polaroid land camera 100

My boyfriend and I found a Polaroid Land Camera 100 at a flea market a few weekends ago. He's the film camera pro, but I love the peel apart film and want to learn how to use it. SO, once he fixed it up (something with the battery pack), he let me take a portrait of him.

It's definitely hard to use. It's hard getting used to the rangefinder focus. It was weird trying to figure out a composition. I'll have to order some of my own film (so I don't use all of his) and play with it on my own. I hate to admit, but this photo was pretty much an accident. I definitely didn't expect it to come out so well (other than that fact that it's not fully focused).

BUT if you want to read a better review of the camera, click here.


finally - sunshine!

Excuse me for forgetting to do this yesterday. Honestly, three days of rain can have a real affect on the notion of motivating myself to get things done. I'm certainly not one to want to go out in the rain - more like 'let's stay inside all day and binge watch on Netflix.' I did shoot yesterday, and today, but just was feeling a bit blah to actually post anything. I've been taking a new route in the morning  because of this rain and the mini floods it causes on a regular road I would normally take. 

I don't, by any means, think that this is a great photograph. Although, this isn't about forever taking beautiful photographs. It's about shooting everyday (or almost) and writing about it. I do love the way the buildings overlap each other. There's something about the top portion of this composition that I love. I would crop it, but I'm a believer in not cropping photographs to how you like them. I think it's important to pay attention to how you make your compositions. BUT, with that aside, I do love the top portion and I think overall it's an okay image - probably why I turned it into a black and white. Maybe I thought it would distract from the boringness of the photograph - or maybe I thought it would create a story that I'm not even sure of what. 


And today - sunshine! Well, not until around four this afternoon, but better late than never! It feels good to have the sunshine pouring through the windows. 

We put the light to good use this afternoon. I took out my 50mm, because what other wonderful use for this lens than portraits, and photographed my boyfriend. We also took a few photographs of each other using his Polaroid 100 Land Camera WITH the Portrait Kit. We found it at a flea market a few weekends ago for $35. I haven't quite gotten the focus down on using the Land camera but, with practice, I will. Those photographs from it are so beautiful - eventually I'll get them up on here. Although I'm not a huge portrait photographer, there's no denying the right light for one, which was captured this afternoon. On another note, I've been interesting in doing a self portrait project, but just not entirely sure where to start.
BUT, I read this the other day and couldn't disagree with how true it is.

All photographs are self portraits.
— Minor White

Both photographs are taken with a Canon Rebel Eos T1i with a 50mm lens. Edited with Camera Raw and PhotoShop to convert to black and white.