Camera: Polaroid SX-70 Sonar One Step
Film: Impossible Project PX600+ Black Frame Poor Pod
Taken with my iPhone Hipstamatic app, using the Jimmy lens and Blanko film.
"The Madness Has Ended"
March Madness ended on Day 94 with a University of Connecticut National Championship. I was really pulling for Butler, but it was one of the worst shooting performances I've ever witnessed. If there was ever a time when the cliche "can't hit the broadside of a barn" was true, it was on Day 94. Butler didn't score during a seven minute stretch during the second half and when Connecticut pulled ahead by seven, it was over. It was a great tournament with some great upsets and the college basketball season comes to a close once again. Until next March...
There was a massive estate sale in downtown Troy on Day 81. It was a grand house on Market Street that belonged to a Radiologist. Brittany and I stopped by after work and in one of the rooms I came across some camera gear. Nothing too flashy or exciting, but I did find this vintage, "toy," Holga clone. It was in excellent condition and it only cost me $1. I've been really interested in obtaining vintage, working cameras lately; I have plans to use them regularly this summer and experiment with my photography on various cameras and in different formats. I'll post the results from my first roll of 35mm with this camera as soon as I get to test it.
"St. Patrick's Day"
St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite days of the year. The color green is everywhere and it reminds me of the warm weather that is soon on its way. In addition to that, St. Patrick's Day usually falls on the first or second day of the NCAA tournament. So, it's the one time of year that I can watch basketball all day long and enjoy $1 Guinness pints at The Caroline in Troy, OH. I had two pints of Guinness this year, for a total of $2. Brittany's soft drink cost $2.15. This day is the only day in which my beer will ever cost less than her cola. I also enjoyed corn beef, braised cabbage and redskin potatoes. A wonderful day all around!
If you haven't noticed, I like experimenting with shadows. I like that a subject's shadow can be photographed and you know exactly what it is without actually seeing the subject. I noticed this shadow in our bathroom and decided it would make a great Project 365 image. I think this could be a series that I explore in the future.
I was preparing a few boxes for shipment on Day 73 and I thought that the packing peanuts might make for an interesting subject. They have a unique shape and they're extremely textured. So, I started experimenting and I chose this image. I tried various shutter speeds and I began dropping peanuts into the box while I fired the shutter. That is why a few of the peanuts look like they're floating.
"Three of a Kind"
This is quite an interesting scene. On Water St. in Troy, right behind Hobart and in front of Troy Lumber, I found these chairs. They were leaning up against the fence for no apparent reason. In fact, these particular chairs are still leaning against the fence today. I thought they would make for an interesting subject. I want to know why they are there? Does someone use them? If so, who sits in them, especially after they've been left out in the elements for days and weeks? Why hasn't anyone taken them?
"Glass of St. Christopher"
So, Brittany and I decided to make an impromptu trip to Columbus for the weekend. We hadn't been back to the great city since we got married and we needed a nice little break from the craziness that has been our lives for the past few months. We started off the day in Delaware; we picked up our wedding albums and canvas from our photographer. From there, we headed to the cool suburb of Grandview Heights. We made a stop at the Columbus Architectural Salvage and then grabbed a cup of coffee at Stauf's. We then walked around Grandview for awhile and of course I had my camera. It was just what I needed; a change of landscape is always refreshing, especially when you view it through a viewfinder everyday. As we were walking down Grandview Avenue, we came across the St. Christopher Catholic Church. It has these amazing blue glass windows and stark white beams. It made for some interesting abstract shots, as in the one above. The weekend was a success and I also got some nice images as well.
I feel my creativity creeping back around. Even though I've been adhering to the intensive nature of this project, I feel as if I haven't been able to direct as much attention as I would like to it. I'm sure I've mentioned this numerous times. With that being said, my classes are wrapping up, the weather is starting to break and my free time is slowly returning. Day 70 is a turning point; I feel this image marks a return to renewed creativity and a rededication to this project. I hope you all have enjoyed the ride thus far and continue to follow along.
Day 69 was the opening reception and awards ceremony for the 57th Annual Art Show of the Art Association of Randolph County located in Union City, IN. This is my second year entering competitions at the association. Last year I entered into the annual show and their annual photography show that's hosted in the summer. Now, as most of you know, I consider myself an amateur photographer. Every show has their own specifications as to what constitutes you as professional or amateur. In Randolph County, you have to hold a degree in art, you earn at least half or your income from your craft or you've been awarded three times. Well, I fell in the latter category and had to move up to the Advanced division this year. I'm very happy to report that in addition to two honorable mentions, I also took second place with my shot "Alone". So, in honor of that win, I took a photograph of my award envelope.
I'm really drawn to this image. We have some old weights sitting on our bookshelf; I positioned a broken mirror behind the biggest one, composed the shot and used flash to create this image. I thought the cracked, dusty mirror added interest as the break draws your eye through the scene.
"The Successful Marketing Plan"
This book has been my life for the past two weeks. I've been working on the final component of my capstone marketing class at Franklin University. I would go to work, come home and start working on this project. I worked on it for about ten days and I finally turned it in on Tuesday. I was very happy with the result and the heavy lifting portion of the project is over with. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. After a few more weeks, I have one class left and then I'll be graduating!
"Fast Food in the Rear view"
I was walking past the car parked in the driveway tonight and I noticed the reflection of McDonald's in the passenger side mirror. I liked the composition; it was also night and it presented light trail opportunities. So, I situated myself in the car, used a slow shutter speed and fired away as the cars drove by. Outside of that, I think this is something we (the American public) need to consider. Put fast food in the rear view and move towards healthier options. I'm not going to get onto a soapbox without calling myself out; I don't eat as healthy as I should and I would like to. But, there are people who eat this food day after day after day. On top of that, they don't exercise and they park themselves in front of the television and computer all day. Our culture has become one of immediate gratification and fast food satisfies that. We need to change our lifestyles so we're healthier; medicine has come along way over the last century and if we use that advantage along with a healthy lifestyle, then we'll live longer lives.
It was raining Saturday night; like it had been all week. Brittany and I just returned home from watching "Biutiful" at the Neon. When we pulled up to the house, I noticed how eerie this tree looked in the backyard. I had very little light and it was raining; I switched to manual focus and took this image without flash. I converted it to black and white. I love the soft look this image has and I love how trees can be so interesting when caught on camera. I feel like we sometimes miss all the beauty as we walk or drive past them everyday.
"Bowl of Accessories"
We went to dinner for my Dad's birthday; afterwards, we headed back to my parents' house for gifts, cake and ice cream. It was a rather late night and I didn't have a lot of time for image hunting; what I did have was a house full of items that I hadn't experimented with. My parents redecorated their living room within the last year and a half. The decorative balls that are in the image were part of the process. This is a still life without the fruit. I love the green tones and texture of the ball in the foreground; the yellow one in the back adds a nice complement of color while the curving line of the bowl keeps your eye moving back and forth between the two.
"The Apple of my Eye"
I love Apple; I'm a complete fan boy and I simply love everything that they release. Even though I'm an owner of a first generation iPad, I was very excited by the announcement of iPad 2 and the upcoming iOS 4.3 operating system. So, in honor of their announcement this week, here's a shot of the iPad back, complete
with one of the most identifiable logos of all time. The last few years have been like "1984" all over again.
"Pessimism Never Won Any Battle"
How many CEOs, COOs, owners or entrepreneurs got to where they are by thinking negatively? My guess is not very many, if any. This is a great mantra to remember as I go through life and Project 365. I'm generally an optimist when it comes to most things; however, I've been having a tough time with this project lately. I feel I haven't had as much time as I would like to spend on it and I feel like the creativity and diversity of my shots has waned a bit. So, I'm going to attempt to reenergize and refocus; optimism will win my struggle with time and creativity.
"Diamonds are Forever"
Unfortunately, this was another night like Day 56. I wasn't sure what to photograph and I didn't have any time earlier in the evening to get out and capture anything truly inspiring. I noticed the colorful reflection of the TV in the diamond patterned glass in the front door. I liked the texture, the colors and the shift in tones from one side to the other.
This pair of sunglasses happened to be lying around the house yesterday. When I saw them, I had visions of Audrey Hepburn. So, I knew I wanted to shoot them for my image of the day. The lenses have a magenta tint and I loved the look that I achieved by looking through the lens and focusing on the frame. I would really like to experiment with this particular technique more in the future.
When I look at this image, I can't help but feel like I'm looking into a jail cell. These defined bars, these limits, are the only thing that's in perspective; while you're surrounded by a world of void, emptiness and fear.
"Tetley's English Ale"
This was a belated birthday gift from a wonderful set of friends. I can't wait to enjoy one of these fine English Ales. I took this image with my iPhone Hipstamatic app. I used the John S lens with Kodot XGrizzled film.
I was experimenting with a glass face that we have as a decoration in our guest room. The face has human features, but it also has a "not of this world" quality. Because it's glass, I was able to get some interesting angles and effects with this face. The light would provide highlights to some parts of the face while colors would be reflected in other areas. The result was this close-up image. I love how the right side reflects variations of red, while the left side is presented in it's natural color. Do you ever wonder if there is life on other planets in our solar system? If so, do they perceive us as we perceive them?
This looks like an eye; however, it's anything but. This is actually a decanter filled with blue colored water. A little bit of film settled on top of the water, giving the middle a very stringy appearance. The outer edge of the decanter is almost acting as a fish eye and reflecting the walls of the room. I was walking around the house, looking for something to shoot. I suddenly noticed the unique visual appeal of this particular piece.
If you know me, then you know that I'm not one that eagerly photographs people. In fact, I usually try to avoid it; unless of course it happens to be street photography. I like catching natural reactions and events without the individual knowing there is a camera pointed at them. To me, that's when you capture real emotion and the image is better than if it was posed. Yesterday, I was in the mood to take Brittany's picture. I was inspired by some Polaroid portraits I came across and wanted to try some things with Brittany and low light. I really like the mystery that surrounds this shot. Her face is mostly hidden and there's very little light and not much of a background; yet there's an air of emotion, both from her and her pose.
"Shell of a Man"
With all of the snow and ice starting to finally break up and melt a bit, the parking lots of various locations across the city have begun to look like water parks. As I was getting out of my car in one of those parking lots, I noticed the oil and other car bi-products creating this rainbow colored stream. While it's not a rainbow in the sky, it certainly added a bit of color and brightness to the drab grey and white that has taken hold of Ohio the past couple of weeks.
We ventured over to the Dayton Art Institute because the front stairs always appeal to me as we pass by on the interstate. This is obviously not a picture of that staircase; I took a number of staircase shots, yet in the end it was a mirrored sculpture in front of the main entrance doors that helped in the creating of this image. The sculpture created interesting shapes and reflections and this one of a "rain-covered tree" was my favorite.
We had dinner at one of Brittany's favorite spots, Chilli's, on Friday. We had to wait roughly 10 minutes for a seat, but while we were waiting I saw a basket full of crayons. I thought I would try taking a few shots with my iPhone. I used my Hipstamatic app once again and created this image using the Kaimal Mark II lens and Kodot XGrizzled film.
"Color Me Old Fashioned"
Day 34 was not a creative day for me. I had an extremely busy day at work, an after work function, and then I worked on some homework. So, by the time I got all of that done, I was a bit exhausted. Nothing screamed photo op to me. So, I was sitting on the couch and noticed the unique way the old fashioned glasses in our bar were catching the light and color from the TV. So, I set up the tripod, took a few shots and decided this was the winner. Not my best or my favorite under any circumstances; yet I still managed to capture something for the day.
The goddess or the power regarded as inspiring a poet, artist, thinker, or the like. She is my inspiration; my creativity; my muse.
I went driving around for about 45 minutes and nothing seemed to strike me. Earlier in the evening I had noticed the interesting icicles that had formed on a bush in our front yard. So, after returning empty handed, I thought the icicles would make a nice Day 26 shot. You may have noticed the creative and experimental nature of my images lately. During this Project 365 process, I've started out each day with the intent to produce an image that is extremely creative and not something that just anyone would should. For instance, you will rarely see me post a scenic landscape. So, I started shooting this particular icicle because of it's shape and the "dripping" quality it possessed. For those of you who don't know, I have not completely converted to shooting manually. I'm still trying to grasp the technical side of things. However, I've been shooting in aperture priority mode and shutter speed priority mode; those modes allow me to adjust the one setting and the camera will select the other one. I've really begun to grasp how each of those concepts affect a shot; I now have to put them together and I can begin having full control over my image within the camera. So, after playing with the shutter speed, I decided I was going to introduce flash into the mix. This image is the result of that experiment. I love the look it gave the image; it's almost as if it came out of Photoshop, yet I did it all within the camera. I like the abstract nature of the shot, the pitch black background and the glow that the flash gave the icicle. The branches of the bush add a nice touch to the shot.
As with most days, I don't get to spend as much time on photography as I would like. So, many times throughout the project thus far, I just wander around the house looking at things, textures, objects and anything that I can make visually appealing. I ended up photographing the light on my night stand. It's glass and is very geometric and it just happened to grab my attention. I like the subtle lines of this shot as well as the overall geometry that is displayed.
I'm going to leave this one to the imagination of the viewer. I will say that I used a slow shutter speed in very low light and I moved the camera slightly to blur the image. Instead of posing them for you, I'll let you ask the questions and decide what is going on in the scene.
"Tools of the Trade"
So, for the past few days I've been driving around looking for my surroundings to "speak to me photographically." I happened to drive by Ray's Tune Up shop and there were a few lights on inside the shop and it struck me. So, I turned around and started shooting. I really liked the untouched nature of the tools and how they were all waiting to be used. It was as if this was frozen in time, because within a day or two those tools hanging would probably be taken down, more items would be scattered around the work bench and it would be in greater disarray. Cars will be worked on and tools will be used; however, they were all resting after what had probably been a long week.
It snowed all day yesterday. By the time I left for work, everything, including the roads had a nice coating of snow. Not to mention, the temperature was on a steady descent into the low twenties and teens. We had to make a trip to Piqua to collect photos I had entered in the last Edison Photo Society show so I could utilize the frames for another upcoming show. The Edison Community College Campus had some gorgeous areas of snow that were untouched. The campus is littered with trees and all of the lighting was casting these amazing shadows on the white snow. So, while the temperature was dropping and the snow kept falling, I walked around for 10-15 minutes shooting the landscape. This was the winner. I like the shadow of the tree that leads your eye into the scene. The surrounding trees and the bokeh lights in the distance provided for a calm, chilly night scene.
"The Lights Are On, Is Anyone Home?"
So, due to the shot I got on Day 18, I thought I would try to take a daily drive looking for things that struck me. I took my drive and as I was heading to downtown Troy, I saw a lit up staircase in the Hobart Building for County Government that intrigued me. After driving around a bit, I decided to come back and shoot it. So, I took a few shots, all of which looked better in my mind than they actually did in the camera, and walked back to my car. As I was pulling away, I noticed these windows across the street. This was another of Hobart's buildings and this was the top floor and it was the only one lit up. I liked the darkness of the building, the rectangles that took shape and the stark lighting radiating out of the building. Overall, I think it's an interesting take on geometry. It also poses a number of questions. Is someone there working right now? If so, who? What type of work takes place on that floor? If no one is there, then why is the light on? Does anyone look out the window and think about the things I think of as I'm looking up and into the window? As they say, a photograph is worth a thousand words, but it's also worth a number of questions as well.
I am really drawn to this shot for a number of reasons. First, I think it got me out of a creative slump. I felt like the last few days I was struggling with subjects to shoot and I wasn't entirely happy with the final image that I posted. I feel like this image represents what I need to do to continually create and post a high quality image for Project 365. There's only one way to go and it's up. When most people go right, I need to go left. I need to drive and let a shot come to me, versus me seeking out a shot. In a sense, that's what this image is saying to me: Your next shot is that way. It was raining yesterday and I was inspired by the rain drops on my windshield. I decided to park my car in front of the historic Eldean Bridge in Troy. I started out in the parking lot and shot a number of images from inside the car. The rain drops on my windshield were in focus and the silhouette of Eldean Bridge were in very soft focus. After that, I began driving very slowly over the bridge and I stopped while on the bridge. I took a few shots and this was the result. I love the way the dark bridge surrounds the blue night and my headlights light up the yellow on the sign. It was a perfect storm of lighting and colors. So, with this shot, I hope to continually post an image that surprises you and surprises me. I will strive to post my best image yet each and every time. While I may not always succeed, I will have fun trying. I'm anxious to see where Day 19 takes me.
This is a shot of ice that was coming out of our downspout. The car was parked right in front of it, so I turned the headlights on to add some brightness to the ice. I was also able to get some nice bokeh in the background. It's not my favorite shot of Project 365, but not every shot will be; that's what I have to remember.
"Walk a Mile in These Shoes"
We were shopping on Saturday and we were in DSW. I had taken a few images a little bit earlier in the evening, but wasn't particularly sold on any of them. While Brittany was looking at shoes, I headed over to the men's section. I found a pair of shoes I liked and I picked them up. As I turned them over in my hand, I noticed the interesting line pattern on the bottom. I thought it was visually appealing and I wanted to get a shot of it. So, I used the Hipstamatic camera app on my iPhone and this was the result. I've been trying to shoot a lot of abstracts lately; I enjoy taking a shot of something concrete (like the bottom of a shoe) and making it abstract and I think I achieved that with this shot. You'll probably see a lot more abstracts throughout the course of Project 365.
"A Good Night"
I don't really have a lot to say about this photo. It was at the very end of the night and I was struggling to find something to shoot. Brittany's birthday was earlier in the week and we went out shortly after I returned home from work. After a nice dinner, we had some wine and cocktails at the Cork-N-Vine. Once we were home, Brittany had kicked her shoes off onto the floor. It was one of the few things that intrigued me at the time so I started shooting them. I then added a few props (wine bottle and wine glasses) and staged this shot. I don't typically like to stage shots, but I needed to get a shot I was happy with and the shoes alone were just not that appealing. In the end, it was a good night.
"And time passes..."
I was photographing the vintage pocket watch that sits on top of my humidor last night. It belonged to Brittany's dad and even though it's not in working condition at the moment, it's a really nice piece. I wanted to do more than just photograph it sitting down, so I started experimenting by holding it in my hand at different angles, shooting at different angles and playing around with the shutter speed. I ended up slowing the shutter speed way down and started moving my hand ever so slightly to achieve the blurred effect that you see above. I liked the ghostly feeling it provided and I thought it was a great representation of what was actually happening at that moment. Time was passing; every second and every minute that went by became a memory. A past moment in time. This pocket watch represents a moment in time when individuals carried these instead of wearing wrist watches; it also represents a memory of a past loved one. Look around your house, your office, your room. Every item is just that; a memory or a moment in time.
Last night I was experimenting with street lights, store sign lights and other forms of lighting. I really like the bokeh, or the blur, that you can achieve by using some interesting camera focus techniques
Since a nice layer of snow covered the ground yesterday, I was able to leave work a little early and get out and take some photos. I trekked down to Tipp City and walked around the downtown area for about an hour. I captured a number of snowy images, yet this one appealed to me in the end. It says that it snowed, but it's not your typical "snow covered scene." It also asks the viewer a number of questions. What does that door lead to? Is it a store? Is it someones home? How long has it been there? Who was the last person that used this knob? While there are certainties with this image, there is also a great deal of mystery.
"A Photographer's Library"
I don't have a great deal to report about this image. It's my stack of Popular Photography magazines. I receive a monthly subscription and enjoy reading every issue. I currently keep them on the coffee table because I enjoy referencing them for information. I'm sure I'll reference them a number of times throughout the entire Project 365 process.
I saw these gorgeous ice crystals form on the garage window and knew that I had to take a few images. I love that something so complex can be so simple and that something so simple can be so complex.
In addition to the recent drop in temperature, it's been pretty busy around the house this week, I've been working on my first paper for my marketing capstone class and I've had to fit my photography in when I can. I was looking for things to photograph last night after leaving the Neon movie theater in the Oregon District. It had just snowed and a light layer was covering everything. The footprints in the snow intrigued me; as I was taking a few shots, the car was warming up and the defrost on the back window created this interesting scene. I really liked the lights, darks, textures and curves that the snow and the defroster created. This was the last image I took before I got into the car.
Fun "house" mirrors.......I was struggling to find a subject to photograph yesterday. So, as I was walking around the house, I decided to experiment with the mirrors in our bathroom. I took a number of shots and decided that this self portrait would be a good image for Day 6.
Abandoned........I saw this in the Kohl's parking lot yesterday as I was heading to my bank. It struck me and I knew I wanted to capture it. I didn't have my camera with me at the moment, so I stopped back after work and the scene was untouched. I took a few shots and this was the one I chose. It was the one that clearly said "Abandoned" to me. I gave it black and white treatment in Photoshop CS5.
As the record spins....A few years ago I got into vinyl. It's had quite the resurgence the past few years and now a number of new releases come out on the classic format. Sometimes I enjoy coming home, putting on a few records and chilling for an hour or so. It's relaxing and it's a great way to experience music. I thought the turntable would make a great photo subject, so I took numerous shots and decided on this one. I had a record spinning and I used a slow shutter speed to achieve the blurred effect of the record and the label artwork, while keeping the focus on the center spoke.
This sign hangs on the inside of our office door everyday. Our office is small; only two employees. So, there are various times when we won't be present and we'll lock the door and post this sign. Yesterday I looked at this sign and thought, what does that mean? Who will return? What will return? Will whatever it is that is supposed to return be there at exactly at 2:31? Is that 2:31 p.m. or 2:31 a.m.? I felt like this sign was a true representation of the shorthanded nature and decline of the English language. We all know that "text speak" has entered into everyday language and even business emails, but this sign represents that this decline has been happening over the course of many years. How far will this decline go? Will the English language as it was originally established ever return?
This photo represents two things that I will need to help me reach my Project 365 goal. Coffee and a computer. I use a computer on a daily basis; both at work and at home. I also drink an average of three cups of coffee a day and a Boston Stoker Vanilla Latte with an extra shot is my drink of choice. I relax at the local coffee shop a few times a week and it's one place I like to blog, read and as of yesterday, take photos. My lighting is a little dark, so that's something I plan to work on during the year. The cup being empty reflects my journey in Project 365; it's just starting. But, by the end of the year, it will be full.