Black and white with the Fuji X20

While trying different approaches to covering election night last week, I shot a bit with the Fuji X20. Love this camera. The quality is amazing. I also conducted some audio interviews and combined them in Premiere Pro for a multimedia piece. Here is the result.

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Election night fun with #hipstamatic

I had the unique chance to try something different with my photography tonight during the Albuquerque mayoral elections. Having covered many elections over the years, I was excited to look at them in a new way. I originally planned to shoot the various events around the city with a Polaroid (you know, that “instant” photo thing) but my aged machine didn’t last too long into the night before a wire came loose. Darn.

Good thing I had the iPhone and Hipstamatic to back me up. (Yes I had other modern cameras with me as well but after downloading Hipstamatic recently, I’ve been wanting to use it some more.)

Here’s a sampling of some of my favorite images.

Sky filled with balloons

There really are few things in life quite like seeing so many colorful balloons against our bright blue sky. For my second time lapse video, I wanted to capture the peaceful part of the fiesta, that floating beauty above the crowd of thousands.

#timelapse of the #balloonfestival

I’ve recently become a fan of time lapse photography and figured the balloon fiesta here in Albuquerque would be a great chance to produce my own. For this sequence, I shot more than 3,000 still images and pieced them together in Adobe Premiere Pro before adding some free music. Thankfully, no one in the crowd bumped my tripod during the entire time I was shooting.

my Hipstamatic view of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

I’ve taken photos at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta for too many years to count. Each year, I look for something different at this much-photographed event. This year, I decided to try something totally new. Yes, I put down the overly heavy long lenses and metal camera bodies I usually carry with me and worked with an iPhone for a while. I used Hipstamatic with a Tinto 1884 lens and D-type plate. The result appeals to my love of old-school film cameras and outdated processing procedures.