Hydrangea on film

One of my all time favorite flower is blue and white hydrangea. So, I want to share some beautiful pictures of these flowers. I found the photos mostly on Flickr, but also on a very nice blog – http://julietashley.wordpress.com.
All the photos are on film and I personally believe that the authors of these pictures did a very good job at taking them. Another thing that I like about the photos is the fact that they are very different and the artists managed to capture the beautiful hydrangeas in a personal and creative way.

by Juliet Ashley Haydenhttp://julietashley.wordpress.com

Montague Terrace (in Blue) Montague Terrace (in Blue) by futurowoman (Nancy L. Stockdale)

hydrangea hydrangea by whimsical jane

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.   Man is least himself when he talks in his own person by somehowlou

Clementines Clementines by
~ Meredith ~

Our Truest Life Is When We Are In Dreams Awake Our Truest Life Is When We Are In Dreams Awake by Ciel [Droom Kleuren]

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How I fell in love with film photography

I have always loved photography. I remember that when I was little and my parents took me to their friends, to visit, I could not just stay on the sofa and listen to their conversations, but I would walk around the room and stare at every picture in every corner of the room. When I was 12 years old I really wanted to have a camera in order to be able to take pictures of all the things I thought were beautiful and worth remembering. So one spring I saved some money and went to the local market to buy a camera. I bought this cheap plastic film camera and I started carry it with me everywhere. The favorite place to take photos was my grandparents village. Growing up I kind of forgot how much I loved taking pictures, but a few years ago I started taking pictures again. I began shooting digital photos, but I always felt like something was missing. So one day I bought a Zenit-E film camera. I like everything about film photography (this does not mean that I do no appreciate digital photography, just that film suits me better): choosing the film, uploading the camera, the way I have to really think a shoot before I take it, waiting and anticipating to see haw the pictures come out.
So, I want to share with you a little documentary about film photography I randomly found today on the internet.

What film photography still has to offer by Cubie King

*source: http://www.youtube.com, original from CNN

The boy behind the camera: Richard Ramirez Jr.

Oane day I was wandering on flick and I stumbled upon these beautiful photos. I could not stop looking at them, studying them and wondering who made them. These photos are the kind that inspires you, that captures your attention and transmits an emotion. The talented photographer is Richard Ramirez Jr. and I was even more surpiresed to find out that he is a young boy, but with a big passion for film photography.
Here is the little interview he kindly agreed to answer:

“1. First of all I would like to ask you a few personal things: where are you from, how old are you and when did you start taking photos?

I am 17 years old from Southern California. I started taking photographs on a road trip to Idaho when I was 14.

2. What camera are you using? And which type of photography do you prefer: film or digital? Why?

I am currently going back and forth between the Canon T70 and the Canon Ae-1 and I prefer film. There’s this magical quality about film. I really can’t grab what makes film so special but film photography carries a whole different mood than digital photography. I’m not saying digital photography isn’t great because it is special in its own way, but I really think I’ll be sticking with film for the rest of my life.

3. What do you think are the most important three rules about taking good film photographs?

Having great lighting is perhaps the only rule I really follow by. Right after the sunrise and just before the sunset are the greatest times for taking photographs. The lighting’s never too harsh and never too dull. It’s really perfect. As for the other two, I really don’t know what to say. I try not to think about the rules of photography because it dampens the enjoyment of photographing because you’re always thinking about how a certain photo should be taken. If what I see in the viewfinder looks great, I just take the photo.

4. What message do you want to transmit through your photography?

Escapism, maybe. It’s not really a message I want to share but more of a mood, a feeling.

5. I see that your photos are very creative, what inspires you? For example, what is the story behind “The Bird” photo shoot?

Thank you! For “The Bird” shoot I was venturing with a friend through the woods and she found a tree that had a really large nest wrapped around it. Then she started telling me these ideas on creating this bird shoot and after I got home, I started thinking on what to do with the shoot. It’s usually just sketching and listening to music and watching old films. I try to draw frame by frame on paper but it never really turns out that way because sometimes I get so wrapped up in the “photographing moment” that I forget about my intentional plans and just start taking photographs impulsively.

6. Who is your favorite photographer and who is your favorite photographer on Flickr? Why?

I would like to say Tim Walker but than again I always say Tim Walker but I’m getting really inspired lately by Bruce Davidson and William Eggleston and Fred Herzog. It’s strange because they don’t work with fashion and their photographs are the everydays of life but even though fashion photography is something I want to pursue, I still get really motivated and inspired by non-fashion photographs. If anything I want to learn how to mend the two together – the idea of fashion and their techniques.

7. Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

I really have no idea. Hopefully I’m finishing my last year of college and still creating and making art. Photography is all I ever want to do.

Here are some great photos he took:

A Pink Story A Pink Story by Richard Ramirez Jr

Untitled Untitled by Richard Ramirez Jr

Untitled Untitled by Richard Ramirez Jr

Untitled Untitled by Richard Ramirez Jr

Untitled Untitled by Richard Ramirez Jr

Untitled Untitled by Richard Ramirez Jr

My first balck and white roll of film

There is something about balck and white photography that I find inspiring. My favorite period of black and white photography are the roaring 20’s; I believe people back then had a great sense of fashion, dark humour and really good photo cameras.
My friend, Oana, decided one day that she would like me to take some black and white photos of her, so one nice morning we met up and shoot an entire roll of bw film. Here are some of the photos I took that day:

For more bw photos of that day go to my flickr
In conclusion, I really love shooting black and white, so here’s to many more rolls of bw film!

Taking pictures of friends

It is always very nice to spend your time with people that have the same passions and hobbies as you. Not very long ago I met up with a friend of mine, Jane, who, same as me, likes taking pictures with film and she takes really beautiful photos. Her pictures and herself remind me of Jane Austen’s books so it was very nice to take some photos of her. Here are a few photos taken by my with my film camera, an old Zenit-E.