If you live in Beaver Dam, or the surrounding area, you may have had this magazine delivered to your door. The front cover of the magazine looks somewhat familiar to me though. Oh thats right, I created that image!
Not many people will allow someone to hold a photoshoot in an abandoned building, but we got lucky. If you are wondering where on earth we were, you will have to keep wondering because that is my new favorite secret spot. Amazingly, the location resides in good ol’ Beaver Dam Wisconsin and here is a hint, use to be an old car dealer service bay. Once we were granted permission to use the building we knew we needed to arrive a couple hours early for the shoot to do some rearranging and some cleaning. We tried our hardest to schedule the photoshoot on a day that was overcast to help soften the light coming from that enormous skylight, but as fate would have it, the sun shone bright with minimal clouds in the sky. So working together, me being on a ladder and Brian and Jim outside, we tried our best to capture the images we needed during the 15-30 seconds of cloud cover that occurred every 15 minutes or so.
The result however was unbelievable. As soon as a cloud would cover the sunlight the entire building would change, the car’s highlights and lowlights evened out bringing out every detail. Just imagine the car as it sits in all of its awesomeness, then just like that it looks %1000 more awesome. I was like a madman as soon as those clouds hit, taking 15-35 pictures in a grid pattern capturing all of the details car and its surroundings. Brian looked at me like I was crazy for taking so many pictures all at one time as most people would, but I explained to him that there was a reason behind my madness. All of those photos were taken with my 85mm f1.2 L series lens meaning I would have to be really far away from the car to fit it into frame. So instead of using a wide angle lens, which would distort the lines of the car, I used my telephoto lens and took up to 30 photos in a grid like pattern of the car and the scene around it. After the photoshoot, I took all of those photos and stitched them all together in post production. In other words, The picture you see on the front cover is actually 30 photos merged into one photo.
Brian hasn’t seen any of the photos of his car other than the ones printed in the LocaLeben magazine, so enjoy these photos with him that didn’t make the cut.
I am not sure why I have been having this deep and sudden urge to start working with film cameras, but this beast inside of me has won and I now am the proud owner of a Medium Format Film Camera. Thanks to Ebay, and some impeccable timing, I was able to purchase a used 1965 Mamiya C33 Professional 6×6 for a really decent price. It’s a Twin Reflex Lens (TRL), which in laymens terms means it has two lenses, one for viewing and one for the capturing the image unlike Single Reflex Lenses (SLR) which use only one lens. As soon as I received it in the mail, I started exploring how the camera functioned trying to understand what each and every button and lever’s use was. I read up on everything I could about my brand new/used C33 and medium format cameras in general before I even took a chance of loading a roll of film into it.
I still cannot get over how heavy and solid this thing is. It has enough weight that if you drop it you will want to move your toes before you lose them. I envy the way that things were build back then compared to our throw-away society that we live on now. Next year this camera will be 50 years old! And what is crazy is that I made the purchase to use it, not to let it sit on the shelf.
So here it is. The start of a very interesting and unforgiving journey to develop a better understanding of photography. Wish me luck as I feel there will be some interesting changes as I dive deeper into the world of film.
Got to take a trip down to Mackenzie’s hometown of Galesburg, IL to take some senior pictures of Rayanne. It really amazes me how 4 hours south can make such a difference in regards to weather. All of the trees were full of leaves and the crabapple trees were in full bloom unlike up by us, where we were just starting to see some buds on the trees. Plus it was fun to see and spend some time with family.
For the Murray’s and the Eklund’s she is our first. Our first niece, the first grandchild and Katsma Photography’s first baby who may as well have her own tab on our website.
On January 23rd Noah and I broke the record for travel time from Beaver Dam, Wisconsin to Galesburg, Illinois to see the arrival of baby Brynn.
Not only did I want to see this baby, I wanted to see my sister Cassidy as a new mom. I wanted to see my Dad’s face when he saw his grand daughter. I wanted to see the baby in all of her slimy beauty as she cried for the first time. I wanted to see Dustin walk through the hospital doors to announce her arrival- Brynn Claire Murray.
I got all of that and more.
Baby Brynn’s big debut was so joyful, so beautiful, so emotional, so filling and gave me so much yet left me completely incapable of communicating any of it the way I want.
What I do know is that I looked at Brynn for the first time and she stole my heart. And I saw the love that her father and mother had and the joy that was reflected on their faces just in light of her arrival and I thought,” This must be just a small taste of the great love that God has for us.”
1 John 3:1 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God. And that is what we are!
Galatians 4:7 Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.
God loves us as his children.
He is a Father who looks at us and knows all of our mistakes- past, present and future- in all of our slimy sin and poopy diapers and life mess that we create and is still completely captivated by us.
I hope these beautiful photos taken by Noah communicate what I can’t.
P.S. I have become the obnoxious Aunt you have all feared…