Weddings, Forever and Always

Not much to say.  Shot another wedding today.  This one was different in its free-flowing, laid-back vibe. Most weddings I've shot have been heavily regimented and planned to oblivion, but this one just sort of floated along.  It was a Buddhist ceremony(!), so I suppose the lack of rigid structure was appropriate.  Actually, I don't really know if that's true.  Still, it was a lovely ceremony with kind people.  The reception was at the park where my high school cross country team practiced, but I'd never been to the lake/pond where we ended up.  It was pretty neat.

Tifft With my Dad

My dad, fresh from a trip to the Adirondacks, agreed to trek out to Tifft with me for a day of photography.  I lugged the RB67 through the swamp with a few rolls of Ektar and Velvia 50.  The Velvia will take about a week, but the Ektar should be ready to scan tomorrow or the day after.  In the meantime, here's what the 5d with that lovely new 24-70L lens got.  It's alright.

A Brief Update on Weddings

Weddings.  I'm photographing them.  I've got a bunch this summer, but here's a few shots from the first two of the season. First up was the Niezgoda/Detinger ceremony.  This one was different from any I've done before since I've known the groom, Steve, for over a decade now.  The day was fantastic, and culminated in me drinking for hours with old friends after the reception had slowed down.

Then, a week later, I photographed the wedding of Kaitlyn and Nick.  It was about a million degrees in the mid-day, but we soldiered on and got some beautiful shots.  I haven't nearly finished working my way through these, so here's some early samples.

Wedding Season Part 1 - It Begins

Knocked out my first wedding of the summer on Saturday.  The rest should be interesting (brutal) since I'm starting a full-time job with a software company in a week.  I ran into some relatively taxing difficulty with my gear, but managed to soldier through and create some pretty nice images. You can see a bigger selection on my Facebook page.

Up On Da Statler

So a friend of mine was in a position to hook me up with a trip to the top of Statler City.  If you aren't from Buffalo, that's this place right der.  I invited Old Father Wahlstrom, and we trekked up to the roof to photograph the Rust Belt Utopia I call home as the sun set. _MG_9260

The tall walls were a real issue, especially since the 5d Mark ii (unmodified with Magic Lantern) can't do long exposures in live view mode.  I did the best I could with the circumstances. _MG_9356

The view was pretty incredible.  It was a clear day, and Niagara Falls was clearly visible.  Joe, the kindly man who took us up to the roof, told us that we should be able to see Toronto too, but I have no idea if that was true. _MG_9323

If nothing else, it showed me how fucking hideous the Buffalo Convention Center is.  A fairly new build, that horrible cube of gray concrete stood out like a sore thumb in the field of beautiful art deco and neoclassical buildings.

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It's on the bottom-left below.  Look at that fucking thing.

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So now I just need to figure out how to get on some more buildings.   If you have any suggestions, I'll buy you a six pack of Southern Tier. _MG_9500

Winter is Leaving? Mini Update

So the polar vortex decided it liked upstate New York and has rolled back in for another week or two.  In the event that winter never ends, that I die in this frozen hellhole, or that I lose interest and never post again, I felt I should offer an update on film photo land, for the 3 people who might be interested. In short, I've been holed up in my apartment, trying not to die of hypothermia, lens shopping.

In case you're interested, the Crown Graphic is currently listed on Ebay for a slightly exorbitant price:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/231169783025?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

I'm willing to move on that price.  You know what they say:  Aim for the moon.  If you fall short, you'll end up suffocating in the frozen void of outer space.

In other news, I'm considering purchasing any and all of the following:  the 16-35 L lens for the 5dmii, a Bronica or Mamiya 6x7 medium format film camera, a wooden folding 4x5 field camera from Zone VI or Wista.  Any suggestions?  Any gear to sell?  Let me know!