Monday, October 13, 2014

The WC: It's Not Just For You Know What Anymore

The training continues.
No, not the laziness drills, I'm pretty much world class in that department.
I haven't been in a photographic darkroom in oh, since back in another life and some stuff is slow to remember.
Some stuff is totally new.
Well, new to me anyways:

























I took home one of the enlargers from work, no worry it's so old it's been off the books for a while, and believe it or not it fits in the bathroom.
Sort of cramped but workable.
The smaller enlarger will only do 35mm film, I only have one negative holder, while the bigger one will do larger formats like 6x7.
One of the problems with working in the bathroom is I need to seal off the window and it gets pretty warm once I get going.
I've also started messing with sepia toner and well, it's nasty smelling stuff.
Thing is I need the bathroom for there's a lot of rinsing and washing involved.
Sepia?
It's the stuff that gives photographs that brownish look:


















That's a contact print, made by laying the 4x5 negative directly on the paper.
The enlarger doesn't handle large format negatives.



































Those are scans compared to scans of the an actual print.
I would like the images to be a bit darker, the directions actually say to print darker, but these were just tests anyways.
I did do one night shot:



















Which I think came out fantabulously well.
I did more prints and I'll be toning them later.
These do take a bit o'time as you need to bleach the original, rinse, then tone and fix.  The whole process takes oh about fifteen or twenty minutes depending on how well you rinse and wash.
In my case in the bathroom sink and in the tub.
Thankfully water is included in my fees here and you can rinse out more than one at a time.
I've also been collecting some picture frames:



















Hitting up the local Goodwill.
I'm gonna start to recycle them and mount some of the work like this:



















The walls at the Flat Tire Command Center are all still blank so I got lots of space to hang stuff.
I may even try to put some of the smaller ones up on Etsy and see if they get any attention.
This photography stuff needs to start paying for itself.
If you know what I mean.
In other news, following the lead of our friend Steve A, I too got a new hat.
Make that hats.
More on this later.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Meanwhile

Still in mourning.
The more I think about it, my bicycle I mean, the more I realize how great it was.
I really did have it set up to do what I needed it do, and I suppose it will take a while to get another bicycle set up the same way.
I'm going to try and pick the Bicycle With the Funny Name this weekend.
If I ever make it out to my brother's house.
This week we had another lunar eclipse:



















I hauled out the ole telescope, more on that later, and took some pics through the eyepiece.
You can just see some color in the last frame.
By then the moon was so dark, I had to boost the ISO in my camera something fierce so I switched off to Big Mama:


















Here's the set up:

























I was going down to the park, but I could see well enough right from the parking lot downstairs.
The eclipse took place just when the moon was around zenith so I had to bend my neck some.
The right angle on the 'scope served me well.
Watching planetary events like this reminds me that we, planet Earth, are just a another small satellite in a bigger picture.
In a bigger bigger picture.
If you know what I mean.
I've been off this week and mainly taking it easy and doing my laziness drills.
The darkroom experiments continue:



















More on this later.