Celebrating An 80th Birthday.


Back in March we celebrated my maternal grandfather’s 80th birthday (you can see a picture of my handsome grandpapa about thirty years ago right here) with a small Chinese ceremony.

In my earnestness to take “better pictures” for a one-time event like this, I chose to use Kodak Portra 400 for higher quality portrait tones. To my dismay the film does not work well indoors/under shades without a good source of natural light and I became very hesitant to spend $8.00 on a roll of film I was not able to produce decent results with. (However, my sister’s graduation came along and since I was sure we were going to have plenty of sunlight I gave it ago again to much happier results.)

Despite everything, I’m still equally pleased to be able to capture these memories with my family on film; at least then (as opposed to digital) they are photographs that I will actually go back to look at over and over again.










Negative0-36-33A(1)Kodak Portra 400, Pentax K1000

4 comments on “Celebrating An 80th Birthday.

  1. I think you’ve captured it beautifully, I always wish I took more photos of these kind of events with film. I hope he had an amazing day :)

  2. I always try to take pictures at family events,because now days it’s hard to get everybody together in the same room at the same time :)

    Happy belated birthday to your grandfather!

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