March 2017 – Film Project

I don’t know what happened to my “one film stock, one film camera, one lens” project.  This month, I was all over the place.  I wanted to compare the film stocks Lomo 800 to Fuji Superia 800.  I also wanted to test out a new (to me) point and shoot camera, the Fuji Klasse s.  I finally got my Rolleiflex 2.8E back from a CLA with Harry Fleenor, and wanted to test it out. I wanted to try some funky light leaked processed film that I found out about through Instagram, Psychedelic Blues, I think?  They process Kodak Gold film to create these funky light leaks. And THEN, I tried some black and white, and played with the TLA 200 flash with my Contax G2.  And because the workshop with the Find Lab and Jonathan Canlas was coming up in April, I thought I’d try shooting film with my video light.  Anyway, so yeah, it was a fun month in terms of scans, but as usual, ALL over the place.  One thing I discovered is that I do NOT like Cinestill.  The roll that I shot was water damaged, and it was not pretty.  Enjoy!

Nikon f100 and Fuji Superia 800

Nikon f100 and Portra 400

Pentax 645nii and Portra 400 +3

Pentax 645nii and Portra 400 +3  with video light

Pentax 67ii and Portra 400 +1

Nikon f100 and HP5

Contax t2 and Lomography 800

Nikon f100 and Kodak 400 treated by Psychedelic Blues

Contax G1 and Japan Camera Hunter with TLA 200 Flash

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Fuji Klasse S and Fuji Superia 800

Contax N1 and Fuji 200

Nikon f100 and Delta 3200

Nikon f100 and Delta 3200 with Video light

 

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Letters to My Children – March and April 2017

Dear Ariya,

March has been a pretty good month.  Your Grandma, Auntie Carmen and cousin Phelix came to visit, which is always great.  We love when family comes to visit.  We also had one good snow for the winter in Winchester.  You loved playing in the snow, and helping me shovel the driveway.  Being a big sister and pulling Asha in her sled was pretty fun too.  I’m not sure if Asha was a fan of all the cold weather gear, she just kinda sat there.  We also made snow cream, which you remembered from last year.  Always a fan of snow cream.  And when we got tired of the snow, we made cupcakes!  Licking the batter was the best part, I think.

Time has passed and we’re well into April, so I thought I’d merge both of these blog posts together.  April was a good month because YOU TURNED FOUR.  You’ve been talking about a paw patrol party since last year.  Well, since you and your best friend Asher turned 4 within a week of each other, and are in the same class at pre-school, Asher’s mommy and I decided we’d share the birthday party.  She was so nice to have the party at her house.  We got Paw Patrol balloons and goodies, a paw patrol piñata and also had a rocker/musician style party since Asher is into music.  You had a blast with all of your best friends.

You’ve finished learning the alphabet at school.  You’re constantly surprising me with the things you know.  Apparently, you know how to add too!  I didn’t realize how you picked it up, must have been from Team Umizumi.  We just had spring break and you kept me pretty busy planning fun things to do.  We went to the trampoline park in Hagerstown, MD.  We also went to pick tulips at Burnside Farms in Haymarket, VA.  You also had your first Tinkergarten class.  It was a cold rainy wet day, but we got to play in the mud!  You had fun making mud pies and stirring up the mud with a stick.  But every time you got your hands dirty, you wanted to wash your hands.  It was pretty fun being outside, playing in the rain.

Dear Asha,

What can I say, you’ve been getting so big!  You love climbing on chairs, running after your sister, and trying to talk.  But every time I ask you to say Mama, you say Dada 🙂  You love banging on your drums and patting the dogs. And I love that you still love to cuddle and give me hugs and kisses.

We’ve finished up our swim lessons, but with the summer near, I’m hoping we’ll spend more time at the pool.  I know you’d love that.  Plus we’re going to the beach this summer with your cousins!  I know you’ll be excited to play in the sand.  Please, just don’t put the sand in your mouth!  At Tinkergarten, you kept putting the mud in your mouth, and I just couldn’t get over it.  you do love exploring and tasting everything!

Here are our photos from March and April, all digital.

 

February 2017 – Film Project

I had enough of black and white film to go with my gloomy feelings of winter in January.  February, I wanted COLOR.  And I wanted to use my Pentax 67ii.  Ever since I got it, I’ve had the hardest time loading the film.  It’s just something that comes with practice I get.  We did get a chance to get away to Snowshoe, and I should have brought my Pentax 67ii, but I still get a little self conscious shooting with it in public.  It’s just so big, at 5 lbs.  Wouldn’t have mattered, because Ariya was sick the whole weekend and we basically stayed in the hotel room the whole time :-/  As for color, I tried to stick to keep it within the same family.  Portra 400NC, Portra 160NC and because I was so excited to try some slide film, I tried a roll of E100SW.

Pentax 67ii and E100SW.  Those COLORS.

Pentax 67ii and Portra 160NC

Nikon f100 and Portra 400NC

One Second of Every Day – February 2017

I have to say, this must be the easiest project I have ever done.  One second of video every day.  The only thing I have to remember to do is pick up my dslr and take some video every day.  Since I’m already doing a digital 365 with my dslr, this is pretty easy to do.  What also helps is being part of a blog circle, that accountability really helps me follow through.  If you missed our January, you can check out that blog post here. And if you were ever curious about the other videos that I’ve done throughout the year, you can find out my videos on vimeo here. Check out our February, and when you’re done, feel free to follow the blog circle here!

January 2017 – Film Project

Ok, so I bombed my film 365 last year.  I think the problem is that I was just so excited about film that I went nuts.  Like seriously nuts.  I wanted to try every film stock, I wanted to try ever film camera.  2016 was the year of madness for me.  When I fall for something, I fall hard, and I fell hard for film.  So, this year, I thought I’d show some restraint.  Each month, stick to one film stock, one camera, one lens.

So I decided to try Acros 100, just because I’d never used it before.  Wrong choice.  It was so limiting for winter, indoors.  And I got bored.  So I already broke my rules for January. and picked up Delta 3200  Tried different lenses, different black and white film.  But I did stick to my trusty Nikon f100!!  Oh well, there’s always next month, right? Here are a few photos from our January.

Nikon f100 and Acros 100

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Nikon f100 and Delta 3200, rated at 1600

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Letters to My Children – February 2017

Dear Ariya,

February has been a really tough month.  Your daddy had to cover extra shifts at the hospital, and you’ve been missing him so much.  Our household has been plagued with illness after illness.  You missed out on a ski adventure at Snowshoe and ended up with a fever for a whole week, which then resulted with a double ear infection.  No bueno.  But through it all, you’ve been a trouper.  You’re having a great time at school, learning your letters, writing and pointing out the letters that you know.  And you keep talking about your birthday that’s coming up in a few months and how you’re having a Paw Patrol birthday. You started swim lessons with your friends Hideshiro and Sei.  And we’re just waiting for the warm weather to stick, for spring to get here and stay, for us to play more outside. Please stop trying to grow up so fast.  I’m seeing your personality really shine through, and sometimes I get a glimpse into what you’ll be like as a teenager.  You are such a sweet girl, but there are moments where the attitude, wow.  I thought I’d have years before that attitude showed it’s ugly head.  It’s been rough, we’ve butted heads quite a few times.  You always say that you miss your daddy and that’s why you do the things that you do.  I know that you miss your Daddy.  But that doesn’t mean that you can act however you want.  You’re definitely teaching me, Ariya.  This is a process and we’ll work through it.  You are loved.

Nikon f100 and Portra 400NC

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Pentax 67ii and Portra 160NC

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Dear Asha,

You have been a trooper too!  It’s amazing that you hadn’t gotten sick all month, with your daddy and me being sick and then Ariya.  But I definitely spoke too soon, because you had a fever over the weekend and now you have a double ear infection.  And man are you fussy.  It’s kind of crazy to see you, because you are walking up a storm.  So you just fuss and walk, fuss and walk.  You’re opening up doors now.  You’re obsessed with pulling toilet paper off the roll, pulling tissues out of the box, shredding napkins.  And you make it known when you’re done in the high chair, you sort of push against the high chair and bang your fists on the tray.  You’re so sweet and cuddly when you want to be, but you don’t want to be held for too long, you get restless and kick your feet.

Your music lessons are coming to an end.  You’ve had a great time listening to music and hearing Miss Karen sing.  Your big sister comes with you most times, Ariya used to take these music classes too, when she was your age!  You’ve started swim lessons too, with me!  You love playing Humpty Dumpty and jumping into the pool.  Getting dunked is not that great, but it doesn’t deter you from splashing and playing in the water.

You’re ready for spring too.  Now that you’re walking, you want to explore explore explore.  Every time I let the dogs out, you scream and cry when I shut the door.  You’re just itching to get out there.  Pretty soon Asha, pretty soon.

Pentax 67ii and Portra 160NC

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Nikon f100 and Portra 400NC

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One Second of Every Day – January 2017

It’s interesting that with each new year, I keep thinking up new projects to work on.  My friend Francesca of Francesca Russell Photography created this amazing body of work, the beauty of every second, a video showing one second of every day for the whole year.  And it was just beautiful to watch.  I had been doing monthly videos for 2016, my goal was to do a year’s worth of videos ever since I took the Every Day Films Workshop last October.  So far, I’ve done October through July and am currently working on August.  I love doing these videos.  Don’t get me wrong, I love photography, but it’s amazing to see my daughters hit these milestones in action.  The way my daughter Ariya says COOL instead of SCHOOL, or seeing Asha crawl for the first time.  It’s pretty amazing. Which is probably while video will always be one of my main projects.  If you want to see all of my videos, you can check out my vimeo account here.

As for my 2017 project.  I’ve joined a pretty great group that helps for accountability.  After watching my video, feel free to follow the circle with Jennifer Stamps Photography here.

Here’s the first video of many.  One Second of Every Day – January 2017

 

Letters to Our Children – January 2017

Dear Ariya,

It’s a new year!  You’re back at school, back to your usual routine.  You’re learning your letters, having fun at school with the many crafts and activities that you do.  It’s been pretty cold at home, but no serious snow just yet.  It just so happened that the one weekend that we went to visit Nani and Nanu, it actually snowed down there!  We weren’t prepared and didn’t bring your snow gear, but your daddy braved the roads to drive to Walmart and get you new snow boots.  And boy did you have fun!  8 inches of snow full of fun!  I’m hoping we get some snow at home though, because our front yard is made for sledding.  But when we’re not hoping for snow, we’re going to Asha’s music class, or your ballet class.  We go to the children’s museum, and have playdates with friends from school. And on the rare day that it’s warm, we go out on the patio so that you can ride your bike.

The other day, you saw some construction workers outside.  The first time you mentioned what you wanted to be when you grow up.  You said “I wish I could be a construction worker so I can dig like that”.

A year ago, you had the hardest time pronouncing your S’s.  Like School was cool, Snack was nack.  Cutest ever.  You’re outgrowing it, and I kind of miss it.  I

It’s been rough for you though.  You’ve been missing your daddy.  It’s tough for you, when he’s at work for long stretches of time, when you don’t get to see him.  He’s gone before you wake up, and he comes home past your bedtime.  But it’s ok, you’re strong.  Your daddy will be off for a few days and will spend all of his time with you.

Dear Asha,

You are walking now!  It’s crazy, you’ve taken more than a few steps, and you get so excited each time you go further than the last.  Well, you’re not full blown walking yet, but you’re so close.  And I’m not ready.  I actually burst into tears.  Where did the time go?  When you did you go from being my little baby to being my little toddler?  You’re babbling up a storm too.  I keep saying mama, dada, but nope, no first words yet.  Just a lot of syllables.  You’re also still waking up at least once in the middle of the night.  I’m trying not to let it get to me.  I’m hoping that you’ll get over it.  I just don’t know how to help you get over it.  Can anyone out there help me out?

You do love your sister, you’re her little shadow.  You’re obsessed with legos, just like her.  You want to play with her play doh everytime she’s playing with it (and promptly puts it in your mouth, bleh). And you love pulling her hair.  For some reason she lets you.  I don’t understand why she lets you, but she does.  Because she loves you so.  She loves flinging you around, holding you, picking you up.  And you love every second of it.  You’re so lucky to have each other.

Portra 400 on Pentax 67ii

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Portra 400NC on Nikon f100

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Fuji 400h on Pentax 67ii

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Film 366 Favorites of 2016

The year has ended and I have survived 2 366 projects.  One was a digital 366, using my Nikon d610 and Fuji x100t.  And the 2nd was a film 366, using a variety of film cameras and film stocks.  I went a little crazy exploring the world of film.  I’ve acquired a ton of film cameras, tons of film stock.  I was all over the place.  I wasn’t able to keep track of my film 366, because I shot SO MUCH FILM.  Here are some of my favorites of 2016.

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I’m crazy enough to do my 4th 365, for 2017.  I’ve also decided to slow down with film and focus.  So, I’m doing a digital 365, and I’m doing 1 roll of film a week, and for each month that I shoot film, I’ll be using the same film camera, same lens and same film stock. For January 2017, I’ve started shooting Acros 100 with my Nikon f100 and 35 f/2 lens.  Let’s hope I come out with some decent shots!

Letters to our Children – December

Dear Ariya,

What an exciting month it’s been!  Your daddy had to go to a work conference in Orlando of all places, so you got to experience your first trip to Disney! You were so excited to ride on a “jet plane” to meet your favorite princesses, like Elena (you asked where Gabe and her sister Isabelle was), Rapunzel (who twirled you and talked about her friend/lizard Pascal) and Ariel in her grotto (you were so starstruck meeting Ariel!).  We ate at the Beast’s palace and you wore your Belle dress.  We met all of your favorite characters like Minnie and Mickey, Daisey and Goofey.  You were over the moon.  We took pictures of you with all of them, and you even got their autographs.  I think your favorite ride was Dumbo and Winnie the Pooh.  And you LOVED the Frozen Sing a long at Hollywood Studios.  I mean, you just sang your heart out, and it was amazing to see.

Then we had Christmas!  We baked gingerbread cookies, made reindeer food and read tons of Christmas books.  The tree was decorated, the presents were stacked and you were ready to see what Santa brought you.  Nani and Nanu came to visit, and you had a blast playing with them. Santa must have thought you were a very good girl, because you got a TON of presents.  You are one very lucky girl. We also so Moana that day, and I think Moana might be your new favorite Disney princess.  I have to admit, I can’t get those songs out of my head!

And for New Year’s Eve, your Grandma and Auntie Carmen came to visit!  More presents! But more importantly, more quality time spent with family.  You loved working on the life size puzzle of Doc McStuffins with Grandma.  And that Read Along Princess books was THE best present ever, Thanks Grandma!

Looking forward to what 2017 brings us!

Dear Asha,

You turned one!  We ended up having your birthday part at your Grandma’s after Thanksgiving.  Nani and Nanu came to visit, and Grandma and Auntie Carmen got you a beautiful cake with your face on it, along with a chocolate flavored smash cake.  You went to town on that cake!  Lots of family from your daddy’s side was there, and it was so much fun for you and Ariya playing with them.

You were such a superstar on the plane to Disneyworld.  You pretty much slept in the ergo while Ariya had her fun.  But you did get some play time in the pool, and got to meet some disney characters too.  You won’t remember this trip, but I do have pictures to prove you were there!

Santa must have thought you were really good too, because you got some pretty good presents too!  Lucky girl!  I think Ariya loves playing with your presents more than her own, but it’s good because you two play together so well.  You love following her around, and she loves tackling you to the ground.  You laugh together, even when you make Ariya upset after destroying all her cities and towns made up of blocks and legos.  We call you Asha the destroyer.  (We used to call Ariya the destroyer too).

You are still waking up at least once at night, but it’s ok, I’m hoping you’ll grow out of it eventually.  Crossing fingers!

You’ve got a ton of teeth now.  4 on top and 4 on the bottom.  You love eating eggs for breakfast and you love bananas, strawberries and pears.  Apples are funny, you love to just chew them to get the juice but then you spit the pieces out.  So messy.  And you love spaghetti, although I think you like making the mess more.

Looking forward to what 2017 brings us!

(Taken with the contax g1 and Portra 400vc (expired), rated at 100, with flash and pushed +1 in development, at Disney)

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(digital, Ariya baking gingerbread cookies)

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(digital, Asha’s official 12 months)

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(contax g1 with flash, fuji super 400, Asha’s 1st birthday)

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(digital, Ariya and Asha, Christmas morning)

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(digital, Christmas afternoon, with wacky Christmas outfits purchased by Santa (I mean, my husband))

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