I have so much goodness to share from this incredible family session on the sweetest little homestead, but I’m feeling pulled to first share the black and white film images that I shot at the END of the session. Who says you can’t have dessert first? 😉 Stay tuned as I share several posts from this series over the course of several weeks this summer. There is just so much eye candy and love to be inspired by!
I have a bit of ADHD (yes, hyperactivity included, haha) when it comes to shooting film. Every type of film stock + camera + lab will give you a different result depending on the combination you choose! It can be a little intimidating, but all you can really do is jump in and start experimenting!
A few months ago, a wonderful fellow film mama decided to clear out her stash of discontinued Seattle Film Works film, and she sent a roll each to a big group of film shooters. A couple of months after that, a friend from Beggars & Choosers found another roll that she gave me and I happily used! After a little research about Seattle Film Works, it seems like their earlier rolls of film had to be developed with special chemicals and processes, and some of the later ones could be processed using C-41.
Moving to a new town, a new state, can be terrifying. Settling in, finding a new everything. It’s lonely, unknown, and overwhelming. Where is the nearest grocery store? How do I find a favorite new breakfast spot? But, if you take a minute to breath and seek out the beauty of the newness that surrounds you, magic happens.
After my trip to the always-lovely Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market a few weeks back, some more wonderfully friendly local farmers enjoyed that set of images so much that they invited me our to another fantastic market: The Pittsboro Farmers’ Market (Thursday’s 3-6pm at Main Street Station!).
These were all shot with my Nikon F100 with Portra400, developed and scanned by The FIND Lab!
I’d like to start with Lu’s Farm since that is who reached out to me first. Lu is so kind and welcoming, and her baked goods & flowers were just to die for.
I’m continuing with my series showing my love of Pittsboro on 35mm film. Last week I shared photos from the Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market, and I’ve been invited out to the Pittsboro Farmers’ Market today to shoot some more film — so keep an eye out for those photos in a couple of weeks!
But today right here on the blog, I’m moving on to sharing my images from my favorite store here in town! We moved to Pittsboro about 2.5 years ago and since I have a love of antiques and all things vintage, one of the first shops in town that I ever stepped foot in was Beggars & Choosers! I was instantly in love.
And then I met Pam, the owner, who is endlessly lovable. One of my favorite things she said to me once was, “If everyone is going to be talking about you anyway, you may as well give them something to talk about!” 🙂 Here are two photos of her on Halloween last year.
There’s been a nifty little photography challenge going around social media called “The Black and White Challenge.” When someone nominates you to participate, you’re supposed to post a black and white image once a day for 5 days, and nominate a new person each day to participate. I was nominated by a neighbor down the street, and two awesome photographers (and quite incredible women, to boot!!): As Ever Photography and Karen Renee Photography. I’m a bit of a black and white film junkie anyways, so I was more than happy to participate!
Recently I went on a little solo photo excursion to capture some of the uniqueness surrounding our little North Carolina town. I’m quite the black & white junkie, so that’s what I took with me. I shot with my 1972 Nikkormat, and started off with a roll of T-MAX P3200 (expired & discontinued) film (thanks to a friend gifting it to me!). I knew the grain was going to be a challenge with those factors working against me + fading evening light, so I rated it at 1600 (the highest I can rate it with my good ol’ Nikkormat!) and pushed it +1 in processing with The FIND Lab. Once that roll was out, I switched to T-MAX 400 (not expired), and took the same shot! I accidentally left the rating the same, but also pushing that roll +1 helped bring out some contrast. You can see their comparison below (P3200 on top, 400 on bottom). As my husband said, the 400 looks a little less haunted. 😉