Monday, May 28, 2007

Fiber based papers are prone to curl unless dryed properly. I put them in a plant press for a day after they have totally dried. This works quite well.

Prints drying in the darkroom on the drying racks.

More Bonsai. Still working on making prints from the roll of film I shot last weekend in Tacoma. I love the way the neutral backgrounds didn't distract from the way the trees were presented . The outdoors lighting and an almost studio like setting. I switched lenses on my enlarger from an 80mm to 50mm and the detail was better on the second set of prints I made. Slight selenium toning really warms up the shadows. The scans are pale, virtual representations of the actual prints. I'd love to go back there with my 4x5 camera and take some more .

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Bonsai Exhibit near Tacoma. Last weekend I left the wife and kids behind and took a train up to Tacoma to visit an old friend and his family. Spent a lot of time catching up, eating, drinking, and visiting two Paul Strand exhibits one in Seattle at the University and another at the Tacoma Art Mueseum. Visited this wonderful collection of Bonsai last Saturday and took many photographs that I am still working on. This was one of my favorites.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Detail L. Purpurata hybrid.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Orchids from the Oregon Society Show. I purchased these plants from the sales area in bud so I could photograph them later. The pale lavander Laelia Purpurata hybrid was suppossed to be a pure white with yellow center, the orange one a first blooming seedling is probably virused because the flowers quickly developed brown spots and shrivelled up soon after blooming. I'll probably have to toss it.

Solomons Seal. Kodak 35mm Portra film. Using Nikon with 105 bellows lens at f32. I like the black and white print I made better.

Historic District Seattle. My son being a little waif in a back alley on our Spring Break trip. I shoot color film and then have a cd scanned direct from the negatives so I can play with the images on my computer. Not my idea of photography but sometimes I get interesting results. This reminds me of a 1960's album cover

Monday, May 14, 2007

Columbine Flower 2007

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Lone Fir Pictures taken yesterday. Made with Ilford Pan F 120 film. Yellow filter. Exposure f32 @ 1sec. Printed out on Ilford warmtone fiber paper.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Last years entries for Newspace juried exhibit.

Monday, May 07, 2007

5 photos from Lone Fir Cemetery 2004-2006. These are my submissions to the Newspace Juried Exhibit this year. Update 6/5/07. Received my terse little rejection notice from Newspace this evening. I expected it, but it still stings a little. Here are the winners of the Newspace juried exhibit. In the words of the exhibition juror, "Filters and "the critical lens" are a necessity, now more than ever, when it comes to imbibing and coercing meaning from the sea of work out there. Got that right. Another update, 7/20. Saw the exhibit last week. The typical post-modernist poster children that are the standard of fine art photography in this town. (1.) The "what the hell is that image." check. (2.) The unprentitious image with the pretentious title, check. (3.) Image taken from moving car window, check.(4.)obligatory picture of people looking ackward, check.(5.)Token silver gelatin print,check. Token digital image desaturated to look like silver gelatin print,check. Really, really big C-print,check. Image taken with a lensbabie, check. All the bases covered.

Orchid I brought home from last weekends Orchid Show. Photographed this weekend.

Solomons Seal. Taken this weekend using Agfa 25 6x6 format. Print toned with selenium.
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