Friday, April 11, 2014

Savannah Cemeteries through the Instax

Savannah cemeteries and some neighboring islands 
photographed with the Fujifilm Instax instant print camera. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

Oswego and Lake Ontario - 1982

Going to college on the shores of Lake Ontario made for some interesting weather.; gorgeous sunsets, a lake so big it seemed like an ocean, and cold winter winds.

Above is the view of the lake from my dorm room; January 1982. It's a small photo but notice the ice formation on the edge of the lake. Below is another view from my dorm during a winter storm. This path was between our dorm, Seneca Hall and a line of trees/tennis courts which created a wind tunnel effect for those who had to walk up or down the path. When the path was iced over the results were dramatic, comical or just frustrating trying to navigate getting to class, because school was only closed one time in the four years I attended.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Beach Homes / New Topographics

As mentioned in a previous post, I love the beach atmosphere. Here are a few compositions of various houses on or near the beach. I used a Fujifilm Instax Wide 200 instant print camera.

someone used to live here - instax version
Untitled Untitled

Monday, August 5, 2013

Street Photograpy Now - current instruction using light as a part ofthe composition

Untitled by Jeff*
Untitled, a photo by Jeff* on Flickr.
I enjoy participating in this lively instructional group on flickr. How it began according to its web site: 

The Street Photography Now Community (SPNC) is the continuation of the Street Photography Now Project (SPNP), a collaboration between The Photographers’ Gallery, London and Sophie Howarth and Stephen McLaren, authors of Street Photography Now (Thames & Hudson). Its aim was to build a global community of photographers exploring the rewards and challenges of documenting public life. The SPNP ran on Flickr for 52 weeks from October 2010 to September 2011. Weekly instructions were given by established photographers written to inspire fresh ways of looking at and documenting the world we live in. Participants had to shoot street photography every week and upload their best shot to the instruction group. From this fantastic and intense project emerged a strong community of passionate street photographers. ... So now we are in Year 3 and we are all still very exciting about this project.

I like the group in that it has seasoned photographers and newbies. I am seasoned in being 50+ years old :) but I never have the pure discipline for street photography but I love the genre so this is a good exercise for me to learn by photographing and observing what others shoot. I don't always have the time for the instructions so I participate infrequently. I was at the beach during the current instruction:

"Look for unusual street light. Study it from all sides until you learn to control it. Let the light be the main character in your picture."

Perhaps I could find some interesting beach opportunities with light, either in the morning or evening? Well, I slept in every morning so I would have to go with strong daytime shadows or use the setting sun.  

The photo at top was my submission. I could only submit one.  I think it is a good attempt at the brief using light (and lack of it) as the main character but I don't think it's a fabulous photo as I don't get a sense of the setting of what this environment is. It is on a tram transporting people from the beach to the parking lot.  I kept some "B Sides" (alternate photos which sometimes may be better than the one submitted). That's the fun part is editing, which I am not always good at; picking the right image to submit. Here are my B Sides:

Untitled by Jeff*
In the above photo; I like shooting into the sun to document the people enjoying their late afternoon atmosphere, letting the sun cast golden color and good shadows and nice light glinting off the water. Perhaps I should have submitted this? For the image below I turned and the photographing with the light behind me casts a different atmosphere:
photo by Jeff*

The last B Side had me shooting into the sun again and despite the bikinis & their shadows the compositon isn't as good in my opinion as the one with the people reclining in the chairs.

 photo by Jeff*

In the event anyone is reading this here are some links for the street photography now instructions if you have any interest:

Main Site, with lots of links
The flickr mother group
The current instruction for the challenge I describe on this post.
Their facebook page

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

'RoidWeek 2013

Print for this Couple on Ponce by Jeff*
Print for this Couple on Ponce, a photo by Jeff* on Flickr.
The following were four images I took for this week, 7/15/13 - 7/19/13. fortunately it allows any type of instant film - not just Polaroid - so my Fujifilm instax prints were ok to submit. :)

The first photo:
I just finished taking a snap of EATS and this couple was stopped at the traffic light. I emailed them my flickr link if they want to download this photo of them. I was trying to type his address on my blackberry so I hope I got it correct.

The photo below is EATS on Ponce deLeon.
EATS by Jeff* 

Howell Mill Scenic by Jeff* 
The above image is small "new topographics" attempt on Howell Mill Road.

The fourth photo is AZAR, a liquor/spirits store on Memorial Drive; just caught the last of the setting sun as it hit the sign.
Azar by Jeff*

Friday, July 12, 2013

Sunday Morning Fishing - FujiFim Instax Prints

Sunday Morning Fishing by Jeff*
Sunday Morning Fishing, a photo by Jeff* on Flickr.
My daughter, Katie was aware of the camera's presence but was not posing for a shot. These two photographs were taken with a FujiFilm Instax 200 camera. For those not familiar with it, the camera is a contemporary option to the Polaroid instant film cameras. After using digital cameras for a number of years it is nice to take a break and return to the simplicity of not just film, but seeing an image develop before your eyes. Holding a photograph in your hands right then & there.. The novelty of this for kids - or even adults who might have forgotten about Polaroid - is great to watch. I like the color pallet the instant film produces.  I'm not going to enter into any "is this better or worse than Polaroid" conversations as I just enjoy the tones and atmosphere from these shots.

For the above shot, the in-camera flash used to bring out more detail in the foreground. It started raining - as it did most of this weekend - so Katie has the hood over her head.

Fishing, Lake Winfield Scott by Jeff* 
This version taken without a flash still has some nice light on my daughter. I also like that she had her hood off in this shot. It was taken before it rained as my daughter put her hood on as seen in the above photo.

As for fishing? We didn't even get a bite! But I like being able to see these memories. Next time...

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

13 year-old Expired Film + a Fuji plastic point shoot camera

I've had this plastic point n shoot camera lying around the house for so many years I forgot how or when I picked it up. I used a roll of expired film branded "CVS" film (it is a pharmacy store chain), ISO 200 with a "develop by 2000" date.  Below are some shots from the roll; taken on the Santa Monica pier in May 2013 - not bad for an old film. How the film is stored can affect its quality; I honestly don't remember how this film was stored but if it was stored outside I don't think the results would have been as nice. 

Morning Shadows by Jeff*

18 by Jeff*

Santa Monica Beach - expired film #1 by Jeff*

Santa Monica Pier by Jeff*

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

lure of the beach

I'm an urban person. I live, work & breathe in the city. I sunburn easy; I'm not even a good swimmer. Still, I love going to the beach no matter what the season. Why? Everyone has their own subjective reason. My own rambling thoughts:

lure of the beach by Jeff*
lure of the beach, a photo by Jeff* on Flickr.

Life has enough challenges for many of us. Going to the beach & sea represents a therapeutic change in atmosphere for me. My fair skin and bald head already tells you I can sunburn quicker than you can say "antidisestablishmentarianism" but dressing down into swimwear creates a physical break from the daily routine. If I have a hat and umbrella (or some shade) I am golden all day. If one finds a quiet moment to take part in some skinny dipping than the feeling of total shedding of oneself and bonding with the water is wonderful (without causing a ruckus or freaking others out). I love the smell of the salt air and the sound of waves against the shore; I find it invigorating.

I enjoy observing families enjoying each others company and individuals of all shapes & ages shed their day-to-day outer shell into something (usually) less pretentious. Sometimes there are boardwalks or a simple path to the street. No matter what, one can take in a different kind of real-life theater different than what one sees on the streets.

If I approach it properly, the beach can slow me down and let the stress ebb from my mind & body.

The Pulse of the Beach, the Lure of the Water

Monday, April 29, 2013

An important film to watch if a screening is available in your area.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

School, Village on the Napo River, Peru

Via Flickr:
School children, Napo River, Amazon rainforest Peru. 1994.
Tri-X film. Printed full frame with a filed negative carrier. The uneven border around the print is a result of the filed negative carrier being exposed to the darkroom enlarger light when the print is not cropped. I guess it's a darkroom special effect way before photoshop. :)
© 1994 CarrPhotography; all rights reserved

Monday, November 5, 2012

New York Arrival

New York Arrival by Jeff__
New York Arrival, a photo by Jeff__ on Flickr.

LaGuardia Airport, November 2011. *Reposting this from last year.*  I'm glad it is becoming operational again after Hurricane Dandy closed it down. Thinking & praying for all those in need in this region.