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Happy Holidays, 2008!


Brian Auer | 12/12/2008 | San Diego, CA | 75mm * f/5.6 * 1/400s * ASA50
[See the print scan at Flickr] [See the film scan at Flickr]

I just wanted to wish everybody a happy holiday this year! I hope you all get to take some time off, relax with friends and family, and do whatever it is you usually do over the winter holidays.

This is our family portrait for the 2008 holidays. I decided that I wanted to shoot it on medium format b/w film, so I loaded up the old Minolta Autocord TLR (vintage 1956) with some Ilford PanF Plus (ASA50). We decided to head up to the cliffs above Black’s Beach in order to get a nice backdrop. Rex freaked out the whole time because he was convinced that he would slide down the cliff at any moment.

One cool thing about this old camera is that it has a self-timer — about 15 seconds or so. I set it up on the tripod, focused on the wife and kids, set the exposure using the sunny 16 rule, and fired a few off. After developing the film myself, I went and bought a pack of 6″ x 4″ papers to print on.

Using my cheap-o Voss 75mm enlarger lens, I set it to f/8 and exposed the paper at 3 seconds with a #2 contrast filter. The photo you see above is a scan of the print. And I’m finding that my film scanner does a pretty good job at matching the darkroom prints.

So there you have it — in the height of the digital age, I managed to pull off a family portrait using completely analog techniques. Merry Christmas!

Link Roundup 12-13-2008

I totally skipped the roundup last week. My Dad and Brother were in town unexpectedly for the weekend, so I took the time off to hang out and relax. So this roundup is from last week (note the date in the title). The roundup from this week will be published soon.

  • December giveaway: Document Christmas
    ADIDAP
    You still have a few more days to participate in this photography project and win yourself a SmugMug Pro account! That’s a $150 value, and all you have to do is shoot some photos and put them in a holiday season collage!
  • Six Photography Projects You Can Print Or Fold
    DIYPhotography.net
    This stuff is for the serious DIY photographer! 6 pieces of equipment and accessories that you can make from paper.
  • My Canon 50D Book
    PhotoWalkPro
    Our pal Jeff Revell announces that his first book is up for sale. Awesome work, Jeff!
  • 7 Travel Photography Tips
    digital Photography School
    Some good tips for travel photography, and some awesome photos to help make the point.
  • How To Photograph a Bride – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
    Digital Pro Talk
    For all you aspiring wedding photographers out there, here’s a great video from Master Wedding Photographer David Ziser.
  • The Sites that Changed the Photography Business
    Photopreneur
    A good discussion on some of the major players that have shaped the face of photography in the age of the Internet.
  • How to Photograph Children
    digital Photography School
    Kids can be the easiest subjects and the most difficult subjects to photograph. Here are some tips to make things easier.
  • Six Great Swapping Ideas
    DIYPhotography.net
    If you’re thinking of swapping gear for the DIYPhotography project (or even for fun), here are some really good ideas on what to swap.
  • Creating a photo book
    Photodoto
    John takes us through a high-speed journey as he creates a photo book with an online publisher. If only it were that fast in real life…
  • Christmas Gift Ideas Using Your Own Photos
    Photodoto
    It’s getting to be late in the game, but here are some good gift ideas that you can create with your photos.
  • New Site Goes Live and First Flyer Revealed
    Neil Creek Photography
    Our pal Neil Creek made a big decision to go all out and become a full time photographer. He’s off to a good start and I’d encourage anybody considering the same to watch Neil closely over the next few months. And I wish Neil the best of luck with this endeavor!

Photography Gift Ideas for Last Minute Holiday Shoppers

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Creative Commons License photo credit: code poet

I’m a procrastinator, and Christmas gifts are no exception. If you’re anything like me, you still haven’t finished your holiday shopping. Lucky for us, Amazon.com has a great selection of goodies and they have one and two day shipping available on most purchases.

So here are a few items to browse through for your fellow photography enthusiasts — we’re not picky, anything photography-related is an awesome gift. And even if you can’t get it to them by the 25th, I’m sure they’ll forgive you.

Feed readers will probably have to visit the the actual webpage to see the selection of gift ideas.

December Challenge: Day 25 – William Auer

William Auer

This is my Grandpa Bill. Truthfully, I don’t even know how old he is (my Mom just informed me that he’s 75). You wouldn’t know it by watching him get around and take care of everything himself. He’s had both knees completely replaced, he’s got really bad arthritis in his wrists, and I think his back is starting to give him problems. And yet… he plays with my kids, builds camp fires, shoots guns, and travels frequently to other countries. Just this last year, him and my Dad went to Taiwan and Borneo and hiked all around the mountains for days on end (my Dad said he had a hard time keeping up sometimes).

Aside from his brutal stubbornness to do everything for himself, he’s got to be one of the nicest and sweetest men I know. He lives just a few miles up the road from us, and he’s always more than accommodating to have us over for dinner and whatnot. The kids love him to pieces and they get so excited to go to his house.

He was also a Marine, he likes guns, he like swords, and he likes all things of the Asian culture. In this photo, he was looking back through one of his yearbooks (I think from his days at the academy). The late afternoon sun was shining through the windows across the room and he lit up like a Christmas tree. Here are some other photos from our little family get-together on Christmas day.

The Guys I Grew Up WithSanta's GiftThe Big KidHoliday BeerThe Vest GirlsBe Afraid... Be Very Afraid

To see the rest of my December Challenge photos, check the “Challenge” category here on the blog or visit my Flickr Set.