The Charm Of Rib City And Other Holes In The Wall

The Charm Of Rib City And Other Holes In The Wall

FujiPro 400h | TheFINDLab

One of my favorite things to do these days is to grab Petunia the Pentax and find little treasures to capture on film. Usually this means that I’ve got some frames left on a roll from a session or wedding and need to get through them so I can send out the rolls. On this particular fun trip, I knew I wanted to take some shots of Rib City, which is an old train station turned BBQ joint in Grant, FL. Folks around here still call it the Old Grant Station. When you drive past, you can’t help but notice the old European style building with its textured walls and stone foundation.  

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More on Kodak Portra 400

More on Kodak Portra 400

In my last entry, I wrote about my journey with two distinct film stocks, Kodak Portra 400 and Fujifilm Pro 400h. I have such mixed feelings about which film I love using. They are both great films but very different. One is very warm and slightly punchy, while one is cool toned and muted. In the right setting, Fujifilm, the cool toned film just shines. It soaks up light which I love. On the other hand, Portra is warm, contrasty and filled with color! I find that my style is often a combo of both. Warm, medium to low contrast, with pops of color. In the past, I’ve shot on Fuji and warmed it up to look like Portra. So, naturally, I’m thinking Why not just shoot Portra?

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Divided: A Song of Portra and Fuji

Divided: A Song of Portra and Fuji

I wasn’t sure what to call this post, but I finally settled on divided because that’s the place from which this post is being written. As I fast from social media, one of the most unexpected challenges I’ve felt is being prompted to reevaluate my film work….namely, film stocks. Film is such a huge part of my workflow now, it’s almost like questioning my work entirely! (yikes!) Don’t worry, it’s not as bad as all that. LOL! It’s more exciting than anything!

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Early Spring

Early Spring

Here in FL, “winter” isn’t so much a winter as it is a break from the sun’s broil setting. We’ve had maybe two or three weeks of low temperatures in the 50’s and maybe even the 40’s on occasion, but for the most part, things have been pretty mild. With the impending bloom of spring, comes my yearly infatuation with plants and greenery, and I start stocking up on so much green!

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Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

Today I just want to lift up a praise of gratitude. I woke up this morning with such a spirit of thankfulness. There have been so many wonderful things in my life and business that are a result of grace. You know, things you can’t or didn’t orchestrate yourself. Opportunities you prayed for and then happened even though you have no control over the situation. Grace upon grace. So know today that as a child of God, your prayers do not fall on deaf ears. They do not go unheard. What are you thankful for today?

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Post Thanksgiving Update

Post Thanksgiving Update

Hi, Kindreds!  

Gosh, it feels so good to be home. Joshua and I returned home last night after our four-day Thanksgiving holiday. We shuffled all our things from our overstuffed car to our home and bustled around, getting settled in. We emptied our bags, put our things away, found new homes for our Black Friday finds. I tucked my things away in my office and let them be, then I slipped into something comfy. I diffused cinnamon and Lemon Vitality to freshen and liven the place back up, and did one good wipe-down of all the counters. Having fresh wiped counters is therapeutic for me. Even if they don’t really need wiping, I wipe them anyway sometimes.

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Season of Surrender | An Artisan Film Story

Season of Surrender | An Artisan Film Story

This story speaks volumes about who I am inherently and season of life I am in right now. The longer I live, I learn that when authors pen a story, some part of that story reflects themselves. Whether Tolkien dreamed of being an unlikely hero like Bilbo Baggins or Frodo Baggins, an unwavering devoted friend like Samwise Gamgee, or perhaps he revealed himself to struggle with power and greed like Smeagol turned Gollum, I think we’ll never fully know. But I do know that this visual story tells so much of myself. It tells of the next stepping stone in my business journey, and it tells of the physical seasons changing. It makes me so thrilled for what’s to come and incites excitement for me in this new direction.

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