You may recall how I extolled the virtues of GIFs in a previous post. I mean, we are in the future now, and one can only expect to have moving portraits like they have in Harry Potter. I think they called them magical portraits, but I like to call them wigglegrams.
My friends Joey and Tracy were kind enough to ask me to take some photos of them for some save the dates cards they’ll be sending out. Of course, I never turn down an opportunity to hang out with friends, so we went out and wandered around their neighborhood of Old Town, Chicago. I found a nice wall to photograph them, and they decided to just levitate in front of it like this. Legend has it that they are still floating there to this day.
I kid, but I did take a couple of other nice photos of them. I’ve noticed that I have a tendency to include a lot more of the environment in these portraits, and I could mix it up with some tighter compositions. Anyway, I’m a little behind on posting these, but congrats Joey and Tracy! You are both great, and even more so together!
Finally got around to developing some film at home! Had a roll of 35mm film from this summer that I jury rigged to run in my Fuji GW690II (a 6×9 medium format rangefinder, colloquially called the “Texas Leica” due to it’s size), to get the exposed sprocket holes (hence the title). Since the camera normally expects a larger size film, I had to run a strip of paper in there so that the camera would cock the shutter. Unfortunately, the paper strip tore, so I only ended up with a couple of usable frames before the camera stopped cocking the shutter. Also, another downside… Since the film takes up a smaller portion of the frame, it’s really hard to compose (sorry about that eye patch in the photo below, Ashley).
Stand development with Rodinal was pretty easy. I used a dilution ratio of about 1:100, agitated at the beginning, and let it sit for an hour, while agitating halfway through. Rinsed, fixed, rinsed again, and hung to dry. While temperature doesn’t matter, try not to let it shift too much. I used water that was a little too warm to start (about 100 degrees f), and by the end, it dropped about 20 degrees. Which I think gave me some gradation in development (you can see some the bottom of the film is lighter). In any case, I’d say it was an overall success for my first time developing my own film in 20 years (and even then, had only done a couple rolls in high school)!
Ilford Delta 400. Scanned with Epson 4490.
Taken Tuesday, June 9th, 2015, at Lincoln Hall, in Chicago. I picked up some last minute tickets after having seen Genevieve’s Tiny Desk Concert on NPR the previous week. (http://www.npr.org/2015/06/01/411227694/genevieve)
If you happen to be following my instagram, you might have seen this little snippet of her live: https://instagram.com/p/3xq3eLlIDX/. She’s got a really killer voice, and a super energetic stage presence. So, if you get a chance to see her, do yourself a favor, and go!
Week 32: Colin Rockin’ at Martyrs.
Taken Saturday, January 17th, 2015. My buddy, Colin, was performing one of his last shows with Blindspt before he breaks off to do his own solo material. Snapped this shot of him rockin’ out (on the far right), but really it looks like he just stepped out of an Herbal Essences commercial. Anyway, they put on a pretty hair-raising show… nudge nudge 🙂
You can find his solo material here: colinmorris.net.
Taken Wednesday, Jan 14th, 2015. I normally tutor on Wednesdays, but since my lil buddy Zerick couldn’t make it, I decided to take a walk down towards Millenium Park for a photo of some ice skaters… The photo didn’t really pan out well… so instead I am posting this photo I took while panning on this fella walking.