I was finally able to get out and take some photographs and try a few new things. The picture above is from the Monocacy River, which is by where I live. I had recently purchased a 10 stop ND filter and was finally able to try it out. The photograph is actually a composite of two photographs. The upper part was taken at an exposure of 1/100 sec to freeze the leaves on the trees as it was windy. The lower, water and tree trunk, were taken at an exposure of 8 seconds to blur the water. I then blended the two in Photoshop to get the final image. This was the first time I blended two photographs.
In the past few years I have acquired some old film cameras from relatives. Initially I was just going to try to sell them, but found that most of them were not that valuable. So recently, last 2-3 months, I’ve done some research into taking photos on film. One of the cameras that I had was a Ricoh Diacord G TLR and since it was a format that I was not used to I chose it to try first. The first roll of film was a learning experience, with both film and camera. While I had cleaned both sides of the lens, the pictures that came back were blurry and not very focused. I did some more research and found out that the area between the front and back optics also needed to be cleaned. After cleaning the lens again and reading the cameras manual, I had also made some errors in using the camera. The picture above is from the second roll that I took. Much of the problems I had from the first roll have vanished, and now I just have to work on composition and exposure.