Travels | Napa Valley

Travels | Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett

It’s no secret that my husband and I love visiting Napa Valley. I’ve posted previous photos here, here, and here.

We were able to make a quick weekend trip at the beginning of March. We have such good memories there. It’s truly the only vacation where I actually feel rested when I return home.

This time of year is mustard season and Napa Valley is filled with a beautiful blanket of yellow. Here are 35mm film photos I captured with my Pentax K1000 and Kodak Portra 400 film. These were mostly taken at Frog’s Leap in Rutherford, Napa Valley, California.

Travels | Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Travels | Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Travels | Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Travels | Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Travels | Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Travels | Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Travels | Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Travels | Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Travels | Frog’s Leap, Rutherford, Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Travels | Frog’s Leap, Rutherford, Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Travels | Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Travels | Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Travels | Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Travels | Napa Valley on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett

And you can see more of travel photos here.

Life, Lately

Simple moments of my life captured on 35mm film from the last month or so. As always with film, these images feel so personal and intimate to me. I will always love how film captures my feelings and mood, in addition to what I see.

35mm film by Azzari Jarrett

Nothing beats the first image from the roll.

Puzzle pieces on 35 mm film by Azzari Jarrett

We worked on a puzzle together as a family.

Alligator at Prejean’s Restaurant in Lafayette, Louisiana | 35 mm film by Azzari Jarrett

I made a quick trip home to Louisiana.

Bienvenue, Prejean’s Restaurant in Lafayette, Louisiana on 35 mm Film by Azzari Jarrett
Dress captured on 35mm Film by Azzari Jarrett
35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
White Roses on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Morning cup of coffee on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett

Morning light and my first cup of coffee.

Dried flowers on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Puzzle on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett

More progress on the puzzle.

Brunch on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Morning Light on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Watercolor on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Boat Life on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
White sheets on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Viiolin on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Puzzle on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett

We finally finished the puzzle.

Afternoon Light on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Breakfast on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Shadows and Light on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Morning Light and coffee on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Morning Light and coffee on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett

If you look closely, you can see my reflection in the last photo.

All images captured with my Pentax K1000 and Kodak Portra 400 film.

January on Film, Part 2

The second installment of bits and pieces of my January 2018, captured on 35mm film.  And once again, as I stated in Part 1 of this series, these images feel very intimate to me.  The grain of the film definitely captures the mood, and maybe that's what makes me feel so vulnerable in sharing these. You can read more about this project here.

February currently underway. Looking forward to sharing those images in early March.

January on Film, Part 1

One of my personal projects this year to document my days on 35mm film

I am quietly and thoughtfully capturing one moment of my day on film, and waiting until the end of the month to develop and scan.  So far, I've found that taking only one photo is a challenge - I could easily take two, three, or four captures. And of course, waiting until the end of the month to see what I have captured is a treat.

Right now, I am using my Nikon F100 with 85mm lens, but I'm not putting any restrictions on my camera or film - just whatever I have on hand at the moment.   

Here is the first half of January, captured at different times of my day.  Most were taken in and around our home, with the exception of a quick trip to Charleston, South Carolina.  Also included are two photos of my youngest daughter who spends most of her days with me. 

I am surprised at how incredibly intimate these images are for me. Each evokes a since of certain memory for me.  I can't wait to see how this project evolves of the year.

I'll share the second half of January very soon.

Travels | Québec City, Part 2

More pictures from our trip to Québec City, Québec. You can see my first installment here.

Azzari Jarrett | Film | Quebec City

We stayed at the Auberge Saint-Antoine and I highly recommend it.  Located in the Vieux Port of Québec City, it was so convenient to walk everywhere. Such a quaint hotel, and one of my favorite parts of our visit was simply enjoying the room.

Azzari Jarrett | Film | Quebec City

We had our own expresso maker in the room, and we spent early afternoons with the windows wide open enjoying a daily cup of expresso.  I enjoyed it so much that when we returned, I promptly ordered my own expresso machine.

Azzari Jarrett | Film | Québec City
Azzari Jarrett | Film | Québec City

The view from right outside our window.

Azzari Jarrett | Film | Québec City
Azzari Jarrett | Film | Québec City
Azzari Jarrett | Film | Québec City

Side note: I have been using Glossier skincare and makeup products for a while now and I absolutely love them. May warrant a separate post, if you are interested.

Azzari Jarrett | Film | Québec City
Azzari Jarrett | Film | Québec City

A little wine to celebrate our anniversary in at Bar Artéfact.

Azzari Jarrett | Film | Québec City

Night view of Château Frontenac, the most photographed hotel in the world.

All images taken with my Pentax K1000 and a mix of Kodak Portra 400 35mm film.

One more installment of photos coming up - our day trip to Île d'Orléans, a quaint island about 15 minutes from downtown Québec City.

Photo Life 6: Digital vs. Film - A Visual Comparison

Photo Life 6: Digital vs Film | Azzari Jarrett

Wisteria is blooming all over this time of year.  I recently captured digital images with my Fuji XT-1 and 35mm lens and my Nikon F100 and 85mm lens, loaded with Kodak Portra 400

For this installment of Photo Life, I thought this would be a good exploration of digital vs film images.  And for the record, this is not about which medium is a better - I enjoy shooting with both.  And you are forewarned - this is a photo heavy post!

Let's take a look at the digital captures first.

Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett

No post processing with these digital images - I set the camera to overexpose by +1.  They are crisp, clear, and capture the morning light beautifully.

And here are the film images, captured on Kodak Porta 400.

Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett

Once again, I didn't make any adjustments make to these film captures after scanning. These images were taken at the exact same time of day.  They are more muted, grainy, and soulful.

Deciding which camera to use all depends on my mood and what I want my resulting images to portray, as you can see in these captures. 

There is no right or wrong.

Capturing the feeling of the moment or shadows and light, almost always means I reach for film. Crisp and clear, and capturing a certain point of view means that I reach for my digital camera. 

Always remember to have the resulting images in mind.

Do you have a preference? 

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And as always, please let me know if there is a topic or question you would like addressed in this series. Feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email.

Lately, On The Table

On The Table | Nikon F100 | Kodak Portra 400 | Azzari Jarrett 
On The Table | Nikon F100 | Kodak Portra 400 | Azzari Jarrett 
On The Table | Nikon F100 | Kodak Portra 400 | Azzari Jarrett 
On The Table | Nikon F100 | Kodak Portra 400 | Azzari Jarrett 
On The Table | Nikon F100 | Kodak Portra 400 | Azzari Jarrett 
On The Table | Nikon F100 | Kodak Portra 400 | Azzari Jarrett 
On The Table | Nikon F100 | Kodak Portra 400 | Azzari Jarrett 
On The Table | Nikon F100 | Kodak Portra 400 | Azzari Jarrett 
On The Table | Nikon F100 | Kodak Portra 400 | Azzari Jarrett 

I have been keeping my Nikon F100 on my table this past month, just to remind me to pick it up and capture some of the daily beauty around me.  I find that if my cameras are stored away, I don't use them as often as I would like.

It is taken me a while to work through this roll of film, taking a few shots here and there.   One of the things that I love most about film is that it forces you to wait, to savor those quiet moments you often overlook.