2 days with Ryan Muirhead and Jan Scholz

In early September 2019, I met two of my favourite photographers: Ryan Muirhead and Jan Scholz (aka Micmojo). Every year, they host a Film and Friends workshop, and, every year, I REALLY want to go. In 2019, it was in my home country (Portugal), so I though that was the perfect excuse to not miss it!

They rented a beautiful AirBnb in the town of Comporta, Setúbal, and hired two gorgeous models: Manon and Linda. Even though the light was harsh for the most part of the day, we got to shoot indoors with the help of window light and lamps, and waiting, very patiently - chilling by the pool with a glass of wine while chatting to all the other attendees - for the golden hour. We also got to shoot under the blasting sun to challenge ourselves. As usual, I was lucky enough to be in a very nice group, with such humble personalities, and unbelievable talent. I now follow their work like I’m their #1 fan.

During this workshop, it was my first time ever using my brand new Pentax 645N with the SMC PENTAX 67 1:2.4 105mm (for the Pentax 67) with an adapter. I really enjoyed using it, but, even 6 months later, I still have to get used to focusing properly with it. Even though I only do Manual Focus, different systems (and my bad eyes) require different approaches to focusing and I haven’t figured all of them out just yet.

Here are the shots I got of Manon and Linda, as well as Ryan, Jan, Jan’s daughter and wife, and the other attendees. All developed and scanned by GuapeLab (more on this lab on a later post) from GuapeTom.

For this workshop, I shot with the Pentax 645N and the Canon T70, together with Fuji Pro 400H, Kodak Portra 800, Kodak 400TX and Ilford HP5+.

3 days with Jonathan Canlas

Earlier this year, I attended the Film School Road Trip with Jonathan Canlas.

Jon is one of my favourite photographers. I love how he documents his family life, how dedicated he is to capturing someone else’s family, and how good of a business man he has become. I have been following his work for years now, and once he announced he was hosting a 3-day-road-trip in his family van through the Utah mountains, I thought “yes, Sofia, you freaking need to be there!”, and so I went.

The Film School Road Trip started with a visit to The FIND Lab. The next day, we headed to Moab Under Canvas, a gampling place in Utah. The other attendees were awesome, so this meant the dynamic of the group worked so good, I still miss it. We literally spent close to 4 full days together, around the clock (specially for those who, like me, shared tents). 

I want to keep this short, so let’s just go straight to business. Here are the images I captured during the workshop. I brought with me my Bronica ETRS and my Canon A1. The A1 was already rocking its tape for ages, but, unfortunately, I dropped my bag on the floor and the Bronica broke, so I used tape to keep the viewfinder and the body together -  as you can see in the picture of me (scroll way down, shot by Brandin Tumeinski). Unfortunately (again), all the images I shot with the Bronica in the mid-focusing range didn’t come out in focus, so I ended up loosing a lot of frames, besides the usual light leak, misfired shots, and whatnot. I have replaced the body since then. I also shot one roll with Brian Shaw’s (from Shaw Photography Co) Pentax 645N (because I knew I would eventually get one myself), and 3 rolls with Tom Abeloos’ Fuji GSW69 III. Both are such great cameras, and the Fuji is definitely part of my wish list now. I used a wide range of film stocks: Kodak Ektar 100, Kodak Portra 800, Kodak Portra 160, Kodak Tri-X 400, Fujifilm Pro 160S, Efke KB 25 and Kodak Professional P3200 TMAX.

I hope you enjoy looking at this set. I definitely need to learn to kill some of my darlings, but for now, you get this. My main outcome from the workshop was to learn how to shoot better portraits of the people that matter to me, so I am on a quest to do precisely than until the end of 2019. I absolutely recommend attending a Film School Road Trip. It is totally worth it. Next one is in Cuba!

by Brandin Tumeinski

by Jonathan Canlas

“Everything that remains”

The title of this blog post is in quotes because it is also the title of one of The Minimalists’ book “Everything That Remains”. I’m using this title to talk about all the stuff and feelings that remained after a minor flood at my in-laws.

The summer of 2018 in Northern Europe had been AMAZING! Since the beginning of May, hot, dry days were a constant pretty much until August. Watering systems were having problems, and agriculture was one of its victims. However, in August, the rain started to pour down like crazy, and there were several flood incidents (at least in Denmark).

As you may know, me and my little family have been moving a lot from country to country, from rental place to rental place, so we rely on family to store some stuff. Not much, but some stuff that is dear to us. So when the stormy winds and heavy rain hit Denmark in mid-August, our cardboard boxes of stuff being kept in my in-laws’ garage were pretty much going to get damaged… and they did.

In those boxes we had books, wedding gifts, Christmas decorations, etc. We also had a box of little L’s first clothes, but those were in a plastic box. Yes, I know it’s plastic, but, in this specific case, I’m glad it was plastic. The rest of the stuff in cardboard boxes was damaged by all the water. The good news is that I don’t care that much. It literally is just stuff! Stuff that can be either fixed or replaced, or, perhaps even better - for us , definitely not better for the environment!) - thrown away. It’s so freeing to know I have less material stuff to think about - that “excess baggage” that was weighing me down. Of course a minor flood is not the best way to get rid of things, but since it was just stuff that did not bring joy to my life, then I’m actually happy they’re gone (I’m definitely not happy the flood happened, of course). Also, if little L’s first clothes were to be amongst the stuff that is now gone, that would be a very different story. I would be devastated.

I now can say we have downsized quite a lot and I am happy at the level of stuff we have, but I will keep trying to improve - children’s toys, anyone? Stuff will always be stuff, and it shouldn’t be given any more importance that what it deserves - practically none! Everything that remains is what REALLY matters! People matter! Moments matter!

So I’ll end this with a quote from The Minimalists: “Love people. Use things. The opposite never works.” You can get wallpapers here. Guess what, they’re pretty minimal!

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