Our (digital) Memories at Risk

The thought dawned on me the other day that the rapid adoption of digital devices to run our lives has put our memories at risk. A risk that I think is higher now more than before, not that it was great pre-digital though. With one careless flush, we can quickly send our address book, emails, photos & videos, and more into the ether. Out of all of that the thing that scares me the most is losing the memories captured in the photos & videos.

If you are around my age you may remember family memories on slide film and VHS. While you could easily record over a birthday party with VHS, or have your slides damaged in a multitude of ways, at the least families had a physical copy stored somewhere.

Now what do we do in the digital world?

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Creating a Christmas Card with a Cinema Camera

A few years ago our good friends asked us if we could take their Christmas card photo for them. We said, “Sure, of course, as long as you know we don’t have an actual stills camera.” They said yeah and agreed to the idea of taking their photo with a Blackmagic Cinema Camera. If you didn’t know this camera only shoots video, but it does it very well.

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Happy 6th Birthday WooThemes

WooThemes has just turned the corner into its sixth year of existence. I’m proud to be an employee here and consider myself lucky to be a part of this company and to be able to work with so many great people. Mindy and I put on our Woo shirts and grabbed some cupcakes to help celebrate with the rest of the team across the world.

Happy 6th birthday, WooThemes!

Film Rolls 4-7

If you want to read about my current obsession with real life celluloid film, then start here. I just had four more rolls developed this week, and they stretch back into the middle of June. The four color rolls were Kodak Gold 400, the black and white is Ilford XP2 400. I have one more roll of Kodak Gold and Ilford Xp2 each, you can expect 8-9 soon. From there I’m tempted to get some 120 film and put it in our older medium format cameras. That would also require me to buy a film scanner though… 😉

 

Film Rolls 1 – 3

If you’ve not heard, Mindy and I have decided to focus our business, Two Are Better, solely on videography. We have about 4 more weddings where we are actually the photographers this year. They had booked us before we made the decision to do so. Thus our career of taking photos for clients will be wrapping up shortly.

Knowing that we still love taking photos for our personal lives, it accelerated my want for an old 35mm film camera. I’ve posted a few pics via Instagram of the weapon of choice. I grabbed 3 rolls of film and a Canon AE-1 Program + 50mm f/1.8 from Roberts in downtown and started this new hobby. I finally got those 3 rolls shot and developed this week, so I’m sharing my favorites below.

 

Long Exposure At Little Prairie Lake

My lovely wife got back from her Grandma’s just in time for us to take a quick visit to Little Prairie Lake. I grabbed a tripod and our camera to try some long exposure on the fast setting sun, while Mindy and Jasper ran around the lake.

My settings varied on all these photos. Anywhere from a 5 to 30 second exposure, ISO from 400-800, Aperture ranged from 4.5 to 22. Shot on our 5D Mk II using the Flaat 10 profile. Edited in Lightroom 4 using modified VSCO presets.

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