The last 12 months or so have been very interesting to say the least. I had a lot of time to think about my business, photography in general and possibly what direction I want to go. I've been using Fuji cameras for many years now and they have been super wonderful to work with. The features are great and being light and compact didn't hurt either. The lenses are amazing (all the ones I've tried) and each generation just keep improving. Being a crop sensor system has never bothered me as I'm aware of the limitations as well as the benefits and I've just been impressed overall.
More recently I've been assessing my work for the last few years and what I've enjoyed and some things that I haven't enjoyed as much. Also, new ideas that I've been having about my editing and overall look of my photos. Lately I've been playing around with presets and different things to get that nice film look, but not too heavy handed. I liked what I was getting, but at the same time it just seemed so far away from what I was doing. And I was not ready to go back over all my shoots and weddings to re-edit them.
Just like in anything else you do some research to see what's out there that might work for you and also cost. In the end budget is a real thing and making decisions that affect that require much thought. So I started looking at where the film industry was and noticed that film cameras of all kinds are doing really well and that film is still available. Being someone who appreciates gear I picked up a Pentax K1000 locally with a lens and headed out to take photos. Wow, did that bring me back to high school. It just felt right in a sense almost like finding a toy you once enjoyed. Of course that was not enough. I looked at other film cameras and even into medium format as those prices aren't astronomical yet. I picked up a Yashica D TLR. Now that takes a lot of getting used to and it really slow you down. And then another camera and you know how that goes.
After a month of chatting with other photographers you already shoot film, watching reviews and other real world examples I have decided to move to film for all my personal work and some of my hired work. It makes sense to keep my Fuji camera to be able to take good digital photos that will be ready quickly, but photographing with mechanical cameras has been a joy.
I have a lot to learn still and developing etc, creating new budgets and goals for myself, but I truly think film is for me.
You've probably read a lot of these posts before and this is just my journey, but I'm excited to re-ignite my passion for photography and go down the less traveled road. I want to shoot more of what makes me happy and the way I want to shoot it.
Please stay tuned though as my website will have a major change in the next 30 days as my focus is shifting as well (no pun intended).
Thanks all of you who are sticking around for the ride.
- Tomas Haran
If you photograph weddings long enough you're bound to photograph some of your friends getting married. These become unforgettable and truly mean a lot.
My good friend Eric had let me know that he was going to be getting married in California to his now wife Maria and I was thrilled. I had met her and she was just wonderful. She was patient and warm and they truly had a wonderful relationship. So of course when he asked me I agreed. Living in Massachusetts I found it so exciting to be doing a wedding in California.
I've known Eric and his family now for almost 26 years from back when I was living in Maryland. We played soccer together and shared other interests as well. Around high school we went different paths, but we still stayed in touch.
The wedding was fantastic at a great venue and an amazing reception which her family had setup for the big day. I haven't been to a similar wedding since. But, maybe that's more of a Cali thing. In any case I'll always remember this beautiful wedding and how happy my friend Eric was to have found his soulmate in Maria.
Congrats again bro!!!
This is a session I did late last year. I briefly flirted with Nikon equipment again and decided to set up a quick photo session. So, we headed to Buffumville Park in Charlton to get some photos out of my Nikon gear (D750 and the 85mm 1.8G). I've always loved that lens for its subject separation with the background and the nice compression.
Here are a few photos, enjoy!
Note: A month after this session I did in fact jump back to Fuji. Its just my ideal camera system.
Worcester Wedding Photographer
Looking back at another super fun wedding on the blog today.
When I spoke with Rachel and Erik they let me know they had booked the White Room at the Crompton Collective. I was pretty excited about that as it was a new venue and it turns out theirs would be the second wedding hosted there ever. I'd been to the Crompton Collective many times and its a must visit if you're in the area. You'll find a wide variety of neat things for your home.
So, on the wedding day we had fabulous weather and we started at the Holiday Inn close by for some of the getting ready photos. Once again I worked with Deirdre Rakus Photography. We are a pretty good team!
From there we all headed to Green Hill Park to get some formal photos. The weather was still amazing!
From there we headed to the White Room, but we got a couple couple photos before things got really started.
What a fun wedding! They just danced and danced and everyone had a great time.
Yesterday I was trying to decide where to go for today's photo walk. I was either going to go East bound or West bound. I made the decision to get West bound given all the foliage changes going on this time of year throughout the state. So, I hopped on RT 2 which follows the Mohawk Trail. If you search online you'll find that it's a popular scenic route to enjoy the fall foliage. I've driven that way in the past before, but not to look at foliage so I was curious how it was this time of year.
I picked up Rt 2. in Leominster and then kept heading west. I did make some stops here and there to places I'll definitely have to visit again, but I enjoyed the ride. It wasn't until I reached Greenfield that I realized Shelburne Falls wasn't too far away. So I made the decision to keep going on Rt 2 and make it my final destination before turning around. I had visited there in the past with my dad almost 4 years ago when we ventured out to Western MA to sight see a little. So, I was looking forward to visiting again. I highly recommend taking route 2 to get there versus the pike and then Rt 91. There is a lot more to see and not much traffic as you go through all the small towns along the way.
I headed out with my Fuji X-Pro2 and my 35mm 1.4 lens. I wanted to make it a point to get more use out of this focal length. It's not super wide which I figured I'd need to get some amazing photos, but all in all I think it worked out quite well. Being outside I was often able to back up more if I needed to.
Note to self: I need to do this trip again!
Enjoy the photos!
I stopped at a couple parks in Orange. Lots of parks out that way, so I'll have to check out more on my next trip.
I really liked this water tower surrounded by the foliage. On the other side I grabbed some lunch and saw this other angle which I also really liked. Which do you prefer?
A little further down the road on Rt 2 I came across the French King Bridge in Erving MA. The view from there was amazing. Plenty of parking there to be able to hop out and walk on the bridge to enjoy the spectacular view. It is a must see location and I'd be interested to see it in the winter and possibly mid summer.
Then I continued on and got to Shelburn Falls!!
Just really liked this car.
On my way back I stopped at the famous bridge again and took a photo of the view on the other side. Not as amazing, but still really nice.
I really enjoyed the trip and the Fuji 35mm f1.4 worked well for me.
Looking forward to another photo walk maybe next week. Who knows where I'll end up.
Hope you enjoyed the photos.