Film Friday: Brenham

Will Film Friday become a thing? We shall see. This week, though, I happen to have some lovely film photographs to post and it also happens to be Friday. So why not?

Last week, I took a little drive out to Brenham (home of fantastically delicious Blue Bell ice cream) toting both my Nikon n2020 AF (which I first tried out in this post) and my Yashica tl-electro, complete with brand new non-mercury batteries. I had my doubts as to whether the Yashica would be functional or clean (despite my best efforts, I still see lots of dust through the viewfinder). In addition, I had to learn to use the light meter, which is essentially just an LED indicator light providing rough clues about exposure to the photographer – quite a change from my Canon 5d Mark iii. In the end, though, it did quite well. I’m sure there was a fair amount of user error, which will hopefully decrease with a bit more practice. I guess we’ll find out when the next Film Friday roles around.

 

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First Foray into Film!

How’s that for alliteration right? So here’s the back story: my grandpa, sadly, passed away when I was a very little girl and I have only vague memories of him. As it turns out, though, he was quite the photographer. He had a homemade darkroom in the house during my mom’s childhood and even created a makeshift darkroom oversees so that he could develop pictures to send home during WWII. Well my mom recently dug his old cameras and equipment out of the closet and gave them to me to try out. Here is my first attempt with the “younger” of the two cameras – a Nikon N2020 AF. This camera came out in the 80s, so my grandpa would have only used it for the last few years of his life. Next up will be the Yashica TL-Electro, which is from the 70s. This one was a bit more complicated since it originally used mercury batteries which are, for obvious reasons, no longer sold in the US. But the replacements arrived in the mail today – wahoo! Hopefully I can take it out for a spin sometime this week. For now, here are a few of my faves from the N2020. Mostly shot at a small airport outside of Houston. Some in my home.

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Sam and Mary’s Going Away Photo Booth

Well, it was the weekend of the Photo Booth here in Houston. And I think I’ve got most of the kinks worked out of the process at this point – it only took two! Thanks to everyone who posed for Sam and Mary’s photo booth tonight. Texas, and the people contained therein, will sorely miss these two. Vaya con Dios, friends (and visit, please)!

All the pics in the gallery are available for download. Just find your photo, click on it, and then click the link in the bottom right-hand corner to view the full-sized image. Once you have the full-sized image on your screen, you can simply save it to your computer using the File menu. These are all yours so feel free to share and print to your heart’s content. Enjoy!

Christ the King Vacation Bible School Photo Booth

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Photo Booth last night at Christ the King Presbyterian Church VBS! To download your photos, simply click on your pic in the gallery below. Then click on the link below the photo on the right-hand side that says “View full size”. Once you see your photo, save it to your computer using the “save as” command in the file menu above your browser. If you have trouble viewing or downloading your photos, feel free to email me – contact “at” sarahsuephotography “dot” com. Once you have your pic saved, it’s all yours. Feel free to post to social media or print as you see fit. Enjoy!

Santa Fe Photography Workshop

Last week was fantastic. For my summer vacation, I spent several days visiting friends in St Louis (and managed to squeeze in a newborn session – more about that soon!) and then relocated to Santa Fe for an absolutely incredible photography workshop. Our instructor was the legendary photographer Joe McNally. I have to pinch myself to believe that I really did get to learn from that guy for 4 days. We covered the gambit, from camera basics to advanced lighting techniques. Joe encouraged us to focus on crafting high-quality photos straight from the camera, with only minimal post-processing. So without further ado, here are a few of my favorite shots…

Assignment 1: Santa Fe

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Assignment 2: Ghost Ranch (Georgia O’Keeffe country!)

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Assignment 3: Eaves Movie Ranch (Ever seen The Cheyenne Social Club? Or Wyatt Earp? They were filmed here along with a slew of other Westerns. And yes, I know that my model is in the jail with his gun and with the doors open. We decided that he is seeking revenge on the sheriff, and is waiting to ambush him at the jail. All in good dramatic movie fashion.)

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Fun in the Sun mini session GIVEAWAY!!

Yep, you read that correctly – it’s giveaway time! Summer is nearly upon us and I want to see your favorite Fun in the Sun moment.

What could be better than some canoeing in the sun?

What could be better than some canoeing in the sun?

Here’s how to enter:

1. Email me your favorite Fun in the Sun photo (contact at sarahsuephotography dot com) by next Friday, May 9. You must “like” Sarah Sue Photography on Facebook in order to enter. **Because of the nature of the prize, you must live in Houston or San Antonio to be eligible to win.

2. I will post your photos to my Sarah Sue Photography Facebook page on Saturday, May 10.

3. Ask your friends to vote for you by first “liking” Sarah Sue Photography and then “liking” your photo.

4. Voting will end on Friday, May 16. The photo with the most likes is the WINNER!!

5. Winner, claim your prize – a FREE 20-minute mini session and CD of 10-15 high-res images.

Let the competition begin. You may begin sending me your entries… now!

What else I like about Texas…

These. Found today on a short side-of-the highway walk outside of Buc-ee’s. I was able to identify most but not all. Please let me know in the comments if you are able to identify the last one!

All the Flowers

Bluebonnet:

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Dewberry flower:

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Evening primrose:

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Firewheel:

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Indian paintbrush and bluebonnets:

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Indian paintbrush:

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Tasajillo cactus (“Christmas cactus”):

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Texas violet:

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Unknown yellow and purple guy:

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What I like about Texas…

It’s funny what happens when you live somewhere your whole life – that place makes up the air you breathe. It seems totally normal, uninteresting, mundane. But when you leave, all of a sudden home becomes fascinating, interesting, worth talking about. During my years in St Louis, I tried to explain the beauty, nay the glory of my beloved Texas. I had a few enthusiastic listeners but they were outnumbered by the eye rollers (“you Texans“). But now that I am back in my home state, I am soaking in those things that seemed so mundane before. Here are just a few of the things that I have loved about Texas over the last couple of weeks…

The storms and views in the Hill Country:

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Rodeo clothes:

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And rodeo… miscellaneous:

 

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The beautiful view of the Houston skyline from Buffalo Bayou:

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Spring bluebonnets:

 

 

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The Kite Festival at Hermann Park:

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Stay tuned. My love affair with my home state has only just begun…

Beautiful Friendship

Last weekend I visited St Louis and it was such a sweet time of catching up with friends. I stayed with my lovely friend Dorothy and had the brilliant idea on Sunday to take pictures of her during our walk in the park. Dorothy, being the good sport that she is, went along with the plan and (no surprise) the pictures turned out beautifully. I just cannot resist sharing some of my faves.

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I was there too!

 

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A Word About Transitions

I’m doing it again. Another post without photos. If you can’t remember my justification for including this sort of post in my blog, take a look back here. I, Sarah (of Sarah Sue Photography fame) am in transition. And transitions are beautiful, painful things. Today I wrote some transition musings in my journal and part of that journal entry is worth sharing:

Seminary is over. I’m back in Houston, trying to figure out what real life is supposed to look like now. Life is full of joy and sadness. Some days it feels rich and exciting and some it just feels exhausting. My comfort in the midst of this is the knowledge that God welcomes my wrestling with Him. The collision of transition, joy, and sorrow has of course given rise to confusion and questions, to which only my Maker has the answers. And so I wrestle with Him as I always have, struggling to know the unknowable. But there is a difference this time. My wrestling matches used to be full of anxiety and self-loathing, fueled by the conviction that questions are tantamount to unfaithfulness and therefore God must hate my questioning heart. It is only recently that I have begun to recognize the childlike trust that leads me to take my questions to Him, rather than hoarding them fearfully within myself. I wrestle with God because I trust that He is good, that He has the answers, and that He is big enough to withstand my clumsy offensive. He engages in my wrestling match because He loves me with the type of intimate, vulnerable love that makes room for conflict. Scripture says that perfect love drives out fear. As I better understand God’s love for me, I fear myself less – my sin, my confusion, even my unbelief. None of them can dampen His unshakeable love for me.

In Genesis, Jacob’s wrestling match ends with pain and blessing – seemingly odd bedfellows who have, nevertheless, popped up hand-in-hand quite often in my own story. We aren’t given all the details of Jacob’s blessing but are told that he was allowed to see God and was given a new name. My hope during this time of transition is that my wrestling will give me a clearer view of God and His unchanging character. And that He, in His love for me, would shape me more fully into the person He created me to be – transforming my identity just as He transformed Jacob’s name. There is pain in this transition, which is to be expected. Newton’s first law states that we bodies will tend to travel in a straight line once we get going. A push in a new direction is bound to hurt. A steady, straight path is comfortable, predictable, and easy to control. But yielding to the push is better. Of course, I will continue to wrestle. But only because I know the One I am wrestling and He is so very good.