Independence Day – 2018

As we celebrate our independence today in the United States of America I thought it would be appropriate to share how proud we are of our flag and what it stands for on this day.

 

 

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The Negative Positives Double-Exposure Film Exchange

I took part in a film exchange last month for the facebook group Negative Positives Film Photography Podcast. The plan was that we would be paired up with an unknown photographer and we would share a roll of film to create double exposures.  Shaun Nelson collected names and paired people up.  My photo partner was Sherry Christensen from Canada.  She supplied the film (Kodak Ektar 100) and shot the roll.  She then mailed it to me for me to shoot and I was in charge of processing and scanning the film.

I was pleasantly surprised how well these turned out.  There are a few that I really like that I have included here.  This was a great way to meet photographers and get a feel for what they like to shoot.  The only rule we set was we were to shoot all frames in landscape.  We also tried to line up our fame lines.  It didn’t quite work out but I really like the overlap.  She warned me her shots would be from around the farm house so I wanted to be be sure to add some color and urban scenes.  I really like the eye looking through the door of the grain bin above.  As I look at this image I’m reminded of the many many hours I spent inside these grain bins shoveling grain in the hot summer heat.  I wouldn’t pass growing up on a farm for anything these days.

Photographer #1
Photographer #2
  • Name:Scott Smith
  • Location: Utah
  • Camera: Leica M6 TTL, 35 & 50 mm lens

We used Kodak Ektar 100 film.  It was developed by Replicolor in Salt Lake City, Utah.  I scanned the roll using a Epson Perfection V700 scanner.

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Hawaii Sunset

This would have been just a typical Hawaiian Sunset but just at the right time this family launched their boats and paddled off right in front of us. I overheard people complaining that they ruined their “perfect sunset” but for me I was excited and captured them at this moment just before the sun disappeared. Look for the opportunities to add a human element to a photograph to give it more impact and meaning.

The Perfect Shot

 

What drew me to make this photograph was the expression on the woman’s face. She was trying so hard to get the “perfect picture” of Niagara Falls and making sure she held her camera just right. After developing the roll of film I noticed that the little girls shorts match the woman’s shirt giving them a connection.

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On the Trail

 

It’s been a little while since my last post, lots going on with a busy summer to just needing a break from social media. I’m happy to report that I’m back and will be sharing more personal images with stories. Images are made to share, not stored on a hard drive. Stories are also important and make the image more alive. Some stories will be brief others a little longer.

Today’s image is of my youngest daughter taken in New York last year using my Leica M6 on Portra 400 film. I love the filtered light and the path curving out of the frame to the left. The red and blue colors draw the eye to that part of the frame then continue down the path. Thank you for taking the time to slow down and read this. We are bombarded with images every day, it’s nice to slow down and truly enjoy them.

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