Although I’ve featured photos of each of my six granddaughters in my posts, I’d like you to meet all the ladies at the same time. I’m beginning with the youngest and working my way up. I’ve chosen shots that were taken when the older girls were younger to keep the ages as close together as possible for this series.
Livvy (Olivia) was born about an hour after her twin sister. I took this photo at the twins’ first birthday party the week before last. Livvy was playing peek a boo with me from behind one of her new toys. Her smile is perfection in this shot.
Maddy (Madeline) is the smaller of the two. I still can’t tell them apart. She was sitting on her new riding toy at the party. Julia and Emily were pushing her round and round from one room to another. Can you tell Maddy was having a ball?
Meet Julia, one of the twins’ older sisters. She’s eight now. This photo is and continues to be one of my favorites. Jules is such a bubbly, outgoing child. She’s always been a marvelous subject. Last you saw Julia (the other day), she was climbing onto that swing in my daughter’s yard.
Say Hello to Em (Emily). Em is nine. She’s one of the cousins. I like this softer image. She was leaning on the back of a chair in the family room one day and I managed to catch this spontaneous shot.
Here’s Sara. She celebrated her 10th birthday this month. You met Sara recently when she was reaching for her bubbles. Sara is the big sister to Julia, Maddy and Livvy.
Meg (Megan) just turned twelve in September. Meg and Em are sisters. I remember the day I took this photo. I had my tripod set up taking pictures of infant Emily. I couldn’t resist this photo of Meg surveying her domain and relaxing in her rocking chair.
Am I a lucky guy or what? Family is so important and we have six lovely granddaughters. I don’t have any pictures of Meg as a baby because I only got back into photography when she was about six months past her second birthday. No more excuses for me. I have all the equipment I need and my favorite photo subjects are always doing something interesting.
And now a few technical details about these photos. The photos of the twins were shot with my Nikon N8008s. I used bounce flash with an index card rubber banded to the flash head to illuminate their faces. Great and cheap technique. The photos look so natural. I developed the FP4 film myself. I cropped the 4 x 6 35mm format down to 4 x5 and “fuzzed” the borders to minimize distractions.
I took the photo of Julia with a vintage Pentax Spotmatic I had just won on eBay. The lens is special. It’s a screw mount Super Multicoated Takumar 50mm 1.4. I’ll put this lens up against the best in the world. The Spottie’s built in meter doesn’t work. I got the exposure just right here — no flash and hand held. I used a chromogenic B&W film that I had processed at the local 1-hour lab.
The shot of Emily was taken with Fuji 1600 speed film. I used one of my Nikons but I don’t recall which lens I used. It was probably a 50 mm. Naturally, no flash at that speed. I had the film developed by a lab that could handle B&W film processing. This was before I got back into doing my own processing a few years ago.
The shot of Sara came from the same roll as the bubble shots. I’m sure I was using a portrait lens (probably the 100mm I used to have) with one of my Nikon SLRs. The film was ISO 400 chromogenic and processed by the 1-hour lab.
Chromogenic B&W film uses the same dye based system as color negative film so it can be processed by any lab that can do color. Not quite as sharp as “real” B&W, but it’s great stuff for portraits. I don’t use it any longer because I don’t trust the 1-hour lab techs with my precious negatives.
Megan’s photo was done with one of my Nikons with Chromogenic B&W film also. I dug the negative out and scanned it today (along with the negative for the shot of Emily). I learned a few new tricks that I’ll pass on in another tutorial.
Thanks for stopping by and helping me pay tribute to my favorite grandkids and photo subjects. You’ll be seeing lots more of them. Now that you’ve been properly introduced, it’ll be more fun.
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