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Sledding on film

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

I'd have to say my absolute favorite thing about shooting with film is that it forces me to save pictures I normally wouldn't. Most of the time I realize my favorite photos end up being ones I know for a fact I would delete had I taken them with my digital camera. This year along with taking more film photos I'd like to share more on the blog. I'd like to document more little things in my life, more things I know I'll just be happy to be able to look back on in a few months, or a few years even!

These are the some of the very first pictures I took in the new year. (I've already knocked off two rolls from my goal of 30 for the year!) My family all went sledding at my parents house. I really love doing things as a whole family like this. I wish my eldest brother and his family could have been there as well, alas it's kind of a long trip just from Germany to go sledding. ;)

My brother brought his puppy, Buck. Buck and Crum played together the whole time. It was so sweet. I think it's pretty funny how they're in the background of so many of these pictures. Buck was even lucky (ha!) enough to take a turn going down the hill with my nephew.
This day was also memorable because I got a concussion! What a way to bring in the new year, right?! It's a bit hard to tell because of all the snow but at the bottom of the hill there is a pond. The pond was frozen and my dad, brother and I were all taking turns seeing who could get out on to the pond the furthest on their sled. On my second time down instead of sailing smoothly onto the pond my sled got stuck in the area where the ice starts and the hill ends (it's a bit of a drop from the hill to the pond.) I flew off my sled and hit my head on the ice. I just remember looking up at my brother who was still on the hill and saying "Ohhhh Matt", I didn't even know what to do I just knew this was probably a little bit more serious than bumping my head ever has been before.

Blurry vision, not being able to walk straight and being dizzy led me to the emergency room a few hours later. It was kind of an awful experience. The doctor had poor bedside manners, and actually made me cry because he was so intimidating. He was a really intense dude, seriously. Anyway, I was relieved it was nothing too serious and I just needed rest.

A week later I'm still prone to getting dizzy if I move my head too quickly but otherwise I'd say I've made a full recovery. Thanks goodness for thick, fuzzy hats and film for helping me remember the day!
xoxo

All of the photos above were taken with a Canon T2 and Fuji 35mm Superia X-TRA 400 that expired in 2010.

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  1. Oh Kaylah, these shots are so beautiful. I particularly like the one of your dad with his cigar, haha it has such great character!!! I haven't been sledding in ages, but as a kid I lived just down the street from a nature reserve with some BIG hills I would sled down regularly in the winter (I was a total daredevil as a kid, not sure where that went!).
    Glad to hear you're feeling a great deal better. I don't know what it is about people I know getting concussions weird ways. My friend Jon had a pair of vice grips come loose off a welding curtain in the carp shop at school (we studied theatre production together) and clocked him right in the side of the head. He couldn't stop laughing even though he was so hurt. He also healed up quickly (and lead to better carp shop safety!). This was the same year he broke his nose in a water balloon fight. Accident prone to the max!

    --Erin

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    1. Hah! I'm also a former daredevil who grew up and somewhere along the lines lost it.

      Oh my gosh, that sounds horrible! And who in the world breaks their nose in a water balloon fight?! That's like the safest thing ever!!

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  2. I knocked myself out once while sledding when I was a kid. I was on a flying saucer and smacked into a tree backwards. Next thing I knew I was on my Grandma's couch with my aunt, who is a nurse, leaning over me. Glad you got away with only a concussion!

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  3. Wow, glad to hear that you're okay!
    It really bothers me when doctors have poor bedside manners.

    I was really sick a couple years back due to a stomach bug and because of the medicine my doc gave me, I was loopy. I couldn't really talk or think or... really do anything. Well through it all, as it was getting worse, I was telling my husband everything so I didn't have to tell it to every. single. doctor or nurse that came in. He tried talking and the doctor goes "huh, was I talking to you? No. Didn't think so. Let her talk." Ugh. Makes me sick.

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    1. That sounds horrible, what a jerk! You'd think they'd understand that answering the questions over and over when you're sick isn't exactly what you feel like doing (oh my gosh, I was so sick of telling what happened by the time I left there!)

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  4. Your eldest brother lives near me. :)

    What a nice way to enter the year :\ I think that after a month you will be yourself. Don't push yourself to much this days. Rest the time you need now. But you'll get better.

    I think I might have said this but what an envy.. SO much snow!!! Here in Portugal don't snow much, only at mountain range.

    Such a lovely photos of a lovely family!

    Get Better!

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  5. That sounds terrible! I've gotten concussions a few times, but thankfully (erm, or foolishly) never ended up at the ER. Instead I just got put on bed rest for a while.

    Glad you are feeling better!

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  6. Wow, what did he say/do? It's unbelievable how doctors can be so mean sometimes, since they're supposed to be there to help you, so it always seems to come out of nowhere!
    xxx

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  7. Holy crap! Concussion sounds awful, especially with such a mean doctor! At least you're recovering though, and it wasn't more serious.

    I love these photos, film photos always remind me of childhood, especially in the snow. Looks like a great family day out :)

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  8. The sled puppy photographs are the cutest! I really need to start taking photographs with film again. I promise myself I'll start doing it all the time and just never do!!

    Hitting your head sounds awful! I'm really glad that your injury wasn't any worse that it was!

    chloex
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  9. oh my goodness, what an experience!
    I'm happy you are better now, and survived with beautiful pictures to boot.

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  10. Aw this looks so fun! And sorry you got a concussion, I've never gotten one but I can't imagine they would be any fun!

    ♥Brooke
    http://youreinbrookelynn.blogspot.com/

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  11. what a start indeed!

    seems you took it well, though :)
    i'm happy you recovered so fast!

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  12. Is your Dad sledding with a cigar in his mouth? That is awesome, totally made me smile! :D

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    1. He sure is, he always has one in his mouth!

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  13. Oh no!! I'm glad that you're all right from your accident. Gosh, that sounds painful! Things like that can turn out to be awful, so that's good that you are doing fine now.

    Over y winter break, I ran into a parked car while riding y bike and split my chin open and hit my head. Ended up getting 7 stitches, yuck. So I kind of feel your winter woes. :)

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  14. Isn't that always the way, something awful happens and then someone has to come along and make it that much worse! At least it made for an interesting story to share? :/ Ouch!!

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  15. AMAZING pictures, I love them. I haven't seen any snow for about a year and am starting to get very frustrated about it :(

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    1. What a bummer! I couldn't imagine it not snowing for so long.

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  16. Oh my, that's really scary! I'm glad you're okay now though!
    All these pictures are really wonderful, it looks like you had a lot of fun (well.. aside from the concussion part)! xx

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  17. I LOVE these pictures and oh my goodness what a tale! I work for doctors, I know how they can be. It seems that a handful of them are actually sweet and caring (luckily one of them is one I work for!) But I have also been to very intense doctors and for one dealing with someone with a concussion of all things! Yeesh, lighten up doc!

    I'm prone to dizziness because of my sinuses, I'm so sorry you're having those kind of symptoms, I hope they go away soon and I'm glad you're alright! And hooray for film photos for memory!

    xomando

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  18. That looks like so much fun. I'm originally from Ohio but now live in Florida so these pictures bring back so many memories! So glad you are ok. Having a concussion is scary.

    P.S. I've been following your blog for a couple years now but have never commented. I apologize for that. You are an awesome lady!

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  19. I'm glad that you are alright and that you had a TON of fun! :]

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  20. The dog getting a turn made me smile. I'm glad you're recovering okay, that's scary. I'm sorry about the doctor. They should know to be gentle, no sick or hurt person needs intense.
    Catherine Denton

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  21. I love playing with dogs in the snow, it makes them wild! This all looks so fun, but I'm sorry you got hurt!

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    1. I know, the dogs were just nuts! It was so fun to watch.

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  22. These came out great! Whenever I used to try and take photos of snowy scenes on my old film camera I could never get the settings right, and they'd come out as a big ol' blurry mess.
    You guys are obviously some pretty serious sledders. Those little tray things look awesome!

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  23. I miss sledding! There isn't much snow here in IL at the mo, and we aren't blessed with hills and such to make sledding more fun. So I'll have to live vicariously through these awesome shots!
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  24. Well at least you have these pictures/memories to make up for the a-hole of a doctor. People can be so mean. I'm glad you're ok, and that picture of-I'm guessing your dad?-sledding with that cigar hanging out of his mouth is the greatest thing ever.

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    1. Haha! Yep, that's my dad, always has a cigar in his mouth! :)

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  25. These photos are so cute. Shame about your concussion. Glad you hear you're recovering :) x

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  26. Oww, sorry to hear about the concussion and the nasty doctor :( I'm glad you're feeling better now though, and it sounds like you had an awesome day apart from that! I find that photos I've taken on film always make for better memories of an event than my digital pictures for some reason - maybe because I can't see the outcome straight away, so when I take the shot I'm just focused on being in the moment rather than obsessing over getting the settings right. These look like some great memories! :)

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    1. That's actually a great theory on why film pictures make for better memories! With digital I'll keep trying to take the same picture until I get exactly the results I want which ends up ruining the moment a bit. With film I just shoot!

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  27. Oh, ugh! Hope the dizzyness goes away soon! :( Your photos are super-lovely, and I would never have guessed such an incident happened, though...the last time I went tobogganing, three of us went too high on a hill, and ended up smacking into my grandma, and baby brother (not at the highest speed, but it was still scary)...everyone flew everywhere (landing without a scratch!), but I got kicked in the head and that was enough for me...lol.

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  28. Ouch, I'm glad you're feeling better. Hospitals are scary enough even with nice doctors, it sucks that you ran into such a bad one.

    The photos look so beautiful, they have so much soul. I remember when I got my first digital camera, I gave my film camera to my grandma. I wonder if she still has it, I'd love to try it out. Or buy a new one, but that's way more expensive.

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  29. These photos are awesome! Looks like you were having so much fun! Glad there was no serious injury! Hope you feel better soon!

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  30. Oh my gosh! Feel better!
    At least it's a great story :)

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  31. Hope you feel better soon! That bums me out that he made you cry :( I know how it feels to feel so intimidated by someone that you get emotional.

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  32. Looks like so much fun! Great story also!

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  33. The picture of your dad with the cigar made me laugh, hilarious!

    I can't imagine getting a concussion from sledding, that sounds awful .Glad to hear your feeling better!

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  34. Oh my goodness dogs and children playing in the snow together, that is just so cute :) I hope you're doing better after the concussion! My friends and I went sledding the day before New Year's and one of them slammed their head into a tree and was taken away in an ambulance (turned out to be a concussion as well). I didn't realize sledding could be so dangerous!

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