“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!
A couple weeks ago I had the honor of working with Kirsten Krupps for the third time. I met her a year ago through Model Mayhem and while she lives in Illinois, I have gotten to work with her when she comes into town to visit her boyfriend. She is such a blast to work with because she isn’t from the area so I feel like she is seeing Blacksburg in an entirely different way from me… and also because Kirsten is a model and a photographer so she knows how to work it on both sides of the camera.
I picked Kirsten up in the morning and we grabbed a couple donuts from Carol Lee and headed back to my house for the first part of our shoot. Then we shot all around downtown Blacksburg, the Blacksburg Transit, and the Virginia Tech campus including inside of one of the greenhouses at the Hahn Horticulture Garden. By the end of the day we were exhausted from lugging around so much gear, I had my digital SLR, film SLR loaded up with Revolog Tesla 1 film, and one of the Polaroid Land Cameras that Emily let me borrow to learn how to use for her wedding in September. As you can surely see from the Polaroid images I have not mastered the process for exposure or focusing, but I like playing with the camera and I like the results even though technically they are not shot correctly.
More to come later on of Kirsten, I still have photos for the Bookish series that I shot with her, but I haven’t finished the roll of film yet. And hopefully we’ll be shooting together more when she comes down at the end of the semester! More from this shoot are up on Facebook 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 madly love horses, they are so beautiful and elegant. One day when I buy my dream farm I will get a couple of my own. Here are some 35mm film photos I have taken of some horses in Floyd and Blacksburg over the past year or so. A few of these are available as prints in my print shop if you are interested [so are a couple of zebra prints]. I don’t update the print shop very often, but if you see something that I post on here that you would like to see as a print, let me know and I will get it formatted and uploaded for you.
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.
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.
- Emily + Brett’s engagement session was featured on WeddingGawker on Monday.
- My son Auden went to day care for the first time on Monday and it went AMAZING, he didn’t even acknowledge us when we went to pick him up at the end of the day.
- Apple butter, especially on peanut butter sandwiches
- Wood piles
- Irrelevant photos of jellyfish… well not completely irrelevant, I love the photo and I love jellyfish, and I loved that trip to Washington, DC where I got to see the jellyfish.
- I’ve got some awesome plans for this weekend, a couple fun shoots [including another instillation of the Bookish series], painting, and yummy dinner at Macado’s. Maybe even celebrating Valentine’s Day early if I’m lucky.
What are you loving this week?
Some photos I took in January in dreary downtown Blacksburg around 6:30am when I like to walk around and pretend I am the only one who lives here. Rainy days and Christmas lights in January, where is the snow already? I’m tired of waiting! Even just a long weekend of snow that melts on Monday would be fine with me.
Kodak 800 35mm film through my Canon Elan IIe