Springtime and flowers… These photos were all taken at the Hahn Horticulture Garden on the Virginia Tech campus a couple weekends ago when Karly came into town for a visit. Obviously now that it has gotten warm enough for flowers, there will be a lot of them showing up on my blog. In fact I’m planning on doing some “how to” gardening posts in the coming months.
May 20-27 I will be on vacation in Corolla, NC (Outer Banks). Let me know if you will be there at that time. I’m looking for a model, I want to take some beach portraits!
“Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.” – Marsha Norman
Back when Kirsten was in town, I finally had the opportunity to take more photos for my Bookish series. It feels like forever since I took any photos towards this project, it’s hard to believe the last time I took any photos for it was back in October! Most of these photos were taken around the Virginia Tech campus.
These photos and the ones from earlier in the series are available in the Bookish section of my print shop as photo prints and note cards if you are interested!
I have always loved lightning so naturally when I saw a photo taken on Revolog Tesla film with lightning bolts etched into the film through a chemical process I had to order a roll. This particular roll was the Tesla 1 which produces blue/purple lightning bolts, there is also another version called the Tesla 2 which produces red lightning. I paid $12.50 for my first roll of 12 exposures (it is actually around $9 a roll if you buy it directly from Revolog) so I stored it away for ages before using until after they had sent me a pack of all of their specialty films aka the “All in One” pack for review.
This is a C-41 process film with an ASA/ISO of 200. I used it on a bright sunny day through my Canon Elan IIe and had it developed through Snapfish. I don’t think I have shot with a 200 ASA film any time in the last decade, I’m used to something a little faster, but on the amazing bright sunny spring day that I shot this roll it worked perfectly for me. The sticker on the film container suggested underexposing the film for more vibrant results, I did not underexpose the film and I thought that the results were still really vibrant. I had heard suggestions to not use this film for portrait work considering how unpredictable the location of the lightning would be, but I did it anyway and I’m really happy with the results that I got with this film.
Overall I LOVED this film, initially I thought 12 exposures was not going to be enough, but considering the dramatic results it produces it ended up being plenty. The only negative I saw with the film was that a couple images had a strange yellow mark that looked like crayon at the end of the lightning bolts, but it is hard to say if this was part of the film or the processing done in the lab. Considering Revolog is the only company I know of that carries 35mm film with the special effects like the Tesla (and the others that I have and cannot wait to try) I will definitely continue to shoot with their film. I love using toy cameras and my favorite thing about shooting analog is the unpredictable results and their film takes unpredictable results to a whole new level!
I will be posting more photos from this roll later on this week when I finish editing the digital photos of Kirsten (pictured). If you want to give a roll of Tesla 1 a shot, you can pick it up on the Revolog.net website!
I still had a lot more snow photos to share than what I included in the first Snow Days blog post. All that nice fluffy snow and it almost completely melted away by the next day. Poor Ray the snowman outside of Squires on campus looked a little stressed out as patches of grass started show through the snow around him. Since we finally got that substantial amount of snow that I wanted, I welcome spring with open arms and with temperatures in the 70s this week, hopefully it is officially here already. I can’t wait to get my garden started!
A couple weekends ago we finally got the snow storm that I had been praying for all winter long. We bundled up my son, packed up my 35mm Canon Elan IIe and went for a walk around the neighborhood. I didn’t end up taking any digital photos during the snow so I had my fingers crossed that the photos would come out alright and thankfully they did! You never know what you might end up with when you are using expired film. This is part 1 of 2. There were too many to share in one post. I think the last shot with the icicles hanging from the snowy swings is my favorite.
A couple weekends ago I had the opportunity to do a creative shoot with Megan who I met through Model Mayhem a couple of years ago. In fact, my favorite photo that I have ever taken was of Megan underwater [click here to view it]. It was really cold outside and even with multiple layers on we were both about to freeze to death. With such dramatic makeup I wasn’t sure how to edit the photos, so I had to go dramatic with the editing too and paired each photo up to give it an outer space/star struck feel. Did I mention there was snow that day? Sure it melted within a couple of hours and it was nothing like we got over this past weekend, but I feel like it is worth a mention because I had been praying hard for snow.
About a year and a half ago I did a film swap with Karly after seeing the Double Exposures: A DIY Project That Brings Friends Together post on Photojojo. First I shot a roll of expired Kodak 400 film through my Holga 135, wound most of it back up in the film canister then handed it off to Karly to shoot a second exposure over top of it with her Nikon N80. In many of the photos her SLR camera dominated over my toy camera’s exposures since Holga is pretty much hit or miss and the Nikon actually has a light meter. We got quite a few photos that mixed together and made some really dreamy effects. My favorite by far is the first one pictured in this blog post.
I’ve talked it over with Karly and I’m excited that we have decided to give the whole film swap project another try once spring rolls around. This time I think we’ll do a little planning on having a theme beforehand now that we have a good idea of what type of results to expect.
I was sick all weekend, but I wouldn’t let a cold stop me from the mini road trip to downtown Roanoke for a fun, casual, and completely unstructured photo shoot that I had planned! I met Stephanie through a modeling website a few months ago and finally we were both available to get together on Monday. Katie of Katie Estes Photography came along too! We wandered around aimlessly through downtown Roanoke for a few hours, none of us really had any idea where we were or where we were going the majority of the time.
Our first stop was Roanoke Catholic School, a building that I have always loved and as a small child thought that it was a Disney castle every time I visited Roanoke with my family. After we found some legal parking, we trekked across a pedestrian bridge over railroad tracks to wander through streets and an alleyway filled with the most amazing graffiti. It was freezing cold, but Stephanie was an excellent sport walking around in shorts. I had so much fun, it had been probably about two months since I did a casual portrait shoot so long overdue. I’m going to make it a point this year to do at least one personal photo shoot per month – which means I will need models so if you are interested, please let me know!
On November 8, I teamed up with 16 Blocks Magazine to photograph the 16 Blocks: Fashion as Art IV Fashion Show at Awful Arthurs Blacksburg. The fashion show was a collaborative effort between the Virginia Tech Fashion Merchandising and Design Society and 16 Blocks magazine. It featured clothing from Rent the Runway, Kid Dangerous, Mad Dog, 310 Rosemont, and a few student designers. A couple of weeks later Awful Arthurs in Blacksburg closed their doors for good. I have been dying to do a blog post with the photos from this fashion show, but I wanted to wait until issue 37 of 16 Blocks came. The newest issue of 16 Blocks Magazine contains quite a few of my photos from the show as well as a $20 coupon towards a future photo session with me on page 29. I had a blast doing print work and photographing my first fashion show so hopefully I have an opportunity to work with 16 Blocks and other print publications again very soon!
I am so excited to announce that on Thursday, December 1 I will have my first gallery feature at the grand opening of the first tattoo studio in Floyd, Virginia (which doubles as an art studio!). Floyd Tattoo & Arts Gallery will be having a ribbon cutting ceremony along with hor d’oeuvres and the opportunity to win some gifts… Oh and did I mention you get to meet the artists that are featured? I can’t wait to meet the other three artists! If you can’t make it Thursday, please try to go out and support David and Polly’s new business and check out the art that is featured there. My photos will be on display (available for sale, already framed and matted) all throughout December.
In other completely unrelated news, I have extended my photo print sale through the end of this week. Photography prints make great Christmas gifts so check out my print shop which has local scenery, animals, plants, and even my Bookish series, something for everyone.
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