n. the frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist—the same sunset, the same waterfall, the same curve of a hip, the same closeup of an eye—which can turn a unique subject into something hollow and pulpy and cheap, like a mass-produced piece of furniture you happen to have assembled yourself.
I’ve absolutely experienced this. But how to avoid it?
A quick test shot to to see if home developing 8x10 is feasible (it is!).
Technical info: Shot on an Agfa/Ansco 8x10 Studio Camera with an 18” (457mm) Bausch & Lomb Plastigmat Portrait Lens. This camera doesn’t have a shutter, so it was shot with the lights out and just flash. Lens was wide-open at ƒ/5.6, very small octobox on AB1600 near-minimal power just above and to left of camera. AB800 with 4-foot strip box at minimal power camera right. Triggered by hand (wirelessly). Metered at ƒ/8, but bellows extension needed about 1 stop.
Film is FP4+ rated at ISO 125. Developed in Perceptol 1:1 dilution at 68°F for 12m 45s in hand-rotated Jobo 2830 tank.
I recently picked up a (cheap) color filter kit that fit my Cokin P holder, and decided to try shooting the same scene with a variety of filters. I discovered that the effects are more subtle than I expected (perhaps the filters are terrible?) and that they cause much more lens flare (again, maybe more expensive filters would work better?).
The first image, with no filter, was shot at ƒ/14 at 1/125s. The rest were shot at ƒ/9 at 1/125.
I’ve often wanted to see the tonal range of various images around the web, but downloading the image and loading it into an image editor seemed like overkill. Now, with this extension I can just right-click and immediately find the histogram.
This is the fourth year in a row for my “image of the year” post, so I guess it’s now a tradition? (previous years: 2011, 2010, 2009).
This year, like last, I wasn’t able to spend as much time on my photography as I wish I had. I could blame it on long hours at work and housing projects, but it’s my own fault. I should force myself to shoot more so that my skills aren’t rusty when I have projects I want to work on. I’ve bought a copy of Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs, which has a series of photo exercises meant to help you to better see images. I’m looking forward to working through it, just need to keep on it!
And now the runner’s up:
Nick and I attended Gold Rush Days in Sacramento over Labor Day Weekend. We went in costume on Saturday and Monday. On Saturday we were part of a costumed group. I sewed like a maniac to get my dress fixed and fixed-up in time.
Some of Nick’s photos:
Some of Kim’s photos:
Nick brought his fancy old-timey field camera and we shot some film.
The film should be developed soon, stay tuned!
Jessie’s overview of last weekend’s Gold Rush Days in Sacramento.
Last September my soon-to-be sister-in-law got married, and I made her dress. At long last I have photos from the big day. Caitlin lives across the county from me, so most of our planning and fitting was done by email, phone conversations, and mailing mockups back and forth. I arrived in Vermont…
My fiancé made my sister’s wedding dress last summer, and I photographed it. Here’s Jessie’s summary of the dressmaking!