The Perfect Shot

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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Football 2015

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Today’s configuration:  Leica M(240) with a Summicron 50mm f/2.0

I don’t have any boys so I don’t get to attend football games very often.  My nephew was playing nearby so we went to support him and of course I brought my Leica along.  Even though they lost, for 8th graders they did a great job.  I wanted to catch more of the game than the details so my lens of choice was my trusty Cron 50.

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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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Fair at Night

Fair at Night

Fair at Night

Last week of Summer 2015

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Today’s configuration:  Leica M(240) with a Summicron 50mm f/2.0

This has been one of the busiest summers on record for the Smith family.  We have packed our summer chock full of events that have kept us very busy and active. We spent our last weekend before school started at a wedding in Idaho then relaxing in Wyoming.  There are days I wish I could be as care free as these kids, just enjoying things day by day and not worrying about anything else.

I’m working on a few personal projects, hopefully I will be able to share them soon.  One that I’m excited about are letters that I’m scanning that my grandpa (whom I’ve never met) wrote to his family while serving in World War I.  You really get to know someone by reading something they have hand written.  Which leads me to another post I need to put together that will talk about my new system for journaling and staying organized.

Last week of Summer

Last week of Summer

Last week of Summer

Last week of Summer

Last week of Summer

Last week of Summer

Last week of Summer

Yashica Mat 124G Sample Images

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My last post talked about my new acquired film camera, you can check it out here. For today’s post I wanted to share a few pictures from my test roll that I had a local lab develop and a roll that I shot and developed myself. When I purchased the camera it had a working(original) battery that I verified was giving my the correct exposure. I don’t trust it 100% so I decided to get a replacement battery and keep the original working one as a backup.

For the first roll I wanted to try several lighting conditions. Shooting into the sun, shooting in part shadow and in broad daylight. The camera performed as expected in these conditions and I have to say I’m pretty impressed.  The second roll was more documenting our day in Jackson Hole Wyoming on the 4th of July.

One thing I absolutely love about this camera is it forces you to shoot in square format.  When I printed some of my favorite images my daughter promptly said “hey, these are square like Instagram”.  I quickly reminded here that Instagram is just like this camera, the square format has been around long before Instagram was just a concept.

For those interested I used Tri-X 400 and developed in Rodinal(adonal)

 

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Gas Station

Feeedom Post Office

Cowboy Bar

This was my first image taken with the camera, I managed to get a double exposure.  Not sure how that even happened but I liked the result.

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Self Reflection

Sun Flare

Tree Roots

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Today’s configuration:  Leica M(240) with a Summicron 50mm f/2.0 & Voigtlander 75mm f/1.8 Heliar Classic

Thanks to a good friend, I’ve been getting into shooting film more and more.  He and I headed to San Clamente California a few months ago to attend a workshop by the Film Photography Podcast hosted at thedarkroom.com.  I met some great photographers there and have really been wanting to shoot more film since then on a decent camera.   I own a couple of 35mm film cameras but haven’t been very impressed with the quality of the frames that they produce.  I’ve been wanting to get into medium format for quite a while but just haven’t found something that would work for me.  The camera’s I want are too expensive for the type of shooting I do.

I’ve always been intrigued with a the concept behind a TLR camera.  I’ve been following a great film photographer Bill McCarroll on Google Plus for quite while and I happened to run into him at the workshop in California.  He had his Leica MP and boy did it feel good in my hands.  One day I will own a Leica film camera.  About a month ago he posted some pictures from his Rolleiflex TLR and I was immediately hooked.  They had a different look and feel to them that I really liked.  I knew that a Rolleiflex would be too much for me to invest in.  I started researching and found that the Yashica Mat 124G or the Yashica Mat 124 was a good alternative to a Rolleiflex.  I jumped on our local classified site and stumbled onto the exact Yashica that I wanted.  After exchanging a few emails and a couple of phone calls we sealed the deal and worked out a place to meet for the exchange.

Harold was the original owner and treated this camera very well.  He and I chatted for about 30 minutes about how he got into photography and when he decided to buy this camera.  When he told me he has only shot 3 rolls of film through this I couldn’t believe it.  After a close inspection I couldn’t let this camera go, it was in mint condition.  I asked Harold if I could take a photo with him and his camera to send to him later.  He of course said yes and asked his wife to join him.  The last words he said to me was all I want is for this camera to go to a good home and to be used, not sitting on a shelf.  I assured him I would take care of it and use it.

I have since run a few rolls through it and have to say I’m very impressed with the quality.  It’s a fun camera and a great conversation starter.  More on that with images in a later post.

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Sunset on the Steeple

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

There is something special about evening light.  While walking back to our car on Catalina Island I noticed the warm sun on this steeple and couldn’t resist documenting it.  I didn’t notice the moon until I saw the image on my Macbook Pro.

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     Today’s configuration:  Leica M(240) with a Summicron 50mm f/2.0

I love textures and reflections.  I was at my daughters dance recital and during a break I took a walk around the school and found lots of interesting things to photograph.  I knew immediately when I saw this it would make a great black and white image.