A recent trip to the Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor yielded some fantastic portraits. Going into this shoot, I had initally planned on testing out a rather rough pinhole camera I made earlier in the week. I didn't expect to get the kinds of shots I came away with. I've been wanting to host a portrait session in a local greenhouse. This turned out to be very similar, with lots of light (despite the cloudy conditions) pouring in from the many windows on the walls and roof.
Although I was particularly excited about the portraits, I managed to get some photos of the plants and the Gardens themselves. Overall, a very satisfying shoot, and definitely a place that needs to be revisited in the near future.
Almost every year I go to the Dow Gardens during their butterfly exhibition. After going this many years in a row, sometimes multiple times each year, I'm not so much interested in the butterflies. The green-house, atrium feel of the building is what draws my attention the most (as illustrated by he few photos below).
While I went through 3 or 4 rolls of film, I only managed to snag a few digital photos. I shot with my digital camera last, so, after a few hours inside (and away from the awful winds that have been going through the area lately), I was understandably, feeling like I had photographed mostly everything in there that day.
This Winter semester I've been able to enroll in an Intro to Black and White Photography class. While the class focuses on some of the more basic elements of photography, it allows me to access SVSU's darkroom. While the class does have it's own assignments, I mainly shoot for myself. Below are some of the photos that I've been able to develop while taking the course.
None of these are photos from course assignments, but instead tests of things I've wanted to try outside of assigned material. All of these photos were shot on my Mamiya RB67 from several shoots including studio, Grand Rapids, Chicago, and Romeo.