Just Go Shoot – House Show

Qajaq Band Long Exposure Fuji FP100c Polaroid Automatic 100

Qajaq Band Long Exposure Fuji FP100c Polaroid Automatic 100

In life & in the creative process, take what you’ve got, limits & imperfections, & just go for it. Step over the fear of the outcome you expect & do it anyway. Fire off a shot you know -by the numbers- isn’t expected to work well. Take it. Hold your breath & wait a moment.

Let it flop. Let it be ugly, imperfect, unfocused, a waste of your finite energy and irreplaceable time. Just don’t let it slip by.

So what if it doesn’t turn out the way you had hoped? Here’s proof you were there, you put your life into something that you gave a damn about, you were creating, not for anyone but yourself, for whatever reason you like, or no reason at all. Proof of life when motivation feels like it flatlined months ago.

Let it be a reminder of that time you saw an opportunity & took it. It cost you something, but it was worth it.

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If you’re still reading & we’re still talking cameras, #justgoshoot

Old #fp100c in a far older #Polaroid in an even older living room. . . .
#fujifp100c #polaroid #instantfilm #vscocam #vsco #shootfilm

Living room sets at House Fitzgerald by Qajaq (pictured), Every Day, Woolen Lover. Handheld Polaroid Automatic 100 camera with expired Fuji FP100c instant film.

Spring Ahead – 3 tips to jump start your photo skills

Morning sunlight streaming through curtains, VSCOcam f2 preset

Tip 1: Start with what you’ve got.

My “serious” cameras were away in my bedroom when I was making Saturday morning breakfast and saw the sunrise streaming through the curtains. Outdated functioning 2011 refurbished smartphone camera was nearby and caught it before the lighting changed. Years before smartphones crashed the photo-making party it was up to me to throw camera gear in a bag and remember to take it with me if I expected to make use of creative moments. Nowadays… you’ve got it in your pocket.

The best camera is the one you’ve got with you when inspiration strikes. Post a #NoFilter or edit to your heart’s content with apps of your choice.

I was an instant fan of square film negatives when I shot a Bronica SQ-Ai for college courses. (Find one here on eBay) Instagram is one of my favorite places to share & see square images today.

Tip 2: Start where you are

These images are all from around the house and yard. Some while making meals, most during busy weekdays full of kids doing homework, getting ready for activities, washing up, making other meals, and in constant motion. No exotic locations, just sights that caught my eye on site and were snapped before they were gone.

Practice seeing details and waiting for images to line up right where you are. These reflexes are key to telling wedding day stories full of details and fleeting moments, and some of my favorite photos of my kids growing up are the ones taken on such “ordinary” days mentioned above.

Black and white daylight through blinds across door panel, VSCOcam b1 present

Tip 3: Simplify

Step closer. Look for details. Cut out clutter in the background.

Don’t like what you see in the frame? Move your feet. Fill the shot with your subject.

Turning these snaps of afternoon lighting into high contrast black and white images is simple with one of my favorite apps – VSCOcam. Presets and fine tune adjustments in VSCOcam and Instagram get the look I want from the shot on the screen.

Black and white mini blind shadows and rain, VSCOcam preset b5

Bonus: Take it or regret a missed opportunity

With plentiful digital camera & smartphone cloud storage this is a no-brainer. No excuse for passing up a shot when you have a camera and abundant means to store the image.

Daylight peeking over the rooftop warmed and melted the snow in the image below. This image would further disappear the longer I waited to capture it. I took my own advice and doubled back to take this photo.

Snow melting in the sunlight, VSCOcam m3 preset

Questions?

Vintage School LetteringGot your camera out and can’t get the shot you want? Wonder what those buttons and menus on your camera do? Tired of reading screens and manuals and just want to go shoot? Book a one-on-one tutorial session with me on topics you choose, Q&A, and demonstrations.

It’s real-world use for all that technology packed in your camera, explained to help you get the photos you’re after.

Reserve your spot here!

 

PS – If you’re in the Daylight Savings regions and set your clocks ahead this weekend, remember to adjust your digital camera’s clock too!

No Filter – December Photo Stroll Ramblings

Instagram December walk bench

#nofilter needed while out on a December day that felt more like early spring than a year end holiday countdown.

Happened upon a little beam of warm sunlight making shadows through this bench. Kids are calm, film camera out of the bag to work on completing an old roll of 35mm I know I’ll leave sitting for ages. #istillshootfilm – and I leave it undeveloped for years.

The shutter click is a cathartic song of simpler times, the image making process is merely a pause in the routine of our days so easily lost in the shuffle.

Instagram December walk Minolta X-370 camera

To be clear, I don’t want those days back – they were cashed in to pay my fare to today. My manual focus lenses couldn’t see this far ahead and tomorrow is still beyond my field of view.

Instagram December walk milk barrels

Quiet reminiscence of the eventful year winding down and thoughts to days ahead with those I love. Lens capped & camera back in the bag as the evening calm yields to homework & dinner routines. I crave the quiet calm already. I’ll be back soon.

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Freezing Weather Flashback – Polar Bear vs Viking

Nothing like a great day to hit the beach, set up some lights, and get a photo shoot going! And weather like this is nothing like one!

For your polar vortex snow day entertainment, fresh from the archives of the Work In (Infinite) Progress files… outtakes from

VIKING vs POLAR BEAR

Ferris Björnen’s Day Off or

Dudes in Costumes Scaring Tourists On the Beach

(or your own title).

Viking and Polar Bear epic battle photo shoot 1

Viking and Polar Bear epic battle photo shoot 2

Viking and Polar Bear epic battle 3

Viking and Polar Bear epic battle photos

 

Check out this victorious Viking at Planet Japes (subscribe, it’ll be worth it!). Get out and go shoot. -eB

World Photography Day (Shutterbug Family Portraits)

Grab your gear. Go shoot.

The last day of summer vacation winds down as the exposure dials hit their limits and rolls of film wind back into canisters, the last of the instant film ejects, and a memory card is downloaded. Today was a naturally great day for making photos. Plenty to look back on as the summer concludes and the new school year approaches.

I loaded the last of my FujiFilm FP-3000B black & white instant film into the 1960s Polaroid Automatic 100.

My trusty Minolta X-370 was still working on a roll of Ilford Delta 3200 so I got to snapping with that too – through a 28mm, 50mm, and 135mm. Love those lightweight manual focus prime lenses.

World photography day Polaroid siblings

Instagram would feel left out, so I threw it some photos of film gear and prints.

world photo day polaroid land camera automatic100

world photo day fujifilm black and white polaroids

And then the brainstorms hit minutes before thunderstorms arrived, the kids and I took as much camera gear outside as I could remember where it was squirreled away, and set up a self-timer shoot to end the summer properly. Kodaks and Argus and Minoltas, oh my! Kodak Instamatic, a few One Touch Sx-70 Polaroids, Argus C4, 35mm Nikons from fully manual FM to fully auto N65, bags of accessories to boot.

world photography day family portrait 1

world photography day photographers

world photography day family portrait

 

Read more about today’s photographic holiday at www.worldphotoday.org/

Drop me a line to set up a shoot of your own – digital, film, no big whoop.

 

Previously Unpublished – Boardwalk at Dusk

Weko Beach boardwalk at dusk Bridgman Michigan

Previously Unpublished image from a wandering at Weko Beach, Bridgman, Michigan, spring 2006. Hoping for a dramatic sunset I arrived for a calm, overcast dusk and low key images along the boardwalk.

Specs: Trusty Nikon D70, Program exposure mode decided on 1/30th second exposure at f/7.1, my how my shooting experience has changed since learning to shoot in manual mode. Filtered with VSCOcam & Instagram.

Super Awesome Villians Forever Tour at Goshen Theater

More in the loud music / fast action / dim lighting category of challenge. Also a first I’ve seen of the Goshen Theater’s Backstage Show style setups, nicely done!

These Hearts

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These Hearts band Super Awesome Villians FOrever Tour Goshen Indiana photographer

These Hearts band Super Awesome Villians Forever Tour Goshen Indiana photographer 2

Future Ghosts

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Future Ghosts band Super Awesome Villians Forever Tour Goshen Indiana photographer

Phinehas

Dig some Phinehas music here

Phinehas band Super Awesome Villians Forever Tour Goshen Indiana photographer

To Speak of Wolves

Blast some To Speak of Wolves music here

To Speak Of Wolves band Super Awesome Villians Forever Tour Goshen Indiana photographer

To Speak Of Wolves band Super Awesome Villians Forever Tour Goshen Indiana live show photographer

To Speak Of Wolves band Super Awesome Villians Forever Tour Goshen Indiana concert photographer

Write This Down

Get some Write This Down playing here

Two favorites, two variants of same angle & subject.

Write This Down band Super Awesome Villians Forever Tour Goshen Indiana photographer

Write This Down band Super Awesome Villians Forever Tour Goshen Indiana photographer

The daunting glance of Jake of True Vision Promotions and The NOTE Venue. You’d think after a guy proposes and gets engaged to his sweetheart at a loud rock show he’d look a little happier.

“You will rock or there will be consequences.”

Jacob Shaffer True Vision Promotions the NOTE venue

 

Geek speak – gear I used was a simple kit of a Nikon D7000 DSLR (Amazon | eBay) body, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 (Amazon | eBay) plus Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Micro-Nikkor (Amazon | eBay), SB-800 speedlight (Amazon | eBay) turned down to 1/128th power for some shots. Mix of slow shutter speeds, rear curtain flash sync, high ISO settings, fill flash and dumb luck being in the right place and anticipating some cool stuff.

Photos off the clock – Chin Up at Generic

Chin Up Generic Shop Show 2011

Chin Up band vocalist Calvin jumps

(1 part finding a post in the drafts folder, 1 part nostalgia for the old hangout downtown, 1 part chicken logo – shake & enjoy)

Generic Shop South Bend Indiana 2011

What to do on the way home from shooting 10 hours of wedding fun on a hot muggy day? Stop by a sweaty hot back room hardcore band debut show at Generic downtown. (I mean at that point I already needed a serious shower and had camera gear handy from a wedding shoot so if ever I was prepared for such a show it was that moment.)

Chin Up Generic Shop Show 2011
Chin Up at Generic Shop in South Bend, Indiana 2011

Generic Shop show Chin Up 2011

Motion blur concert show photography

The guys from Analecta were back at Generic as their posi straight edge hardcore side project Chin Up.

Clothing store back room hardcore music show

Loud live music: making the crooner dinner medleys bearable since… forever.

AVB Acapella Vocal Band t-shirt hxc