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50 Things, Part 2…

Happy Monday everyone! In an effort to make my Monday a happy one and as part of my 50 Photography Related Things That Make Me Happy, here go the next 5 on the list:

6.  When you get back a roll of film and every shot is exactly what you had in mind when you shot it. The hardest part about photography is capturing the feeling you get at that moment, and when you do its a wonderful thing.

7.  Polarizing Filters. These things are a godsend, they basically allow you to see through things that normally reflect stuff, like water or glass, just by a simple turn of the filter on your camera.

(via todd mclellan)

8.  Since we’re on the topic of filters anyway- Red filters. I almost always use a Red filter when shooting black and white, it basically ups the contrast in your photos, which I am a huge fan of.

9.  Managing to blog for the whole week, which is what I did last week. I honestly didn’t plan on it, it just so happened I had a lot to say last week! But I loved it.

10.  Seeing your name printed in a publication. Best feeling of accomplishment ever…even if it is for something relatively small. who cares!

What are some things that make you happy? In general or artsyfartsy wise…

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50 Things, Photography Edition

window decal, selectively focused @the cupcake parlour, new zealand

In honor of the 50 things that make me happy list I started over at my personal blog after being inspired by this post, I decided to make a list exclusively for my love of all things photographic, starting with the first five…

  1. the satisfying feeling of after taking a picture, the sound and feel of advancing your film to the next frame. its just one of those things
  2. selective focusing, anything using any distortion of depth of field in general- I’m all over that.
  3. early evening/late afternoon light, its just so warm and the sunsets are almost alwayyyyyys beautiful.
  4. FILM GRAIN, need I say more? Thats like our [film photographers] bread and butter. Sometimes you’re feeling extra grainy and you go out and get some nice high speed film or push your film a couple stops, or you’re feeling extra fine and go out and buy a really expensive roll of film that has the tiniest softest grain you’ve ever dealt with. Its just [another] one of those things.
  5. when your print is so well made you don’t have to spend over 5 minutes spot-toning (the analoge equivalent to removing dust spots with a clone tool, we just fill in the white spots with pigment to make it blend into the picture)

What are some of your favorite things/things that make you happy about photography?