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McCrowie Family Reunion Banquet 2017

Fayetteville Roller Derby

Fayetteville Roller Derby Practice

I went to one of the practices for the ladies of Fayetteville Roller Derby in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  I’m no expert on roller derby, but the practice was pretty intense.  Everyone was dedicated during the 2 hours of drills, exercising, and skating, but they seemed to be enjoying all of it.  I saw some of them take hard falls so I can’t imagine how intense an actual game is, and I hope to make it to one of them. On […]

Fujica AX-3

Rescuing and Shooting with the Fujica AX-3

One of my recent pickups was a Fujica AX-3 for $15.  I carry batteries with me when I’m buying film cameras to test them.  Once I popped the batteries in this one, the shutter was firing, but I didn’t bother to check the meter, which was a mistake.  After getting the camera cleaned up, I finally checked the meter and it will tell you that every shot is underexposed.  So, I had to rely on my manual shooting skills with […]

Shots from Sunday Dinner

Below are a few shots from this past Sunday dinner.  Items on the menu included, macaroni and cheese, green beans, rice, and sausage.  Sunday dinners are different for me now because I changed my eating habits about 2 years ago, so the green beans and rice were all I had.  But everyone else enjoyed the rest of the food.

Godchella: Back 2 School Bash

Godchella: Back 2 School Bash

This is my 2nd year shooting the Back 2 School Bash that is put on by New Life Ministries.  They provided a positive experience for the children with activities, giveaways, and entertainment. As a photographer, shooting an event like this that involves performers is a good experience.  There is no rush to get shots, and there is plenty of time to get the shots.  The performers will do between 3-4 songs during their time on stage.  This gave me plenty […]

Clifford

“Clifford”

I was driving along one of those slow side streets and saw a girl walking this big dog. I asked her if I could take a photo and she was happy to. I could tell that the dog brings a lot of attention her way. I’m not a dog person, so I have no idea what type this is. She did tell me, but I forgot.

Minolta X-370 camera

Shooting the Minolta X-370 with risky film

I recently picked up a Minolta X-370 for pretty cheap ($25).  It came in a nice leather case too but it was very dirty, and the picture you see above is after I spent some time detailing it.  There was a roll of film in the camera already, but the counter was still on “S”, so I opened the film door and noticed that someone had attempted to put film in there but never finished.  I correctly loaded the cam, […]

wasp building nest

Summer Home

These wasps started building a nest under my mailbox and I decided to let them finish the process.  I had to be brave to get this photo.  I ended up using an extension tube, so I had to get really close for this shot.  I used the Canon 5D Mark III.  The wasp nest is still standing.

Develop Film at Home C41

Developing Color Negatives (C-41) at Home

In the last post, I went over the materials needed to develop color negatives at home.  I finally developed my first few batches and it wasn’t so bad.  The process was actually therapeutic.  I made my mixes in a 1 Liter measuring cup and then transferred the mixes to a storage bottle.  I will tell you to be careful with the blix.  It can get messy when mixing, transferring to the storage bottle, and during the agitations/inversions.  After doing an […]

Materials for Developing Color Film at Home: C-41 Kit

Since venturing into the realm of film, I noticed that getting film developed isn’t like it once was.  There are some lucky people who have local labs that still develop film.  The rest of us don’t have it so good.  The drug stores still develop film, but, they send them off somewhere to be developed and they don’t return your negatives (this kinda defeats the purpose).  There are some great labs that you can find online to send your film […]