Jan 23, 2012

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Looking at photos I took of the apartment back in November and December makes me realize just how much things have changed around here. We no longer use the coffee table as a dinner table* because we finally found a dinner table that looks like a pub table. Now we're civilized people, and to mark the occasion, we invited people over last Saturday for drinks and dessert crêpes. We used our new-to-us (but vintage to everyone else) martini glasses and cute Anthropologie tumblers** to serve cocktails. 

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I haven't been shooting much lately. I still have a roll of film in my AE1 that I started after New Year's Eve***. The weather has been terrible these past few days. We had a tiny amount of snow (disappointing!) and lots of rain. When it stops raining some days, the light becomes really golden, especially in the late afternoon, and I think it's a good time to go out and shoot, but I never know where to go. I need to get out of this rut I'm in. 

I've started jotting down ideas for photos in a little notebook a friend brought me back from India, but haven't actually made those ideas come to life. I have a project in the works, but I haven't begun shooting it. I've mostly been spending a lot of time checking out photographers' blogs and finally organized all my negatives into sleeves with dates, camera and film used. I have 45 or so sleeves of 35mm and a dozen medium format**** rolls for which I don't have sleeves. Now I just need to find a binder for them. In the meantime, they're staying in the vintage metal box below. 

I got a really good deal on a 1960s tripod and it's come in very handy in this dark apartment, especially with the new f/1.4 lens mounted on my Canon AE1. I'm really proud of my vintage arsenal, but now it needs to be put to better use. 


Notes

* Unless we're watching Twin Peaks while eating Thai food.
** A wedding present from Brent's sister 
*** I got some Portra 400 for Christmas and can't wait to see how it turned out. I've only shot Portra on my Holga and Diana, and that over two years ago, before Kodak merged VC and NC film. 
**** I wish people would stop calling 120 film 120mm. It's 120 format, not millimeter. 

10 comments:

  1. elles sont douces ces photos, cozy!

    j'ai bien envie de voir ces martini glasses!

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    1. Merci, et bientôt pour les verres. Tu vas voir, ils sont vraiment très mignons!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kristin!

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  3. I wish I would be so organized with my film. Rrrrright.

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    1. Jenya -- I'm really poorly organized, but since I have a lot of time on my hands and I didn't want to have to search high and low for my photos when Getty requests them, I had to. Now I feel like I have my photo shit together at least. You can do it too! But when you're ready to do it, make sure you get the perforated sleeves. I didn't and I'm sorry I didn't.

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  4. :) lovely photos. i am waiting for the day that we have a place big enough for a dining table. lucky you!
    j.

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    1. We had to settle for a really small dining table because there's so little space in our apartment. The table I wanted was 62 inches long and there just wasn't room in the apartment for it. And thank you!

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  5. I love your home, especially the vintage typewriter! :)
    I heard that the FD f1.4 lens is amazing, & I LOVE the bokeh on your shots.
    I wanted to comment on how lucky you are to have a bright apartment but you mention it's dark? I guess the tripod helps then.

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    1. Thank you, Magali!
      I had to research it for a long time because there's a 1.4 S.S.C and the newer 1.4 and I wasn't sure which one to get. I'm really happy with the bokeh it creates.
      There are days when we get a lot of sun for a couple of hours, but most days, it's really dark. These past few days, I haven't had to complain about the lack of light. And the tripod and the 1.4 aperture really help, too. I used to be only to shoot at shutter speeds of 1/8 or 1/4 indoors most of the time.

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