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I developed and scanned a new roll of film on Monday so I have some new images to share.

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I caught a nice candid “Mamma Moment” with Maddy & Sue. My timing was pretty good on this one. I have a few more decent shots from this roll of film that I’ll share with you soon.

I started a new roll and shot a dozen pics last Saturday. I drove to Ceres Nature Preserve this past Monday, hiked into the woods and shot 16 more pics. I drove to Chestnut Branch Park this morning and took a 20 minute walk. The lighting wasn’t all that great but I took a few shots anyway. Only 4 frames left on the roll then it’s into the soup (Diafine).

We’re supposed to be getting a big storm Friday and Saturday. Odds are for rain here in South Jersey, at least for the early part of the storm on Friday morning. Might turn to snow Friday night and snow all night. I prefer rain because you don’t shovel rain. I don’t shovel snow any more either, but maybe I’ll get some pics.

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I finished the roll of Tri-X in my F3 on Sunday. Hey, 36 exposures can take awhile. I developed and scanned the film the other day. I have a few good ones to share. This week it’s Livvy and Maddy again.

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This photo was taken on Christmas Eve at Sue’s home where we had a lovely family gathering. As you can see, Livvy (on the right) and Maddy certainly enjoyed themselves.

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Tracy and I visited Sue and the twins on Christmas morning (Sara and Julia were with their dad). Maddy (on the left) and Livvy seem deep in thought here. I don’t remember what Maddy was doing or looking at, but I think Livvy was watching the TV.

Both images were taken with my F3HP and 50mm f/1.8 Nikkor lens. The film was Tri-X rated at 1250 ISO and developed in Diafine. I love my 50mm lenses. I think 50mm is an ideal focal length for making images of kids, at least I’ve had good results with this focal length over the years.

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Tracy and I went over to Sue’s early on Christmas morning. The twins, Livvy and Maddy were up and about, playing with their new toys. Here are a few candids of the girls.

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Livvy in the kitchen barely tall enough to arrange her new people on the countertop.

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Here’s Maddy at the same kitchen counter playing with her new people. (they love playing with ‘people’).

Livvy & Maddy at their new table

Livvy & Maddy at their new table

Tracy and I gave Livvy and Maddy a kid size folding table and chairs for Christmas. They settled right in, populating the table with all their people. Tracy tells me they sit at the table all the time now. They eat their meals at their table, they watch TV from their table, they play at their table. The main thing is that the table is theirs. It fits them perfectly.

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After developing the first roll of film from Christmas and Christmas Eve, I decided to give the twins the day off. Why? Because I got Sue and Julia (mother and daughter) to pose and got more than I had hoped. I don’t remember catching the expression on Julia’s face because I was concentrating on Sue (my subconscious knows better though).

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I used a small electronic flash and bounced the light off the celing to soften the flash. I also taped a small piece of white card stock cut down behind the flash. This arrangement sends most of the light to the ceiling but reflects enough light forward to minimize shadows under chins, etc. giving a natural look. It’s the only way I’ll use a flash.

I have more goodies on this roll including a few of the twins. I also have a 36 exp roll of TX in my Nikon F3HP that still has 6 or 7 frames left. I hope to have that roll done and processed before the end of next week.

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I’m playing catch up with images of our granddaughters. Maddy and Livvy celebrated their fourth birthday early in November. Today’s images come from the same roll of film as last week’s photo of the girls helping Sara celebrate her birthday on Thanksgiving. The same roll that sat on my desk undeveloped for a few weeks.

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Happy Birthday Maddy & Livvy

Maddy is the cute kid on the right and Livvy the cute kid on the left. Did I say we think our granddaughters are cuties (all six of them)? As the youngest, Maddy and Livvy get to claim the title of cutest. Here they are with one of their presents. These two play together all the time.

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Happy Birthday Maddy & Livvy

This shot is hand held, no flash. I wanted to capture the atmosphere of young children and candle lit birthday cakes.

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Happy Birthday Maddy & Livvy

Here’s another shot of the same scene but with both girls smiling. I didn’t have my fastest film loaded but I’m satisfied with the result. I will be taking two cameras with me to our family gatherings on Christmas Eve and again on Christmas Day. I’m even bringing one of my electronic flashes. I will use one of my  flashes in bounce mode. Hoping to get some decent shots and I won’t let the film sit around either. In fact, look to see some new images next week.

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We celebrated Sara’s birthday (13) on Thanksgiving, the day before her ‘real’ birthday. The exposed film sat around on my desk for a couple weeks. I finally developed it this morning (that’s the belated part).

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All the girls got into the picture except Megan. From left to right: Emily, Maddy, Sara, Julia and Livvy.

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Back to the Playground. These pics are from the same series as the photo of the slide I published two weeks ago. Except…

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This time the twins, Livvy and Maddy are playing on the slide. Don’t ask who is who.

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I think Maddy was the first one off the slide here.

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As promised, here’s another good shot from the roll of film I processed last week. Maddy loves having her picture taken (even if I sneak in a candid). The lighting was perfect here and the Ilford FP4+ continues to be my favorite film for normal lighting conditions.

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Hop aboard the wayback machine for a trip back in time to March, 1981. Erin had just turned seven and Sue had just turned five a few months earlier. I came across this image while flipping through my archives. It’s a scan of an original Kodachrome color slide date stamped Mar ’81.

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The photo was taken in our living room when we lived on Reedland Street in Phila. I like the lighting and the mood of this one. I caught the girls unaware.

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Megan, our oldest granddaughter, received her Confirmation, one of the three Roman Catholic Sacraments of initiation, a few weeks ago on a beautiful April Saturday. I didn’t get any shots of the ceremony itself because we were too far back in the church.

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Here’s a nice shot of Megan taken outside the church right after the ceremony.

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All candidates for Confirmation must have a sponsor. Here’s a photo of Megan with her sponsor Kenny.

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And here’s a shot of Megan and two of her friends.

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