I don't shoot a lot of film- maybe a roll of 36 frames every 4 weeks or so. I continue to do so, primarily because it has a different feel, a different color pallette than I'm used to with digital. I also wait for the right timing. There is also a palpable cost with each frame, so I'm not going to just fire away.
Because I shoot so sparingly, I often wish for smaller rolls of film. 12 would seem about right. I'm also a little spoiled by the resolution and latitude I get with my digital cameras so there's a thought of experimenting with medium format film eventually.
Either way, the types of film I shoot are either hard to get or unavailable in smaller rolls. These were made with Kodak Portra 400, but I set the camera to 200 on the advice of a couple great photographers.
Like most photographers who aren't taking photos professionally, there are sometimes days that go by when I'm either not inspired to take pictures or I'm just so overwhelmed by other things (like work) that the camera just never makes it out of my bag. This two week stretch was like that for me.
We're heading out this afternoon to rejoin our kids who have been with their grandparents for the past week in Coos Bay. I'm really hoping to get out and make some great images while we're there.
The last time we saw this waterfall, it was almost completely iced over. Same crew - me and all three kids. We hiked both trails and even spent some time hiking down stream a bit for this first image.
These kids are troopers and they get more and more at-home in the great outdoors every year.
This afternoon we gathered with our friends Jen and Blaine Christenson to celebrate the coming arrival of their baby boy. It was the perfect hot summer day, with a breeze, good food, friends and family of all ages. I'm so excited for this huge blessing. Their story just keeps getting better and better!