Saturday, March 26, 2011

Classic black and white, 35mm film.

Since I loaded the first roll of film into my Nikon F100, I've been dying to try some black and white shots.  The tonal range that can be achieved is killer and hard to reproduce with even the best digital SLRs.  I picked up some Kodak BW400CN 35mm film from my local CVS and didn't waste any time snapping away!  It's one of the few black and white films that can be processed at any photo lab since it uses C-41 developer.

I shot this film at 320 ISO and metered it with the Nikon F100.  I almost exclusively used the Nikon 85mm 1.4/f AF-S Nikkor lens kept at a 2.2-3 aperture but sometimes switched to my 50mm 1.8/f AF Nikkor lens when I needed a bit wider.

Celebrating Haley's 3_th birthday with family.  Camera was on a tripod, set to a timer.  By the way, you might not be able to see it in the photograph, but we're all wearing striped shirts.  We declared it was the annual "Wear Your Striped Shirt Day" that morning.

(Nikon F100, Kodak BW400CN, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF Nikkor Lens)

One of Leah's loving cousins playing with her lunch.  :)

(Nikon F100, Kodak BW400CN, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF Nikkor Lens)

Our beautiful Leah.

(Nikon F100, Kodak BW400CN, Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens)

(Nikon F100, Kodak BW400CN, Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens)

(Nikon F100, Kodak BW400CN, Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens)

Leah spending some time in Grandpa's arms.

(Nikon F100, Kodak BW400CN, Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens)

One of my favorite shots so far with my Nikon F100.  The detail in Grandpa's hands is incredible!

(Nikon F100, Kodak BW400CN, Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens)

Another one of Leah's loving cousins playing with his game.

(Nikon F100, Kodak BW400CN, Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens)

Goodnight Leah.

(Nikon F100, Kodak BW400CN, Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

My first roll of film.

Over the past two days, I've had the pleasure of photographing my family with my new Nikon F100 SLR. Since they are no longer being produced, I purchased it used from an online camera storeDustin Francis, who was our wedding photographer and also a friend of ours, suggested I start with this particular camera since all of my Nikon lenses will work with it and it's a professional grade 35mm.

Although I started on digital cameras, I've always enjoyed the look of film.  It's not better or worse, just different.  The film takes on an intimate and personal feeling.  I love the imperfections and graininess the image inherits.  As a photographer, it also trains the eye to see light differently which is great when learning about exposure and how shadows and highlights interact with the subject.

So, with Fuji Pro 400h color film loaded and my Nikon 85mmf/1.4G AF-S Nikkor lens attached, I took several images throughout the day. When Leah was awake, when she was sleeping, when we were sleeping, when we took her and Rayla for a walk, when she was hungry, fussy or just acting silly. I was there.  After getting them processed, I scanned them into my photo editing software and removed any artifacts.  I also added a twinge of sharpening to show up better on the blog.

I give you, my first roll of film.

(Nikon F100, Fuji Pro 400h, Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens)

(Nikon F100, Fuji Pro 400h, Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens)

(Nikon F100, Fuji Pro 400h, Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens)

(Nikon F100, Fuji Pro 400h, Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens)

(Nikon F100, Fuji Pro 400h, Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens)

(Nikon F100, Fuji Pro 400h, Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens)

(Nikon F100, Fuji Pro 400h, Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens)

(Nikon F100, Fuji Pro 400h, Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens)

(Nikon F100, Fuji Pro 400h, Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens)

(Nikon F100, Fuji Pro 400h, Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens)

(Nikon F100, Fuji Pro 400h, Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens)
(Nikon F100, Fuji Pro 400h, Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens)

(Nikon F100, Fuji Pro 400h, Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens)

(Nikon F100, Fuji Pro 400h, Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens)

(Nikon F100, Fuji Pro 400h, Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens)

(Nikon F100, Fuji Pro 400h, Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens)

(Nikon F100, Fuji Pro 400h, Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens)

(Nikon F100, Fuji Pro 400h, Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens)

(Nikon F100, Fuji Pro 400h, Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens)

(Nikon F100, Fuji Pro 400h, Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens)

(Nikon F100, Fuji Pro 400h, Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens)

(Nikon F100, Fuji Pro 400h, Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens)

(Nikon F100, Fuji Pro 400h, Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens)

(Nikon F100, Fuji Pro 400h, Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Leah Bean.

Here are a few photos from earlier in the week that most have seen on Facebook, but I would like to make them public on my blog.  Leah is such an easy baby to photograph because she has the ability to literally go limp during the shoots.  After that, it's open season with the camera!


Some more intimate black and whites from tonight.  Considering the whole session time was less than 30 minutes, I have to say we were pretty successful!  I hope she doesn't develop any retina problems from all the strobes going off lately.

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