goodbye, 2013.

thirteen of my favorite shots from 2013……

Mamiya 645
Canon 5D

Yashica LM

Yashica LM

Canon 5D

Yashica LM

Canon 5D

Mamiya 645

Mamiya 645

Canon 5D

Canon 5D

Yashica LM

Polaroid Land Camera 420

5 on 5 december

I was able to shoot a good amount of film in December.
Canon 1N | Kodak Portra
Yashica LM | Kodak Portra
We also did a youth retreat up in the mountains. I was able to shoot in the snow.  Living in Southern California, this is something that never really happens.  While it was quite a work out to carry Lucy, my Mamiya 645, in the snow, it was worth it when I got the film back.  Here are three of my favorite snow photos, one digital, one from my Mamiya and one from my Canon 1N.
Canon 5D
Mamiya 645 | Fuji Reala
Canon 1N | Portra 400


There are some amazing photographers I get to do this project with.  Start with Second Spring and then roll through the rest of the circle.

5 on 5, July

I had a hard time choosing this month.  For me, that is a good thing.  I think this blog roll is going to help me learn to love my own work.  Why be an artist if you don’t love what you create?

This one of my favorites.  First, it is film.  That is always a big deal for me.  Second, it is exactly what I saw.  That makes my heart sing.  It is my wallpaper on my iPhone right now.

Yashica LM 

This photo I had to work for.  I had to drive and find a way to the spot.  I had to sneak onto the property.  It went against everything in me.

Mamiya 645

I just love the color in this one.  I didn’t think it would turn out, but it did.  I love that about film.  Sometimes you have to wait for it.

Yashica LM

The next two are digital.  I think I have forgotten to shoot my digital for fun.  Again, this blog roll is reminding me to pick it up.  It is fun to shoot one thing over and over and over again.  I photographed this feather three times. The wind was blowing and I couldn’t get it in focus.  If I was shooting in film, that wouldn’t have happened.

Canon 5D

And last, the biggest reason I am going to love this project.  I shoot things all the time…. but they never leave my computer.  I love the photo, but I am not sure if others will like it. I don’t want to be like that.  I never posted this shot. Not on flickr.  Not on facebook. Not even on my own blog! But you know what? I love it.  I really do.  I have worked on not caring what others think of me personally, but I haven’t done that work when it comes to my photography.  It is something I am excited to change. 

Canon 5D 

Head on over to Second Spring and enjoy five of her favorites.

Fave Five on Five ~ June

Last month, I was invited to participate in a new blog roll. The idea is seven women posting their favorite five shots from the previous month on the fifth of each month.  I am so honored to be included in such a great group of photographers.

It was interesting to look back and ask myself what I loved most of my own photography.  Not surprisingly, four of my five are film.  I have been trying to shoot my digital for pleasure more. However, I think that film has a firm grip on my heart and I hope it never let’s go.

the library | Mamiya 645 | 80mm | Fuji Reala

We went on a family vacation in June.  One of our stops was the Hearst Castle.  The rooms were dim and mostly lit with natural light, making it difficult to shoot with the Fuji Reala I had loaded.  However, the library had large wonderful windows, filling the room with wonderful light.  I loved this room and was thrilled this came out.

my family | Mamiya 645 | 80mm | Fuji Reala

 Another stop was Pismo Beach. We were able to drive onto the beach.  Here on the west coast, we don’t have many beaches with dunes, so it was a treat to see.   My family had gone ahead and were running about between the grass.  I looked up and thought about how blessed I was.  I asked them to stop their play so I could take a photo.  Sometimes it is the pause in time that makes me love a photo, and that is true with this one.

old fasioned | Yashica LM | Portra 400 

One thing I love about my TLR is it’s ability to shoot in low light.  I can get my shutter speed down to 1/10 without shake.  I loved the light hitting one of my favorite drinks.

stand out | Canon 5D | 50mm 1.4

 My only digital this month.  I just like the purples and the fun swirling bokeh.

my whole world | Land Camera 420 | Fuji FP 3000 

I have a thing for Polaroids.  They can be so touchy, it has been difficult for me to get what I am seeing and wanting to capture on the film.  As I peeled the paper back to reveal this image, I teared up a little.  As my kids have gotten older, I have watched their lives slowly separate from mine.  When they were small, we filled our day with most of the same activities. Now that I have two graduated from high school, their days are filled with work, college, friends, and boyfriends.  While on this trip, it was very clear to me that this just might be our last trip of just us five.  We may go on more trips together, but I can see one daughter being busy or a boyfriend coming along.  While these are not bad things, they symbolize an end of an era.  This feels like my family looking forward … and all at the same time, looking back over the years together.

Please click on over to Vanessa’s post to see her favorite five from June.

The Professor

The Professor 

I am in love with my “new to me” Yashica LM.  She is little, easy to carry and creates the most amazing square photos.  Here are a few from my first few rolls.  I have a feeling we will be longtime friends.

I am excited to create MORE and learn MORE with the Professor.