Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Post-Script: The cost of processing and printing these images amounts to about $1.35 per image, but they're printed to 5"x5" size onto luster-finish paper, and my local lab (Picture Perfect) does a much better job than, say, the pharmacy.
The tiny bits of dust and whatnot are from the glass of my flatbed scanner, which badly needs a cleaning. I directly scanned the finished prints, rather than posting scans of the negatives, so in person these are even sharper than they might appear on your screen.
The Holga 120 GFN has a built-in flash, which I've yet to experiment with, but might prove promising for night-time and indoor images. I just ordered some 100-speed 120 color film from Lomography, so I'll have more film soon with which to experiment.
My local Urban Outfitters doesn't seem to stock 120 film these days, only 35mm, so I'm relegated to waiting for sales specials from Lomo.
Typecast via Underwood Universal onto 6" wide, (nearly) endless roll of paper. NEROP?
Thursday, January 03, 2013
Manual or Automatic?
The blurriness of the images along the corners and edges, which is part of their appeal, comes from using a binocular lens improvised as a camera lens, of a focal length of 150mm, stopped down to a 20mm aperture. This is another thing I love about working with the Speed Graphic, it makes using improvised optics relatively easy. In person, these photos are little 4"x5", stiff fiber paper prints, slightly curled from the manner in which they dry, with a pleasing tone and good sharpness.
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
("CTRL[SPACE], Rhetorics of Surveillance" curated by Thomas Y. Levine)
("The Zeppelin in Combat" by Douglas H. Robinson)
("Motion Study" by H.C. Sampter)
Post-Script: Just a few photographic samplings from The Bookshelf. Typecast via Underwood Universal onto LAROP (Little-*ss-Roll-Of-Paper), photos via Lumix G5 and Simply B&W in iPad2.
Post-Post-Script: There's another back-story worthy of recounting, involving the 3rd image, the pull-out illustration in the back of D.H. Robinson's "The Zeppelin in Combat," adjacent to which is a well dog-eared and yellowed stack of handwritten sheets, penned by yrs. truly back in the mid-1970s (probably 1976 at the base library on the Mare Island Naval Shipyard), an excerpt from Adm. Charles Rosendahl's 1931 book "Up Ship," the first popular exposition on rigid airships being employed in the U.S. Navy. The library lacked a copy machine and so, in my fascination with rigid airships, I copied excerpts by hand. Poor man's Xerox. These have been squirreled away inside Robinson's book ever since.