Monday, September 28, 2015


Here are some shots from the roll of film I mentioned in my last post. These photos were taken last October when we drove out to the Blue Ridge Mountains. I think I'd be perfectly happy spending the rest of my days in a little house down in one of those valleys; it's so pretty there!

Also, I'm going to say this SOOC series is a good exercise for me as a photographer. Like most people, my first instinct is usually to want to crop out that one weird thing in the corner, or adjust a funky color cast, or bump up the contrast. But I actually took one of these and did my usual editing and compared the "before" and "after" side by side, and I honestly thought the "before" was better. It's hard to say why exactly, but all those imperfect images capture the feeling of the day so much better. I can look at these and remember walking along the top of a stone wall with Peter holding on to me so I wouldn't fall. I remember laughing as the wind whipped my hair and skirt around like crazy. I remember what I was wearing and how the sun felt when it finally came out and a million other little sensory details that somehow exist just out of frame in these photos.

I don't think all photos look better straight out of the camera. Most of the photos you see on this blog will continue to be edited in Photoshop. But I'm really enjoying this SOOC series, so I think I'm going to keep it up for a while. :)
xo, Mary


  1. I love these, Mary! I can feel the crisp fall air through these photos. I've been doing some film shooting recently with an old Canon. I haven't yet developed the first roll as I still have a few more exposures left, but I'm excited to see how they turn out. I agree-- there is something about taking photos in film that is an important exercise. It reminds you to make the adjustments you know are needed rather than relying on the camera to do all of the work.

    1. Thanks, Heidi! I'd love to see your photos when you finish the roll! And I'd also love to hear what you think of the Canon. I've wanted a Canon AE-1 for a long time, but I can't really justify spending too much money on one since I already have several other film cameras to use, but I'm always looking out for a cheap one. One of these days I'll probably just cave and buy one haha. :)

  2. These are beautiful! I can't believe they're straight out of the camera! You have a great eye for this. Like Heidi said, I can feel the crisp fall air.