I recently discovered a number of photos I had taken with 35mm black & white film and thought I would share a few of my favorites. I enrolled in a photography course my senior year of college (and even did some on-campus work as a film lab monitor), and was able to use my Grandpa’s old 35mm Minolta to learn a bunch of things that I still recall today when I’m shooting photos. I haven’t shot any non-digital photos in quite a long time, but I really enjoyed doing so for that course as well as for a few years after that. As soon as I got my first digital SLR…I didn’t really make any time for 35mm film.
I cannot really recall where I took this flower photo, but I like how the lighting brings out the textures and details of the petals and interior.
When is the last time you shot a camera with film??
Morning Meadow Bouquet – Etsy Print
A meadow full of flowers, just as the rising sun hits, is a great place to be with a camera! I had to get down low (and a bit wet with dew) to capture this photo of backlit flowers and grasses, and the mix of focus gives a bit of depth to the scene.
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Blossoms at Snug Harbor Botanical Gardens
Botanical gardens in early spring can be a great place to pack in a lot of flower photography! I took an unexpected trip to Staten Island’s Snug Harbor Botanical Gardens last March, and while it was still a little early for many plants, the flowers and blossoming trees that were ready looked fantastic. These pink blossoms greeted visitors near the entrance to the gardens, and I thought their color matched nicely with the blue and white sky above.
I’ll be sure to post some of my other favorites from the gardens in future posts.
Thoughts of Spring and Butterflies
Well, it’s snowing here at home, which seems to be nothing new this winter. We’re at about 3 inches…on top of 13 inches from a couple days ago…on top of however much from the past month! So while I do enjoy winter and the snow, I wouldn’t mind seeing spring and summer come a bit quicker. So here’s a lovely butterfly photo from last year to help anyone else suffering from too much winter. It was taken at the New Jersey Botanical Garden in Ringwood State Park where there were so many cool flowers and plants. It was my first time there, and it was a cool place to explore, so check it out this spring/summer if you’ve never been there before!
And yes, I only posted one photo in January…hopefully I can do at least two this month! Slowly but surely…
Spikes in Black & White
I thought this flower had some neat textures to capture with macro close-ups, especially with some spheres of dew mixed in. It also turned out that the flower was bathed in light while some dark green leaves behind it were in shadows, which created a great contrast to really allow the form of the flower to pop.
Orange October Mums
It’s still winter, and that means autumn is still a long ways off…but I love vibrant fall-colored flowers in fall. These orange mums sat in the front yard in our old cow pail this past October, and they fit in pretty well with all the fallen leaves.
I never really tire of finding lovely flowers to photograph, and it’s fun to try something new once in a while too. So with this grouping of daisies, instead of focusing in on just one flower front-and-center, I went for a vertically-oriented shot that captured multiple flowers that increasing went out of focus moving away from the closest flower on the bottom.