Sunday, August 24, 2008

What I Did On My Summer Vacation



As I've mentioned, I am at the family beach house in New England, and I've brought a big collection of cameras to play with. My twin sister, who I feel is an incredibly amazing photographer, (though she thinks I'm looney in the nut about that) does the same but with better equipment suitable to her style. She develops her own black and white film and brought all the chemicals and equipment for us both to do that here while on vacation. After shooting medium format (120mm) Kodak TMax 100 film, (she with a Hasselblad, and I with a Holga) my sister walked me through every step until we ended up with wonderful long ribbons of developed negatives. We hung these with special hangers and weighted clips to make them dry straight and uncurled, and once dry, cut them into scan-able strips and used masking tape to adhere one of our cut strips to a window to take a photo of with our digital cameras. In Photoshop we inverted the digital shots so we could get an idea of what we had come up with. (The dark blue areas are from something outside the window, not the photo itself. Also note that once home, we will use our scanners to do this correctly...this window/inversion is called the 'poor man's scanner'.) Here's mine taken looking out of a room into a hallway of the beach house. Pretty neat.

11 comments:

sandy said...

Hope "the sisters" had a GREAT vacation!!!! I miss the ocean, look forward to your Flickr posts. They always bring me a little closer to home.

sMacThoughts said...

Thanks Sandy!

Sandy Mastroni said...

Hi wanted to leave a comment about this photo but I don't know what you are talking about ......ha ha . I don't understand photography . it is a cool photo though !
and you made me laugh ....
you work with the radish lady ?!!!
Thanks for your comment
It made me laugh

sMacThoughts said...

Well, you might not be alone as far as understanding this one, Sandy, since there are not many comments. That is ok, too! Glad I made you laugh. :P

The Vintage Sister Studio said...

Looks like you had a very creative vacation! I brought my sketchbook to my vaca and never touched it:)
Sisters are the best aren't they?
Tracy

sMacThoughts said...

OH yes! especially the twin kind. (Well, I know of no others)

I also brought gesso-ed items to paint and did watercolor, drawing, painting, and collage. At times it was an effort to find the time since this summer was unusually sunny. Normally we have days of whiteness and fog where you die for something to 'do'. This year just one and a half times. So odd!

FancyPants-design said...

The photos are so cool! Don't get how you did it ..but they are still cool!! :)

sMacThoughts said...

hahaha! Well, I am just as confused by this whole process but basically I removed the film from my camera: you know, that round thingie all spooled up. I then, in a dark bag (simulates a dark room) it was unspooled and rolled onto big metal cage spools my sister has. These get sealed into steel canisters which don't allow any light in. There is a top on the canister which allows one to pour in the developing, stopping, and washing chemicals without allowing light to hit your film inside. You tip the canisters back and forth for specific periods of time each step. Finally you are able to open and pull out your negatives just like the kind which come from the film processing place when you shoot your own film! This photo in this blog post shows one of those negatives. We've all seen a negative. Well, you can tape it to a window against a white sky, take a photo of it with a digital camera, and open that photo in Photoshop. Choose (if I recall) Image>Invert image> you end up with the whites being black, the light greys being dark greys, the blacks being whites....ie; inverted. This is what you see in the second picture. I should maybe post the actual file once I do a true film scan of the negative. We were just excited to see what we had come up with. My first film development and all. :P

said...

This is really authenticates essence…

THE LITTLE CRAFTMAN OF THE LOST STREET....
JordiLab

sMacThoughts said...

Yay, welcome back to blog-dom, Jordi!

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