For some reason my first artistic love, photography, has been calling my name the last month or so.
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.
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.
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. 🙂
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. 🙂
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!
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!
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.
What a wonderful get-away the weekend turned out to be! The weather was more than cooperative, the scenery was beautiful, great conversations, lots of laughter and adventure, very nice indeed! We were able to do lots of hiking, slept well and often, ate some delicious food – just a restorative, refreshing time.
I took my tiny little camera so I could just tuck it in my pocket, I had so much fun I had to charge the batteries three times! There were still wildflowers blooming in the woods and all the recent rains had the streams running at a fast pace. One of the hiking paths crossed the creek three times. I think in slightly drier weather that would have just involved hopping from one stone to the next but this time it was wading in the cool water that was deep enough to run over the tops of my hiking boots and fill them up with water. But after that I was free to walk anywhere I wanted, what could it hurt?! The mud was prevelent as well, I still have shoes & boots waiting to dry so I can scrape them clean.
Our campfire the first evening was a challenge, the wood was so wet it sizzled when we were lucky enough to get it to burn at all. Saturday, after a successful trip to town to buy some better wood, the fire blazed quite nicely into the night. There is something so peaceful, almost trance-like about sitting watching a fire burn. Even after a shower I am still smelling traces of it occasionally. I sat and snapped photos of the flames and sparks for quite a while Saturday evening. Of course once I was home I couldn’t resist throwing some in Photoshop and playing with them:
Although we had packed a few art supplies we really spent the first two days just enjoying our surroundings, getting out into nature a bit, taking monster naps and relaxing by the fire. Sunday morning we finally brought them out and spent a few hours being creative. I brought some watercolor supplies to play with, I hadn’t done anything with watercolor for a while and I wanted to experiment with it again. Plus it’s not a medium that requires you pack & carry very much to use. Bonus! I also packed up some “spray webbing” to play with, it ended up being incorporated in all the pieces I made! A few of them have gold or silver leaf on them (although much of it ended up underneath the webbing). Here are a 3 of the 7 pieces I did, they are all small scale – either 5×6 or 6×6 inches:
I hope everyone else had a fabulous weekend and that your week goes well. I will try to write again soon!
I am busy today – planning, gathering and packing for a three-day weekend at a state park in southern Indiana. I am excited about a number of things! First, I haven’t been camping in nearly two years, so it’s long overdue. Secondly, I feel as if I have spent a lot of time cooped up inside the house lately. Sometimes due to my schedule, sometimes the weather, occasionally just pure laziness on my part. But I am ready to be out in nature, take a hike, breath some fresh air, enjoy the beauty of it all. Thirdly, I’ll be visiting a park that I’ve not been to before. I love exploring new places! I’m also excited because I get to spend some time with my artist/buddy/friend Karena at the campground. She has many big plans for her life right now – the largest being that she will soon be moving away. I am happy for her but also know I will miss being able to see her when I want. So that makes the trip even more precious. Our original intent was to participate in an art workshop in the area during the daytime hours and spend the evenings at the campground. But the call of nature and a less restrictive schedule lured us away from that plan so now we have three days of freedom to do what we want, when we want. I like the way that sounds! I’m packing my hiking boots, the mandatory “campfire” food, a few art supplies, some reading material and from there I’m ready to just let the time flow. What a treat! I opened up my tiny little camper earlier this week and did some spring cleaning so we are ready to roll out of here in the morning and begin our adventure. I hope you have an enjoyable weekend as well!