Raf and I had a fun day a few weeks ago playing cameras together. I think I am luring him, ever so slowly, into the world of film photography. He has decided that the Praktica is his so he has been using that. I was playing with a cheap find at Goodwill.
The roll in the Praktica was the first of the bulk roll of Arista 100 and I am very pleased with the results! I was a little nervous about how it would look but I am really liking the results of Raf’s roll. He still has to scan much of the roll so there is more to see. The next roll I will show him how to develop film.
Contrary to how things look from the lack of activity on this blog, there has been lots going on! Lots of really great things. It all relates to photography, which is why it hasn’t been on this blog. I’ve been posting lots of that stuff on my photography blog. Also, I think I might have spread myself a bit thin in the blogging department because I am finding less time for personal blogging. Which is a shame because I miss Blatherskite. I am going to try to make more of an effort to update here. I am thinking that in April I will post everyday.
I thought that today I would an update with some of the photography projects going on. The first of those things is my latest camera acquisition!
It is a large format pinhole camera. Which means it is a camera that uses sheet film – 4×5 sized. It’s a whole new, exciting world for me! This camera is really great because it is so versatile. I can use 4×5 film but I can also put a back on it that takes medium format film as well. This camera also has zone plate settings, which I am looking forward to playing with. Last week I played with some 4×5 film – even developed it myself. You can read all about my adventures here.
The next exciting project is that I am finally going to build a darkroom in my apartment. This has been coming together really quickly and I’m super excited! My biggest hurdle with having my own darkroom has been lack of space. But last week my Twitter friend Jeff offered up a small, old, enlarger that he wasn’t using anymore. I ended up being the lucky recipient of it! When he offered it all of a sudden the possibilty of a darkroom appeared in my mind and I could see how it could happen, and pretty easily. He sent me the enlarger’s dimensions and, sure enough, they worked for my small space. So off it went in the mail! I got it on Monday and put it together. It. is awesome.
It only takes 35mm negatives but that is just fine. It’s perfect for my postcard exchange project. I am going to start collecting all of the things I will need to make this happen. It will be a temporary darkroom. I will set it up and take it down when not in use.
I am going to blog about this project so stay tuned! I may even do a Youtube video about it too.
Several weeks ago someone on Facebook quoted someone on Twitter. The thought was something like, “Checking Facebook has become the equivalent of opening the refrigerator and staring into the void.”
or something like that. I might have added to that thought.
Have you ever done this? Opened the refrigerator and stared into it trying to find that one thing that will make you happy? You know what you want isn’t in the refrigerator. You finished off the chocolate cake an hour ago, remember?
And relating this to Facebook is brilliant. It’s that compulsive checking of it that I have problems with. As if I am going to find something there that will be the Answer. And it is never there. That one thing is never there. Oh, there are tidbits scattered about. Chocolate cake, if you will. It gets devoured and then what? It’s gone. And you are left wanting more.
This is such a great metaphor for life isn’t it? This is why we write, photograph, drink, etc. Check Facebook. Stare into the void of the refrigerator.
This is why we ache.
The song that accompanies this post is beautiful. I recommend you listen to it with headphones on and turn it up. Don’t do anything else while you are listening. Just listen to it.
Natasha Kmeto is from Portland and she is a musical genius. She makes her music by herself. This is all her. All of this. It’s incredible.
This week I decided to take out my favorite camera, my Yashica Mat 124g. I bought this camera two years (ish) ago. It was the first nice film camera I bought – a step up from my Holga. So this camera is very special to me. WhenI take it out I feel all warm and fuzzy.
Over the past couple of years I’ve decided that for this camera I like using Black and White film. I also really, really wanted to try shooting portraits with it. So last September I loaded it up with film and it has been sitting on my fireplace mantle ever since. I decided that this neglect needed to end so I shot the whole roll on Sunday in about an hour and then came home and developed and scanned the negatives.
I have to say, there is something really awesome about not having to…
I decided to get a jump on this project and shoot a roll of pinhole on Monday. My husband was working so I dropped him off and headed out into the Columbia Gorge with my Holga WPC to see if I could re-shoot some of the same shots from Roll 1. My first stop was Crown Point. I pulled into the parking lot and stopped the car. That’s when I noticed the wind. It was crazy windy. Scary windy. It was blowing my little car around like it was nothing. I was afraid to get out of the car. I was afraid the wind would tear the door off of my brand new car.
I decided to pull up to a more sheltered parking area and that seemed to be better so I got out of the car and began to walk up to the building. I didn’t…