Posts Tagged ‘ darkroom ’

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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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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Into the Dark

Recently I got this cool shot of my wife, Liz, dressed as Jill Valentine from Resident Evil 5 (the video game) at Fanime. I forgot that I had a black and white roll of film in the camera so it was a cool surprise to see the results from Walgreens!

We’re planning on making a big move soon so I’ve been unsure of what I should bring along or put in storage (I’ve learned to not simply get rid of stuff because I tend to go back to it sooner or later) and this applied to my photography supplies as well. When I saw this picture though I just had to make a print and I’ve decided that darkroom photography is just too cool to let go of!

Just for a fun comparison, here is the Walgreens digital version:

And here is my print (please at least excuse my crappy easel borders):

When comparing the two I think I could have added a bit more contrast (I did try to make the scan on the monitor look as close to the original…) but oh well, it was just fun to get in the darkroom, and besides, I only had two sheets of paper left to mess with.

Liz was posing for somebody else at the time and I just happened to have this beastly camera on hand:

I’ve Created a Monster

I was working in the dark room last night and realized how I haven’t posted much black and white photography.  So, just for fun, here are few of my first photos I printed a while back in my old studio.  Seriously, don’t take them too seriously.

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This. Is. Jerome! I live in the clouds…