Sunday, November 8, 2009

Slow Moves

Broken Holga. I think the shutter is sticky and it doesn't always trigger the flash. These shots are double or triple exposures. Junk, but I like the anonymity...I just got hit with deja vu. Weird.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Originally uploaded by Erin Eli
My friend Tasja and I shot some pictures of our friend Susan recently; this is a crop of one of my photographs. I used my Mamiya 645S and was reallllly happy with the results.

We created a gorgeous softbox feel by putting a fitted sheet right over the window, cutting the light and contrast down drastically. I can't wait to shoot in her room again.

I think I was using regular old Neopan b/w film here!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

My first time exhibiting work!

This month I'm exhibiting work for the first time. I rented a small section of wall in a gallery in the Santa Ana Artists Village, and this coming Saturday is their monthly Artwalk. If you're in the area, stop by and say hi to me and check out all the other great artists!

Monday, August 3, 2009


Originally uploaded by Erin Eli
This photo is from a wedding I shot in mid-July. The bride, Abby, is dancing with her new father-in-law for the money dance.

Thanks for this job definitely go out to my friend Susan. Her brother-in-law's little brother was getting married, and she sold me as the photographer. (Thanks for having that kind of confidence in me, lady!)

It was a great learning experience and ended up being really fun! The bride and groom were really laid back and easy to work with. In all, it was a very satisfying experience. I'm still editing, but enjoying the process more and more as I go along.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

OC Fair

The fair
Originally uploaded by Erin Eli
Mariel and I switched cameras - my Nikon SLR for her Lomo LC-A. I went to the fair with my friend Mary and it ended up being a perfect place for the Lomo - tons of bright colors!

And yes, that is a Lomo that Mary's holding. Ohhh, we're photo-nerds.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


Originally uploaded by Erin Eli
I want to take more shots of this pup - she's a cutie. Somewhere away from the beach would be nice though. Despite the high contrast, I'm happy with 35mm shot.

Maybe I was too quick to write off 35mm in favor of medium format. Hrmm!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

conclusion of a bad dream

"I was filled with deep regret that I couldn't tell everyone how much I loved them, my family, my friends. How would they know if I wasn't able to say it to them right then? What if they'd forgotten?"

Monday, June 29, 2009

645 with prism

645 with prism
Originally uploaded by Erin Eli
Elizabeth Luna and I shot together a few weeks ago in Long Beach. Her sister Hannah was our model and assistant.

I hadn't used my reflector in a while so I brought that along. I always forget how much contrast it adds - it's nice if you want a bit more dramatic shot. We all had a lot of fun lighting each other and shooting with my Nikon, Mamiya and Land Camera.

Liz got some really cool stuff on Polaroid 690, which I'll link to once she puts it on Flickr.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

triptych? Sounds like a disease

Lately I've been going a little nutty with older photos - a sure sign that I need to go out and shoot more. Also, I have a ton of color 120 to be developed!

In the meantime, and since I can't take photos of Anchal for geographical reasons, this type of thing is holding me over:

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Spring Polas

Spring Polas
Originally uploaded by Erin Eli
Two recent Polaroids (they're Fuji instant film but they're still polaroids to me) that I took at school last week with my Land Camera.

My friend Liz (in the picture on the left) took this shot and I used it for a project for my Intro to Digital class. We had to have 9 different 4x4 images that represent us in some way; some semblance of a self portrait. These very much reflect my interest in instant film.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Stranger in the House

Stranger in the House
Originally uploaded by Erin Eli
Explored an abandoned house and adjoining trailer with Tom a few weeks ago at the Sea.

You know, I think this is the first color roll I've shot on Hasselblad. In the past I've used my Mamiya, but never full 6x6.

On a color film/Hasselblad note, my friend Roger from school shot some incredible frames on slidefilm with Hasselblad. Holy crap. Look through all of them.

Monday, May 11, 2009


Originally uploaded by Erin Eli
Last weekend I checked out a Hasselblad 501cm and a Polaroid back from school. I love it, it's an incredible combination. You get the amazing focus of the Hasselblad lens, and the immediacy of Polaroid. Well, Fuji in this case.

Dead Tilapia on Bombay Beach, much fresher than I usually see there.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Tom on Polaroid

Tom Bland
Originally uploaded by Erin Eli
My photographer friend Tom Bland was visiting the US for the first time, so we did an abbreviated version of the southern California tour. Venice Beach, Griffith Observatory, the Salton Sea (he's a photographer, I had to take him there!), and the Getty. There's so much more to see, but I think we did pretty well for a long weekend.

This was shot with my Polaroid Land Camera, using the Fuji black and white packfilm.

Sidenote: if I edit a picture that I've already linked here, my blog says that it's "not available", even though when you click through, the image is there on flickr. I'm really irritated by this. Does anyone have a solution? I had to repost.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Ghost Koi

Ghost koi
Originally uploaded by Erin Eli
A polaroid I took last year at the Japanese Garden at Long Beach State, that I just got around to scanning. The water was dark so I set the dial to "lighten" (precise, yeah??) and so the shutter stayed open a bit longer than normal, creating this slightly blurred effect.

I was looking at this today and made the mistake of wikipedia-ing Koi. I learned all about domesticated carp and how they were bred for color and how they're related to goldfish but aren't goldfish.
Now I'm full of even more useless information.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


blurry John
Originally uploaded by Erin Eli
This roll reminded me that I need to start shooting cleaner. What's the point of taking a shot if I'm not going to pay attention to essential details like background and focus. Yeah, I'm getting the general aesthetic I want, but only at a thumbnail size.

For example, it would've been so easy to remove the books and other items on the shelf behind him. That would've improved the shot so much. Not to mention the fact that the focus is off.

I want



Time to get on it.

John the Scientist.

Originally uploaded by Erin Eli

Hasselblad 501cm, 80mm lens. Acros 100. Diffused light through a window behind me.

Monday, April 20, 2009

The film version

Originally uploaded by Erin Eli
Following up on an earlier post about Tasja; I developed and scanned my 120 rolls from Tasja's back yard, shot on Hasselblad 501cm with an 80mm lens.

Fuji Acros 120 film, 100 ISO

I'm in love with medium format film!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

We were each others adventures, education & loves.

"Separation is a hard truth to swallow.

When you see your friends, their smiling faces and hear their voices and laugh with them at jokes and memories it's hard to understand why people "choose" separation.

More or less we've chosen to move away from one another, leave Long Beach in search of adventures, education, love, something that we felt like isn't in our lives.

But, all those things were in our lives all along."

- All text by an anonymous collaborator, including the post title.

Photos by me, shot on 120 film with Mamiya 645

Sunday, March 29, 2009


Originally uploaded by Erin Eli
Today I borrowed Tasja's Rebel to take some shots of her in her backyard. I also shot a roll and a half on the Hasselbad I have checked out from school this week. It's Spring Break so I don't have to return it until next Monday - sweet. I'll post the film versions of these shots once I develop them.

Monday, March 9, 2009


Originally uploaded by Erin Eli
I have a Tungsten (lighting) portrait due Wednesday in my Intro to Pro class. Kate agreed to be my model.. and then told me that she used to teach Tungsten to college kids at Mole Richardson, the company that makes the lights that we use in the studio! Um, random and awesome! She gave me a lot of pointers on practical light handling, and was a lot of fun to work with in general.

This is the digital component, shot on the studio 5D. Black and white 120 shot on Hasselblad coming soon.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Find some beautiful place to get lost

Oceanside Gulls
Originally uploaded by Erin Eli
So much to do lately! The weeks are flying by. I can't help but think the next few years will go quickly as well.

Actually, flickr, no that picture is not unavailable.
How do I fix that? I'm such dummy when it comes to this blog.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Creating a portfolio

Originally uploaded by Erin Eli
Towards the end of March, I'm going to apply for scholarships at school and I need to submit a portfolio of 10-20 images. I've never made one before and I'm so intimidated! How do I judge my best work?

To be honest, some of my favorite shots are things like this that I took with my Polaroid Landcamera. A few people have told me that Polaroids should be fine to include, as long as they're "cohesive with the rest of the portfolio".

Thoughts? Help!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

When did I become a hipster??

Erin Oven
Originally uploaded by Miller Truby
Taken by Miller Truby at the Salton Sea, one of my favorite places in Southern California.


Originally uploaded by Erin Eli
This past weekend felt like Summer so much. I can't wait for longer days and warmer nights.

Here's one of my latest favorites, shot on 35mm Fuji with my Nikon SLR. I really like Susan's expression and the diffused light on her face. Although the background could have been a bit cleaner.. oh well.

Something that's going to be interesting in the next few months is my transition to medium format and digital. I was recently given a Mamiya 645 Super (thanks to my amazing friend Michelle), and at school we're using mostly Hasselblad. I'll also be shooting a lot of digital for school and other occasions when film isn't practical.

But at this point, I'm so familiar with my little SLR that it's the easiest thing to shoot with, even when I know the Mamiya can produce much better images. I need to just remember that resisting that temptation will pay off in the long run..

Monday, March 2, 2009

Take that, Germans

A German publication from the 1830's regarding Daguerre's advancements towards a fixed photographic image:

"The wish to capture evanescent reflections is not only impossible, as shown by thorough German investigation, but the mere desire alone, the will to do so, is blasphemy. God created man in His own image, and no man-made machine may fix the image of God."

In that case, I know a lot of blasphemers.