool pizza paddle on the wall behind us, featured below.
The birthday girl!
Mr. Blue Eyes showing off his mask
I brought along a felt pizza toy for the kids to decorate while Nick had a pizza themed book to read.
When it came time for cake, Hannah appeared very determined. It quickly devolved into crying, but James was right there to cheer her up. What a great cousin!
Aria swooped in to blow out the candle, so it was relight so everyone could join in. I'm sure Hannah will have this down next year.
Grandma Born helped treat Hannah to a slice of cake.
Not too messy for a one year old!
Happy birthday, Hannah!
Friday, February 21, 2014
hello and happy fr EYE day to you!
I had a request for a dark brown eye; when you ask, I deliver! Although I brightened this shot up so you could see the detail, this is a pretty dark brown eye. This series has taught me that I have a lot of friends and relatives with blue eyes.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
I returned to Littlefield in Brooklyn, NY to check out a band that my friends Allison and Sara have been raving about, The Old Ceremony. Their name was taken from a Leonard Cohen song title, which gave me a good feeling about the band before I even heard their music. Django Haskins is the singer/songwriter and guitarist with Gabe Pelli playing bass and violin, Dan Hall on drums and Mark Simonsen on key and also rocking a pretty mean vibraphone. We were also treated to TOC's original bassist, Matt Brandau, on a few tracks. My friends were first introduced to TOC through Django's work in a band called International Orange, which included Ben Folds Five bassist Robert Sledge. If you've been to my blog before, you'll know I've been a fan of Ben Folds Five a long time and have covered them a couple of times.
The show at Littlefield was the epitome of an intimate show. Although there was a larger crowd in attendance for the opening act, the majority of them left after his performance. Maybe it was a little later than people wanted to stay out, who knows. Sara and I were treated to an amazing performance, despite the small crowd. What struck me, and what you can clearly see from the photos, is the amount of passion Django puts into his performance. He was a ball of energy on stage, singing and playing hard. To be able to put forth that amount of energy night after night impressed me to no end and gave me a set of pictures that I'm really excited to show you.
Although I didn't go into the show knowing a whole lot of their music, I definitely came out a fan. How can you not when the band exudes passion and love of what they're doing? Thanks to Sara for introducing me to another incredible band and putting up with me shooting the entire time.
As always, I leave you with shoes.