Sunday, June 24, 2007

Seattle

I may have posted these images before; probably did. But in getting this backlog of images scanned I actually got to work with the images instead of using a poorly shot transparency on a light box. There isn’t much to say. They were taken late last year - before I sold the Mamiya 7 - the last time I was in Seattle and I just love Seattle. The film was HP5 at 1600 processed in Developer 1 at dr5.

In getting a chance to work with the film images from the last year or so I’ve found how much I really enjoy the process of shooting. Getting the scanning system up and running, albeit cumbersome, I at least get to see some images I haven't been able to really work with. It’s also making me miss the larger negatives of the Mamiya. I guess I’ll have to start shooting the Littman more often.

My recent images have been off on exposure lately and I haven’t been able to figure the cause. Today I did. I use a Sekonic 508 I’ve had for years. Apparently I’ve been too trusting in it’s ability. I found today that it was an entire stop off over exposing on a regular basis. I’ve dialed in the adjustment but will most likely need to send it in for calibration sometime in the near future. I wonder how much that will cost? It’s always something.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Letters

There are times when writing for this blog finds me at a loss for words. This is one of those times.

I found a solution to my scanning problem and spent the last couple of weeks scanning a backlog of images. This is the first one that I’m posting here.

At best I’m a difficult person to live with: moody, closed off, demanding and a few other things that come to mind. Somehow I was blessed with a woman that found a way, and continues to find a way, to get through the stuff I throw around. I’m not sure what I did to deserve her but I’m glad she came my way. She’s probably one of the only people that actually looks at this blog and I know what words do for her. She calls them “Larry Letters” and I don’t write them often enough.

I picked this image because her eyes show she’s playful and because there is a happiness here that I rarely catch with the camera. Her father was a photographer; she knows the drill, but I never seem to just catch her at a moment when she is relaxed. This is one of those and one of my favorites.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Sign Of The Times

Here’s a sign of the times. This guy saw me making images and posed a couple of times. I actually didn’t push the shutter on those, not because he posed, but because a car pulled up behind him. But after this particular image he stumbled over to me in his high heels and asked to see the back of the camera. He was very polite but I told him it was film. He looked at me incredulously and asked, in all seriousness, if I was a Luddite. I told him, in fact, I was no such thing but this just happened to be the camera I had with me at the moment. He stared for a second or two, said OK and went to find a more progressive photographer.