Impromptu VW Bug Photoshoot

My grandpa has always had a thing for cars. He's has a lot of really awesome cars in his life; a lot of which we get really attached to only to see him sell it in less than a year. He goes through about a car every one to two years.

My family and I were up at my grandparents' house over my brother and sister's winter break and we were outside seeing his VW Beatle (forgive me for not remembering the year) and my grandpa asked me to take some pictures of his bug while we were out there. It need up being a great time and I'm sure I'll cherish these pictures of him and my other family members as long as I'm alive.

These pictures were taken with my fairly-recelty acquired Rolleiflex 6003 SRC 1000 and I couldn't be more impressed with the results. This camera is a Rollei SLR with built in metering and it was spot on the whole time even with the crazy sun of golden hour. The Rollei Planar 80mm lens was tack-sharp as well.

Suggested Song: Syd Arthur - Ode To Summer

A New Outlook

I've been toying with my styles of photography lately trying to find something I really connect with. A few things have really stood out to me... I have always loved candid photography. I feel like it shows who a person really is a whole lot better than a set up portrait. I strive to portray the beauty in life and I feel like nothing can do it better than photographs of actual moments in life. I feel like those are truly beautiful. I also feel like there isn't a better medium to do so on as film. I've also always kind of been a film "purist" where I refused to touch the look of film once I scan it, to keep it as close to the real thing as possible but I've decided to give my pictures my own creative touch and I hope it makes a positive impact on the feel of my pictures. I've also started to find beauty in the imperfections of a slightly out of focus shot and I'm trying to be picky about my shots I've taken.

It's really cool to have friends who are also photographers. My best friends that I grew up with are all coincidentally very handy with cameras although one won't admit it. These shots were fired up in north Scottsdale with my best friend Curtis (pictured) and Brandon (who got there later). 

Suggested Song: The Abbasi Brothers - Something Like Nostalgia

All these pictures were taken with an Olympus OM10 and a Zuiko MC 50mm f1.8

Testing some Ilford Delta 3200

My pancake lens on my Voigtlander isn't the fastest at f/2.5 so in order to shoot in low light I have to use a really fast film like Ilford Delta 3200. I hadn't had much experience with the film so I decided to take it out for a test roll and I was very happy with the results. It has pretty heavy grain as you can see in the pictures but I like the effect it has on the pictures. Film just breathes so much life into photos. These were taken in a Barns and Noble... a place that's never boring even if you don't read much. And you can that not much reading was to be had by my friends and I. Since I was adjusting to this new film for me, not too many shots turned out so here are the best ones of my friends playing on cat keyboards and such.

Song Suggestion: Modern Drift - Efterklang

All these photos were taken with a Voigtlander Bessa R4A with Color Skopar 35mm f2.5 PII

Old Town Glendale

My family's California plans fell through when my sister got the stomach flu, so my dad, brother and I decided to drive about 20 minutes down to Old Town Glendale, Arizona. You have to drive through a pretty bad neighborhood but then all of a sudden you reach this beautiful neighborhood full of old houses and cool antique stores.

On the way back home I still had some film left over, and I wanted to be able to see my pictures as soon as possible so I had to finish the roll! And this old building really caught my eye so instinctively I had to stop. It turns out this factory first opened in the early 1900's and was a beet sugar factory and even made Orange Crush for a while. Pretty cool. I couldn't go in unfortunately, due to the fence, barb wire, two sets of razor wire and the possible security guard in the security office with the door cracked. It was a very interesting place though. Tons of old cars including an old hot rod hurst that I couldn't get close enough too get a good picture of. But overall it was well worth the stop.

Suggested song: Sigur Rós - Ísjaki

All these photos were taken with a Voigtlander Bessa R4A with Color Skopar 35mm f2.5 PII