Monday, July 26, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
The hot side is cooler because I don't have the water heater turned on. Water in the tank about 74 due to the A/C.
Blew through a 25 sheet pack of Ilford Multicgrade warmtone RC proofing 5X7 negs. Used Agfa warmtone developer. Gotta go back to Adorama and order a 100 sheet pack I guess. Fun proofing. My old Royalprint Chem is still good but all the paper shot. Guess I need to toss it all along with the little processor. It's on its last legs with the nylon gears missing a tooth here and there.
Update: Looking at proofs with a set of white "L" shaped cropping bars. Helps to isolate the image. Couple of nice photos in the group. You can always make a successful photo. Real magic quietly happens by some mechanism of its own. Got a couple of those.
Friday, June 25, 2010
I need to spend a couple of days working this wall. It's tough going- when you get close you are looking up at it from a severe slope. Difficult footing most places. From a distance the long lenses flatten it too much. Gotta be able to isolate some significant abstracts. I shot a couple with my 450 but didn't have time to really work it on this trip. It has good light several hours a day.
This is in color, by the way.
I've got several notable shadow photos from Shiprock. We drove up on this one and I shot several negatives from the top of the 4-Runner. Can't wait to proof them. This is a digital file from beside the car.
Film, besides being a different palette of tones, won't be polarized. I think I stayed with a very light yellow. The sky tone was pretty delicate and I didn't want to screw it up.
Bright Angel Canyon the evening before on digital. Once the sun comes over the horizon, the contrast range explodes.
99 degrees out of the "cold" side. Tyler has great water for photographic (and other) purposes, but does get hot in the summer. Photographic Water Equinox is about March 5, when it runs 68 degrees, (standard B&W processing temp) out of the cold side. Had to ice it a bit and save some tubs in labs central air. Also used the old indian trick of leaving the hot water heater off and using the stored cooled water. Runs about 78 for a bit.
50 sheets of HP5 5X7 hanging and drying. Now I gotta cool enough water to proof.
Using Xtol for about 8:30 in trays, eight sheets at a time in the dark. The pup finds those 8-minute runs very boring.
Was at Bright Angel Point with the Deardorff on tripod before daybreak last week and a little pre-dawn crowd built. Had to remind them that even if I had a big old wooden camera, I might not be an expert. I could just be a nut.
Update: I finished my pre-sunrise shot and made a negative just as the sun came up to process first and check for density. Looks ok, though the light really was changing fast!