saturday night

I always love finding little sun spots in my apartment. It could be something that you would just look at and keeping doing whatever you were doing, but I can't help myself but to stop and photograph it. 

In the morning, I have the warm sun hit my windows on one side of my bedroom. In the evening, the sun comes through the back. As I was going into my room last night, I saw this. I couldn't help but take this picture. I love the shadow of the cable lines that hang near my deck. The warm light from the sun is just so satisfying. 


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.


sunday drives

A few years ago, I shot a lot of abstract photography. I used neutral density filters and had a lot of movement and blurred objects in my photographs. During my senior year of college, I had grown a lot from that series, which you can see here. I haven't gone back to it in a while, but while we were driving down the highway today I couldn't resist. 

I didn't use any neutral density filters on any of these, I just slowed down the shutter speed to get the movement from the car. You can only plan so much with these photos, so when something interesting comes out, it's exciting. I love the clear split between these two spots - under the overpass and without the overpass. The darkness that fills the negative space between those two columns gives the photograph a mysterious feeling. 

This is my favorite photograph from today. When you take slow shutter speed photographs, there's a lot of ones that just don't work out. There's usually nothing interesting about them, no composition - they just don't work. But this is one of the better ones. I love the break in the green that the white section creates. I love these because this is something that we've all seen driving on the highway, but it isn't something that is typically captured. 


All photographs taken on a Canon Rebel Eos T1i with an 18-55mm lens. Blurred motion is done in camera, basic edits done in CameraRaw.

light, shadow, & nature vs. manmade

Back at it! I'm definitely feeling a bit more inspired to get back to shooting and am happy with the results today. I'm back to actually looking at things and making connections between buildings, signs, nature, and objects. The way shadows work in between buildings and parking lots catch my eye. 

It's the way that shadows dance across things like the pavement and the architecture. It creates an entirely new space in the composition. I love seeing how things evolve inside new spaces. 

Then there's moments where you see something as simple as this. Simple, delicate and unlikely for the pure fact that this is on the side of a highway. It's interesting when nature takes over manmade things. This definitely isn't taking over the highway, but it's just the idea of it. The idea that 'hey, here's this grimy highway, let's throw a tree over there to maybe distract from the highway'. I see and think about this a lot. Who has inspired me to see these things and think about them is the photographer Toshio Shibata. He has an entire series exploring the ways nature overtakes manmade structures, or vice versa.  


All photographs are shot with a Canon Rebel Eos T1i, using an 18-55mm lens. Edited in Camera Raw. 

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.