Oh how spring has sprung. An oops-a-daisy time to remind us of ideals, and hope. To let us be goofy, and roll with laughter. Today was a good day to acknowledge that. Hope your day was good.
I like Venice beach. Especially on the boardwalk where you see people being people. It was fun day for me. I tried out improvising a lens hood with a rolled up newspaper and failed. I caught a few snaps of young man practicing kick flips with his skateboard. The highlight of my day was doing a double take on a man who looked like county music legend, Kenny Chesney.
Some days you casually come upon things that happen for no particular reason, but delightful happenstance nonetheless.
I should call it Hasselblast! It is fun shooting with a medium format, manual focus, waist level finder film camera. It’s even more challenging using a hand-held exposure meter because with a Hasselblad 500C/M there is no built-in metering. I used Kodak Tri-X 320 film with an 80mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss lens.
What better place to take snaps with an all manual camera than the Venice Skateboard Park.
Some serious acrobatics on my part to meter, focus, shoot, wind and ready for the next shot.
Overall, it was a great experience for me.
After the last shot of the roll, it would be a couple of days before I head back to the lab and see the results. I highly recommend shooting with film.
Every now and then I like to change it up with my images, have a little fun and see what turns up. I took this snap in Venice next to the skateboard runs. I was thinking silhouettes. When I got home I started playing around using Photoshop. And the best part was how it turned out in print.
I think it’s great sharing images with friends and colleagues online. But I also think printing them gives you even greater joy. Seeing them hung on the wall shows your images in a different perspective and gives you a want to get back out and keep snapping.