Finalist

Well, here’s some more good news:

One of the requirements for the Advanced Photography class was to enter our work in an exhibition.  I was so busy that I didn’t even want to think about this for the longest time, and ultimately decided to enter a single picture in the semi-annual Photographers’ Forum Magazine photo contest (you’ve seen it already).  Not only did I not have to worry about editing the massive body of work I’d been assembling, but the PF Magazine entry cost me a whole $5 and I was done with that requirement.

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Of course now that I’m not nearly as stressed out I feel a bit more like submitting to exhibitions, and this has been an encouraging reminder for me. I’m happy to say it’s one of the 13% that go on to the next round and will be judged by a group of college-level photography instructors.

A new SPE editor

I interrupt this irregularly scheduled hiatus to announce that Stacy Platt has been hired editor of Exposure, journal of photography for the Society of Photographic Education.

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While that might not mean a whole lot to the rest of you, I’m proud to say that she was my intermediate and advanced photography instructor, and I’m happy that she’s finding success in the photographic world.

Congrats, Stacy!  (Also, I see the current editor is named Stacey, is that a job requirement as well?)

Those lines, though…

I’ve complained about them before.  I wondered if my scanner was at fault, if the sensor was dusty.  I wondered if it were possibly the film itself.  As it turns out though, the most likely culprit is the darkroom’s new film squeegee, which looks an awful lot like this one.  At this point, I’d almost wish that it was my scanner.  When I wet printed some of these photos below for my exhibition, I could see the marks on the prints and knew then that those marks were on my film and are likely permanent now.  Sadly, they can also be seen in Overwhelming Majority as well, though I’m sure it’s not as noticeable as I think it is.  But they’re there

The problem?  Over-aggression.  I was clamping that squeegee on my film as hard as I could, and I’m told that’s what’s led to those lines (you’ll notice they’re not present in my recent color film which was not developed by me).  Live and learn, I suppose.

Completing Advanced Photography and especially the end of the exhibition sort of feels like the end of a chapter.  I don’t really know where I’m going next, except now that my photo minor is out of the way, I can concentrate on my minor in film studies, as well as getting around to graduating sooner or later.  I had a series of backed-up posts that I’ve strung out as long as I could (since April, in fact), but while I’m still shooting, I haven’t been gotten anything developed recently, so this might be my last post for a month or two.  Then again, I might be back in just a couple weeks; nothing has been planned in advance.

The days of drugstore 1-hour photo are gone

At least in my town.  I’ve been up at my mom’s recently, and noticed that the Walgreens where I did my film processing back in the day no longer has their minilab, sadly.  Now this doesn’t affect me at all, but was still a bummer to find out.  Maybe I should have asked one of the employees about it all, but really I was done with that store years ago.  The last time I took film there it cost me $18 for three rolls of film and they didn’t scan them, because evidently they started some racket where they wouldn’t give people scans unless they bought prints as well.

Even then, I’d still try to give them business–though I was never successful, I’d encourage my Woodland Park friends to shoot film and get it developed at Walgreens.  They never took me on, and sadly it’ll be that much harder for anyone in this area to try film.

The local processing may be gone, but the film remains.  City Market sells Kodak Max 400 and Gold 200 (plus single-use cameras) and the Wal-Mart sells 4-packs of Fuji.  The last time I went to Wal-Mart though, which was right after Christmas, I noticed that they no longer sold Fuji Superia 800, and that seems to be all across the board, at least in Colorado.  Too bad, because I love that film and now I don’t know how to get ahold of it cheaply.  Then again, I haven’t used it since experiencing the wonders of Cinestill 800T, so how does this all affect me?  Not at all.

Final project: portrait outtakes – Intro to Photography

Fall 2013.  A continuation of this post.  Here are images that for one reason or another didn’t make the cut.  Some I printed along the way for critiques, some I didn’t look at until after I had scanned everything.

Minolta SRT-MCII Outtakes:

Canon AE-1 Outtakes:

Pentax Spotmatic SPII outtake:

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Kodak making film even more affordable

It’s a bit older news now, but still good:

http://www.kodak.com/ek/US/en/corp/Press_center/Kickstarter_and_Kodak_Launch_New_Initiative/default.htm?utm_source&utm_medium&utm_campaign

Wow, now this is the kind of thing I love seeing.  It seems that the smaller a budget one has, the harder it is to afford to shoot film, especially if a DSLR is available to use for free, but it can be done.  I made my first film with two 35mm still cameras, three rolls of film, and iMovie on my church’s Macintosh.  Overwhelming Majority, my latest film, had a budget of $1000, but most of that went to the purchase of and processing for super 8 film ($600 for processing alone).

I didn’t run a crowdfunding campaign plus Kodak is looking at larger productions than mine was, productions shooting on 16mm and 35mm film.  But for the low budget feature getting money from crowdfunding, Kodak and Kickstarter bringing a deal together seems wonderful.  Up to $15,000 worth of 16mm film or $20,000 of 35mm film?  I’d call that great incentive, a great opportunity for films with small budgets to better afford shooting on film, and Kodak helps you help yourself.  Remember, if you keep shooting it, they’ll keep making it!

In other news, it seems that the waitlist for preorders of the new super 8 camera are over 5000 now, according to this article.  That’s fantastic, as is their film division head’s statement that sales have been climbing quite a lot: in Europe alone film sales have doubled in the last year.  Film is on the rise.

Edit: It seems that Kodak is taking interest in lower-tier filmmakers as well, starting with covering entry fees for any projects shot on film and submitted to the Louisiana Film Prize.  In addition, there are discounts for film processing as well.  While this is only open to projects made in Northern Louisiana, I’m sure someday soon there will be waivers available for many festivals, and that makes me happy.