Tuesday, May 31, 2011

"There's a cow on the roof!!"

Diana multi-pinhole camera (using one pinhole for this image), 6-second exposure, Ilford Delta ISO 100, developed in homemade Caffenol C, negative backlit on a lightbox and photographed with DSLR camera, inverted in Photoshop

This composition is our rendition of this image. (which we found laminated under a tabletop in a Tombstone, Arizona restaurant)

The little log house sits under Majestic "Steve", a 200-year-old cottonwood tree at the San Pedro House, between Sierra Vista and Bisbee, Arizona. I have tried to find out what the house was used for, to no avail yet.


"Where's the cow?" you might be wondering.  Click the image, which will take you to my FLickr account, and then hover your mouse over the image there, to reveal the cow...

The Fam gave me a Diana multi-pinhole camera and a very creative 120 film bouquet for Mother's Day this year. It was a complete whim on their part, and complete surprise to me. What fun it's been!

So where do we go to try it out that afternoon? Well, to go see Steve, of course! ("Steve" is the gentle giant cottonwood tree)

image made: May 8, 2011, San Pedro Riparian area, between Sierra Vista and Bisbee, Az.

Monday, May 30, 2011

American Gothic Self-Portrait (minus the pitch fork)

Diana multi-pinhole camera (using one pinhole for this image), 8-second exposure, Ilford Delta ISO 100, developed in homemade Caffenol C, negative backlit on a lightbox and photographed with DSLR camera, inverted in Photoshop

A self-portrait, while sitting on the steps of the San Pedro House- a historic ranch house-turned gift shop and headquarters for the San Pedro River Riparian Conservation Area. (just a few steps from Steve, the giant cottonwood tree)

The Fam gave me a Diana multi-pinhole camera and a very creative 120 film bouquet for Mother's Day this year. It was a complete whim on their part, and complete surprise to me. What fun it's been!

So where do we go to try it out that afternoon? Well, to go see Steve, of course! ("Steve" is the gentle giant cottonwood tree)

image made: May 8, 2011, San Pedro Riparian area, between Sierra Vista and Bisbee, Az.

Steve and The Boys

Diana multi-pinhole camera (using one pinhole for this image), 6-second exposure, Ilford Delta ISO 100, developed in homemade Caffenol C, negative backlit on a lightbox and photographed with DSLR camera, inverted in Photoshop

Here are the other two reasons I am honored on Mother's Day. (-: (Husband there on the left, Son on the right) The Fam gave me a Diana multi-pinhole camera and a very creative 120 film bouquet for Mother's Day this year. It was a complete whim on their part, and complete surprise to me. What fun it's been!

So where do we go to try it out that afternoon? Well, to go see Steve, of course! ("Steve" is the gentle giant cottonwood tree)

image made: May 8, 2011, San Pedro Riparian area, between Sierra Vista and Bisbee, Az.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Little Girl with a BIG Stick!

Diana multi-pinhole camera (using one pinhole for this image), 6-second exposure, Ilford Delta ISO 100, developed in homemade Caffenol C, negative backlit on a lightbox and photographed with DSLR camera, inverted in Photoshop

She is one reason I am honored on Mother's Day. (-: The Fam gave me a Diana multi-pinhole camera and a very creative 120 film bouquet for Mother's Day this year. It was a complete whim on their part, and complete surprise to me. What fun it's been!

So where do we go to try it out that afternoon? Well, to go see Steve, of course! ("Steve" is the gentle giant cottonwood tree)

image made: May 8, 2011, San Pedro Riparian area, between Sierra Vista and Bisbee, Az.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

homemade book, part 9: making the covers


2 flat covers, with a flexible flat spine on top, sandwich the pages of this book.  Then the 2 spines are laced together to bind it all together.  Here are the cutout pieces for the front cover.  The black material is illustration board- a thick, but slim book board.  The little rectangles of illustration board are both spines needed for this project.  The thin cardboard with the cutouts, (along with the same-sized piece of illustration board) sandwiches two illustrations into the front cover.


I am using a dry, thin, double-sided adhesive for this project, called ATG tape, and am applying it with an ATG gun.  ("ATG" stands for "adhesive transfer gun")  I've used this adhesive in making a few mini photo folios, and it sticks really well!  It isn't as messy as wet adhesives.  Another plus of using a dry adhesive is you don't have to worry about water-saturated papers and fabric buckling in the finished product.  Acid-free ATG tape is available, and is what I am using here.


This is the back cover pictured here- with the cloth spine, paper cover, and book board materials all lined up, and ready for gluing.


This is the back cover again, in process of gluing and folding the coverings over the book board and spine.



Here is the inside of the back cover, with a cover paper glued over the folded edges.


Here is a setup for the front cover: the cloth and paper coverings in place for gluing to the thin cardboard "frame" over the front cover illustrations.  Suze Orman's encouraging smile there kept me going....  (-:


The finished front cover.....





Finished book covers, ready for their pages!

Next:  Print off the book pages, trim and score them, stack them between the covers, drill the holes for the binding, and then finally, lace the whole thing together....

(I am excited!)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

"Law Day" 2011 -Cochise County Superior Court House, Bisbee, Arizona, USA

paint can pinhole camera, paper negative, 10-second exposure, colorized in Photoshop

Sitting on the steps of the Cochise County Court House, the group of we students, parents, teachers, and officials listened to local youth present their essays, all written on the theme of, "John Adams, From Boston to Guantanamo". It was part of our local presentation of Law Day, 2011. This is a US national educational program sponsored by the American Bar Association, which raises awareness of how the US law system works.

I can tell that the summer sunlight intensity is here where I live already, based on my meter readings and thus, very short exposure times. Of course, the gray-white concrete of the building and steps, in full sunlight, made for a very intense lighting experience anyway!

image made: May 3, 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011

Handmade book, part 8, aka:"Learning weaves texture into one's life"


I've been hanging on the cusp of assembling the homemade book, waiting for an open space of time, and a clear head.  But, I did learn how to sew the tortoise shell binding this past weekend!  It was a mental challenge for me, and I have developed a vast appreciation for the folks who figured it out long, long ago.

I dedicate this week's Texture Tuesday image to the bookbinders and bookmakers everywhere, by integrating my learning process into this week's challenge.  What is the challenge this week, you might ask?  It is to use a coffee/tea mug into your image, and include at least one of  Kim's (free to download) textures.  Husband brought this mug home from a training class years ago, and I love it's message.  (-:  I used two of Kim's textures- "silence" and "WarmSun".  Thank you, Kim!


kimklassencafe

Oh yes...what's in the cup? Darjeeling with agave syrup and cream. (-: