I knew I would be bad at keeping up with a blog! Especially during a pandemic and major social upheaval...
The gear I was mentioning in the last entry was a Nikon F6. This is my official review:
It. Is. AMAZING.
I'll get into more details later, but I just developed 2 rolls of film that I took using it and I had way more photos I was pleased with than usual. The light metering, autofocus, and focus sensors are impeccable, and it just feels so good to hold and shoot. Being able to program multiple exposures is so convenient. Old manual Nikon F lenses work extremely well on it too, which is great because I have several of those that I like to shoot with. If I get D series lenses for the F6, I can use them with my Mom's old film camera that I have as well. It's the perfect blend of modern-ish technology and old school results.
I've also gone down the rabbit hole of Polaroid Land Cameras and peel apart "pack film" shooting, including medium format cameras with pack film backs. While the cameras themselves are *relatively* inexpensive (I'm starting to amass a nice little collection), the film is quite pricey and it's all expired with no more being produced, so I need to learn how to use a light meter so I don't waste any shots. There's a lot of potential for cool images (and manipulation to create cool effects) and I'm very excited to explore this medium more.
While I'm playing around with film and old eBay cameras, Jimmy is really getting into drones and aerial photography. I'm getting into it a little bit as well, but not as much as he is. He's also getting pretty good at photo editing. He's capturing some amazing images, and I have some ideas for art projects combining his gorgeous, high def panoramas and my instant photos. It's so much fun to be able to compare images and editing notes with him (for the record, he's much better with technical stuff and Adobe Lightroom than I am). I hope he submits some of his pictures to magazines or local galleries.
Speaking of galleries, I recently had an image accepted into the SE Center for Photography's upcoming exhibition "Instant." I'm incredibly excited to be involved in another "brick and mortar" gallery showing this year, and I'm curious to see how the other artists frame and present their work.
I'll leave it at that for now, I hope everyone is staying safe out there!