Photo Exploration | Wallpaper: Pinhole and Marcos

This week has tak­en a lit­tle longer to pub­lish, but it has tak­en more time to put togeth­er a mixed Wall­pa­per and Explo­ration post.

I have recent­ly become mild­ly obsessed with pin­hole pho­tog­ra­phy, per­haps want­i­ng to have a bridge from the low-fi repro­duc­tion with the tech­ni­cal know-how to cre­ate viable pin­hole works. That said, I don’t always suc­ceed in my own efforts. It is impor­tant to remem­ber when shoot­ing film what film you actu­al­ly have in the cam­era. Oth­er­wise you end up shoot­ing Supe­ria X‑Tra 400 speed film at 1600, think­ing you can just devel­op it your­self at 1600. But then you open the cam­era back and whoops — it’s col­or, and get­ting a lab to push C‑41 is a bit of a pain. So what you get instead is just 2 full stops of under­ex­posed images on film stock that real­ly does­n’t tol­er­ate under­ex­po­sure in the best of cir­cum­stances. Throw in the pin­hole lens and we’ve got a mess.

All that said, with the right expec­ta­tions, a black and white con­ver­sion, patience in pro­cess­ing and a lit­tle luck, you can still get a work­able image. Or at least, the kind of a work­able image that can be part of a final product.

So that’s how we got the base layer.

Regard­ing the trees, there was a real­ly fog­gy morn­ing last week. I woke up, grabbed a dig­i­tal cam­era (5dmk2 with 24–70mm) and ran out­side to get some of the trees before the fog start­ed to burn away. That’s a key thing I’ve learned about fog — if it looks good, pho­to­graph then and there. Don’t wait — the sun will rise and the vapors will lift remark­ably quick­ly. It’s the morn­ing ver­sion of the sil­ver hour at twi­light — gone before you notice.

I did­n’t have much of a plan for the pho­tos, but I des­per­ate­ly want­ed to doc­u­ment the images. Once I opened up the files I thought, “hey — not bad — maybe…wait.…maybe they could be.…yes!”

I gen­er­al­ly am not keen on lay­er­ing, and even less com­bin­ing dig­i­tal and film, but for this image I could not resist.

Pin­hole, Trees and Marcos

So, to get this image I loaded the pin­hole in Pho­to­shop and took the trees as a sec­ond lay­er. By using the Col­or Dodge blend, I could keep enough detail of both lay­ers. Oth­er rea­son­able results were found using the Lin­ear Dodge and Over­lay modes, but the Col­or Dodge was best from what I could get. I left a large amount of the resid­ual muck from scan­ning intact. My scan­ner was pret­ty dirty and I did­n’t notice until after I had scanned a few images, but I liked the look and left it there.

All told, I don’t know what this image is say­ing. I like the light, the fig­ure with the hat, the trees and all of it put togeth­er. Some­times some­thing that works for me just works for me and that’s that. Pre­scrib­ing a mean­ing to it isn’t nec­es­sary. That said, if you have an inter­pre­ta­tion please share it with me!

Wallpaper: Toy Truck in Film

Did you know that when you are tak­ing a pho­to up close with a c300 (or any oth­er TLR I would imag­ine) you have to cor­rect for par­al­lax? Oh? You did? Well, yeah, yeah, yeah. You’re all so smart. So now I know. But when I shot this roll of film from the oth­er day I did­n’t have this knowl­edge. I thought I was mak­ing the appro­pri­ate com­pen­sa­tions (and I was, only it was just for expo­sure not for fram­ing) — and I shot a few frames with­out correcting.

But some­times that’s OK. And they did­n’t turn out all that bad — just kin­da, I dun­no, sur­re­al? Like dreams that we half remem­ber. Yeah, we’ll go with that. In fact, here is how I will present this pho­to in the future:

“An explo­ration of mem­o­ry, per­tain­ing to an adult’s sub­con­scious ren­der­ings
of the van­tage points inher­ent in the vision of a child”

Truck, Film.

Behold, your week­ly wall­pa­per offer­ing! Click to down­load the set of files.

High Falls, Wallpaper

It’s time for this week’s Wall­pa­per post!

Last Sun­day, we went for a walk to High Falls in Dupont State For­est and great­ly enjoyed the warm weath­er and mas­sive vol­ume of water from the pre­vi­ous rains. An awe­some day, espe­cial­ly con­sid­er­ing the week of weath­er we’ve had since here in WNC.

Here is one of the pho­tos that was post­ed ear­li­er but cropped dif­fer­ent­ly to (a) show more of the water­fall how it appeared that day and (b) fit com­put­er wall­pa­per sizes more accurately.

High Falls, January 2013

I hope you enjoy! Down­load here

Ava’s Mailbox, Wallpaper

It’s a new year, we made it to 2013, anoth­er arbi­trar­i­ly marked trip around the sun (with a few course cor­rec­tions along the way)! OK, I’m not real­ly that cyn­i­cal and I’m cer­tain­ly glad to be here. And with that in mind, and keep­ing in mind that I haven’t always kept up my promis­es for reg­u­lar updates, I’m going to try and add a new fea­ture here with this blog.

Week­ly wall­pa­per sets. But not just any wall­pa­per sets, oh no. These will be cre­at­ed from a pho­to tak­en in the last week. So it’ll be hot and fresh and as heart warm­ing as baked bread. Unless you are gluten free, then it will be as heart warm­ing as fresh GF banana muffins.

With the intro­duc­tion out the way, here is one from a vis­it to Mis­sis­sip­pi last week­end (pho­to from Sat­ur­day, so still in the last week but bare­ly). It is (one of) the mail­box­es from an old fam­i­ly home in Mis­sis­sip­pi. It is actu­al­ly my in-law’s fam­i­ly house, and I am grate­ful for their shar­ing some time explor­ing the property.

Ava Mailbox

Click here for the Wall­pa­per as a .zip file. It includes files in a vari­ety of aspect ratios and a small Readme.