There’s nothing like a personal challenge. Last weekend I challenged myself to use only my Pentax 35mm film camera and instagram (via my Droid) during Bonnaroo. Usually I use black and white film so I can develop it myself in the darkroom, but this time I used color film instead. And REALLY over the expiration date color film at that. (Over time when people have discovered that I shoot film, they give me rolls that have inevitably been in the back of a drawer for years.) I figured with Bonnaroo what it is, what better time to pull out film that may have wacky color tints or lots of added grain!
Just a word of warning…I couldn’t get enough of the Ferris Wheel. Every time I passed (or could see it in the distance), it SCREAMED at me to stop and take a picture. And I don’t ignore those screams very often. So, just humor me and don’t complain about the 8 pictures of the same object. I just couldn’t help myself!
I love sun flare. Combine that with the Ferris Wheel, blue skies and film and I’m a happy girl.
We were blessed with beautiful skies and lots of sunshine with the daily high’s in the 80′s. I’ve never seen Bonnaroo weather so good!!
The object of this game: one contestant to out yell the other. The guys working had no idea what they were up against when my sister stepped into the booth. They soon figured it out. And so did her opponent (sorry Melanie!).
The Cuckoo Clock. The humorous part about this is we were asked NUMEROUS times what time it was (my husband had a watch on). He would look at his watch and tell them the time. I would just look up at the clock towering above us and say nothing. He’s much nicer than I am, I guess. And no one ever understood that the Cuckoo Clock would let them know what time it was. Maybe if it was digital?? Ha
More Ferris Wheel. The colors. And height. And blue sky. I just couldn’t quit.
A glaring sun, low in the sky just makes me smile.
And by looking at the black line on the edge of several of the pictures, apparently my film advancing had issues. I’ll just call it character.
It’s a dance party! One of my favorite things about Bonnaroo is the atmosphere. How great is it that a group of people who don’t know each other feel the need to all break out into a dance. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if that happened more often? I think so.
With dehydration and sunburns a problem in past years, areas with shade were aplenty this year. I love the creativity that went into this. Not only is it interesting to look at, but there were clever signs all around like “Sun Burns. Shade Doesn’t.”.
One of the landmarks of Bonnaroo each year is the wall that surrounds the Centeroo and What stage area. It’s an area where those that are artistically inclined with spray paint (or a paint brush) can show off their talents. This section encouraged people to list items that are on their bucket list.
I don’t know THAT guy, but I appreciate him standing there as we passed. Made the sign even better.
The arch. One of the few permanent structures that remain on the farm all year. And yes, this picture was taken in 2012, not 1970-something like it looks (B’roo is just 11 years old!). The character this has is the reason I didn’t mind using VERY expired film.
While I’m not a big Alice Cooper fan, I felt like since he was there we should at least go see him in concert. We got there just in time to hear “Schools Out” so we timed it perfect!
A small challenge I had for myself (within my bigger challenge of no dSLR camera), was to capture the lights of the Ferris Wheel at night with both a short exposure (above) and long exposure-with the wheel moving-(below). I was very excited when I saw the negative of the picture below.
Pictures of people taking pictures…(for all of you Jack Johnson fans, feel free to sing along with me…). This was during Kenny Rogers singing “Islands in the Stream”. He was another music legend we couldn’t not go see in concert while he was there. And we got a bonus when Lionel Richie came out to sing their duet “Lady”.
Ahhhh…the people of Bonnaroo. They are characters indeed. She was in her own world with her Hula Hoops. This was the only character I captured with 35mm, but I did capture several more on my phone. I’m thinking those could be a whole blog post.
I’m feeling like my no dSLR, 35mm film and camera phone only challenge was a success. As was Bonnaroo 2012. And as always, I’m already looking forward to next year!
Now to work on my next project. A time lapse of our beer tent from Friday and Saturday night! Stay tuned for that!!