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

Scenic Road Trip: Columbia River Gorge, Oregon (Part 1)

columbia river, oregon © lynne medsker
columbia river, oregon © lynne medsker

Our last two nights in Oregon we spent camping along the Columbia River. The entire area was beautiful, with more sights to see than we could possibly explore in what time we had left. But we did our best!

Mt. Adams, Washington © lynne medsker
View of Mt. Adams, Washington from the river
fishing the river © lynne medsker
fishing the river
cascade locks © lynne medsker
Cascade Locks, Columbia River, Oregon © lynne medsker

On of the most amazing things was just driving down a scenic road and being able to see so many different waterfalls, right along the road!

oregon waterfalls © lynne medsker

oregon waterfalls © lynne medsker
multnomah falls

oregon waterfalls © lynne medsker

oregon waterfalls © lynne medsker

oregon waterfalls © lynne medsker

oregon waterfalls © lynne medsker

I could have spent days traveling that one stretch of road, hiking the trails to other waterfalls and photographing all the beauty. As it was we had hours. What motivation for a return visit!

Scenic Road Trip: Crater Lake, Oregon (Part 2)

Here is the follow-up to my last post about Crater Lake, these are images of the surrounding area. I would love to return here and spend several days explore, it was amazing!

crater lake, OR © 2011, lynne medsker
"The Pinnacles" crater lake, OR © 2011, lynne medsker
"The Pinnacles" crater lake, OR © 2011, lynne medsker
crater lake, OR © 2011, lynne medsker
crater lake, OR © 2011, lynne medsker
crater lake, OR © 2011, lynne medsker
crater lake, OR © 2011, lynne medsker
crater lake, OR © 2011, lynne medsker

In the next “road trip” post we’ll move south into the northern part of California and the giant redwoods. Look for it soon!

Happy trails,

Lynne