Shooting film at night

Well, I finally finished my roll of Kodak Tmax p3200.

Notes: I shot underexposed and should have had the Darkroom push it 1 to 2 stops. Shooting the milky way is way tougher on film without any prior knowlege of the film or research on best practices.

Check out this film to see the handful of images that made it out of the 35mm 36 exp. film.

Remember, to see more film photos, you can find me on Instagram at DerekAndFilm. I also, post mostly digital work and occasional short videos to my regular page at DerekLiving.

Thanks!

Fireworks

4th of July means fireworks and as I have fond memories of growing up in a small town and shooting off fireworks for a whole week and spending every penny I could to get some and even worked some tents for a couple years, I do have one bad memory.

July 5th in 2009 a friend and I were taking apart fireworks and stuffing the insides into a paper artillary tube and added long slow fuses. Well in the mix of creating 10 or so, one of the long fuses from an atrillary shell got mixed with the long green slow fuse and well the rest is history. That one that got mixed was one that I chose to throw. Yep, you can guess it.. it blew up in my hand. My strong dominant right hand. Weeks before I had signed a art scholorship to college for a full ride. I didnt a little bit of everything but drawing and painting were my strong suits, along with anything with clay. Instead of going on and on about this, heres the bullet points.

-Blew my hand open(not going to gross you out with the picture but you could see bone, muscle, tendon..etc)

-Stitches didnt hold so umm, I basically let it heal with super glue and peroxide to keep it clean every half hour.

-Went to college and got my assosciates degree in fine arts.

Now, here we are today, bachelors degree in a digital art form instead. Digital Communication that is. Now, instead of shooting fireworks with a lighter, I point a camera at it, from a good distance.

Here are some images I took on the 4th of July at my cousins firework show. Not much to it but I just shot around with different settings and no tripod this year because of laziness.

I hope you all had a safe and fun 4th of July.

Shooting sports recently

Hey everyone,

Youth baseball has been my go to for the past couple of weeks. I miss sports and so the very little bit of baseball has me in a better place you can say.

I also recently realize that I miss having a sports dedicated camera. I used to have a d3s and it would do 9FPS(Frames Per Second) in burst mode and now with the 5d Mark iv I am only getting I think 6.. That three makes a huge difference!

So with that being said we’re onto another topic that has nothing to do with a sports camera body but something that can aid in sports photography and that is..

USING A TELECONVERTER.

I rented a 1.4x TC to pair with my 70-200mm f2.8 and if you’re not familiar with what a TC can do for you, Ill break it down to the best of my ability. Putting a 1.4x TC onto a 70-200mm f2.8, you initially get a 98mm-280mm f4 lens. The quality will vary depending on the lens you have and how good the TC is. Some cheaper TC’s will just ruin the overall image quality but this was a newer 1.4x TC from Canon. I rented it through LensProToGo.com and I was very pleased with the results.

Check out this video here to see some of the sample images I took during a weekend of baseball in Kansas City.

I appreciate all of you and hope you’re all staying safe out there in this world.

See you next time!

Summer Sports

Summer is here and along with that comes youth sports. Something I wasn’t sure we were going to get this summer but we are!

I often shoot my oldest brothers youth baseball team up in Kansas City during the summer and have been for the past 3 years. This last weekend I was able to make it up and most importantly see my Niece Cora and secondly shoot some Blaze Baseball. This post will be short and sweet. I am just here to share some images I took and here they are!

That all folks. Hope you have a good summer. To see more of my sports work check out my sports instagram at @DLsports.

Back at the office

June 15th and I am back at the office full time. Work is going by crazy slow the first day back. I am hoping that all changes as things get moving along here and let’s hope that no one gets sick now that were all back at work. I only say that because cases have gone up in our area in the past week. with 5 new cases in a day which is at the higher end of daily cases we have had in the Joplin area.

My desk is off by its self and I feel like that may be one reason my day is going by crazy slow. Working from home I had my kitchen and my pets all close by and a window. Window light was amazing to have and not just white noise. My desk at work I sit back in a corner and the only noise you hear is the occasional train or the fan from my computer turning on to keep up with whatever is going on. When I have a video to edit that obviously gives me something to listen to or hear but for the most part its just white noise. People come and go on my no shoot days but for the most part it’s silence, which can take a toll, so I occasionally will play random videos or music while I am working on non video edits, like typing up something for a objective at work or what not.

I know it’s going to take a bit to get back into the groove of driving over to work and sit in my silent corner. All was good when I left before Covid. Work flew by before it all went down so it will just take time to get used to going from my home office with everything at your fingertips to the work office. Love my job so no complaint, just an adjustment period with getting back to working at the office.

I am glad summer is here as well. Getting up for work at 5:30 and the sun is already peaking is amazing. It makes it so much easier to get up when its already getting bright out and even better when you can leave work and the sun is still pretty high in the sky. Huge mood boost with that for sure.

Summer being here means some sports are back and if you didn’t know I do sports photography so I have been able to go out and shoot some youth summer sports. Softball and baseball to be exact and it’s been fun getting back out there. You can see my sports work at http://www.instagram.com/DLsports

Anyways, thats it really for now. I will have a fun blog when I finish my roll of film in my Nikon f4 with some milky way photos hopefully and will have a video to go along with that.

Hope everyone is doing great and see you next time!

Kodak 400 TMAX

A new film to me and a pleasant surprise. I forgot that this film was a black and white film. I wasn’t too upset to find out it was a black and white film as I was 5 photos from finishing it off. I had some photos that I really ended up enjoying and I share those here in this video. I entered a link to get you straight to the images. So, dont worry, you don’t have to watch me talk for a min.

I hope you enjoyed those images in that video! I am half way through another roll right now and I went out and attempted to shoot the milky way! So, hopefully that all works out. I will be very interested to see how that turns out since I don’t develope my own photos and you can post process to make the stars pop!

If film is something you’re into that is awesome because I am very new to film photography for the most part. I have messed with it off and on for years but now I am pushing myself to go shoot with it while I am out with my canon 5d mark iv.

I hope all is well in this crazy world we’re living now. I hope for a better tomorrow and future in the world.

Much love.

-Derek

The message

Stop.

It’s not ALL LIVES MATTER.

It is BLACK LIVES MATTER.

Open your eyes to the hate. Those who say peaceful protest would have been the way to go. Are the same people who cancelled KAP for kneeling about the injustice! Those who stood with him were hated and cancelled in this society. Too many years of no change because the powerful have an agenda and that doesnt include those of simply different skin color. I don’t know how they feel but I stand with them in this fight. Change has to come now more than ever.

To see the footage of peaceful protesters being shot with rubber bullets and teargas(which is illegal) is mind boggling and thats just the tip of the iceberg. Placing pallets of bricks, old cop cars from the 90s in the middle of the street. Arresting people who are on their knees with their hands up in the middle of the day and roughing them up to put on cuffs. Sickening that people stand for this.

Seeing footage of men in Arkansas with rifles standing on the corners at the square and the cops just let it go but a black man or woman standing with a sign unarmed and on their knees are taken down with force. WHAT!? It doesn’t make sense.

The system is failing them and change needs to come now!

Be there for the positive change. I am also not saying the looting is good and the destruction but when you go unheard for so long, anger builds up. Unarmed people are being injured and killed too often and the cops get away with it. The ones that are supposed to protect us.

Be the change.

Pill

Recently I have come to realize that I don’t see things in the same light as others. Others that are pretty close to me in life. Some people, well everyone is raised differently. Some are raised on hate, some on love, etc…

I am shocked in today’s world that people around me can simply not like someone for skin color, where they’re from, how someone looks. Mind boggling that in 2020 we still have people who hate others simply because of their skin color. I go silent when I hear the hate come out of someones mouth. I am so confused how a person of God can be so judgmental and hateful at any given time. Gossip and judging people in anyway has always really got my blood boiling.

The world we live in is crazy in so many ways. So many good things happen but yet so many things go ignored because it doesn’t benefit the people in power or the media or the rich. Whatever it may be, if it doesn’t benefit them to do something about it then they don’t do anything. Right now our man in power is probably having a twitter fight with someone much smarter than him and he can’t handle that.

A city is burning because they’re tired. Tired that nothing will ever be done and that is where my facebook and twitter comes in and shows their true colors or what I should say, lack of color. You see pictured of 3 black men that have been killed for example 1 wrote a bounced check but next to them are 3 mass murderers(white guys) that are being handcuffed and taken alive. That’s our history and those photos will hopefully make it the history books or whatever classrooms use these days and kids will know the truth of how things are.

I am not saying all cops are bad but the cops that are bad, almost always get away with it. Two men killed a black man while he was on his run just weeks before and they went home and were’nt charged until like a day later even though they had video!

Off that subject, then you have Jeff Ep. He goes to a prison where many other high profile convicts have gone. This man has so much dirt on so many rich people it’s disgusting. Poof, camera’s stop working, armed guards both had to take a dump at the same time and he’s murdered. But wait, they try to fake his death by faking a hanging, which the broken bones prove are not correct if he done himself in. That is all ignored, no investigation, no updates on what his files shown, camera footage from his island.. nothing. Because those rich guys are in charge. Photos show the men but the national media ignores it.

What I am saying is i’m sick and tired of it all and there needs to be a change.

Change needs to happen.

A graduation that didn’t happen.

Proud husband moment.

My wife graduated again. This time it’s for her BSN in Nursing from Pittsburg State University. The Livingston name isn’t new to PSU. My grandpa, dad, two brothers, both sister in laws and now my wife. There might be a few others in that list but anywayssss this is about my wife.

I know this is different from my recent posts on here if you’re a normal reader but that’s okay.

Back to my wife. She’s had a motivation to be a nurse and do the best that she can at the job. She went to a 2 year program in Fort Scott, Ks and then after that graduation she went to work at Freeman in Joplin, Mo and went back to school to get her BSN and then quarantine came. Graduation would have been last week and she didn’t get to walk across the stage. Yes, the school has allowed them to come walk after things are back to normal but my wife is on the move. She will be going back to school again to continue on this medical life.

To the proud moments. She works hard at work and after work and you can tell in how she talks about her struggles from work and her motivation to get homework done ahead of time, taking time to make sure it’s good enough. She would finish assignments but not turn it in and do it again. She stresses too much, yes but she always does awesome on her work. It’s awesome to see her successes and her motivation to be a better work and student. She doesn’t have to work on being an awesome wife because she does way more for us than I do and I know how lucky I am.( yes honey, I mean that and I do notice it) <– she doesn’t know what I am writing about until I send it to her or she sees me tweet the link so 🙂

With no graduation, we decided or well she decided she wanted to go to Tulsa, Oklahoma for her celebration. She decided to go down to one of her favorite breweries and so we went to Nothing’s Left brewing co. where they are known for their quirky beers. Jolly rancher sour, fruity pebbles, sweet tart inspired. It’s always something new, so we went down, grabbed lunch and had some beer. It was a good time and we started out with a couple philly steak sandwiches, which were amazing!

Here is a short video from that trip. Check it out!

I love you Terra.

I am so proud of you.

See you all next time!

Open minded.

If I am to take anything from this quarantine and the new normal we are going to have to deal with is being creative is everything in this world. If I didn’t have multiple ways to be creative whether that be, YouTube or posting to Instagram or even writing this blogs, I would be stir crazy. I love creating, I love the process and having an end goal and video or photo to share with my viewers or followers.

During this time I have been awoken to many things and that is, if you don’t continue to create, you can hit a long road of digging out. I tried to get out in the car and take photos, create videos in the house or kitchen with whatever it may be. I spent plenty of time watching videos and finding ideas to work off of to stay creative. Many I have shared on here and on my socials throughout this time. It all flew by really and i hadn’t realized until last week when talks of going back to work, that it has been months since I was sent home.

Let me preface that, I didn’t lose my job, we were simply sent home to continue working. Luckily for me, I work for a company where we were able to adapt and continue putting out videos. Those videos changed to more graphic driven videos but it was work and for that I am beyond thankful I could keep going through this time.

With that said, being home was a blessing. Spending the days just feet from my kitchen, my two dogs, cat and my wife when she was home, was awesome. Id say our marriage is much stronger because of our time together during this time. We cooked dinners together, or id have meals planned out while she was working. She is a nurse so work never stopped for her as well, if anything it was put into over-drive with her being on the Intensive Care Unit.

Working from home would be my personal choice if I had the option to do it full time but being a videographer at my job, that’s not really possible. Well, I mean it is possible if I just went in for shoot prep, shoot and tear down and then edit from home. It’d save me the 45min drive to work and the traffic of driving home at 5pm. It would awesome but that’s not how it goes and that’s okay. I like my drive, it gives me time to listen to my music and podcasts, things I don’t normally get to listen to on road trips or normal drives if the wife is in the car. Simply because I don’t want to put her through my slow podcasts or my music of screaming and loud guitars, she will rock out to some of it though but it’s easier to listen to things we agree on for the most part. The drive also gives me time to zone out and think about photo ideas or video shoot ideas or trips, whatever it may be.

Overall, I would say I am more motivated now more than ever. Covid changes many things, hurt many people and changed many things but one benefit is the work ethic I will be bringing from here on out. Also, I now know how important any time with friends and family is and can’t wait to get back to seeing my family and getting out.

See you all next time. Best wishes and stay strong

Peace!

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