Archive for October, 2011by Eric on October 31, 2011 in Photo Blog with 4 Comments
Here are some photos shot recently with my son Collin and his friend Silas in my makeshift garage studio. I used my oldie but goodie Rolleiflex and my Leica M7, shooting with my preferred Kodak Tri-X and Portra 400. Seems that I have a penchant for Kodak film.( Please Kodak do not go away!) I went to Goodwill and bought an old white sheet and attached it to my open garage door using it as a large soft box. I lit them with 1 Vivitar 283 behind the sheet and 2 other to the left and right of the guys. I was working on some strobist and makeshift studio work. I liked the challenge.
I asked the guys to get the PS3 controllers and they just started to ham in up, well Collin did especially.
I was browsing the internets again and stumbled across these gem. It was originally posted on another blog but I cannot find that blog anyway, this is some very cool art. Check it here. The site is called Mr. Shabba. This is pretty cool stuff. I may have to buy a few of these to adorn my wall. If you really like this hurry because limited editions are available.
I had been searching the web for interesting sites about photography. I stumbpled upon this site B&W Photo Magazine. Several months ago I made a submission to the site I was accepted.
I am pleased to have my work published on this site. In the vein of sharing and reciprocation on the internet I want to draw attention to this site.
To buy or Not To Buy?
I have been looking and wondering if the new Nikon 1 series cameras were something worth getting into. I have been trolling around the internet to read about Nikon’s jump into the mirror less foray. Nikon has made a camera system that seems to satisfy. This is just speculation of course as I have not held one to shoot, only read what others think and from reviews that have been posted on the internets.
From all that I have read about this new camera and system is would be something that I would compliment my current cameras. I now have 3 film cameras. This could be it! Especially if I can connect my older Nikon f mount lenses to the camera. Could this be it?
Than I look a the price tag. I remind myself that I did this once before. I bought a Nikon D70. Initially it was wonderful than I wanted to attach my 24mm Nikkor. Well My 24 turned into a 36mm lens. Well that really did not do. I sold my D70 I also was not impressed by the color that camera captured either skin tones were less than desirable.
I bought a Samsung NV11 wanted a compact camera to easily pack and carry. Again disappointed by the images captured and not having the control. My second try comes as a disappointment. Now I have to say that for my day job I use a Nikon D3x which is an amazing digital camera albeit heavy and very expensive.
In 2010 I bought a Leica with a Summicron 50mm Lens. The images blew me away! I love it I can pack it easily and it is very comfortable to hold. I have shot several rolls of film and will continue as long as Kodak is still making film.
I love to look at the new technology and what is out there on the market trying to find the perfect camera when all along I have them.
I love my Leica M7, Rolleiflex and my Nikon FM2. I think that I will just buy more film.
More Images from Lake Huron
My family and I spent a few days on the shores of Lake Huron. My Dad and my Step Mom have property on the Southern shores. Lake Huron is gorgeous. It is one of the Great Lakes, left behind by retreating glaciers.
I was surprised by how shallow the lake is. We paddled around the lake a bit in a blow up kayak. We did not travel out very far but the lake was so clear one can see the bottom.
We were graced with great weather while there in late August. Having grown up in Michigan, I had not spent any time on Lake Huron. This was really my first experience there.
I took my Leica M7 and several rolls of Tri-X film. I shot several images of the lake. Something about water and clouds being shot with long exposures is very calming. I have been experimenting with long exposures, lately. I sort of like what effect I am getting.
You can see more of Lake Huron and long exposures in my Fine Art Gallery.
Take your kid to school on a Motorcycle
After slight prodding by my coworker I decide to take my youngest son to school on my motorcycle. I had done it in the past once when we were short a vehicle. I remember promising him that we would do it more often this school year. I asked him last night if he was interested in going to school on the moto. YEAH he answer emphatically! After breakfast I reminded him about riding the motorcycle to school, Oh yeah! he almost screamed and waited in the garage next to my moto until I gathered all my stuff for the day.
How cool is that being a 3rd grader and going to school on a motorcycle!? I loved it too!
By the way thanks Honda Motorsports for the image.
Photographing at Night
One of the most enjoyable things about shooting long exposures are the unexpected results that may develop. There is also an added bonus when shooting film, because of the lag time. I feel like today with everything needing to be finished and done almost instantaneously it is refreshing having to wait and see.
These are some images I captured around an in ground pool. The high contrast between the darkness and light give these images a eerie feel to them. There seems to be Creatures moving through the water. Notice how the water looks? It is rather smooth almost fog like. Another virtue of long exposure. The individuals swimming transform into ghost like apparitions. When shooting long exposures at night everyday things take on a different perspectives.
Another of the mystical creatures captured swimming at night in the photo below. I really helps when you have slight movement from your subjects to enhance that eerie and or flowing effect.
Michigan was great to us.
Our vacation this past August to Michigan was just amazing. I brought my Rolleiflex TLR (Twin Lens Reflex) along and shot some portraits in the backyard near my parents pool. The sun was setting and cast a golden glow onto all my subjects. I used a couple of strobes to fill in shadow areas. Enjoy.