finding a style

Yesterday I wrote about trying to photograph my morning routine. So, this morning I did just that… sort of. This morning started off smooth, I woke up with plenty of time to shower and get ready. I made some breakfast and relaxed for a little bit too long and ended up rushing to get to work. The morning started off sitting across from Joe and not long after I was sitting in 30 minutes of traffic. Something I love about creating compositions is framing the subject in a very straight forward way. As you can see, this portrait is framed by the leading lines of the ceiling, the table, and is framed by the doorway frame. I love that this just what it is. There’s nothing fancy about it - no set up… nothing. I love the simplicity of photographs like this that really push the viewer to look at the subject rather than what is around the subject. It’s not about objects. My style of photography can really go two different ways. At times, I want to distort a subject matter as much as possible - to the point of where it really makes you stop and think about what is you’re looking at. At other times, it’s more about the simplicity, as I wrote about before. On another note - here’s my two photographs from today. Enjoy!

January 2

Today was the first full day I had with my new camera. So, naturally, I had to go and test it out. The camera takes beautiful photographs - the color rendition is amazing. I really enjoy the camera itself - it's compact, lightweight, and fairly easy to learn to use. There are still some things that I'm learning on but for the most part, it's pretty easy to pick up on. 

Below are some of the photographs that I took from today. We went to Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA and the landscape was just beautiful. It was late in the afternoon so the sun was starting to go down and the glow from the sun was perfect. I shot some landscapes, portraits, close ups, and tested it out in lower lighting. I can take a photograph at night, hand held, and the quality is great. 

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.