I’m taking Advanced Photography again. I took it before, three years ago, all those pictures can be found here, as well as a few related projects that bled over into the following years. I suppose I wanted to take the class again primarily because I wanted to get back into the darkroom.
What this will allow me to do is make a lot of fine art optical prints, something I’ve really missed doing, and I’d like to offer this to you, my loyal readers. Traditional black & white optical prints get the best out of analog photochemical imaging and are the most archival process, I’ve read they can last for 1000 years if properly processed and stored. I will be printing 8×10 on Oriental glossy fiber paper, one of the best available today. As I only have access to the darkroom while I am taking the class, this will be a limited-time offer and all orders must be received by May 1, 2019.
x1 print: $40
x5 prints: $150 ($30 each)
All prices in USD; prices include shipping in Continental USA, international shipping additional and will vary but contact me and we’ll work something out. contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
These will be black & white prints of course; most of what I’ve shot is Kodak Tri-X, T-Max 400, and Eastman Double-X and the links should make it easy to browse the majority of my black & white back catalog, just send me a link to the picture in the email. If you absolutely have to have a color image I can make a digital print using an Epson large-format printer, email me and I’ll see what I can do; there is less of a time constraint on these.
I don’t do it too often but when my friends want pictures I’m there for them. I can’t say that I’m too used to portrait sessions in general and with infants in particular; Anne Geddes I’m not. But it turned out alright and I think my friend is happy with the results. Perhaps if I get enough practice I’d consider opening up a photography business. We narrowed it down to 20 pictures to print, these are the ones I personally like best.
Black & White is T-Max 400, and I pulled out a lens I don’t use too often, the Chinon 55mm f/1.7 Macro, to make sure I could get in as close as needed: the Chinon, while not a true 1:1 Macro lens, does focus to less than a foot, better than the 1.5 feet with my normal Takumars, and shooting indoors I wanted something faster than the f/4 S-M-C Macro Takumar. I knew there was a reason I bought it! Also it was a pretty screaming deal at my local shop, evidently they’re quite rare and go for several hundred dollars when they turn up on ebay, so it was too hard to pass up.
I pulled out the old Pentax ES as my secondary camera, and it went back to its old tricks (actually it did a long time ago and I just hadn’t remembered). So my original fix didn’t work, but then I haven’t gotten around to opening it back up again recently. The ESII I own was sent off to Eric Hendrickson for a CLA but he couldn’t get the speeds right so he sent it back…evidently it’s a common problem and I guess he doesn’t like working on the AE Spotmatics. But what that means now is that I have an ESII with accurate fast speeds and slow speeds that are much too fast. So much for having an M42 system: I have 5 bodies and only 1 that works 100%. I’ve been on the fence anyway about switching to Nikon and getting an F2 and F3, which it seems are much more serviceable…it’s gonna cost me though…
The main event. A much more joyous occasion than two years ago, we met in Manassas, VA for my cousin’s wedding. He’s the last cousin to get married, which probably means my brother’s and my days are numbered…
At least we’ll be able to put them through a long plane flight like the ones I’ve had to endure the last few years!
The trial and error continues. Since last spring I’ve made it a point to shoot and get the hang of Ektar 100…it still hasn’t happened yet. Maybe it’s the lack of sunlight that skews the color temperature, or the fact that with a manual camera I’m not getting a proper exposure, or that I didn’t perform a whole lot of color correction in post. Whatever the reason, the unsatisfying results are just one more reason that I’ll shoot keep shooting the consumer-variety films.
Don’t know if I’ve mentioned my new job but I drive jeep tours in Colorado Springs. While we were in Manassas, VA for a wedding, I and a few relatives took the opportunity to go into Washington, DC and get a bus tour of the nation’s capital, by moonlight. As I was halfway through a roll of T-Max 400 (and not pushing it), I didn’t have too high hopes for these pictures shooting 1/2 and 1 second exposures. Still, I quite like the ghostly quality of the results…
Just a reminder: don’t be asshole cheapskates like my relatives, tip your tour guides well!