Wednesday, July 1, 2015

20 for 20

My astronomy club gets together once a month after the "official" monthly meeting for some beer and pizza at a local restaurant called Il Vicino.

This pinhole image was made with a small Zero Image 2000 pinhole camera on 120 Kodak Ektar 100 film.

The exposure was 20 minutes long and there are 20 people at our table, having 20 conversations, probably 20 beers, (not everyone drinks beer, but some have 2 so the math is good I think) 10 pizzas, pasta, salad, and some that just sit and chat and visit and catch up and talk about astronomy, and travel,the weather and The Hubble Space Telescope ( our guest speaker was a former HST fixer upper).

Luckily there was a nice ledge at the end of the table for my pinhole camera.  I stood guard for the 20 minute exposure and observed my friends as they talked, ate and had their conversations.  I also watched my pizza get dropped on the floor at the end of the table.

No, you don't see that in the photo, but all of this happened. It's truly a time capsule of sorts.

Some people move a lot when they eat, or talk, and some as you see, are relatively still while they sit and visit.

Most of them weren't even aware of the camera, or were and just kept on about their meal and conversation.s
I enjoy this. I don't meter and never have...I just observe and when I feel like the emulsion has had enough, I stop the exposure.

Yes it's that simple.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Galaxy Paper

Galaxy Paper

Have you heard the news?
Galaxy Paper is in the works for making a new direct positive photo paper!
Just click the link above for the scoop!

If that's not exciting...
how about the fact that they are working on an emulsion with an ISO that corresponds to film at 32-64.

I'm excited and you should be too!

It's not often we photographers get something made just for us and something that is bound to be well received.

Galaxy Paper is something to look forward to. 

Edit!!!  They are not making direct positive paper as I thought earlier....but they are making reversal paper with a faster ISO.   It's still exciting news!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hanging out with the Woodpeckers

Remember I said I was going to do some bird watching a few posts back?

Well today I spent some time watching a woodpecker hop around looking for bugs in my wood pile.

We heat our house with a wood burning stove, so we have a stash of firewood...always!

This is a bonus because the woodpeckers like to hunt for bugs among the logs.

You can't see it, but there was a Bluebird watching me watch it just on the other side of the bucking rack.

The woodpeckers around my house like to drink the sugar water out of the hummingbird feeders too...I'm not sure what to think of that, but they are fun to watch in all their contortions trying to sit upright while getting their sugar high!

Pinhole photo made with the "Foxy Mouse" pinhole camera on some old Ilford satin paper...and as always dunked in caffenol.

Thanks for stopping by.