Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Picture Picture on the Wall...

Who's the fairest of them all?
Of course if my pictures were mirrors, it would be me.
There's something disconcerting looking at a picture of myself.
You know, your own smiling mug staring right back at you.
Thankfully I don't have any pictures of myself hanging around.
Not that I'm not good to look at don't you know.
Anyways, I started framing some pictures.
Ghetto style.
Just popping them in the frames, not mounting them, just to see how they looked:

Okay, not the greatest pictures, the pictures of the pictures I mean, but it's late and I had to deal with the glare of the lamp.
Okay, the pictures in the frames aren't the greatest either.
Which brings me to my point.
What looks good on the ole computer, doesn't exactly translate to photographic goodness in person.
Once I print it on paper and stick em in a frame I mean.
The frame adds a whole different dimension, a look, that some pictures just can't hold.
They just don't look good in a frame.
Too small I think.
Mostly too stupid.
I have to face it, I take a lot of pictures of nothing.
Could be something, but mostly nothing.
I sort of feel like all I've been doing for the past two years was just practice.
Maybe it was.
The 8x8s I've been working on look a little better:

The horizon is little off on that last one.
I'll frame them once I figure out a mounting process.
It's difficult to tell how an image is going to look once you frame it, but thankfully I got a large selection to well, select from:

That's about a year's worth of film; not sure how many rolls I've been through but apparently it's quite a bit.
Looks like I got a project in front of me.
Anyways, between printing pictures and work, I also had the chance to take some students to a pumpkin carving contest:

Two of the three students that showed up.
Between the four of us, we had to maul, I mean carve up five pumpkins with the seven wonders of the world as a theme.
We didn't win anything.
I did the first two.
Wanna guess what they represent?
It was fun and the students, who had never carved a pumpkin before, had a nice time.
We'll do better next year.
With that, I hope you have your pumpkin carved, all spooky and scary!
This year I'm dressing up as me!
That's scary enough.
In a handsome sort of way.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday Early Edition

Did I miss something?
Like all of last week?
Where did the time go?
Where did I go?
Where did go go?
I've been busy sleeping and stuff.
The stuff includes work and making prints.
Which turns out to be sort of time consuming.
The print making part I mean.
Okay, sleep is time consuming too but in a good way.
The prints?
Oh yeah:

These are all 5x7s.
Or so.
I'm still sort of having problems with the easels:

You basically put the photo paper under those things and they help you frame the enlargements.
Sort of.
On the easel I was using, it has wonky borders so I need to try another one.
On the larger easel, you need to set your own borders and that's a lot of trial and error.
Mostly error.
In my case anyways.
The larger easel is for square format, in this case 8x8s which you can see there.

I'm really liking this sepia stuff although it's sort of nasty to work with.
It basically turns the silver in the prints to some kind of sulfide so the toner smells really bad.
You need to bleach the prints first in some kind of nasty bleacher bath that looks like it would take your skin off.
I like how it adds warmth to the image, a change from the coldness of noir et blanc.
It's still something of a challenge to choose which images work best:

I'm trying to be objective when choosing the negative, but it's difficult not to be biased towards images that are timeless or look old.
The sepia tone alone begs for 'vintage.'
More on this later.
So anyways, I'm going to try and pick up the Bicycle With the Funny Name today, I mean that is if my laziness drills don't go into over time.
If you know what I mean.