With your DSLR, how many times have you clicked the shutter on your subject over and over again? Firing away for a gazillion frames of almost the exact same thing? With digital we are so spoiled. Whether DSLR or cell phone, we just snap and snap without much care.
In my Pro 52 photography group. we had a challenge called 24 Frames in May. The object was to photograph a roll of film in the month of May. With film, one tends to plot and plan their shot. Film is expensive, and you only get 24 (or 36, but still…) per roll! By nature you just have to slow down and get it right.
I have been craving that kind of discipline. Too many photos is a lot of extra work down the line. Trust me, I ache from the hours!
Anyway, I had an old Nikon film camera, bought some Ilford Delta 400 Black and White film, loaded that puppy up and then tried to keep it to one shot a day. There were a couple of times where I tried several frames playing with different lighting effects or posing my props differently.
Marlow the cat is always willing to pose for me, and so I took advantage of that as you can see. I’m lucky I have such a good friend in that beast. He loves being the subject of any photo session.
Here are a few things I learned by doing this project:
This could be addicting! I’ve already got another roll loaded up. Some old color film that may develop as a black nothingness, but who knows? Could be cool! Please enjoy the pictures. You get to see all 24. The good, the bad, and the ugly.
Some are smaller so as not to have to scroll forever, click it to grow it.
I can’t show you the images from the photoshoot this next frame exposes. It’s a top secret project. Shhhhhh. They are burning with desire to be shown though…!
It was the way the light was falling on my grandmother’s rosary.
With these still life shots I had a white card just camera right to fill in the shadows.
A Marlow photobomb. I decided to take advantage of it by going to the other side and looking over the manikin’s shoulder. The telephone ads a vintage feel, no?
The dresser was being lit by the mirror camera left, reflecting the sun. In the first pic I exposed for the shadow, second pic for the light. I was trying to make myself disappear by having the mirror go dark, but you can still see my legs.
You can see the photobombing efforts of my cat in action with the flowers here. I was playing with light, coming through the window camera right. Can you tell which ones used the white card to fill in the shadow? That gold table is one of my favorite props. It’s this gold leaf rococo type thingy that came from my grandmother. I was in love with it as a little girl and I still am.
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