Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Santa Barbara Film

I’m back from the UK - actually have been for over a week - but still entrenched in a new job and “drinking from the fire hose” so to speak. It’s eating into the photography time and what I had grown accustomed too during my break from employment.

One of the drawbacks of film is the development time needed. Unfortunately, I am at the mercy of labs for the moment. The house is just too small for developing images. I had also committed to using the dr5 process for the images I’ve shot on film the last couple of months. Going forward with the Leica I’m not sure what I’ll do. There is a fine art center in Irvine that has a darkroom and the prices are reasonable. I believe they have a film dryer as well so I can prevent the dust from settling on the film. But after looking at these images in transparency it makes me want to keep shooting everything like that. When you get the exposure correct they are simply a thing of beauty.

These were taken on a Canon AT-1 that I borrowed from Jordan. The film is HP5 rated at ISO 1600 and processed in neutral dr5. On 120mm film there is a lot less grain than on the 35mm but the grain conveys what I wanted to express in the images in the first place. This grain could also be due to the scanning process from the dr5 folks. I really should look at the chromes more closely.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Austin Images

I’m in the UK at present and it’s been a hectic week to say the least. I thought I would get a bit of time to shoot and brought the Yashica Mat 124 with me on the trip. Alas, I didn’t even think about the time of year and how dark it would be here. The United Kingdom is much further north than sunny So Cal and as a result darkness reigns.

Getting up early, my original plan, really didn’t work out because it was as dark then as it was at night returning from the office. So there’ll be no film from this trip unless I find something interesting at Heathrow on my return tomorrow.

On a film note, I should have the chromes back from dr5 by the time I return home. They had a problem with their medium format scanner so I’m not sure how I’ll get these posted. The ability to get my stuff scanned will most likely be accomplished, for the short term anyway, by outsourcing the work. It’s not the most desirable but it’ll have to do for the time being.

These images are from the trip last week. I really didn’t get much and I even hesitate to post these but here is at least one image.

The first image is a light fixture in the Alamo Draft House. It cast a really cool shadow and I couldn’t resist. I should have spent more time trying this out but was pressed for time that particular day. I converted it to B&W in Aperture and tweaked it a bit for tonality in Photoshop. Using levels layers and different types of layers i.e. Overlay, I was able to increase the contrast and get some tonality that I liked. It’s probably not very noticeable on the screen but I think this will make a nice print. We’ll see.

The other two images are of Ashley, the model we worked with. I did the same thing with these images while on the plane coming back from Austin so they aren’t perfect. But I doubt I’ll do much with these images going forward. Who knows?