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In the Frame: Haley Vahlstrom



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Hi there, my name is Haley Vahlstrom and I'm from a small town in Northern California called Gilroy. I've always been interested in taking pictures but didn't get involved in photography until I started college about two years ago. I started by using my friend's Canon DSLRs and my love for shooting spiraled from there. Film has also been an interest of mine since starting but I hadn't started using it until a little while ago due to the sort of pressure of perfection that surrounds it, but I'm glad to say I'm happy I took the dive and ventured into this side of photography. I'm almost finished with my last quarter of college and hope to do something in the field of fashion styling, graphic, design, and photography.

The thing that attracts me to photographing with film the most is honestly the aesthetic quality of it. The experience is a huge part as well as it can be a rush just clicking the shutter not knowing what the image you just captured will turn out as, but I just absolutely love the look of film and how much character it gives each picture.

I've gravitated to using either disposable cameras or my Canon T70. For film my first roll was on Kodak T-max 400 and I've just started up a roll of Portra 400 I'm pretty stoked about.

This first picture I'm submitting is from a couple weeks ago back in Hollywood when my friend and I were on our way back from Amoeba. It was such a beautiful sunset I knew I had to whip out my disposable Kodak. The other pictures were from my T-max 400 roll. It was my first roll of film ever (besides a previous disposable camera) and I was going around to different locations up north to use it up.

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DEC 14 UPDATE: We have our winners!

Main Prize Winners:

  • Jen Martin
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  • Marita Gootee 
  • Jason Boulanger 
  • Jim Baruchel 
  • Lisa Flanary
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ShootFilmCo Black Friday and CYBER WEEK 2020

Cameradactyl Launches the Mongoose Fast Automated 35mm Film Scanner

Cameradactyl Launches the Mongoose Fast Automated 35mm Film Scanner


Cameradactyl, the brainchild of mad scientist Ethan Moses launched the Mongoose: an automated 35mm film scanning device.

Users will need to utilize their own digital camera and macro lens; just about any camera that accepts a cable release can be used.

Why is it called the Mongoose? Because it's "fast, and eats snakes and snakes of film!"

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In The Frame: Lilian Tay

In The Frame: Lilian Tay


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Hi! I'm Lilian. I'm a 24 years old female artist born in Malaysia and I currently reside in Wichita, KS. I recently received my B.F.A. in Art Education with an emphasis in Photography. I'm a full-time art educator and photography has been my passion for about 9 years.

I started shooting film when I was a freshmen in high school. I originally took Intro to Photography as part of the graduation requirement, but I eventually grew to enjoy it as I got to experiment and understand the technical processes behind film photography. Through film photography, I have learned to slow down and take the time to observe the scenery before I press the shutter button. During my internship at a local high school, my cooperating teacher, who is an experienced photography teacher, has taught me much about how we can further experiment with the prints that we've processed and create unique results through the process.

I started out film photography using Canon AE-1 and Minolta X-370 as those were what's available in my high school class. During my high school and early college years, I've only taken all my shots with Ilford HP5+ 400 and Arista EDU Ultra 400. Currently, I'm using a Pentax K1000 that I bought at a yard sale. I'm beginning to experiment with color films, starting with Kodak Colorplus 200.

This series of works that I've submitted is called Manipulation in the Dark. Manipulation in the Dark is a series of work that focuses on the alteration of film photography. Each work has been manipulated with a combination of splattering the developer on the prints, fogging the prints under tungsten light, and sepia toning during the printing process in the darkroom. The intention of this series is to draw attention to utilizing a combination of darkroom photographic practices that are considered incorrect to one's advantage. All of these photos were processed and printed on Arista EDU Ultra VC RC Paper. I love taking photos of the nature and document the process. My goals for the future are to gain more experience with color film photography and create my own darkroom. In addition, I would like to dive into medium format in the near future.

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