I’ve been missing for some time now. I disappeared. Poof!
Actually I’ve been spending lots of time in my bedroom, but judging by a few of the emails I’ve gotten recently some of my acquaintances apparently consider me “missing” when I haven’t made a blog post in a long time.
Well, at least somebody out there gives a shit
Hey there everybody. There’s not too much going on these days. The week before last we had some unseasonably crappy weather which stopped me from taking a short trip to the coast to take some landscape photos, and then I had a tattoo touched up, which kept me sitting at home and avoiding getting sweaty and moving about too much for the better part of a week. Which all means I’ve been bored for about 10 days or so. I haven’t been completely home-bound, I’ve gotten some more street photography done, with a roll of b&w in being processed right now, and about half a roll of Velvia used up.
Playing with different kinds of film is fun. Lord knows I don’t really need any new excuses to go out and take more photos, but deciding that I need to test out different types and brands of film has made it easy for me to justify spending my hard earned cash, and helped me feel good about blowing off other responsibilities while I wander around and do my ‘research’.
This morning I went for another walk in the Cho Lon area of Saigon, this time with my new buddy Anais. Anais just recently got herself a new Canon 500d with a 50mm f/1.8 lens attached to it, and wanted to play around with her new toy. I set a goal for myself as we set out, which was quite simple: shoot through a roll of Fuji Provia 100F film to test it for colors and skin tones. Read more »
I took a walk with Chi the other day in the Cho Lon area of Saigon. Chi is my best friend in Vietnam. I always love hanging out with her, and she likes to shoot film like I do now, so we had quite a bit of fun. Cho Lon overlaps district 5 and district 6, and the name means “Big Market” in Vietnamese. It’s what we Western folks refer to as “Chinatown”. It’s interesting for a million different reasons, and there’s a million different things to take pictures of there, however on this day I mostly did portraits of people on the street. Read more »
I feel, much like the name of this post implies, that I’m almost completely starting over with photography now that I’ve decided to shoot only film. Over the last week I’ve spent a few days wandering around and taking shots almost at random. Not only am I experimenting with color film to see what the differences are in different brands, I’m also getting used to shooting in black and white, and playing around with some fixed focal length lenses that are new to me. Specifically, I’m using a 50mm Nikon f/1.4 AI lens that’s very nice, but also super contrasty and I’m figuring out where and when I can use it effectively. Simply using fixed focal length is a challenge for me as well, as I’m a spoiled little brat who is far too used to his zoom lenses. I’ve got 3 cameras to shoot with now so I can keep different lenses mounted or have various films loaded and ready, however 2 of them are in the shop getting prettied up. That makes it a bit difficult for me to take multiple shots for comparisons, however that will come next week. My mornings are open for a week or so, so I’m praying for good weather early in the day. Read more »
Yes, it’s true. Digital photography begins to wear thin for me. My beautiful, shiny Nikon D3 with it’s 1 megapixel LCD, it’s massive, crystal clear viewfinder, ultra-fast, ultra-accurate autofocus, blah blah blah… It became boring. Read more »