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SoFoBoMo Update

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Flowers in the Morning

My personal SoFoBoMo started on May 8th. I’m 10 days into it and I’m not convinced that I’ll be able to make something cohesive out of my theme. I just developed 2 rolls of film tonight and will scan them tomorrow to see what I’ve got. I think that I managed to eek 7 or 8 possibles from the first roll. I’m definitely going to need all 6 rolls of film. In fact, I might have to supplement with digital (gasp!).

I guess that I’m just moving to a “pre-freak out” mind set. In another 10 days I’m sure that I’ll be right at the “freak out” mind set.

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Easter Lily in Black and White

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Easter Lily

One of the final blooms on our Easter Lily. I know that you can transplant these lilies, but I’m not really sure what type of care the plant needs. I suppose that I’ll have to research this a bit more.

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Chairs at Sunset

Another sunset / shadow picture. I’m not too sure why I am so enamored with these pictures. I’m sure to most people they’re just boring pictures of chairs, but to me there’s something there. I just have to figure out what that something is….

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Focus

Hiding in the Couch

One of my biggest issues with shooting film is focus. It seems I’m always just a bit in front of where I want the focus. Now, I know that my eyes are okay as I’ve just had them checked. And I try to use the focusing screen to the best of my ability. But, here we are. Another shot just slightly out of focus.

Sigh.

On a positive note, I’m continuing my semi-abstract shadow explorations. I think that I’m going to give the shadow topic a go for SoFoBoMo this year.

Finally, a favorite from opening weekend:


More Kids and Lights

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Stella

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.

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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.

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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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SoFoBoMo Theme

I’ve signed up for SoFoBoMo (the Solo Photo Book Month) project. I’m not sure of the theme though. Since I’ll have a new born daughter, perhaps a new life theme? Or a juxtaposition type theme (big/small, young/old, etc).

I had thought about doing a theme on chiaroscuro.

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Chair legs in morning (scan of print)

I’m not sure. We have a piano with lots of little detail that just lights up when the evening sun hits it. I guess that I’ll keep running with this idea, at least for a bit.

Maybe I’ll be able to convince the financial committee that with the new baby, we need a set of lights and non-crappy remotes. Mmmmm, lights….

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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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Christmas Party

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Stella and Grandma Flossie

This past weekend my Grandparents held their “early” Christmas party. It was a good time and I was very glad to be back in the midwest. Living in AZ, we weren’t able to come to the Christmas party for several years now. The picture of Stella and Grandma (above) is probably my favorite picture from the day. I’m very happy with the tones in the picture. I’m probably also biased as it’s my kid, but so be it. I am very excited to get my enlarger. This will be one of the first pictures that I’ll try to print. Knowing me, I’ll print it 20 times trying various times, etc.

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Stella was a tired little puppy

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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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