Saturday, February 12, 2011

Overexposed negative, questionable results, having fun with the process, regardless



"picassocam" homemade pinhole camera, paper negative, 30-second exposure, tons of post processing in Photoshop

This is a comparison of a raw scanned paper negative, and my final result, after lots of digital post processing.

I clearly greatly overexposed this negative in camera, and had to pull it out of the developer quickly before the image disappeared into blackness. Still, I thought I might make a go of it anyway.

I'm still not sure if I like it or not. Sometimes "happy accidents" work well, sometimes, they just don't. Sometimes, you just don't know.

On my Flickr page, I posted this image with notes, to document what I think are all of the interesting swirls and blobs and blemishes are on the negative, based on my few years of experience in developing paper negatives. I hope it might be helpful to someone, who may be a bewildered and puzzled as I was when I first started.  To see these notes, just click on the image, and while viewing it on Flickr, hover your mouse over the image.

Notice that the negative image is backwards, and the tones are opposite from the positive image, too. The image also imprints on the emulsion upside down, as is the nature of light coming through a lens or pinhole.

This is an image of Lake Havasu at Cattail Cove State Park, in central-far western Arizona.

image made January 21, 2011.

2 comments:

  1. I really enjoy the blobs and swirls. It just adds even more to the mysterious atmosphere for me.

    By the way, I really enjoy your description of your technique, as well as how you experience your own art.

    "I'm still not sure if I like it or not. Sometimes "happy accidents" work well, sometimes, they just don't. Sometimes, you just don't know."

    That statement up above is SO true. :-)

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  2. Hi Jen! It is true, isn't it? The creative process mirrors life- the whole thing can be messy at times, and may seem like it isn't working sometimes, but then beautiful things/events come into focus from the pool of everyday life. Sometimes what materializes isn't so beautiful. Sometimes you don't know what to think. It all comes from the same source. (everyday life and living)

    Thanks for your great comment!

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