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5x5xMonday

In recent discussions with a friend, we challenged each other. I had to take at least 5 pictures every day by Monday and self-edit down to my choice of the best 5. Hence 5 by 5 by Monday or 5x5xMonday. His challenge was to draw 5 sketches per day and cull to the 5 best for Monday. There was also a loose theme of fun (maybe it was funny; I don’t remember though).

Here are my 5. They’re all centered around kids, as that’s a major part of my life right now. Plus, who best do define “fun?”

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Here I come!

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Not Happy!

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Spinning

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Fighting Gravity

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Spinning with Ceila

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Tulips

Finally, our tulips are starting to bloom. It seems every house I see has tulips standing beautiful and fully open. Ours, not so much. I’m not bitter, really….

The weather has finally warmed up to the point that we all made it to the park last night. The kids had a great time.

Lucy spinning

I’m never really sure why spinning around as fast as you can is fun, but the kids love it.

..And Stella spinning; slower and with singing.

Stella had fun playing with the bubbles too. It was really windy though, so she wasn’t so much blowing bubbles as simply letting them go.

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Do Not Sit

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Do Not Sit

These chairs are in front of the Champaign library. They have been verboten for several weeks. What gives?

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Piano at Sunset

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Piano at Sunset

Continuing with my playing with Chiaroscuro (or pseudo-chiaroscuro?), this is our piano at sunset. This was taken with my digital camera and processed (in Aperture) with the red filter for B&W conversion. I think that I like the “mini” direction this is moving in. I’ve got several shots that are waiting for me on film, but none with a red filter. I’ll need my tripod for that, and that will be a bit more challenging with the little ones (especially around dinner time).

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Piano at Sunset, detail

A detail shot of the music holder and shadow. Should I have tried this at a different angle? More dead on? Again, processed with the red filter during monochrome conversion.

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More Champaign at Night

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Merry Ann’s Diner

I had a chance to grab some pictures in the snow the other night in downtown Champaign, IL. These are scans of the prints that I made with the new (to me) enlarger. I am particularly happy that they turned out okay. I was shooting Tri-X 400 at EI3200. I wasn’t sure how long to develop, but based on my EI1600 development trials I shot for 1.5 hours with 5 min agitation intervals. Let me tell you, that was a long time. The highlights got blown out, density wise, and I should revisit that.

Here’s a picture with the blown highlights.

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Orpheum

On my test exposures, that I developed at the same time, the highlight density was 1.36 for zone 8. I think that if I can that back to 1.2 or so, I’ll have my time for EI3200.

I could try to burn in the lights to the right, but I kind of promised myself I’d avoid dodging and burning so that I wouldn’t spend a tremendous amount of time making prints. I guess rules are made to be broken….

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Print for Competition

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Crash

The Champaign County Camera Club is holding their annual photography contest, and here is a scan of one of my prints for the competition.

I have just received an enlarger meter from Darkroom Automation, and this is one of the first prints that I made using it. I have to say that using the enlarger meter is a breathe of fresh air. It’s incredibly straight forward to determine where to start with a picture. While I really would have appreciated the British version by RH Designs, this was considerably cheaper.

We also did a 2 year old shoot for Stella.

From Stella 2nd Bday Selects

My personal favorite.

From Stella 2nd Bday Selects

Though this is a close second.

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Champaign at Night

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Orpheum

I wanted to try shooting a roll of Tri-X 400 in really dark conditions and then use the “minimal agitation” method for development. I developed the film in Rodinal 1:50 for 55 minutes, agitating every 5 minutes via 3 gentle inversions. For someone with no reference point, I’d say the pictures turned out okay. I particularly like the one above, Orpheum. My camera’s meter wasn’t responding, so I just shot everything at f/4, 1/60. I find that focusing with my Pentax is very hard. More specifically, I find that it’s really hard to focus wrong. Even when I am careful I tend to mess it up. I’m not sure what’s going on there.

I am still having difficulties deciding if I’m getting the best that I can out of my scanner. After development, the Tri-X comes out (for me anyhow) very bowed. The film holder that came with the Epson v500 is relatively flimsy and does not provide any sort of support for the film. So, I ditched it. I instead placed the film on the flat bed (emulsion side up, if I remember correctly) and put a piece of glass from an 8×10 frame on top.

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Patio

Unfortunately, using this method I couldn’t figure out how to crop properly in Vuescan. Argh! One frustration after another! So, I went back to Epson Scan. I think that I got a better scan, but this could just be a placebo affect. This has lead me to seriously think about buying an enlarger. I have been watching them on Ebay for a few weeks now. Am I just asking for more headaches? Probably.

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Book shop

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