Archive for March, 2009

Lucy’s Shoes

Lucy’s shoes

Lucy has been sick today. She’s perky and animated one minute, throwing up the next. Since she was sick, she got to stay up a bit later and watch T.V. It made her day. Without a doubt, that’s her favorite activity. A genuine television junkie, that one.

Hopefully this will be a quick bout and tomorrow will have her back to full health.

Lucy’s shoes, in black

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Keyboard Reflections

Keyboard reflections
Keyboard reflections, alternate

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Color at Sunset

Prism at sunset

As the sun was setting, I saw some interesting colors in my daughter’s room. Nothing earth shattering, but I like the play of the colors and shadows.

Lamp heads

Wall Shadows

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One nut in the darkroom

One nut in the darkroom…Me

Well, it’s been pretty slow photographically. Mom and Dad were in town to help us paint Stella’s room so I wanted to print a picture for Dad. I was really pleased with how the picture turned out. Not only because I like the picture but becuase I was happy with the first printing. No muss, no fuss.

Stella and Dad Reading

I just used my last bit of the 100 foot roll of Tri-X, and it’s waiting to be developed now. I’m not sure if I should order more Tri-X or try a different film. I could also just stick with digital and save the cost entirely.

Pokey Puppy

Since I was using a new developer and new paper, I re-printed Stella and the Pokey Puppy too. I hope the weather changes soon, ’cause I need to stop printing and get out shooting. Sheesh….

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More Kids and Lights


You know, they are still my new toys. So, more kids and lights. Stella was being a really good model, and I managed to get a couple of good snaps of her.

Lucy, colorful

I wanted to try something a bit different (for me) and Lucy let me take a couple of snaps of her. I wanted to try using the colorful background and pushing the exposure on the skin a bit brighter than I normally would. This was shot at f/4.5, 1/250 with two strobes at 1/16th power each.

Table day bed

I did find some time to develop and print a couple of film pics too. This is Tri-X 400 pushed to EI3200. I developed it for about 45 minutes in Rodinal using semi-stand (5 min) agitation. It was very hard for me to print. I tried different grades of filters, but I was either blowing the highlights or just too flat. I finally tried split grade printing. I printed the highlights for 20 sec with a 00 filter, and the blacks for 8 sec or so with a grade 5 filter.

My guess is that I developed the film too long. A couple of the other pictures from the roll were much easier to print using a grade 2 filter for 16 seconds, so maybe not? Not too sure. Maybe this picture was just overexposed?

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