Posts Tagged ‘ color ’

Polaroid

Here’s a quick little set from my first ever batch of Polaroids! The film is from The Impossible Project which tends to leave a sort of cream colored cast to each image, especially on the whites. The quality/sharpness isn’t all that great and I wasn’t sure how to adjust for exposure (within the span of 8 photos at least) and it kind of reminds me of a Holga in this sense. I bought the film because I’ve had an old Polaroid One Step sitting in my closet forever and I thought it was about time to make it worth the $5 I spent on it. I honestly didn’t think I would enjoy taking photos with it as much as I did; I saw it as more of an experiment and perhaps a slight alternative to Instagram which I feel has taken over my life lately. I can’t wait to get my hands on some more film, though to be honest, it ain’t cheap – around $23 for a pack of 8!

Buuuut, sweet instant (30 min) gratification…

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Alameda Jungle

These photos are part of a working series that I started pretty much the moment I moved to Alameda. This island (which definitely feels separate from the rest of the bay) has a pretty unique landscape. Sleepy suburbia is mixed with the overgrown trees and brush which is constantly being trimmed back to perfection. Throw some light into the mix and you have the Alameda Jungle. There is a utopian quality that exists in Alameda that is appealing for older folks and people with children; it’s safe, quiet (relatively), close to San Francisco, and separate from the “darkness” that is Oakland. We even have a tunnel that is called the Alameda Portal on one side and the Oakland Portal on the other that literally transports you from one city to the next…¬†Most people in their twenties find this place boring with nothing to do. It reminds me of a place in a Haruki Murakami novel that exists only in the mind. Kind of a bizarre imaginary reflection of something bigger that exists in the real…

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One Year

The other day I got an email saying that my Processing Tumblr had turned one year old. A lot has happened in one years’ time. I can’t really describe the physical and mental transition I have gone through in the last year, it’s more complex than just ups and downs, good and bad, hot and cold. I feel like I have changed, and although I don’t think “change” is bad by definition, I do think it is painful and incredibly hard to come to terms with.copy16 copy44 copy46 copy83 copy84 copy44copy76 copy77 copy84 copy99copy100 copy115 copy117 copy21

An Addiction

So much has happened since my last post and to be honest I’m actually a little shocked. I completed my second class at Rayko (color printmaking!) which was a lot of fun. I have acquired two new cameras: a super awesome Mamiya C220 TLR that takes 120 film (medium format) and an iphone 4. I have taken a TON of photos with both and I’ve developed at least ten rolls with six more exposed rolls waiting for me in the fridge. I have made several awesome prints, I’ve become more active on flickr, and I’ve joined Instagram. Oh, and I just got back from a little vacation in San Jose and Santa Cruz.

I’m fascinated with the contrast of shooting with an iphone vs an old school professional medium format TLR. One is instant and free while the other is definitely neither but I still love using both (and of course, I’m still making time for Glady!). But honestly, I don’t really compare the two. I’m still focused on the same kind of imagery and I would rather be taking photos instead of joining the great digital vs analogue debate. But maybe I will do a little profile on each of them in future posts. Until then, here are some photos!

The first three are from the iphone, the last three are from the C220. The ones with white borders are scanned prints.

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An Orange Cat!

These are from my last class. I was able to develop four rolls and I still have one roll to scan (hand scanning and digitally processing is much more work than I had realized). I’m really loving this stuff. I feel like my relationship with my camera has grown somewhat lately and now I’m ALWAYS itching to go out and shoot.

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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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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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