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Magnolia Plantation

The first place we visited in Charleston was Magnolia Plantation, which turned out to be one of my favorite parts of the trip.  It was a Sunday afternoon, warm, and mostly empty (except for some friendly animals including miniature horses.  Miniature.  Horses.)  We stayed for a few hours…I shot roll after roll of film as my eyes adjusted to the sight of magnolia blooms and giant oak trees and sunshine.  These are a few of my favorite photos from that afternoon…

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‎Three weeks ago I was wandering the sunlit paths and warm streets of Charleston. Now I’m editing photos with frozen fingers and a blanket with the sight of dirty snow out my window. They all said living in New England would make me hate Winter. They all said it.
Contax 645, Portra 400

‎Three weeks ago I was wandering the sunlit paths and warm streets of Charleston. Now I’m editing photos with frozen fingers and a blanket with the sight of dirty snow out my window. They all said living in New England would make me hate Winter. They all said it.

Contax 645, Portra 400

I’m no expert, but I have taken a lot of photos.  One of the best ways I have found to improve is to look at photographs that are striking to me and figure out exactly why.  It’s not always as easy as it seems.  This has become even more relevant lately while I try to understand what it is about film that always catches my eye. 

So I thought it’d be fun to start working in one roll of film during portrait sessions and be able to compare film versus digital while dealing with one subject, one lighting condition, and one backdrop.  






The verdict?  They’re just…different.  I love the contrasts of film as much as I love the brightness of digital.  Hopefully just the process of examining and finding what aspects of a photograph move me will help me be able to capture them more often, film or no film. 

Anyone want to share their answer to “why film?”