Monday, December 28, 2009

As the World Flickrs: sMacshot!!

Ann's Camera Case, originally uploaded by sMacshot.
My sister's camera case. For one of her cameras. Just one. The large format one with the radioactive lens (apparently such things were not of large concern back when it was made.)

This is how I feel these days. Sitting alone on a rock, just waiting it out... I've been sick. Very little voice to speak of. It will pass. I've got strong immunities. They're inside doin' the windmill fist thing, taking names and passing out beatings. They'll end up winning. Do every (rare) time I've felt this bad. :)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Winter Storm 2009 (Da-NAH!!)

Well.  That's what the news splash screen had up all day yesterday as it gave the play by play.  (Without the 'Da-NAH' part.)  And though it snowed steadily all day long, the result was below expectation, I think.  Less than a foot.  I'd say 8 inches in the city.  Certainly not worthy of such news coverage, at least here in Manhattan, but the viewers like drama, right?  Not sure what the actual measure ended up being, but when I went out this evening to get some groceries in the neighborhood the sidewalks were mostly shoveled, and streets pretty clear, too.  I came upon an ice sculpture randomly set out on the metal dock of a loft building, and lots of pretty holiday shop windows.  Forgive the photo quality; it was windy and dark, so shutter speed was slow, and I was moving.  Sharpness is not the best, but you get the picture.  I'm happy it will be a White Christmas for me.  Those are the best ones.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

3 Strikes, You're Out... errr... You're Warhol!!

Last night I was decanting some gesso into a small jar so that I didn't have to haul out my big can everytime I needed a little. It got a somewhat messy and goopy down the sides of the jar and I saw a nice Polaroid opportunity, so set about fetching my SX-70, a closeup lens, and my tripod. The image I wanted would nearly fill the frame and have good detail, with dreamy depth of field.

 Strike One: The first image zips outta that camera as I accidentally click the button while merely intending to focus! (jeepers!)

Strike Two: my next exposure came out with bizarre streaks and a blank patch where no film emulsion existed. (Hey, it's expired film, what d'ya expect?)

Strike Three: My third one got stuck in the camera. (Oh for the love of Pete!)

So I put the camera away. I was not about to waste more film on this idea. Let it go. But wait! Photoshop... I can drag some sort of image out of bachelorette number 2, you know. Let's see what we get, shall we?

Ahhh yes. Now we have something.  Pop Gesso.