Trying out new VSCO films on Maui photos

I just bought a new film pack from VSCO. They recently introduced what they call Film Essentials. It is a collection of a few favorites from all of their available packs. I installed them into Lightroom and thought I would give them a try. Being that the vacation was pretty awesome I thought that testing these out would be a perfect opportunity to relive some moments in Maui. So far I really like the films. There is a good variety in the films and it gives me a good idea of what the film packs can do. If I’m going to buy more it will likely be the instant film pack. That is one where I want all of it. It just looks great.

The films I used on these ones are the Fuji Astia, Kodak Gold 200, and Fuji Provia 400x. I really dig the look and feel I get from VSCO films. As someone who would shoot real film exclusively if my wallet allowed it, I really like the results.

What do you think?

Pictures I took of my friends when they didn’t know


I’ve always found pictures of people to be some of the most interesting photos I’ve seen, especially ones taken more candidly when the subject hasn’t known they were getting their picture taken. We are at our most interesting and honest when don’t think anyone is looking at us. I see this all the time in street photography and have always wanted to try it myself. To be honest, the idea of someone yelling at me when they see me taking their photo and getting super mad at me keeps me from doing it. On occasion hanging out with friends I have had my camera out and taken a few photos.
These are just a few of them that came out alright. First is one of Cassidy I took last November while she was walking along the beach at Golden Gardens when her grandma Pat was visiting. Next, is a shot of our friend Dave I took when we went out for a boat ride on South Lake Union. Finally is a picture of our friend Jess when he was thinking about whistling, I assume. I’m not really sure, but it looks hilarious. I took each photo with my Canon DSLR and they were edited in Lightroom using my VSCO films.

Cherry Blossoms at University of Washington

People out to enjoy the cherry blossoms at the University of Washington.
People out to enjoy the cherry blossoms at the University of Washington.

This past weekend Cassidy and I took the newly opened light rail from Capitol Hill up to the University of Washington to walk around the campus and see the cherry blossoms. It was also partially so that Cassidy could see the new light rail station. I’ve started using the train in my commute to work, but she hadn’t taken the train up to the new station yet.

The campus had lots of other people all walking around with the same idea. The trees looked awesome and reminded us both of our trip to Japan last year around this time. I brought my camera and snapped a few shots of the trees, buildings, and people out that day. I also just downloaded the Nik collection the day before since it’s free now. I used the plugins to edit this photo. Overall, I really like the results.