Jul 25 2010

Roll #23

Only 5 more rolls!

Something I’ve always wanted to try, but never have, is to create a David Hockney style photo joiner. This is where the photographer takes many individual images that, when put together, creates an overall scene.

I’m not talking about about the style where tons of little images are put together to create the face of the Mona Lisa or something like that.

I mean an image where each photo is an actual portion of the overall scene.

Here, this lady explains it better than I do.

I haven’t decided if I will assemble the actual prints, then shoot another photograph of it to post or if I will simply assemble them in Photoshop

Stay tuned!

Jul 18 2010

Results to #22

Processing: chain pharmacy

Time: same day

Price: $5.81 (processing and photo CD, no prints)

We’ve reached the dog days of summer. The sun can be relentless, the humidity can be oppressive and the air can be as still as a sauna. We’ve reached the days where one can work up a sweat just by sitting in the shade sipping a cold beer from a metal can. The days where although crops are ripening, frogs are splashing, ice cream is churning and the boys of summer are playing, most people generally slow way down and try to stay cool.

We simplify. We don’t have the energy for much. We eat our veggies raw from the garden. We read a book. We don’t wear shoes.

But reducing life, and images, to their barest elements isn’t necessarily easy. It takes effort to choose what is essential and what to omit.  Being minimalist isn’t the same as being easy.

Maybe I was successful with this assignment, maybe I wasn’t.  Maybe it’s too hot for me to care.

As for the film, I’m happy with the color saturation, but again I’m surprised by the grain.  But I guess for a roll of cheap old film it performed satisfactorily.

Jul 11 2010

Roll #22

Swelter reduces

images, photographer

to minimalist.

Jul 4 2010

Results to #21

Processing: discount pharmacy

Time: one hour

Price: $10.48 (one hour processing, prints and photo CD)

I enjoy a crafty challenge. So I just had to make a little bokeh aperture for my lens. Then I decided, why make one when I can make many! So I made a multi-shape bokehmatic with some cardboard I had on hand, some tape, construction paper and shaped hole punches.

I made it to fit onto my Nikon 50mm 1:1.8, and kept the lens wide open while shooting.

Here’s an example of normal bokeh for this lens.

And here’s a shot with the bokehmatic!

Although the effect is pretty cheesy, it was still a fun project. There were some technical matters to consider. I was lucky that my hole punches (at between 1 and 2 cm) were smaller than my maximum aperture (50mm/1.8 = 2.7cm). And the cardboard mask affects exposure.

I was having some difficulty trying to find scenes to make foreground subject matter in focus and have highlights far enough away to be out of focus for good bokeh. Of course, for a few shots I did just make everything out of focus, but that seems less interesting to me.

Happy 4th of July weekend, everyone!