August in Film

The sky was heavy, as was the air, but we trudged along, the good troopers that we are. "Cypress Sky" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2015. Conservancy Park, Panama City Beach, FL.

The sky was heavy, as was the air, but we trudged along, the good troopers that we are. "Cypress Sky" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2015. Conservancy Park, Panama City Beach, FL.

Insomnia is bad for your wallet...at least for mine.  I have a tendency to browse eBay in those raw hours of the morning.  And one dark morning, I found an auction for a Nikon N80 film camera, with lens, filter, 4 rolls of film, and a case. It was due to end in 20 minutes.

Who ends an eBay auction at 2:30 in the morning?

I won the auction and acquired all of the above for a grand total of $52.00! Wohoo! Score!

Whoops!

With the first roll of film, I learned the exposure guide on the film camera is the reverse of the Nikon digital camera.  Consequently, every single shot was underexposed - tremendously so.

Now, I'm getting the hang of the camera and learning the idiosyncrasies of different film types.

It is a joy to play and experiment. Experimenting is my form of "Play Time."

Panama City Beach, FL

Most of these film photos were taken during the Annual Girls' Get-Away to Panama City Beach. We spend a week in a lovely penthouse condo that sits RIGHT on the beach.  Perfect for watching sunsets, horizons, weather patterns, sea birds and marine mammals (human and otherwise), fish, an occasional manatee or sea turtle, and lots of rays.

One reason we go back there every year is because it gives me an opportunity to shoot in a different environment.  The condo features quite a bit of my art and coastal photography! 

Wohoo!  Let's hear it for mutual benefits! 

You can find out more about this condo here.
 

The Wesley Home seen from the waterfront. (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2015, Point Washington, FL

The Wesley Home seen from the waterfront. (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2015, Point Washington, FL

Eden Gardens State Park

Just a short drive from PCB (that's my shorthand) is this state park built around the Wesley Family Estate.  The family ran the logging and sawmill industry in the very early 20th century.  It was so easy to imagine back in time and realize the estate was "way the heck out in the boonies" at one time. It must have been at least a full day's drive to get there!

"The Miracle Tree" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2015. Point Washington, FL. The branches of the tree reached clear over the walk way and went underground and then broke through the ground at a different point. I wonder how old this tree is?

"The Miracle Tree" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2015. Point Washington, FL. The branches of the tree reached clear over the walk way and went underground and then broke through the ground at a different point. I wonder how old this tree is?

"Lonely Beach Chairs" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2015.  Panama City Beach, FL.  It's been a long hard season for these beach chairs.

"Lonely Beach Chairs" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2015.  Panama City Beach, FL.  It's been a long hard season for these beach chairs.

"Sunset in Pink and Blue" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2105. Panama City Beach,FL. Photograph taken off the deck of our condo. The Gulf of Mexico always provides an endless array of striking sunrises and sunsets.  The beauty of them is awe inspiring.

"Sunset in Pink and Blue" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2105. Panama City Beach,FL. Photograph taken off the deck of our condo. The Gulf of Mexico always provides an endless array of striking sunrises and sunsets.  The beauty of them is awe inspiring.

Breathing with the ocean

Have you ever noticed when you're sitting quietly at the beach, watching the waves, that your breathing synchronizes with the rhythm of the waves?  And as you continue breathing with the ocean rhythms, your heart rate begins to slow and pulse along? 

It is a mystical experience to become entrained with the rhythms of the Universe. It is the easiest form of meditation I have ever experienced. Now, THAT is bliss.

Experimenting with Black and White Film

Black and white film really gives an "in your face" lesson about the concept "figure to ground". It's about the contrast and placement of subjects between lights and darks - what makes a photo pop and grab your eye. It challenges the photographer to be deliberate in composition.

"Jackboy" and "A dog and his man" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2015. Thurmont, MD. Ilford 3200 Black and white film.  This film is celebrated for its graininess.

"Jackboy" and "A dog and his man" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2015. Thurmont, MD. Ilford 3200 Black and white film.  This film is celebrated for its graininess.

Moving on...I'll come to you

 August has come and gone - so very quickly. 

As we move into fall,  "Holding the Bones" is picking up participants from around the country.  One potential volunteer asked me to send her a plane ticket, she would be happy to participate. 

No....I will come to you.

Yes, I will come to you because I want to photograph you in your local surroundings, in a location that supplies a back story to your wisdom.

Forward...

Please remember to share information about "Holding the Bones". 

Do you know a wise woman over sixty who would like to share her wisdom?  I would like to meet her!

Thanks for reading. And please share to your social media.

Expect the Best. Anything else is an adventure.

Rebecca

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