My First Roll of Film

I mentioned a while ago that my dad gave me his old SLR. I wanted to play around with film for a while so was overjoyed! I shot my first roll pretty quickly (in a matter of days, I mean) because I was so anxious to see how they turned out. I got that roll back pretty quickly, but it’s taken me this long to get proper scans to share with you.

It was a bit nerve-wrecking but SO much fun. Film makes everything so important! I liked being nervous about how photos would turn out and enjoyed getting back prints of photos I had forgotten I’d taken. Mind you, I am entirely of the digital age and never so much as put a roll of film in a camera. I’m hooked now.

My cousin Ellen was in the area, and we went to dinner (at Jakes) in downtown Fort Worth.

The beautiful Bass Performance Hall

This one is my favorite of the roll. I was nervous about these photos because I was using so much light, but they came out just as I wanted. I love the natural vignette! I used my zoom lens for the last two.

Not the most exciting roll of film, I know! Mostly little things around my house because I was anxious to see how they turned out. My next roll, I hope, will be more interesting!

July 4 Fireworks

I hope all my American and Canadian readers had a great weekend! I’ve always found it interesting that Canada Day and Independence Day fall so close to one another. July 4 is one of the few holidays Joseph and I always make a point to celebrate, mainly because Joseph is obsessed with fireworks. I love to lay on my back on a blanket and feel like I’m flying through a turbulent universe.

I prefer my firework photos out of focus, so that’s what you’re getting.

Okay, I took one photo in focus just for you.

Portraits with Joseph

Look what I did! Last week I somehow managed to drag Joseph into a field for portraits. Seriously, this was a miracle. We’ve both complained about having no good photos together, and I thought it was high time to fix that! We had a lot of fun, but I wish I had taken more photos. Do you think I’ll be able to talk him into a second photo shoot?

Weekend in Houston

Last weekend Joseph and I drove down to Houston for my sister’s high school graduation. I’m not even going to discuss the fact that my annoying chubby 9 year-old sister turned into a stunningly responsible 18 year-old overnight.  I have no idea how or when that happened.

There’s Tori walking in!  I’m glad she recently became a redhead as it made her much easier to spot. Don’t worry, I won’t bore you with any more ceremony photos. I was sitting very far away and am amazed I got such good shots–a testament to my Tamron lens! I didn’t think it capable, but it’s a constant surprise.

I entertained myself during the ceremony by taking photos of my nephew Lennon. He has grown so much since the last time I saw him.

He was in shock here because the family seating in the row behind us suddenly erupted in screams as their graduate walked across the stage.

Napping in his dad’s arms

Family gathered at my parents’ house after the ceremony, and Joseph played Candyland with the girls. Avery (blonde on the left) told her mom that she hopes she has a husband like Joseph someday because “he’s nice to everyone.”

Iced mocha coffee my dad made the next morning. He can cook anything better than anyone else. I don’t know how he does it–he never even uses recipes! The quiche he made for dinner was incredible, and I don’t even like quiche.

My parents are exceptionally kind, and I left with quite a few gifts! This was my grandfather’s Agfa Billy Jgetar 8.8, made between 1928-1930. It’s now passed from his camera collection to mine.

My dad also gave me his old SLR–a Nikon F601. I filled up one roll of film and will have it developed today! I’m really so excited. I have been wanting to play with film for a while but was too intimidated, so this was the perfect push. This camera traveled all over the world with my family when we lived in the U.A.E. It was in a closet for years, so I’m happy my dad is letting me give it a second life. I have a feeling it will go on a few international trips with me as well (I’ve already picked out a second lens for it–maybe a birthday present next month?).

We spend Memorial Day with Joseph’s family in Houston. We saw their new house, marveled at his mother’s impeccable decorating skills, ate lunch, and walked around Kemah Boardwalk (which I didn’t realize has been completely redone since Hurricane Ike). Joseph took his little sister on her first roller coaster at Kemah! As a coaster enthusiast, this was very exciting for him. Thankfully, Audree had a good time too.

Family Cats

Joseph and I made a trip down to Houston this weekend for my sister’s high school graduation, but before I share photos from the weekend, I thought I would introduce the internet to the cats that make their home at my parents’ house.

Internet, meet Target. And please try not to come on too strong–he is very skittish.

While Joseph was deployed in 2007 and I was back living at home, I made it my mission to work with Target to make him more trusting of humans. Five months and a lot of treats later, I actually touched him twice! He’s much better now, but it took a while to build enough trust for me to pet him this weekend. I think my sister Tori is the only other person with the patience to work with him, so he doesn’t get much attention.  But he is so sweet and loves being pet, even though he never fully relaxes.

I didn’t realize until editing these photos that Target has two different colored eyes!

I forgot to photograph the best part of Target and his namesake–the target-shaped mark on his sides. Here is a photo from a few years ago, when he was a kitten.

Target is an orphan who happened to be born around the same time as the resident cat had kittens. I’m not sure where Target’s original home was, but he fell in line with our kittens. Sadly, his adopted mother is abusive and is particularly hard on him. But that’s a sad story–we gave away all her kittens but one, our favorite who was named Bob and sometimes Orangey (though he was black and white). He had similar mannerisms as a rabbit, including big feet, a bobbed tail, and a peculiar hop. He was just all-around adorable. Sadly, Bob was hit by a car last year. Now Mama Kitty is left alone with her adopted child, Target.

This is Mama Kitty, who is technically named Starlit. But we all think that’s a weird name and ignore it. Tori got her as a kitten, when she was sweet. She is a mean cat now. She’ll let you pet her if she’s hungry but is inclined to randomly biting people. She has a particularly strong vendetta against my mom and an uncanny knack for pre-mediated mischief.

But I think she’s finally accepted Target as her own child.

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