A Quiet Moment

 

I have all the touristy pictures from Paris that everyone captures while they are there from previous trips. This time while I was in Paris I wanted to capture something unique but still recognize it was in Paris. My wife and I had just climbed the stairs to the top of the Eiffel tower and was walking to a night bike tour we signed up for. I saw this pregnant woman sitting on the bench by herself enjoying a good book with the Eiffel tower as a backdrop, It was exactly what I wanted.

I now have this framed in my office and still enjoy looking at it every day. My only regret was that I didn’t offer to send her a copy. I’m sure she would have loved to remember this moment. Her child is probably close to a year and a half by now.

 

From the Window – Wyoming

I’ve started a new project called “From the Window”.  Living in the American west we spend a lot of time in our vehicles rather than walking or biking like most large cities or in European countries.  With my kids getting older I’m now able to let them drive so I can enjoy the scenery and document what I see.

This image was taken a few days ago while driving through Wyoming for our spring break.

Peach Days Car Show on Film – Part 1

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In September the weekend following Labor Day, Brigham City Utah celebrates Peach Days. It all started in 1904 as a day-off from the harvest and time to celebrate the the best peaches in Utah.  It’s a tradition that brings in around 50,000 people for activities that the top of Utah and Southern Idaho residents look forward to each year.

I had just purchased a mint Yashica Mat-124G medium format camera and wanted to document the car show on film.  I’ve never seen so many cars at at car show at once, it was a photographers play ground.  I shot about three rolls and wish I had brought more film.  I brought my Leica M to capture all the color but really enjoyed capturing it on film.  No one noticed when I was shooting with my Leica M but when I pulled out my Yashica it seemed liked everyone stopped to watch as I shot these cars, it’s an attention getter that’s for sure.  I stopped counting how many people asked if they still make film the camera and where I get the film processed.  The kids love looking through the ground glass, I’m sure they haven’t seen anything like this before.

I will be sharing some color and black and white images from my Leica M soon, but for now enjoy the car show.

Technical Notes:

  • Shot on a Yashica Mat-124G
  • Film: Ilford Delta 400 Professional
  • Developer: Rodinal
  • Scanner: Epson V700

 

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A Night at the County Fair

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Today’s configuration:  Leica M(240) with a Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.4

I volunteered at the photo competition booth a few weeks ago at our local county fair.  There were close to 200 entries and there were some there that I really liked.  I didn’t submit any photos this year but had good intentions.  At 9:00pm they closed the building I was in so I had a few minutes to walk around before the entire place closed down.  I of course had my Leica M with me and wanted to document a few things.  I opted for the 35mm Voigtlander to take in more of the scene.  The Leica once again performed well in the low light.  My favorite is the last in this series, I like the star effect from the lights and the last bit of sun in the sky.

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Black and White Tuesday

I’m a big advocate of personal photography projects. They force you to engage, create and improve as a photographer. I have a few small projects that are on-going but wanted to try something that I could share on my blog on a weekly basis. I’ve noticed that my friend Ann Torrence is doing Black and White Tuesday on her blog. I’ve been getting into shooting more and more personal work in Black and White and thought this would be a good project for me to start as well. Be sure to check back on Tuesday’s for fresh Black and White photo.

Family Portrait

I had the pleasure of shooting some good friends recently.  I found a place nearby that is an old brick building with lots of colors, textures, and large reflective glass.  As I thought about what I wanted to shoot the day before it never occurred to me to have the family pose the way they are below.

Canon 40D * EF-24-105mm f/4.0L * ISO 400 * 1/200 second * f/6.3

It was a spur of the moment decision as they were standing on this old loading dock.  I had just taken a photo of them all bunched up together smiling so I wanted to have them give me a serious look and spread apart.  I knew instantly that a black and white would be the way to go.  I wanted to get something that wasn’t the traditional “family photo”.  Turns out this is one of ther favorites and will be a large print hanging in their family room. It’s always good to think outside the box and try new different things.

North Beach in Black and White

Canon XTi * EF-24-105mm f/4.0L * ISO 100 * 1/640 second * f/4.0

I recently purchased some photoshop actions ( will blog about them later) that have some great conversions to black and white.

I was loooking through my archive this weekend and ran it through an action and really like the shadow detail in the buildings.  I spent quite a bit of time in San Franciso on business so my archive is full of buildings like these.  Hopefully I will have time to process through them – enjoy!

Weekend Getaway

Canon XTi * Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L Lens * ISO 100 * 1/800 second * f/4.0

My family and I stayed with some friends at East Canyon Resort this past weekend. The resort is nestled in the mountains between Park City and Morgan Utah.

The photo above was taken at the resort early one morning. While everyone was still sleeping I slipped out for a early morning walk and was able to get some great shots. This shot of the sign was one of them. I really like the direction the sun is hitting the snow, it really adds depth to the shadows.

We spent part of our Saturday morning at Soldier Hollow tubing hill. They claim their tubing hill has the longest tubing lanes in Utah. They had six lanes and two tow ropes that provided an easy way to get to the top of the hill. They also have cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. It’s a great place to take the family for a winter activity.

The photo below is of a guy kid who was brave enough to ski without a shirt. The semi-warm weather didn’t last long, within about 30 minutes the wind was blowing and was very cold; typical Utah winter.

Canon XTi * Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L Lens * ISO 100 * 1/400 second * f/11

Looking back at '07

Canon XTi * Canon EF-24-105mm f/4.0 lens * ISO 100 * 1/500 second * f/4.0

2007 was a first of many things for me. It’s been a great year, here are a few highlights.

  • Converted from Windows to a Mac.
  • January – Created a Pro Flickr account.
  • July – Registered www.scottosmith.com
  • October – Scott [o] Smith’s Digital World was born.
    • 66 Blog Posts.
    • 2500 Views.
    • 20 comments.
  • 12,423 – Photos taken.
  • 28 – Gigabytes of photos.
  • 5 – Photowalks
  • Made many new friends that are amazing photographers.

I’m looking forward to ’08 and sharing it with all of you.


Looking back at ’07

Canon XTi * Canon EF-24-105mm f/4.0 lens * ISO 100 * 1/500 second * f/4.0

2007 was a first of many things for me. It’s been a great year, here are a few highlights.

  • Converted from Windows to a Mac.
  • January – Created a Pro Flickr account.
  • July – Registered www.scottosmith.com
  • October – Scott [o] Smith’s Digital World was born.
    • 66 Blog Posts.
    • 2500 Views.
    • 20 comments.
  • 12,423 – Photos taken.
  • 28 – Gigabytes of photos.
  • 5 – Photowalks
  • Made many new friends that are amazing photographers.

I’m looking forward to ’08 and sharing it with all of you.