Saturday, February 28, 2009

February 28 2009

I developed my first roll of 120 today in my new (to me) stainless tank and reel. I was pleasantly surprised to find the stainless reel almost effortless to load compared to the plastic reels, especially since it was my first time. I had some trouble clipping the film to the center and did crinkle the film, but it was before the first frame, so no problem. Negatives look good, although my exposures weren't terribly accurate since no meter in the Yashicamat, so I have an external light meter. Several of these where long exposures at night based of some I made with the D40.

Contact sheet


I made a print of frame 6 : gloom.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

February 26 2009

A couple prints I made.

gaping.

swirl.

Hard contrast (#4) filter plus a contrasty negative? Pretty cool.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

February 24 2009

I've been busy. Here's some stuff to tide you over.

Scans from prints.





Photograms : spiraling and whimsy.

Friday, February 20, 2009

February 20 2009

First print I've made, and from a negative I shot and developed myself. It's a nice feeling...Although I have to redo it because it is crooked!

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

February 19 2009

So the weather is weird, windy, and half the sky was dark and gloomy when the other half was blue and sunny.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

February 17 2009

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I printed my first contact sheets yesterday, I'll probably throw up a scan.

I have the feeling I am going to get addicted to the darkroom.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

February 15 2009

It's sunny and warm today. Weather is confusing.

Here's the Nikon FM I got. It's purdy.
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I do have one issue with it which is pretty silly -- the ring for the camera strap has a tendency to get caught under the film advance lever. It's irritating.

Another shot from last night :
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Saturday, February 14, 2009

February 14 2009

I developed my 3rd and 4th rolls of film today, some Kodak TMax 400 I shot in January. The negatives look great...Just have to learn how to make prints!

Anyway, I am just getting back to 100% from my cold and it snowed to day, so of course I went outside for half an hour to take pictures.

Check out weathered and impose.

Texture from the grass
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Blue window
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Steeple, again. The sky is a weird red-orange, probably from fog and the light pollution.
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Snow covered branches.
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This is sort of a weird effect. This is inside, illuminated by a green exit sign, but with light outside throwing shadow from the decorated window behind me.
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February 13 2009

I developed my second roll of film, which went much more smoothly than the first. I bought a new, better pair of scissors which helped a lot. It still took me two tries to load the reel but I think I know what was causing the problem. I did have trouble opening the film canister though; it is really have to catch onto the lip with the bottle opener!

Anyway, the film looks great, no scratches or creases. I want to develop more!

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

February 12 2009

I developed my first roll of film today! Very exciting. Although it did not go smoothly -- I learned a lot. I need a new bottle opener - I ended up actually giving up with the one I had and taking my hand out of the changing back to get a new one, since the canister was not even cracked open. I really need a better pair of scissors. The pair I have are nice small safety scissors with blunt tips but they cannot cut cleanly, and I ended up losing the first two frames because the sprocket holes got badly mangled after some unsuccessful feeding attempts and I had to cut off several inches of the front:

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Basically I need to practice loading and try try again. Fortunately this was actually a roll for an assignment which I had messed up on, so it was a very good learning experience.

The developing itself seemed to go fine, besides the damage I inflicted from the abortive attempts of getting the film on the reel. You can see the film got bent and creased in a few spots (the crescent shaped mark), and the sprocket hole areas are scratched and maybe dirty?

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Don't worry about the exposure. I just showed this frame to demonstrate the damage. This assignment involved just checking the camera by trying lots of exposures as well as different aperture and shutter speed combinations. The development itself looks to be spot on, which is a little surprising since I had to interpolate from a development time of 7 minutes at 68 degrees to the working temperature of 72 degrees. (Film was Kodak Plus X and we use D76 diluted 1:1. I developed for 6 minutes).

Anyway, my other pictures :

I like the way this light looks at night. When I look at it my eyes just see a ring around it of the tree branches. This picture does not quite capture it, but it's close.
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Stained glass.
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I drew I cute lil' heart on a board and came back later to find it edited to this :
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Good night kiss.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

February 11 2009

Sorry for the sparse updates. Busy busy busy.

Needles.
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Towers.
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Monday, February 9, 2009

February 9 2009

Red abstract from last night.
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Papers.
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...
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On a whim.
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Blinds.
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Loop-de-loop.
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Peering.
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Embracing.
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Sunday, February 8, 2009

February 8 2009

Man, I hate flickr.

(I has a) bucket.
florescence.
evidence.

Done.
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Latch
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Blind shadow on chair.
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Hallway
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Sphere
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Saturday, February 7, 2009

February 7 2009

Also actually from the previous night.

Green snow.
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Angry building.
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The weather is nice and warm today, actually, but I am sick and feeling crappy.

Friday, February 6, 2009

February 6 2009

This are actually from last night.

Grey. See morning glow for the nice orange version.
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Weird double headed reflection.
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(Purposely) Out of focus. I like the red dot.
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