As we celebrate our independence today in the United States of America I thought it would be appropriate to share how proud we are of our flag and what it stands for on this day.
I took part in a film exchange last month for the facebook group Negative Positives Film Photography Podcast. The plan was that we would be paired up with an unknown photographer and we would share a roll of film to create double exposures. Shaun Nelson collected names and paired people up. My photo partner was Sherry Christensen from Canada. She supplied the film (Kodak Ektar 100) and shot the roll. She then mailed it to me for me to shoot and I was in charge of processing and scanning the film.
I was pleasantly surprised how well these turned out. There are a few that I really like that I have included here. This was a great way to meet photographers and get a feel for what they like to shoot. The only rule we set was we were to shoot all frames in landscape. We also tried to line up our fame lines. It didn’t quite work out but I really like the overlap. She warned me her shots would be from around the farm house so I wanted to be be sure to add some color and urban scenes. I really like the eye looking through the door of the grain bin above. As I look at this image I’m reminded of the many many hours I spent inside these grain bins shoveling grain in the hot summer heat. I wouldn’t pass growing up on a farm for anything these days.
- Name: Sherry Christensen
- Location: Canada
- Camera: Pentax MV with 50mm lens
- Name:Scott Smith
- Location: Utah
- Camera: Leica M6 TTL, 35 & 50 mm lens
We used Kodak Ektar 100 film. It was developed by Replicolor in Salt Lake City, Utah. I scanned the roll using a Epson Perfection V700 scanner.
I set out to shoot a test roll through a new to me Leica M3. This image turned out to be one of my favorites from the roll. One reason I love shooting film is the happy surprises that come when developing the roll and looking through images for the first time.
This shack sits on my parents property in Idaho and has been around ever since we built our home when I was 2 years old. For a long time it was used as a storage “junk” shed for my dad. It’s been recently cleaned out and sits empty. Every time I visit my parents I make sure I visit the shack and take some pictures. By looking at the roof it’s going to cave in if they get a heavy snow fall. I love the snow on part of the roof and the shadows from a near by tree and the southern winter sun.
The picture below was taken in fall of the same year.
As I was walking down the street in Rothenburg Germany I asked these girls by pointing to my camera if I could take their photo. They all blushed and shook their heads. Rothenburg is a gorgeous medieval town, I’m ready to go back. What a beautiful city.
Morning Shadow, Idaho, 2017
Trump Truck – Salt Lake City, Utah, 2017
The Traveler – Grand Central Station, NYC, 2017⠀
Commuter deep in thought as he works his way through Grand Central Station in New York City.
It’s an analog/old school kind of day. Spent a few hours looking for some new vinyl while shooting some black and white film in my #leica M3 in my newly rebuilt 1970 Ford F250 truck.
Please be kind to each other.
Taken during the great Eclipse of 2017. The oil spot on the pavement is pretty close to what I saw through my glasses of the eclipse in Utah.
I don’t get the opportunity to work with high school seniors these days like I used to. I’m hoping to get back into it soon. I love the one-on-one experience and the opportunity for me to be somewhat creative. I love this moment where there was a brief pause as we were waiting for the rain to stop. It gave me the opportunity to capture a relaxed moment. I love the texture of her hair and the glimpse of her smile. To me this adds a bit of mystery to the image.
This would have been just a typical Hawaiian Sunset but just at the right time this family launched their boats and paddled off right in front of us. I overheard people complaining that they ruined their “perfect sunset” but for me I was excited and captured them at this moment just before the sun disappeared. Look for the opportunities to add a human element to a photograph to give it more impact and meaning.
The water falling outside the window caught my attention, I just had to wait for someone to stand in front of the glass. I like this because the water blocks out the distractions from outside which then isolates the silhouette making him the main focus.
This was another favorite image from watching a group of men arm wrestling this past weekend. The man on the left would take each match by dropping to his knees and over powering his opponent winning the match in seconds.
I enjoyed watching these men arm wrestle and try all sorts of techniques to get the upper hand. The man on the right was quite a bit shorter and tried to get all the leverage he could by using the table. After they went back and forth several times he ended up winning the match