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!
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.
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!