Darkroom Is Love

These are my very first color photos I have ever developed myself. I’m stoked!! Class at Rayko is pretty cool. These are also the first negatives I’ve scanned myself and processed with a computer so I’m still a little new on getting the colors to look natural… These were captured with Glady on Fujicolor 200 film (bought at the Safeway).
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PHOTO SHOOT! (and other news)

Hello world, here are a couple of photos from a shoot I did the other day with Liz on the beach.

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We tested the area out the day before to see if the tide would be low enough during the time we wanted to shoot. With previous Liz photo shoots I usually would have to experiment a lot during the shoot to figure out camera settings, flash settings and environmental settings that would usually cause a lot of frustration.

Well, this time we were prepared! I had the light balance, flash settings, and all camera and filter settings ready which resulted in a very smooth photo shoot and some cool photos that I’m pretty excited about! This was the first time doing a photo shoot with the D7000 and very minimal RAW color processing was involved. Photoshop was only used for re-sizing (I’m kind of proud of this).

So, here is the “other news” portion of this post. I have a new little website for my photos right——–> here. You can also see a few more shots of the Cierra photo shoot there. I’m pretty stoked, so far the site only has Liz photo shoots but I plan on putting up some more artsy stuff in the “near” future. Also, speaking of “artsy stuff,” I’m taking a darkroom photography class! The class is once a week in San Francisco and I’m learning how to process film and in about a month my next class for color printing will begin. I used to have a black and white dark room but color has always been a mystery and so far it’s been pretty fun demystifying it. I can’t wait to make my own prints and doing my own processing should seriously cut down costs on all the film I get developed. Right now I have a backlog of about 10 rolls… Oh and one more bit of news, a while back one of my hard drives went out and I lost a lot of stuff (all digital and video) so I recently started a Flickr account here to basically archive/back up all of my photos.

Cheers!

Glady

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Meet GLaDOS, also known lovingly as Glady! Here are a few photos from my first roll on this cool beauty of a rangefinder!

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Pinholes

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Meet my new pinhole camera! This is the second/enhanced version (the first was cut up to help me make this one). This beast takes 35mm film and can capture around 13 photos on a 24 exposure roll of film. Each exposure ends up being around 6 cm wide so it’s more like a panorama/medium format camera. This camera is cool because I can change the roll in daylight and basically use it like a regular camera. I’ve never made a pinhole camera before but I put a lot of thought into what I wanted it to be able to do. I think most people tend to make them so they can expose photo paper and take the box or can that they used into the darkroom and process it right away. I wanted to be able to take multiple “high quality” exposures without hitting the darkroom (because I don’t have a darkroom any more) plus I thought it would be cool to have something portable enough to take wherever I wanted.

I got the idea of creating a pin-hole camera after realizing how stressed I had become over technology and my desire to keep up with the times. I often have the feeling that I am constantly falling behind, especially in those moments when I get something new and the next thing I see is something bigger and better, but only ever so slightly out of my price range. In general, there is just too much stuff in the world and I think at least 80% of it is useless or at least redundant. I think somehow we are made to think that all these things we desire are necessities when in reality we can get by without them quite well (have you heard those commercials for brain exercises!?). This has caused some to accuse me as old fashioned lately. But seriously, I would rather be a creator that uses technology as a tool instead being so enamored by it that I spend more time wanting it than actually using it. Sometimes going back to the basics is a good way to see how being a creator actually works.

And so, right now I’m fascinated that I don’t even need a lens to capture an image. All I need is a box with a tiny hole in it. Holy shit.

Once again the photo people at Walgreens think I’m nuts…

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Overload

Hellooooooooooo!

I realize I’ve been slacking with this blog and stuff so here is a little update! But actually, maybe I haven’t truly been slacking because I did make a post last month and in general that is about as current as I like to keep things. I guess this feeling of “slacking off” comes from the amount of sensory overload that I have endured lately compared to the amount of information that I have put back into the world via this blog. If you didn’t know, I semi-recently (in October) moved to the San Francisco Bay area. I have experienced so many new things in such a small time that my mind has been overblown with so many new ideas and feelings that cause me to freeze until I find myself repeating that old phrase, “I just don’t know what to do with myself.” It’s one of those roller coaster sort of things with at least one weekly identity crisis. It’s obvious to me that a lot of emotions are involved but I still can’t help but question what I want in life or who I want to be. These aren’t new questions by any means they just tend to come up a lot more often.

And because of this it seems that almost every day I have a new project in mind with most not getting past the sketchbook phase (if they even make it that far). It’s really an exciting time for me but honestly I would like to slow myself down in order to maybe focus my ideas into something cohesive. I have several posts in the making (one post is honestly a lot of work for me) so hopefully those will help me bring my thoughts together a bit.

Until then, here are a few new images from my tumblr which is still going strong!

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Holga Spam

I’ll try hard to keep this blog from turning into a Holga diary but until then here are some more photos taken with the beast. I went to the USS Hornet last week and only a few came out of the roll. Nine or so of the photos were taken inside the ship and so they were all too dark and didn’t capture anything. Eh well, I thought these two were cool at least.

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LONELY LOVELY

I have a passion for filling in space on paper with ballpoint pen. Will you hire me?
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