You know how it is when you meet a couple and just know deep within the recesses of your very being that the two are meant to be together forever? Well, that's these two. I had the privilege of capturing the very essence that is holding them together on their amazing wedding day. It was very hard to be a professional during this shoot and not tear up at every single moment that touched my heart! All the very best to Katherine and Brandon. I've seen many beautiful weddings. A beautiful marriage is rare. This is both. And it will be one of the most memorable in my lifetime.
I was entirely too excited to shoot this wedding for this beautiful couple Marc and Ochoo. What a treat to be part of a very special day! With Ochoo's family flying all the way from Mongolia and Marc's mom overcoming physical challenges to be present for the celebration, I knew that capturing this event would be very important to help keep alive special memories for years and generations to come! Congratulations Marc and Ochoo!!!
Sweat and Sports! Few things make a photographer's life easy. No need to pose subjects here. They just do what they do and you do your best to capture that grit! CrossFit Execution F.A.C. is an 8,000 square foot box in Owings Mills, MD with plenty of room to spread your energy around!
How to develop this 20 year old B/W film? Friends of mine gave me this roll of film from a trip he and his wife took on their honeymoon! I had to read up on this. Thank goodness for the internet! Apart from some light leaks, this roll held up really well! Have a look at the results.
So...I've embarked on my first hybrid project...still waiting for the lab to send me back scans...in the meantime, I've been able to get my hands on awesome film presets and I can't wait to see how these will turn out!
So excited to shoot my first Rolleiflex! And I had been anticipating using Kodak Ektar 100. Here are the shots from today's experiment! I am still trying to get used to holding the little box, and judging from these shots, I actually need to hold my breath before taking a 1/15 sec shot! Or use a tripod of course. The Ektar has a nice cool tone and has almost that cross-processed look. I made so many mistakes processing these but happy to see most of it turned out!
All shots on Rolleiflex 3.5B with Kodak Ektar 100. Processed with C-41.
Well, I am in love with film. I sent this over to the FIND Lab and I am utterly amazed at these colors and tones!
All shots taken with Nikon F6, 50mm f1.4 lens, Porta 400, processed and scanned by The FIND Lab.
So this week I got my first lesson in color processing using Tetanal, the C-41 Press Kit. Interesting results. I love the warmth of this film! I am still getting a lot of scratches on my film, I don't know if I'm just too aggressive with agitating and inverting the tank, and lint is a pain on scanning. Boo. Nonetheless, here are my results and I am very happy with it!
All images shot with Nikon F6, 50mm f1.4, Portra 400.
The experiment continues...
There is just something about film. Tonality, the art experts call it. They are absolutely right.
This week I set my ISO to 800 and processed accordingly. I think it may be my aggression on agitating, but I am still getting quite a bit of grain on the contrast. I don't mind that so much, except on people. I quite like the grit.
I love the way film captures gradients, tones, even with highlights at their highest and blacks at their blackest.
All images shot with Voigtlander Bessa R4M, Nokton 50mm f1.4, Ilford HP5 Plus 400 at ISO 800.
Creativity block is something well-documented in the artistic community. It happens to a lot of us, for any known or unknown number of reasons.
The last few (two or three) years, I was in a funk, to say the least, with my photography. What started out as fun and an expression of myself became something sort of technical--how to get the shot, lighting, posing, pixellation, etc...I still shot occasionally, friends' weddings, events, portraits on the fly...but I found what hindered me most was carrying around bulky equipment and lack of inspiration.
So, after finding a group of hybrid shooters (that shoot both digital and film), I decided to go back to the roots--all basic black and white, manual (rangefinder manual), and develop my own film. These are my results, and I am enjoying this process tremendously.
All images shot with Voigtlander Bessa R4M, Nokton 50mm f1.4, Ilford HP5 Plus pushed to 1600 ISO, and processed with Ilford HC. I found I liked the more even-toned outcome of diluting the developer thinner, and processed longer.