Posted in 35MM CAMERAS, SLR by Nicole Gelinas on May 8, 2012

This is just a short post to let you know I am still around and working on the blog! Its been a few weeks since my last post and I just wanted to share an older photo I took back in college that never saw the light of day. I don’t know why I never developed it in the darkroom back then, but I have grown to love this image for its simplicity, repeating shapes, and contrast. I think it would be a nice photo to hang on a wall some day! This was taken with my Pentax K1000 using Kodak Professional 400Tmax black and white film, which I developed in the darkroom!



Posted in 35MM CAMERAS, SLR by Nicole Gelinas on April 10, 2012

These portraits were taken the same day that we found the pretty cat on the beach! It was very overcast that day, so there were no harsh shadows to worry about. That being said, the overcast day kind of made the photos lack contrast, or at least the amount of contrast that I really like in my photography. Anyway, after scanning, I did a small amount of levels work in photoshop (mostly on the top image), but I don’t see that harm in that because it is nothing that a little dodging and burning in the darkroom would not solve, but this way it is much faster to do it digitally!

Again, I shot with my Asahi Pentax K1000 using my 75-300mm Albinar-ADG telephoto lens loaded with Kodak BW400CN!


Posted in 35MM CAMERAS, SLR by Nicole Gelinas on April 3, 2012

My friends and I were hanging out down by the local beach when this beauty passed by. This cat had the strangest meow I have ever heard. It was if it had one of those shock collars on that is used for dogs. It was really strange. The cat looked like it was owned by someone around the beach area though because it was very well taken care of and had a beautiful coat. I told myself it’s name was Ombre because of it’s gradation of light to dark fur. I could not help but snap a few shots of the pretty kitty.

For these photos I used my Asahi Pentax K1000 loaded with Kodak BW400CN (which means you get black and white images, with iso 400, and the negatives are processed in color negative chemicals *C41 process). I used my 75-300mm Albinar-ADG telephoto lens on this one because the cat did not stay close to us for long periods of time and I wanted to get a more up close and personal shot of the cat. Also this lens makes a really nice blurry background so the cat really stood out (see first image for example). The small black borders are actually from when I was scanning the negatives. I decided not to crop the photos all the way in because I liked the way the small borders looked around the images. Just a personal choice of aesthetics!


Posted in 35MM CAMERAS, SLR by Nicole Gelinas on March 26, 2012

This is my friend Shauna RiOt. We met at art college and became fast friends even though we are total opposites. She has the coolest look of anyone I have ever met and I was so glad to be paired up with her to do this shoot.

These are the first portraits I have ever taken with slide film. It is harder, at least for me, to get the exposure just right when using slide film because the film has much less latitude when it comes to overexposing and underexposing. You either get it right on or you don’t. I made these underexposed to create a certain mood and to get really deep shadows, although they came out a little darker than I expected. I still like them. Also we were using tungsten lights in the studio and I did not compensate with a filter, which is why they have the warm yellow/orange light in them. This light also added a vintage look to the whole image which I think fits with the plaid shirt and Shauna’s traditional style tattoos. The black borders were actually from the cardboard slide frames that the lab puts on each slide. I just kept a bit of the edge on the image when I was scanning. I though the black frame really complimented the dark shadows and held the image in place. For this shoot I used my trusty Asahi Pentax k1000 because I was most comfortable with this camera and wanted to get some good shots.


Posted in 35MM CAMERAS, SLR by Nicole Gelinas on March 21, 2012

I know, I know, I have been posting a lot of these photos lately, but I promise this is the last set. I just like the idea of having all of the matching colors together in their own post! Anyway again these were taken with the SLR Asahi Pentax K1000 using 35mm slide film to get really amazing color. The top image with the pink and purple has to be my favorite photo from the whole roll. It has so much movement and such depth, and not to mention stunning colors!