Posts Tagged ‘black and white film

10
Feb
09

Working the Land(scape).

I’ve been looking at a lot of work by other people and, as I’ve mentioned here before, I’m not really all that thrilled with my landscape photography. Beyond that, I have this Holga camera that seems underutilized. I was truly inspired by this fellow to just kinda shoot stuff with the camera and see where it took me.

With all that in mind, I went traipsing around the city back to some of the places that I thought, “That’d make a great photograph.” as I’d passed them before and grabbed a few.

I scanned them and then toned them the way I might’ve if I’d been printing them and I kinda like what I got, although I’d probably print a film border and a bit of a vignette. Whatever the case, here are 4:

school005.jpg

bleachers002.jpg

river001.jpg

birds008.jpg

It’s interesting how the lens bends things in its sight. It’s an aberration I wasn’t expecting but I’m really growing to love when I see straight lines captured.

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24
Apr
08

Down My Street.

I pass this car every day when I bring my daughter home from daycare and think, “Man, it must be cool to ride around in one of those, now that everyone drives something that’s run by a computer and mostly plastic. I should stop and shoot a picture or two of it, just for me.” I never do. Last weekend, I got off my duff and did. I shot half a roll standing around this car.

black comet 1.jpg

Again, I’m not thrilled with the scans, but it’s the darkroom potential I’m interested in. My mother-in-law’s got a friend who’s curating a black and white show later this summer and because I have a few prints of my own hanging here in the house, I’ve been nominated. It’s the reason I’ve been working on black and white stuff at all. Well, that and it’s fun to work with an image from start to finish.

black comet 2.jpg

In dealing with these scans, I’ve come to realize that the thing about Photoshop I get the least – at least as far as black and white imagery goes – is how to deal with contrast. To be fair, I scanned these using a computer with which I was not completely familiar, but I kinda thought that rescuing the haze that’s in the first image wouldn’t be too hard once I’d dealt with the levels in PS. I’m not sure I’m right.

But since the stuff I post here on the blog is for practice (I have a guy for when I need to actually have stuff scanned for real), it’s not killing me. Anyway, it’s a fun car to look at…

14
Apr
08

GOYA

Over at Flickr, there’s a guy (his work is also here) who set up a small group called GOYA. It means “get off your ass,” although, for the purposes of alienating the smallest number of people, the group says “arse.” It’s a group that’s dedicated not only to photography, but to making photographers think out of their usual boxes.

In the words of the group’s creator:

GOYA is a challenge. A challenge to get out there and make new work that is a departure from something you normally shoot. Normally, I’m shooting portraits of musicians and entertainers. So GOYA for me is to go out and shoot portraits of strangers, street people, or to get out of the portrait realm and shoot still life, nature, etc. Subjects I don’t shoot for pay.

It was with this idea in mind that I took a few hours out of my weekend to shoot some black and white film. It’d been a long time since I’d done anything of note on purpose, so I packed up the camera and drove around to a few places I pass regularly and went back to them to make photographs. I’m not sure anything of import will come of them, but it was fun to go out and “push the button” for awhile.

I sometimes forget how much fun it is looking through the square viewfinder of the old camera rather than the much smaller digital 35mm. The world is more luminous. It’s more interesting. Something about the optics of the Hasselblad makes everything look dreamier than it is in real life.

I may process the film (and actually, the roll of film I shot while we were in England a few weeks back). It may be a few days before I can scan them, but in any case, I’ll post to crow (or rant, more likely) about my results.

Oh, and I may have an entertaining announcement within the week. Gimme some time…

(And for what it’s worth, Chase Jarvis posted a bit on his blog that talks about photographers finding inspiration here. He’s turned it into something of series. After you’re done, get off your own arse.)




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