7 favorites on 7 - august

Here is this month's hodge-podge post of 7 favorites! As you'll see, most of our outings involve swimsuits and water - gotta beat that heat! ;) Please follow our blog circle around to Kristy Dooley Photography. Her girls remind me so much of mine!


kate sleeping


kate splash pad


caroline blue wall


caroline splash pad


caroline ipad under table


releasing their butterflies last night --

butterfly release


kate puzzle


Recent Film

This is quite a hodge-podge, but here goes!  

These is from my first roll of black and white film, shot some time in February.

Nikon D80 + Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens

Kodak Tri-X 400, box speed, overexposed by 1-2 stops?

Scanned by the FIND lab

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These were shot Jan. 31. This was my first roll to shoot indoors, and I need practice. ;)

Nikon D80 + Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens

Portra 800, box speed, overexposed by 1-2 stops when I could  (found I had too low of a shutter speed, so I need to remember to rate it at a higher ISO next time)

Scanned by the FIND lab

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This last one is from March 4. Kate had Carnival Day at school and was so excited about her face paint. Notice the tears in her eyes... we had 2 tearful shots before finally giving that sweet smile.

Nikon D80 + Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens

Kodak Portra 400, box speed, overexposed by 1-2 stops

Scanned at Walgreens

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arboretum film

These are from last Tuesday, July 9, when we went on an Arboretum play date with "the other Kate and Caroline." ;) I used Richard Photo Lab to get this and another roll scanned, and they got the scans back to me ONE DAY after receiving them in the mail!! I was so surprised at the quick turnaround. The color on these is excellent. I'm very pleased with them, and will continue to send my film there for the time being.

Nikon N80 + 85mm f/1.8 + Portra 160 film (rated at box speed) + scanned by RPL

NO editing other than straightening ones I shot crooked. Hallelujah for no editing!!


*Crying because her dress was wet. Poor baby.


*I know I missed focus on this one, but I loved her little "I'm trying not to smile" face. :)



Mother's Day FILM

Yup, another roll of film. (Or actually, the second part of this roll.)

For Mother's Day, we took a picnic lunch to Arbor Hills after church. I just took my film camera, but I sorely regretted that decision when the girls started splashing around in the stream and I ran out of film! Just means we'll have to go back. ;)

Nikon N80 + 50mm
Portra 400 (rated at box speed)
Scanned by Indie Film Lab (large scans)

Llano River Trip: FILM batch 2

Here is the second roll of film from our trip to the river with Nick's fam.

Nikon N80 + 85mm or 28mm
Fuji 400H (rated at box speed and overexposed by 1-2 stops)
Scanned by Walgreens (So disappointed by the awful lines going through all of these. May just bite the bullet and send them all out to pro labs from now on.)

I'll have one more "Llano River Trip" post once I get my digitals done!

Llano River Trip: Friday Evening FILM

 We spent last weekend down at the river in Llano with Nick's family. We had a great time, and we hope to make it an annual thing. The girls weren't too excited to get in the water, but wanted instead to stay close to Nick and me to just dip their toes in and splash.

I have more digital pictures (and a few more on another roll of film I need to finish), but the digitals have to get culled and edited. I'm VERY behind on my digital editing. That's the beauty of film... so quick just to pick my favorites from the roll and post 'em! ;)

Kodak Portra 400, rated at box speed and overexposed 1-2 stops by metering for shadows
Nikon N80 + switched between my 28mm and my 85 I think (or maybe I just left the 85 on??)
Scanned at Walgreens (not sure they did so great... the color looks pretty good, but there are lots of dust spots, splotches, and lines running through them)