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Sunday, May 18, 2014

I'm giving you fair warning...I've been a little snap happy lately.  This can be attributed to two factors: 1. my new telephoto lens and film SLR 2. new Lightroom presets/editing.  I promise not to share all the photos I have taken, but I will share some of my favorites.  Okay, maybe I have more favorites than I care to admit.

I took these photos with my trusty Nikon D700 and 35mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.4 lenses.  I tinkered around with these new Lightroom presets from Get Totally Rad called Replichrome which simulate particular professional films scanned on either a Fuji Frontier scanner or Noritsu scanner.  Since I have never shot professional film before (though that's changing), I don't have a particular preference for one film or scanner over another.  So this is a bit of trial and error to see what I like. For the color images, I used the Fuji Pro 160S on the Noritsu scanner preset, and for the black and whites I used the Kodak T-Max 3200 -- with the grain adjusted for all images.  I realize that only a few of you who follow my blog will be interested in this kind of information.  So I won't delve into it too much.  Now for the photos...

On this particular afternoon/evening, Patrick and Caleb were at church.  So it was just mama with the girls.  We went for a short walk in the garden wagon and then for a longer walk around the neighborhood.  Then it was time for baths.
 Havi was clearly done with my camera/s.  I attempted to also use my new film SLR, a Nikon F100. And I do think I manged a photo or two with that camera.  But seeing that I have no LCD screen on the back and a memory card to check, I have to simply go on my own memory.  And since it was a few days ago, I just can't recall.  I guess getting this roll back from the lab will be a bit of fun and a surprise. lol
Now the film that I currently have in my film SLR is not professional quality.  It's just Fujifilm Superia-Xtra 400 that I picked up at Walgreens.  But I can't wait to finish up the roll, which I will do this week, and send it out to get developed.  I've been "nervous" about clicking the shutter because I can't check for blinking eyes or smiles or anything like that.  And developing film these days isn't cheap.  But I think I need to get over it and just start snapping away.  I actually can't wait to run through this roll and put some quality film in there.  After some research on the web, I have found a few labs that I am considering sending my film out to because I'm learning that using the right lab is pretty important.  Same goes for digital.

Anyway, we are gearing up for a visit from Bammy this week.  The dumplings CANNOT wait to see her; the feeling is mutual.  We're looking forward to lots of swimming and splashing in the pool and, of course, tennis!  We can't wait to see you, Bammy!


Deb 5/18/2014  

I love how ambitious you are! I am on pins and needles to see your photos with your SLR!! Fabulous pics of capturing every day life. Love you girl!

Skeller 5/18/2014  

new gear and software toys always add a new bit of life and excitement to photography! looking forward to seeing your film scans :-).

lisacng @ expandng.com 5/19/2014  

Great 2nd photo! Nice lens choice. Creamy bokeh! I bet film is not cheaply processed these days. Hope you find a lab you like.

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This blog is the place where shared our lives while waiting to bring our daughters Madeline and Havi home from China. (Our son Caleb was already home before this blog began.) It is now the place where we continue to share our life experiences, both big and little, as we try to glorify God and raise our 3 dumplings from China.

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