Sunday, March 26, 2017

Huntington Instants - 3/23/17

Another wonderful trip to Huntington Gardens this past week! I accidentally left my small instax camera in Chicago earlier in the week, so this time I was forced to use the Instax Wide instead. Again, I really like the camera, it's just such a monster to carry!!! I did get some pretty nice photos though, soo....

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Glowing - Expired Film Day 2017

I've had an Instax Wide camera for about a year and a half. Although I often wanted to take it places, I admit the gigantic size combined with the bulky film ended up deterring me and in that time, I took it out once and shot 3 photos. Yesterday I decided it was a good day to take it out, so I did and I fell in love. The colors worked perfectly with the light and sky and things were glowing and crazy.

Because I ignored this camera for so long, I already had expired film (despite never finishing a single pack before yesterday!), so I used that as an excuse to shoot with it today for Expired Film Day! Although the film wasn't that expired and so it didn't do anything too crazy, I still love some of the photos I shot, so I consider it to be a success. It got me to use something I had been holding onto for who knows what special occasion. That occasion is Now! Today!

I think this might be my favorite from today. These trees kill me with the blue sky. The colors are really this vibrant and the contrast this nice. I didn't manipulate this post scan.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

B&H Chicago feb 2017

Some random photos from my Bell & Howell point and shoot from when I was in Chicago last month!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Monday, March 6, 2017

Zenit - first shots

Hmm.. I think it was back in December during one of my trips to Chicago when we went to the thrift store where I was told of mythical cameras... and I found a camera! I ended up with an old 1980's Russian camera called the Zenit ET. Kinda heavy with lots of metal, this is one of the more original "lomo" cameras (vs. the lomography brand cameras made today), which I was excited to get my hands on.

In January I finally sat down and figured out how to use it and took it out around my neighborhood to try it out! Finally finished off the roll this past week at Huntington Gardens, so I finally get to see the results! Something weird happend in the middle of the roll, but it recovered and finished off fine. Will need to keep an eye on that, but overall, I'm pretty happy & look forward to using this camera!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Huntington Instants, 3/2/17

Had another wonderful visit to Huntington Gardens this past week with my friend (another photography lover).  This group is shot with the Instax Neo Classic Instant Camera.....

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Chicago Instant Bits - Feb 2017

Some random photos of details, walls and things like that shot with my Instanx Neo Classic Instant Camera while in Chicago this February.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

29 Faces - Feb 2017 04

Alright! It's the last day of February and I have completed all 29 faces! I made faces on 21 of out 28 days, which is pretty good for me. I'm not happy with all the faces, but I did get some pretty awesome ones out of this month. I was less about the specific technique than I was about getting the faces done and mostly making them all fit in a single book. I'm glad I did it and I'm glad it's over :) As usual, I've been surprised at how I can make semi-realistic faces if I so choose (because often, I choose not to). Some make me kinda irritated and angry, some make me kinda sad I put them in a book. Always a learning experience either way!

#20-29 !!!!!!

I had some cardstock scraps on my table and decided to try to make faces out of them. Pretty happy with the results.  

Both faces and the backgrounds are blacklight reactive

The rest of the 29 faces from this month and previous attempts!

29 faces challenge

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Chicago Instant Lines

A few shots from walking around in Chicago last week with my Fuji Instax neo classic.
I was enjoying the lines....

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Olbrich Gardens Instants

I recently found myself in Madison, Wisconsin for the first time visiting a friend I hadn't seen in a very long time. Although I had heard stories of Madison from her, I don't know if I still really knew what to expect when visiting in the middle of winter (I also visited Michigan for the first time in the winter a few years back.) Although winter wasn't in full swing, the lakes were still frozen, there were still piles of dirty snow all over and the plants were still all naked and brown. Knowing I'm a fellow nature lover, my friend took me to see Olbrich Gardens where there's a large dome of summery green warmness year around, even when the lakes across the street are frozen. I shot a few photos with my instax camera...

Friday, February 24, 2017

29 Faces - Feb 2017 03

Still chugging along! A little behind as I started missing some days, but I still am trying to (and not that far behind) finish all of the faces by the end of the month! I think that would be a first! This post gets me up to 19 (still have more I haven't scanned!!)

Weird day:
ended up spending time with people vs. sitting alone arting,
 random guy kept talking to me at airport, resulting in
fast, quick drawing on baggage claim ticket.

left: single line drawing
right: finger painting with gouache

remembering that I like painting with gouache, a lot