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Noe Todorovich is a Washington, DC based lifestyle photographer, and this is her blog. She shares musings, travels, photographs, tips, suggestions and more.

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National Gallery of Art

Noe Todorovich

One of my favorite places in Washington, DC is the National Gallery of Art. I particularly love the East Building. Beyond the amazing art, the architecture of the building itself is stunning.

The building recently reopened after a three-year renovation including creating additional gallery space and a lovely rooftop terrace with sculptures including the now famous "Hahn/Cock" by Katharina Fritsch on long-term loan from Glenstone. When I last visiting, the three towers each houses the following artists' works: Barbara Kruger, Alexander Calder, Mark Rothko, and Barnett Newman. Some of these exhibits will be limited time while others will rotate the works displayed or remain longer term.

I really enjoyed checking out the new digs during NGA Evenings at the Edge program where the museum stays open late with performances, music, and pop-up talks. (NOTE: One such night remains in April, so be sure to sign up if you haven't been yet...or if you have and want more!) 

Back into Film

Gina Todorovich

Sometime last year, I inherited a vintage (older-than-myself) film camera along with some lenses and a flash. Super eager to get back into shooting film, I ordered three kinds of film from B&H, with the intent of using them during a day trip to NYC. I got the film just in time, even worked through replacing the battery and loaded that bad boy up. Framed my first shot, adjusted the exposure and then pressed the shutter...

Not. A. Sound.

The shutter would not cooperate, and that camera still sits in a closet since it was too old to be fixed at the shop I took it too. Now there are other options, so not all hope is lost. At that point though, I just got busy and didn't see to fixing it.

Well, after all that excitement and then disappointment, I am back at it. Thanks to a somehow semi-surprise Christmas gift, I have a working film camera again: a Pentax K1000. And I am putting it to work.

How's my track record so far?

  1. My first roll came out alright, with a few shots I rather like. Some were rather grainy and a bit too blurry though. On to the next!
  2. My second roll...BLANK. Yes, heartbreak. Not a single shot. I'm going to go ahead and chock that up to bad film or a bad processing experience. Definitely not user error. Nope. *blank stare*
  3. Roll #3—my first B&W roll since I got back into shooting filmis out for processing. Penn Camera currently has to send out black and white film for developing, so I get to draw out the suspense and practice patience. HMPH.
  4. The fourth roll was shot using Kodak Portra 160 color film I got from B&H last year and finally put to use. I spent a good portion of the past weekend at museums in DC, so most of the shots are at the Hirshhorn and a few by/at the National Gallery of Art. Those are shared below...

   

I'm thrilled to be shooting with film once again. I feel like it makes me stop and think about what I'm photographing—and how—which makes my photography experience more meaningful overall. Film is not for everyone, but it definitely is for me.

I look forward to continuing to explore film photography and am even more excited to experiment with it. I've found lots of interesting reads on developing film at home, scanning negatives with your DSLR, etc. And I've also never taken a film shot using a flash, and it's been over a decade since I dabble with infrared film. There is A LOT that I want to try and so much for me to learn. I'm just getting (re-)started... 

Newseum: A New Museum to Me

Gina Todorovich

I love free.

I stand in lines in the cold for hours sometimes for free things ranging from attending a taping of Demetri Martin's Important Things to a free salad from Chop't. That last one happened just today.

Washington, DC spoils me in the realm of free. Lots of free food, movies and more. And the museums. All those Smithsonian museums. It's made it quite difficult for me to even entertain the idea of paying to go to one. Not just it costs how much?! I cut that off at "It costs?!"

As a result of my obsession with free, I hadn't gone to the Newseum in the six plus years I have lived here. A Groupon for half off admission helped change that. It's progress for me.

I am so glad that I finally made it to the Newseum. It was an incredible museum experience. I loved the set up, architechture, great customer service, awesome exhibits and abundance of information. I can see how people call it one of their favorite museums. From the Berlin Wall to part of the antenna from the top of the World Trade Center, the museum contains powerful pieces of poignant history. If only they had been filming in the studio yesterday, the experience would have been complete. Guess I'll just have to go back. ;-)