Photography, be good to me…

I’ve been thinking a lot about my life lately, all this free time when “working” from home is actually helping me think about what I really want to do. On the one hand I still love graphic design but after 20 years, I have seen pretty much all there is to be seen in that field and I feel like it’s time to try something new. So with that in mind and still working on design projects on the background, I have put together a new photography site… more client oriented. I’m still working on some of the content but it’s pretty much done, and I’m happy!

http://www.rpolomphoto.weebly.com

On another note, I still have one bw film to finish in my F3 and hopefully I will shoot a couple more next week! Finally the weather is tolerable and I can shoot again!! Good times coming :)

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Cooler than cool

We’re almost at the end of February and it is still miserably cold out there. I think I haven’t seen the temperature go higher than -15 Celsius in like almost two months… I’m done with it, especially our heating bill! But besides the cold, winter is beautiful, there is a minimalistic quality to it. I took some shots last January while taking a stroll with my son in a parc that we often go to… but during Summer :)

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You can’t really see it in this pic but the 3d pattern created by the different layers of ice was really cool!

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Taken with the Fuji X-pro1 18/2.0 and converted in Aperture/Photoshop

Analog love… in a digital world

There comes a point in your life where you have to just admit to yourself certain things, things that you keep avoiding. In my case, I want to love digital photography and to some extent I do but nothing like getting some decent scans back from the lab. There is still something in film and especially bw photography that I haven’t seen or felt when looking at digital files.

This next set is pretty random and some were taken last Summer, and others right before the new year. These were all taken with the Hexar AF and Kodak Tri-X 400.

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My dad which I hadn’t seen for like 5 years and it was the first time in 20 years that we spent Christmas together as a family… crazy!000000030013

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Second impressions

I’m just starting to understand all the features on the Fuji X-pro1. One of the many features which I find super is the double expose option. I had a bit of fun during the Holidays playing around with it and here are some of the shots. I think next Summer will be a great time to explore this option, especially to give it the “taking photos through a window” kind of effect. Like seeing what’s ahead and what’s behind at the same time.

These were taken with a Fuji X-Pro1 and the 18mm 2.0, double expose mode.
Converted with VSCO film simulation plugin in Aperture.

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The light and the dark

After a crazy crazy Summer and Fall, I have the luxury of free time once again. I miss writing and posting photos on my blog. The writing is not so much a struggle as finding the time to take pictures and especially some that I end up liking. Of course I’ve been my family’s private paparazzi for quite some time and I love it but I miss the excitement of roaming the streets in search of a moment or a feeling. Not necessarily to capture it, most importantly to experience it, I sure do miss it… sigh.

Many things happened in the last few months, we totally renovated our basement from scratch, an incredible amount of work but now that it’s done I feel very proud and it’s like we doubled our living space, literally. And so I’m still trying to make my business work in the midst of everything… not easy at all.

On a more positive note, our second son was born mid-October, the joy of having two kids/boys and the life it brings into our house is immeasurable! The lack of sleep and the strange emotional roller coater ride it puts you on, not so much!

To try and keep my sanity, I started putting my Fuji X-pro1 to work. I haven’t had the chance to really take it out for a ride but so far I’ve been really blown away by the optics on the 18/2.0 and the 18-55 not to mention how great the files look!

These were taken with the Fuji X-Pro1

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Some street ones

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These last shots taken with my Contax 645 before I sold it :( I just shouldn’t justify the cost of film and processing… but I will get another one, one day!

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And some of my favorite from last summer with the Hexar AF and some Portra160 :)) love this camera!

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For 2015, I would love to post more entries and pictures in my blog. I need to think about it as an exercise, a way to stay sharp and focussed even if I’m tired and don’t feel like it. It just makes me happy when I can record what I have experienced and be able to reflect on it whenever I choose to. And as a bonus, sometimes even others find it interesting :)

I hope 2015 is off to a great start for all of you. Stay curious, be nice to each other and take photos!!

Ohh and I got a new website if you’re interested :)
http://polomdesign.weebly.com

Fleeting moments

I haven’t been around here in like forever, I miss blogging and especially taking pictures (with a real camera). I picked up my Contax 645 last week for the first time in like almost a year, I heard the film winding and I felt excited. I never really stopped “taking pictures” just not in the same fashion that I used to. To put myself back in the game and share my favourite shots from last year, here’s a collection of the moments I thought were important enough to capture, this time with my iPhone.

They are not in any particular order, just random moments that I would love to remember.

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