Sunday, June 26, 2011

Charlie's tractor

homemade paint can pinhole camera, paper negative, 25 sec exp, developed in Caffenol CM.

He loves old tractors, and he recently bought one, just because, I reckon. It sounds like a helicopter as he drives it by.

I got this quick pinhole before heading inside for the morning workout. It was literally a dart to get the can in the back of the car, a few seconds to scoop gravel under the can to position it, and 15 seconds to guess-expose, before running the camera back to the car, and going inside. It was purely gut intuition at a fast pace, which isn't natural for me usually, but it worked this time. (-:

image made: June 18, 2011

Time In A Can Solargraphy Project- beginning the 6-month exposures



Time In A Can is a group solargraphy project that is making 6-month exposures from Summer Solstice to Winter Solstice, 2011. It is being coordinated by Estudio Redondo in Madrid.  The studio mailed out 5 premade, preloaded (with paper negatives) pinhole cameras to 40 photographers around the world.  We will be making 6-month exposures with the pinhole cameras from our locales.   Then, we will then ship the cameras back to their place of origin in Spain. These photographs will then be in a future gallery exhibition at Estudio Redondo.

This video documents the beginning of my 5 exposures on June 21, 2011.

You can check the progress of the project through the Time In A Can project page on Flickr:
flickr.com/​groups/​timeinacan/​

Visit Estudio Redondo at their web page:  estudioredondo.com/ .

Also please visit my pinhole photographer friend, Diego López Calvín, who is part of developing this project, and invited me to participate.  He does amazing photographic work!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Monument Fire on June 14th from Palominas, Az

If you pray, dance or wish, please do so for rain, for the many areas battling wildfires right now.

This is the Monument Fire in Palominas/Hereford/South Sierra Vista, Az. I took this photo at the red cross shelter at Palominas School in Palominas, Az, on Tuesday, June 14th.

It has gotten much worse, as extremely dry conditions, high winds and hot temperatures are fanning it with incredible speed and unpredictability. It is moving into highly populated areas today.

My family and I are safe, and in a good location to remain safe.

Thanks Friends, I just felt a need to share.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Vintage Cameraness + Huachuca Jazz Project- (36th Army Band) summer concert in the park Sierra Vista, Arizona

Brownie Holiday camera, Efke 127 ISO 100, developed in Caffenol CM, negative photographed over a light table and inverted, sepia tone, texture added in Photoshop

The 36th Army Band's ensemble, the Huachuca Jazz Project, took our brand new bandshell/stage for our first concert in the park this year. I had to go up there and snap a picture of the group with the Brownie Holiday....

I think I might look for a hack on the shutter, so that I can vary the length of exposures. (perhaps the limitation is why they came out with the Holiday Flash model, two years after beginning production of this camera!)

Then again, perhaps I will stick with the historic, original experience of the camera, and get whatever atmosphere come what may in any lighting condition. Still thinking on this one!

I love the dimensions of this film! It sure is a bear to load on the developing spool, though! The 127 film is wound up so tightly, that it wants to curl with a passion. It is so curly, that the leading edge of the film easily pops off the developer spool grooves, derailing the rest of the film while loading. However, folding the leading edge into a flattened shape helps to keep the film on the spool.
image made: June 2, 2011

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Wheel Of Progress (part 1) Sierra Vista, Arizona

Brownie Holiday camera, Efke 127 ISO 100, developed in Caffenol CM, negative photographed over a light table and inverted in Photoshop

Husband took this shot, putting me on the other side of the camera for a change. (-:

After developing and processing, I see that I have "bunny ears" above my head. Which "rotten" kid did that? I instantly assumed it was the 15-year-old, but wait- both his arms are visible. Wait a minute- that's the 10-year-old's little fingers!

The Holiday's shutter speed must be on the slower side- with ISO 100 film, the bright sunny shots are a bit overexposed. (I'm pretty sure it's the in-camera exposure) The midsummer sun is brutal and glary this time of year though, and it was about noon at the time.

This is a tribute to Arizona miners of all eras- the "Wheel Of Progress"- a mining flywheel which turned some sort of compressor or generator at some time in mining history. It turns today (and has for years) slowly, as a tribute, on Highway 92, next to the self-storage.

By the way- the group of agaves to the left are a form of yucca which is very common here in the high dessert of southern Arizona. They bloom in June every year.

image made June 3, 2011

Saturday, June 4, 2011

On Top Of The World at Sunset

Brownie Holiday camera, Efke 127 ISO 100, developed in Caffenol CM, negative photographed over a light table and inverted, sepia tone, texture added in Photoshop

She and the other young ones were dancing, racing, and chasing each other as the 36th Army Band played on. The stage lighting fixture, with it's pointed "roof", was too much to resist. She had to climb to the top! (all two feet off the ground)

It was the opening summer concert in the park for this year, where my family enjoyed watching these kids as much as listening to the music.

This is from my first roll through my Brownie Holiday camera (circa 1955-57) There is no bulb setting on this camera, so there is one fixed shutter speed to work with. Perhaps I can find 127 film in different ISOs to compensate?

I love the dimensions of this film! It sure is a bear to load on the developing spool, though! The 127 film is wound up so tightly, that it wants to curl with a passion. It is so curly, that the leading edge of the film easily pops off the developer spool grooves, derailing the rest of the film while loading. However, folding the leading edge into a flattened shape helps to keep the film on the spool.
image made: June 2, 2011

It's a Brownie Holiday!

Meet the newest member of my vintage cam family! Presenting...a Brownie Holiday Camera, purchased on a whim from eBay. (it's my birthday soon, after all.) (-:

I couldn't help it... It is so compact and cute . It takes cute, compact 127 film, which you can still buy. (I got mine via the internet at Freestyle)

As near as I can figure, the date of manufacture for this camera is probably 1955 to 1957, according to it's features described on the Brownie Camera Page.

I just developed my first roll, images to come...

Thank you American Girl Molly Doll, for letting me borrow your lei and hat for this holiday-making shot of the Holiday!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

"Steve" in his habitat..San Pedro Riparian Conservation Area, southeastern Arizona

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's a "head to toe" portrait of "Steve", a 150+-year-old cottonwood tree along the San Pedro River in southeastern Arizona.

I am surprised at the wide angle of this Diana pinhole camera! I was about 50 feet away from the trunk, and actually fit all of Steve in the frame. I guess the focal length is longer in the Diana than it is in my comparatively similar Holga pinhole camera.

Another trend that I have noticed is a softer focus. I think it may be the aperture, but perhaps it could be camera motion. It was a windy day- and you can see Steve's mighty branches moving in the wind here.

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.