Friday, May 31, 2013

Project 365-ish: May 31, 2013

Yucca Ablaze in Sunlight by Crunchy Footsteps
Yucca Ablaze in Sunlight

gingerbreadcam, 10 zone, skip 2 zoneplate, 4-sec exp, paper negative, developed in Caffenol C, contrasted to the hilt in Photoshop.

I thought this abstract representation deserved some explanation. This is a yucca bloom- an agave/succulent plant that grows in semi-arid areas. There are many in my area, and they are all in bloom right now. They have a gorgeous crown/cluster of waxy, edible flowers. It's this cluster that you are looking at in the shaft of sunlight.

I've eaten yucca blooms in a salad before.  I must say that they taste better when marinated, since they don't have much taste of their own.  But, they have nice water content, and if stranded in the desert, they can provide some water, and perhaps some nutrients, too.

This image is part of my annual Urban Yucca Series, here.

image made May 30, 2013

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Project 365-ish: May 30, 2013

We remember....(colorized version) by Crunchy Footsteps

We Remember..  (colorized version)

gingerbreadcam pinhole camera, paper negative, 45 sec exp, developed in Caffenol-C, colorized in Photoshop

Mr Aguilar was our neighbor for 17 years. Since our back yards met back to back, we first met (and had many conversations since) while he was on his roof, fixing his evaporative cooler.

As a toddler, my son called him "Bob on the roof". Many years later, Mr. Aguilar graciously accepted Son's request to interview him on his WWII service. He had served in the US Navy, in the Pacific. His ship, the USS Bush, was attacked and destroyed while he was aboard, and he floated in he water with shipmates for more than 24 hours, before being rescued. He went on to live a full life surrounded by family, and lived his life with integrity.

Sadly, he passed away 1 month after Son's interview with him. He is buried nearby in a veteran's cemetery, and we visit his grave every Memorial Day.

image made May 27, 2013, at Southeastern Arizona Veteran's Memorial Cemetery.

The original black and white version is here

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Project 365-ish: May 26, 2013

Soft Steve #2 "pixelplate" by Crunchy Footsteps

Soft Steve #2 "pixelplate"

gingerbreadcam pinhole cam, paper negative, 7-sec exposure, "pixelplate" aperture, developed in Caffenol C
Well, my latest project is to explore the use of zoneplates in my homemade photography. it's been quite a week of learning!

I found the Whiz Kid Technomagic Zone Plate Designer website and made some zoneplates of different characteristics for the focal length of my new pinhole camera, the gingerbreadcam. I incorrectly configured the resolution on to a pdf file for my local Staples printing service to print on to clear transparency sheet, and ended up with "pixelplates"- a low-resolution, pixelated versions of the zone plate file.

Since then, I correctly configured the resolution of my zone plate files, but now the difficulty is getting them printed correctly. (The person who helped me doesn't know how to change the printer resolution, or perhaps, how to uncheck the "stretch to fit" button on his settings).

So in the meantime, till I find another printing solution, I tried a pixelated version of my zoneplates today. This is a "pixelplate", not a zoneplate, but I'm 1/2 way there, and I sort of like it. (-:

image made May 26, 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Project 365-ish: May 12, 2013

Catalpa Still Life Pinhole by Crunchy Footsteps

Catalpa Still Life Pinhole

cookie box pinhole camera, paper negative, 15-minute exposure, developed in Caffenol-C, colorized in Photoshop.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas out there!  (-:

We have a Catalpa tree in our backyard. It's also called a "cigar tree", because of the long, bean-like fruit that comes after the spring bloom. It's a pity to call this tree a cigar tree, when it produces the most beautiful looking and smelling blooms!

It's blooming right now, so I am making and taking many images, while I spend time with the tree in the mornings.

The cookiebox camera was made quite a few years ago, but since it takes 8x7-inch negatives, so I haven't used it much. (I also used it during my instant film pinhole experiments a few years ago) Today pieced together 2 5x7 paper negatives to make the image.

The exposure was not long enough, and the negative was very thin. This is Photoshoped extensively, and a bit contrasty, but I like it. I like to think of it as sorta rustic. (-:

image made May 11, 2013

Monday, May 6, 2013

Project 365-ish: May 6, 2013

Cinco de Mayo, Margaritaville Style (composite image) by Crunchy Footsteps

Cinco de Mayo, Margaritaville Style (composite image)

bathroomcam pinhole camera, 16 - 5x7 paper negatives in composite, 30 minute exposure, developed in Caffenol-C, each negative scanned, then digitally assembled in Photoshop.
Phew! I'm ready for bed! This was an all-day effort, but a very enjoyable one. You can see the image larger here.

George and his setup had to battle 30-mile per hour winds today, so he was tied up in his chair, lei sewn to his shirt, and that umbrella (oh the unwieldy umbrella!) was weighed down with it's concrete stand, and a planter full of metal plates, rocks and garden pavers. (it only got away once in the wind)

The only drawback was, after the umbrella got away, it snapped back in a different position, putting George in shadow. After developing all the images in the camera/darkroom, I realized that I hadn't seen George's face at all during developing. His head was too much in shadow to image. So, I did another exposure of just his head and torso, and incorporated that into this image. Other than that, this is straight out of the camera, and compiled on a 28 by 20-inch canvas in Photoshop.

I think I will mount the negatives to a piece of art board, and hang it in my living room. Should I hang it upside down (like a true pinhole image in the camera) or right side up?

camera specs: aperture: 2 mm, f. 1128, focal length: 89 inches, film plane: 28in by 20 in.

Thank you, Flickr Friends for your help and encouragement to try this project again! (-:

Happy Cinco de Mayo Pinhole Day, 2013!

image made May 5, 2013

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Project 365-ish: May 5, 2013

George 30 min exposure test by Crunchy Footsteps

George 30 min exposure test

bathroomcam pinhole camera, paper negative, 30 min exp, developed in Caffenol-C

The bathroomcam specs: f.1128, focal length: 89 inches, pinhole diameter: 2mm

It seems that reciprocity failure is already at work, as the 30 min exposure is not much different from the 20 min exposure. Perhaps I will stick with 30 minutes tomorrow, for the full-sized bathroomcam picture, in honor of CInco de Mayo Pinhole Day.

George posed for this test exposure today, while sipping his pre-Cinco de Mayo margarita.

image made May 4, 2013

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Project 365-ish: May 4, 2013

Geoerge's chair by Crunchy Footsteps

Geoerge's chair

bathroomcam pinhole camera, paper negatives, various test exposures, developed in Caffenol-C

"OMG!" An image! (I'm really too old for omg)

Thank you, my Flickr pals, for helping me out with the bathroomcam! I made some modifications- smaller pinhole, a "baffle" to selectively block out parts of the image on the ceiling and walls, and a blanket over the bathroom mirror. (-:

In The Great Picture video, Rob mentioned that they originally calculated their exposure time to be 6-7 days, but when they did their test exposures, they settled on a 35-minute exposure. That made quite an impression on me. So I figured if their focal length of 58 feet only needed 35 minutes, I'd start my tests at 7, 13, and 20 minutes. (my focal length is 89 inches)

I think I'll try a 30-minute test exposure today, and see if I can pick up some of the dark background around the chair (tree and grass) Perhaps I'll preflash my negatives, too...

George is now on a much needed break from his chair, but will be back in the saddle again tomorrow, for Cinco de Mayo Pinhole Day, for his bathroomcam portrait. (-: