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In case you've missed it, I've moved!
Since Andy got his PhD Monday, most of his friends have been still stuck studying for finals all week and weren't ready to celebrate...until last night. First we dined at the best sushi place in Lawrence, Wa, downtown on Mass Street. I especially like the disappearing sushi series below. I have about 5 more that really make it like a flip book effect.
The new mexican place that we can all seem to agree we like is Tapas, here in downtown Lawrence. Last time we were there, the margaritas were strong, the fajitas were tasty, life was good. This time, not as much as last time, but we feasted on all the good news we had to celebrate instead. These were all shot on a F100, Kodak Portra or Fuji Superia (1.5 rolls used last night!)
I think one of the reasons I love photography is the all of the anticipation.
Waiting for the right moment,
waiting for the film,
waiting until you master that new technique.
The patience required makes it all the more satisfying, and the challenge of it makes it all the more rewarding.
I remember that one night in the darkroom, trying to get my 120 film on the reels for the first time,
so nervous about messing up the film in the process, up against the clock of the time available in the lab.
After a half hour of trying, taking breaks, and going back at it, refusing to give up,
you might imagine how happy I was when it finally worked.
And all the times I send my film out to get developed, I check the mail compulsively every day, hoping it is back and
I'm so dang disappointed when the mailbox is empty.
I'm one of those people that tracks my packages online just so I can get mad when it isn't delivered by the
If I don't have something to look forward to each week, I find myself a little less cheerful than normal.
Sometimes I plan things to look forward to, and I think I'm just now realizing that I do this and why!
With photography, there is always a season or event to look forward to capturing,
and I think that is one of the things that keeps me satisfied, entertained, and just plain hooked.
What happens when you put your film in the dishwasher? Some pretty cool stuff!
Every World Press Photo Winner from 1955-2011.
Important tips when buying used.
A great resource for the Brenizer method, or, how to get really sick dof. Thanks to Kim Miller!
How to store film. I bet you learn something.
The beauty of bad weather.
An amazing post on why film is a metaphor for the self.
Just this past week I had the last class of my eight week darkroom photography class. It was such a great experience to take my photos all the way through from start to finish. The process and products are equally satisfying. To be able to shoot a roll of film, then get it on the reels in pitch black, and through the developing process, holding your breath until you see the negatives and know you didn't screw it up...such excitement.
The challenge of it all made for such a great reward when it all worked out in the end. Once you've got the negatives, you've got to dry, clean, and cut them, maybe make a contact sheet, and then you can choose from which you'd like to print photographs.
I developed three rolls across the eight weeks, and printed numerous prints. The time spent in the dark, quiet darkroom was so peaceful and almost meditative, as was the processing itself. The calming reassurance in the repetition of each step, the patience required, time in which you stand and ponder excitedly what you'll print next. And it is such motivation to get out there and shoot. Half the time I spent in the darkroom, I was wishing I was out shooting another roll to develop! One day, I went out with Leilani and, planning just to print that day, I ended up shooting an entire 120 roll and developing it that same day with great success!
Overwhelmingly a rewarding experience, I'd recommend it to anyone who gets the opportunity. It is so helpful to understand the entire process, and what better way than to learn to do it yourself? Additionally, it gives you another level of appreciation for good photography, as well as an extra dose of patience, something all photographers could use. I think it can make you a more well rounded photographer, who really knows what they are talking about more than the average photog.
Above and below, you can see some of the prints I scanned, though most are scans of the negatives I developed, as well as shots of the process and its accouterments.
- ► 01/22 - 01/29 (4)
- ► 2011 (65)