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I am a few months into my IAMLAKEWORTH project. As is common with any project lasting a year other things took priority for the past few weeks. I plan to ramp up shooting again this week with people who have already volunteered and some man in the street stuff around last week. I have made progress on the front of narrowing down what I plan to shoot the project on. From the standpoint of digital it has been locked in since day 1. I am using my Fuji x100S camera. It is small and light and packs the same punch as my Canon DSLR. I have also wanted to shoot the project on film and tried a bunch of cameras before I settled on two. For 35mm I am shooting my beloved Konica TC I have had since high school. The lenses are fast and fantastic and I love shooting it. I also picked a medium format camera. I chose the Pentax 645N 120 camera. Each negative is 2.25x 1.75" and produces wonderful scans of the negatives. It won out its spot for 3 reasons. It makes sense in my hands. All of the control dials are in the right place and easy for me to adjust. It is autofocus which I find I need more and more and the camera prints all the shooting data on the side of the negative outside of the image area. I tested this camera at the St Patty's Day and Pride Day parades and it did a great job. With my film cameras decided on I turned to film and did some testing. For color the Kodak Portra 400 and 800 films deliver brilliant skin tones and color rendition. For B&W I chose the HP5 400 film from Ilford. I have been a fan of this film for years and enjoy shooting it. I recently added 1 film to this lineup and am planning shoots with it now. That film is the CineStill 800T. It is a high speed tungsten color balanced film that will be great for available light shots around town. It is based on the Kodak vision 3 motion picture film and has been modified to work in standard color c41 processing. You will see the results of the first shoots with this film in the next couple of weeks.
Here we have some of the first folks who volunteered to be part of IAMLAKEWORTH! We are just a few weeks into the project and I am having a blast meeting new people here in my adopted home town of Lake Worth, Florida. This funky, charming and diverse town is the perfect subject for a project that shows strength in diversity and the more different we are the more we really are the same. In the last couple of weeks this project has taken on more and more importance to me, as I watch how our divided our nation is I want to convey even through our differences we are united in caring about our town and everyone that lives here.
This week on I am Lake worth I took a trip to the Gray Mockingbird Community Garden. I spent some time with the Garden's director, Brian Kirsch getting to see what the place was all about. Then I followed Brian around as he gave a tour to a group of young people from a leadership class who were learning where our food comes from and how it gets to our store. It was great to see the kids engaged and asking questions. Thank you Brian for what you do for our community.
Brian showing kids around the garden
This week I will spend my time booking shoots with a few people who have already agreed to be in I Am Lake Worth, scouting locations, developing film from three shoots and man in the street style shoots around Lake Worth. The project is off and running to a great start already.
one of the digital shots of Brian from the visit.
I AM LAKE WORTH!
Well 2017 is officially here. So this is the first 'official' Monday I Am Lake Worth blog post. As I said last week I will post some news or info about the project each Monday. Today I will share a few of the first test images from the project. This batch has all been shot on medium format (120) film cameras loaded with Ilford HP5+ film which is a fast, but not too grainy B&W film. I am trying to shoot 5 people a week to get to my goal of 250 people in the project before I edited it down to the best 50 or so images. I figure roughly half of those will be shot on either 120 or 35mm film. For my test shots in December I shot on both film as well as digital. I will share here a few of the film shots. I am quite pleased with the early results but need to work a bit more on my focus. I had more out of focus shots than I wanted to start with. I have reviewed my negatives and think I have the issue sorted out. The next few shoots will tell me more as I get used to shooting the big film cameras again. The surprise dark horse of the medium format cameras was the Yashica twin lens camera. I never feel certain I have the focus right while shooting through the waist level finder, but all of the images of Jake were tack sharp. I do really like that this camera shoots square negatives. It is fun sometimes to compose portraits in the square format. I will use this camera again in the project.
Jake - Yashicamat 124G camera
The camera I expected to do best with was the Pentax 67II camera which shoots giant 6x7cm negatives and is well known for the quality of it's lenses. I struggled with sharpness a bit with the few rolls I shot with it. I think that was more a matter of slow shutter speed and depth of field. I will make some adjustments and keep trying as the shots that were sharp with this camera are just amazing. Here are two samples of shots from the 67II.
Ellen - Pentax 67II camera
Katy - Pentax 67II camera
The last 120 camera I shot with is also a Pentax, but is the 645 camera. It still uses 120 film but in the smaller 6x4.5cm format. The negative is still quite a bit larger than 35 mm negatives. The camera is lighter than the 67II camera and took some great shots as well. I plan to shoot each of these cameras again the next few weeks along with the Konica TC 35mm I mentioned last week. I should know pretty quickly which will be my go to medium format camera for the project. In the end I will pick the camera that takes the best photos and helps the project.
Constantin and Alina - Pentax 645 camera
I really like the idea of a long term project and am excited to do something that will show off Lake Worth and it's people in a great light. So check out my blog each Monday to see what's new with project and to get sneak peaks of some of the images. I'm really interested to see how much of the project ends up on film vs. digital and B&W vs. color.
I Am Lake Worth!
What a year 2016 has been. Little did we know when it started that by the end of 2016 Wendy would have a new job and I would have closed Gallery Meraki so that we could move to Lake Worth, Florida for Wendy's job in Palm Beach. We made the move and jumped into life in Florida with both feet. I have become very involved in town with our neighborhood association, the Thursday night bike club, Little Free Libraries etc. Shortly after arriving in Lake Worth a joined Social House, a co-working space for creatives which has an awesome natural light studio available to members. I have started building up my business here and also wanted to find a project that could help me stretch my skills, become better known in town and give back a little. I came up with 'I AM LAKE WORTH'. I will spend 2017 photographing people who live, work and play in Lake Worth and ask them all a question about :make Worth.
It is a great way for me to become known in town and do a project that can be used to put together a show to promote Lake Worth. I will document the project with a weekly update here on the blog and have a page on my website about the project/ Click here to go to the page about the project.
My weekly updates will include a few out-take photos and stories about the projects progress. I wanted to stretch and refine my street photography skills in this project so I will be shooting on a variety of camera formats both in film and digital, color and black & white. I will speak about the gear I use here in the blog posts as well. One of the cameras I decided to use takes me all the way back to the serious beginnings of photography for me. My first real SLR camera the Konica TC.
It was my Christmas present from my parents 1982. My mom did her research when she picked out this camera. I remember wanting the Canon AE-1. While Konica was never the biggest player in the US 35mm SLR market this camera is a tank with great glass! It came with super sharp 40mm f 1.8 lens. It had a metal focal plane shutter and was all mechanical which means you can still shoot even without batteries. This was the camera I used in high school, college and beyond. It was relegated to a secondary roll when I started shooting Canon autofocus cameras, but even then I shot my infrared B&W on this camera. The Konica lenses of the time were really sharp and fast and are still sought after today to be used on modern mirrorless cameras. I will be shooting with the 50mm f 1.7 and the 85mm f1.8 lenses for the I am Lake Worth project. It seems right that my first camera will be part of this project. I will share some of the shots I get with this camera in a later blog post.
I will be posting news about the project, some photos and stories of some of my subjects here in new posts each Monday as the project continues through all of 2017. Next week a sneak look at a few of the shots I have already done and a look at the biggest camera I will use in this project.