Casually looking through my wordpress the other day, I noticed that my first post was back in June 2015.
June came and went for me this year and I didn’t even notice. Well, that’s not true, I did notice. I just wish I hadn’t.
When I realized that it had been an entire year for me working this page, with varying degrees of consistency, I was a little excited. I’d done this site, and photography consistently, for a whole year. How cool is that!?
To do something you don’t have to do, you’re not paid to do, no one’s forcing you to do, for an entire year. Doing it simply because you enjoy it. That’s a powerful thing. It makes you feel good.
I decided that I should do the obligatory “Yay, look at me!” post just because I can. I also wanted to throw in a little review, and some thanks too.
So, the review of a year. And a month, but let’s not get technical, okay?
I started with a Nikon EM, a Nikon Series “E” 50mm lens, and a Vivitar 50-210 lens. I used Wal-Mart Fuji print film, and knew about the rule of thirds.
I then bought a Nikon N65, with a Quantaray 28-90mm lens, and began using Kodak print film instead.
I then discovered Dodd Camera in Cincinnati, and began shooting black and white film. My favorite, so far, is Kodak Tri-X 400. T-Max is also nice, and so is Kentmere. I’m playing with new Ilford films now, as well as Fuji Across. By playing, I mean I have rolls waiting to be shot. Also bought a Nikon 70-210 af lens.
Shot a medium format camera, a good Soviet Kamera, the Lomo Lubitel 2. Shot on Kodak Ektar and Fuji Velvia. My Ektar came out fine, my Velvia was… Not.
Then I bought a Nikon F4, which was the dream camera. Learned a little bit more about rules, aperture, shutter speed and the rule of threes.
Upgraded my Kodak films to Ektar, Portra, and Color Plus. That last film is the Dark Horse; I didn’t think it’d make good pictures. Boy was I wrong.
Started shooting slide film in 35mm. Started with Agfa CT Precisa, then tried my hand on Fuji Velvia. My Agfa shots seemed alright, and I had a few keepers. Velvia remains the unconquered beast.
Began using filters. (Boy was this a surprise, haha.)
Most recently, purchased an incomplete Nikon F4 from Dodd, and completed the camera with a new battery grip, giving me essentially a Nikon F4 and an F4e. Also acquired a new Nikon 35-70mm af lens.
I’ve aquired a lot of camera stuff in the last year. What can I tell you about it? Sure, I like it all, but it hasn’t made me a better photographer. I still go out with my Nikon EM, a simple 50mm lens, and go make great, and bad, shots. I don’t know everything, and since this is just a hobby, I doubt I ever will. But I enjoy it anyway.
So why share my photography? Well, sure it’d be neat to become a famous photographer, maybe. Being able to spend all my time photographing sounds good. If I could only photograph and fly for the rest of my life, I’d be a happy man. Sadly, I doubt that will ever be the complete case, but oh well.
I share my photography so that maybe someone else will get some enjoyment from my pictures. If just one person looks at my photos and goes is amazed, or just simply likes them, then hey, I’m doing pretty good.
Sure, I like it when 15 to 20 people like something I post. But most of the time I only get a like or two. Sure, that’s a little stinky. But hey, I forget all about that when I’m out chasing down something I think is interesting, or stopping on the side of the road suddenly to capture an image I stumbled on.
Do I have anything to share to anyone who wants to do something similar? Sure!
Do it because you enjoy it. Do it because you want to. Don’t do it for accolades, or for attention, because you might not get it. You have to do it for you. Focus on the fun, don’t focus on trying to make yourself famous or well known. I guess if that’s supposed to happen, it will happen. If not, oh well.
And never think you know it all. You’ll get a whole heapin’ helpin’ of humble pie so fast your head’ll spin!
So, now what?
I guess I should include some pictures from the past year. Maybe my favs? Yeah, let’s do that.
So here are my favs. I’m not going to bother with technical info on these, and I might not anymore at all. Just… Enjoy the photos. Stop worry about how.
And go make your own. Staring at mine can’t be a fun all day experience.
These next 4 are digital from a Nokia Lumia 1020, processed with Alien Skin’s Kodachrome 64 emulation. They’re the only digital images here.
The next shots came from the Lomo Lubitel 2, shot on Kodak Ektar 120 film.
And we’re back to my normal 35mm photography.
And that’s my year in review.
More photos are coming.
New ideas are coming.
Kodak slide film is coming. (WHAAAAAAAAT!?)
And, as always. Winter is coming. Stupid Ohio.