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10 on 10 -December Film Preset Edition

Ok – over at Bloom there has been  a lot of discussion about  Visual Supply.  Visual Supply is the manufacturer of presets for both ACR and Lightroom that emulate the look of film.  You can even tweak some of the presets – darkening , adding contrast, highlights, tone, etc.   I was not convinced to try it until Bloom did an interview with Sean Flanigan, a photographer with a very unique, almost quirky style that I think is just fantastic.  Apparently, he shoots digital but processes with VSCO.  After seeing his work – I had to give it a try!

I’ve always loved the look of film but have never delve into that part of photography yet.  I started photography in the digital age.  I do have aspirations to learn film some day, but of course -photography is a never ending learning process. Until I invest in a film camera and fim itself – I will explore the VSCO presets and see how it turns out.

I got them yesterday.  We have our good friends from Chicago coming in tomorrow, so I did not get too much of a chance to fiddle – but I did process my 10 on 10 photos this week with the presets for ACR.  These presets are really fashioned to work with PS CS5 and I use CS4, so the grain functions did not work.  But I was ok with that (my iso was so up there on a bunch of these that I already had a good amount of grain!)

I know I should have a ‘uniform’ look to my photos, but I’m still not 100% sure which presets I am most drawn to.  So I chose my favorite look for each one of these.  There are a couple that I accidentally did not write down exactly which film preset I used, but most of them I did.  I’m sure the more I work with these, the more I will start picking my favs!

A little on the 10 on 10 – I’ve joined a group of talented photographers at Bloom on a 10 on 10 project.   Basically – We pick one day in a month, take one image per hour for 10 hours, then post them on the 10th of the month.  I’ve really enjoyed this project – It forces me to take my camera out and try to be as creative as possible with most everyday moments.  Even if it’s not creative – just documenting the details is enough to satisfy me!

After looking at these – Please head on over to Krista Lund to see what her day was like.

Morning Shower.

Not sure which preset exactly – one of the ilford HPS.

PINIMAGEDad doing the finishing touches – especially since Daddy himself has the same haircut!  🙂

Fuji 160C-

PINIMAGEPP&J always tastes better when you make it  yourself!

Again – not 100% sure – but one of the Fuji’s

PINIMAGEOn my last 10 on 10 post where I caught my son trying to get to his Halloween candy in the panty, there were a few comments about the  pantry in the background.  So I figured I would share my neurosis with you.  :).  This is my favorite room in the house!  I do wish it had a window, (and a seating area for reading would be nice too.) But I have to tell you, in a household of chaos, I walk in here and find my serenity.  I look around, turn the labels forward, make sure the containers and boxes are aligned,  make sure there’s not a food or cleaning item we don’t need or will never use (they will be donated).  (Some day I will have all those boxes matching – the plastic both on the upper and the lower shelves – lol).  For some reason, I enjoy emptying the cereal/crackers/cookies in the containers to fill up the shelves.  I have too many cleaning products – I KNOW!  I’m trying to cut down – and for a while was only using green products from a certain company.  They were ok – but I ended up reverting back to the chemical windex to clean the countertops (fruit fly drama – a whole different story).  So for some reason – no matter how much I go through those cleaning products – I still feel that we are using each and every one of them.  I really don’t like the way the plastic bags look.  My husband put that up there and I just kind of want to get rid of them (garage possibly?).  It’s just easy to put the bags there – ykwim?

Just to clarify – I’m really NOT an obsessive organized person.  I would like to be – but this is as much as I can maintain at the moment.  I created this in the winter-spring of 2011 – it was a procrastination project and it seemed to have worked.  🙂

Some day I’ll post an image of my friend’s pantry – not only is it organized – but she put damask wallpaper up on the walls!   I’m soooo jealous!!!  LOL

Kodak Portra 800-

PINIMAGEMy five year old’s wish list for Santa – Ok – Let’s see if I got this right – Michael Schannen, 11-25-11, phone, ipad,  itoca, exodioder, daeaoow, Hot Wheels Ro___, cihi chris cross cna…..     OK – any help here would be appreciated!  I should ask his teacher.  She’s an expert at reading five year olds…..

PINIMAGEKodak 400++ with fill light +++ (those bw presets are so yummy)PINIMAGE

Chris is obsessed with sports teams!

Kodak Portra 800 with Creamy Highlights

PINIMAGEFootball teams with their icons.  A favorite pastime for my older one!

Fuji 800z+

PINIMAGEA holiday visitor – He comes to entertain us every year.

Fuji 400H-

PINIMAGEOK – Seriously -  our dog ate our next door neighbor’s shoe!

Kodak Portra 160-PINIMAGE

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  • Jena - – Wow! You are going out to get what you want and dragging it back home with you. That was proabbly a really weird sentence, but what I meant was YOU’RE ROCKING THE FILM! I know we don’t know each other. Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Aisha. I like your work. I shoot too. Enough about me though. I think this is a really exciting post because you’re making life work for you and by life I mean film, but I also mean life. Keep up the amazing shooting!

  • Angela - What a great blog

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  • celestejones - I love the variety that you have. Your processing is to die for, and the Christmas list. You just have to save that, so sweet:) TFS friend:)

  • Amy - Can you please come organize my whole house? Love all of these, Mary!

  • Melissa - I loved looking through your day! I appreciate the pantry photo….just as last month. 😉

  • Stephanie Moore {Tucson AZ Photographer} - That first picture is so perfect, the black and white and everything about it is amazing. And your pantry looks so organized, please come do mine!

  • Cris - Mary, loooooove your work. I have been seing your pictures in the bloom. Great job in your 10 on 10. My have: #1. Crazy about the light, the motion, the editing… the peace it transmit.

    BTW I have no words to describe your pantry! Crazy!!!!

  • Krista Lund - these are all wonderfully taken and processed. a friend told me about these presets too! off to check out their site 🙂

  • Pam - Love that you expiremented with the different textures! I think the first one is my favorite. He looks so relaxed!

  • Jennifer - Love your images so much and yes, now I have pantry envy! And… I think your son may want… a dragon? Let’s hope Santa thinks that through first…

  • kit womble - I think the 3rd and 4th ones are iTouch and exploders? LOL!
    Very cute.

    I agree about the pantry, it looks darn organized to me! I was impressed! Damask is hard not to love though, so I understand what you’re saying 🙂

    Thanks for sharing these. They are wonderful!

  • Cara - I love this glimpse of your day and a look at these presets in action. I love your b/w’s with these and I now have a little pantry envy going on.

  • Laurie - You are so creative Mary.. I know you will rock film presets.
    It’s hard to imagine your friend having a more fabulous pantry than yours.. but I see how the damask can pump it up just a bit. 🙂
    Love your 10 on 10 post for Dec. I’m always inspired by your photo’s!

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