Film, Lenses, Apps and Photo Play!

For some reason my first artistic love, photography, has been calling my name the last month or so.

© lynne medsker
near the lower falls, Cataract Falls, Indiana © lynne medsker

As I write this I’ve got two rolls of film (yeah, you know, film…the stuff people used to put in cameras to take photos) ready to be developed. It’s kind of a back & forth dance, I am really excited about playing with film again (and some new toys) yet I don’t really need batches of 4×6 prints laying around the house. So I guess I’ll just have it developed and scanned to a disc so I can play with it in Photoshop if I am so inclined.

© lynne medsker
near the lower falls, Cataract Falls, Indiana © lynne medsker

Several years ago when I gave up on using film I still had a large stash of it so it’s been in my freezer for at least 8 years, some of it longer than that. We were always told in photography class that it could live in the freezer “forever” and not age or expire. I’ll be curious to see if that held true or not. Of course I’m playing with odd lenses, double exposures and other fun stuff so I may not really be able to tell film quality from experimentation.

© lynne medsker
near the lower falls, Cataract Falls, Indiana © lynne medsker

It was fun just going through all the rolls to see what I had stashed away. Today I pulled out a roll of B&W infrared film. Oh, the possibilities!  I had forgotten the anticipation of waiting to see how your images turned out until I had these rolls ready to go. 🙂

© lynne medsker
near the lower falls, Cataract Falls, Indiana © lynne medsker

In the meantime, in this age of instant gratification, I’ve been spending a lot of time playing with different smart phone photo apps. Some of these images have been run through two or three different filters/programs before I was happy with them. Again, like the smart phone art, they aren’t really large enough to do much with but they are fun and I am just enjoying being creative. A weekend camping trip to a nearby park gave me lots of opportunities to play – I like the “old photo” feel and look of these images! Of course my favorite is this one, with a silhouette of my grandson playing in the water. 🙂

© lynne medsker
near the lower falls, Cataract Falls, Indiana © lynne medsker

I guess I can’t talk about smart phone photo apps without mentioned Instagram! If you have an account I hope you’ll leave your username so I can follow you and see what kind of fun you are having! If you want to look me up my username is photoladylm. You can download the program for free on both iPhones and Android phones if you want to experiment with it!

© lynne medsker
near the lower falls, Cataract Falls, Indiana © lynne medsker

Once I get the rolls of film developed/scanned I’ll post some of the images here (hopefully there will be something worth posting!) and also give you the scoop on the new cameras I’ve been playing with. Until then, happy shooting!

Lynne

Family time…

One reason my blog posts are lagging behind is that we took last weekend to get away and have a little family time.  We traveled to a nearby state park that we hadn’t visited before and set up camp for the weekend.  Although the skies were rainy on the way there we managed to have enough dry weather for a campfire when we arrived.  The skies were cloudy all weekend but no more rain drops presented themselves for the remainder of the weekend.  Along with my husband there was our two year old grandson, his mommy and her boyfriend.  We were all a bit curious and nervous about taking a two year old camping but he was the very definition of a “happy camper”!  The weekend included a nice long canoe ride down the river (with time to explore the shore along the way when we got restless), a hiking trip,  plus time to just enjoy being out in nature and relax around the campsite.

along the river banks while canoeing
along the river banks while canoeing
some cool tree roots along the river bank
some cool tree roots along the river bank
a small creek/stream that ran into the river
a small creek/stream that ran into the river
textured cliffs along the river
textured cliffs along the river

fun around the campfire
fun around the campfire

along the hiking trail

along the hiking trail
growth on the floor of the forest
growth on the floor of the forest

While I was there I also took the opportunity to gather some more river rocks to use in my artwork…the ideas are brewing already!

This trip just made me realize how I miss the frequent camping trips we used to take and how much fun it can be!  Now to scour the calendar for a few more dates before the weather turns cold!  Hope you are enjoying these last few days of summer, it has passed by too quickly (again!).

Lynne