ART Did some dark room work

NOR*CAL

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Second semester of BW photography.

Our assignment was to take a picture of a person's body part that would describe something about them.

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one of my self portraits.

Minolta X-370 with a Vivitar 30mm 2.8 lens

This is an 8x10. You may not like my style of printing, but tend to print with the film tracks showing. It gets old, but I like it.
 
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Another self portrait

Still life

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Printed at F8 for 10 seconds with a #2 contrast filter.
 
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developing crew :h5:

nice work, did you scan these in or just take pictures of them?

my project was similar this week, I'll be sure to post them up when I have a chance. :bigok:
 

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i really really really like the first one, but the second one i don't think is as strong just because if you're going to include your head in the frame then i would personally focus on your eyes. after all, the first thing you look at when you see a human is their face, and right now its out of focus.
 
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i really really really like the first one, but the second one i don't think is as strong just because if you're going to include your head in the frame then i would personally focus on your eyes. after all, the first thing you look at when you see a human is their face, and right now its out of focus.


Totally agree with what you're saying, I'll see if I can reshoot it tomorrow.

Thanks for the input :cool:
 

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i really really really like the first one, but the second one i don't think is as strong just because if you're going to include your head in the frame then i would personally focus on your eyes. after all, the first thing you look at when you see a human is their face, and right now its out of focus.

Totally agree with what you're saying, I'll see if I can reshoot it tomorrow.

Thanks for the input :cool:
I disagree... in this particular shot, going against the traditional rules works well. It's nicely composed. The contrast and lighting is good. The dof isn't so extreme that you can't see all of what's going on in the shot, and considering the basis of the assignment, it would seem that the instructors intent was not to do face shots.... Both good photos, and i'm not sure which i like more. Course that's just being subjective. As far as re-shooting the second one... i wouldn't mind seeing it for a comparison, but i've got a feeling i'd still like this version more. at least in context.

Nice work
 
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I disagree... in this particular shot, going against the traditional rules works well. It's nicely composed. The contrast and lighting is good. The dof isn't so extreme that you can't see all of what's going on in the shot, and considering the basis of the assignment, it would seem that the instructors intent was not to do face shots.... Both good photos, and i'm not sure which i like more. Course that's just being subjective. As far as re-shooting the second one... i wouldn't mind seeing it for a comparison, but i've got a feeling i'd still like this version more. at least in context.

Nice work


You do have a point, lets see how the comparison goes :bigthumb:.

If you click on the contact sheet, you'll see that there's one without a face shot.
 

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I dearly miss my dark room work. I've considered buying a good negative scanner that does batch scanning (a whole uncut roll at a time) and just developing the negatives. It's a lot dough for that though ... I've never seen anyone be able to match a good b&w quality photo (35 mm film) with a digital camera or photoshop in regards to overall b&w tone.
 
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i will when i get back... gotta do some grocery shopping.

Cool :)

I dearly miss my dark room work. I've considered buying a good negative scanner that does batch scanning (a whole uncut roll at a time) and just developing the negatives. It's a lot dough for that though ... I've never seen anyone be able to match a good b&w quality photo (35 mm film) with a digital camera or photoshop in regards to overall b&w tone.

It's not just the look, but it's also the feel of B&W matte RC paper.

look sweet... now that im learning photog I gotta give props to those old schoolers that did it in a DR! Cuz LR makes it so easy! HAHAHA Nice pics bro!

Thanks Pure. It takes 30 minute to develop film, and another 15 minutes to print A single picture once you get your test strip done. I got most of the guess work down, and I was able to print out 4 photos in about 20 minutes.

I went to the B&W film/photo store, and I was telling the clerk that "Yeah, my teacher is making me backtrack to film". The guy goes "it's NOT 'backtracking' it's knowing your ROOTS".

I felt like a total jack ass saying that :mamoru:
 

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I've really liked the dark room lately. I've been getting some decent shots out, and turning them in for assignments. Once I get them back, I'll scan them and show them.
 

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I've got an old photo i took when i was a kid for my 10th grade photog class.. i really enjoyed working with film and whatnot, but never really had a chance to continue on with it. with the DSLR, and photoshop, i can re-kindle that old interest, without having to shell out thousands for developing equipment. Don't know about you, but i wouldn't trust something i spent so much time working on to some chump at walmart to develop. i'll post it up if you want, but i don't want to whore out your thread. I'll admit, it's overexposed like crazy, and isn't composed all that well... but it looks a hell of a lot better after i threw it through photoshop.
 
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I've really liked the dark room lately. I've been getting some decent shots out, and turning them in for assignments. Once I get them back, I'll scan them and show them.

Sticking with ISO 125 film, and my handy gray card, hopefully I'm able to print the rest of my photos with [email protected]" for the rest of the semester :bowdown:. Seems as though I may need to add another 2 seconds for slightly more dept. I'll try and perfect this tomorrow night in class.
 
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I've got an old photo i took when i was a kid for my 10th grade photog class.. i really enjoyed working with film and whatnot, but never really had a chance to continue on with it. with the DSLR, and photoshop, i can re-kindle that old interest, without having to shell out thousands for developing equipment. Don't know about you, but i wouldn't trust something i spent so much time working on to some chump at walmart to develop. i'll post it up if you want, but i don't want to whore out your thread. I'll admit, it's overexposed like crazy, and isn't composed all that well... but it looks a hell of a lot better after i threw it through photoshop.

Have at it.

This photography class is reminding me most of what I already know. Very beneficial, and my instructor, is actually an excellent photographer. His knowledge is bottomless, and sometimes makes me drowsy from how he can go on and on and on... He doesn't have a "short and sweet" answer to anything, but it's cool though cause I'm definitely learning.
 

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Original, scanned from a 3x5 @ 1200dpi, then resized
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Same image, after some editing in ps... just light levels, bright/contrast...
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I was 15 when i took this one. :o
 
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Obviously after is better. But the wall still needs to be burned.


If you have the time, enroll in a bw photo class at a JC.
 

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