Posts Tagged ‘Eric McCormack’by Eric on February 1, 2012 in Fine Art, Musings, Photo Blog with No Comments
I have always been sort of reticent to cross process my film. The colors are never true but they can produce very interesting results. If you are purist with color than cross processing will be uncomfortable for you.
That may not be a bad thing. Pushing yourself into uncomfortable territory is sometimes a very good place to be and you may grow creatively from it. I have not done a lot of cross processing but personally I prefer shooting chrome and processing the film in C-41 chemistry. I just prefer the look of slide film going the way of the negative.
Outside of the extreme color shift, one of the side effects that occurs is grain. There will appear more grain in your crossed processed film. If you are adamantly opposed to film grain than this may not me your thing. But again I think that the results may outweigh the negatives.
If you are a film photographer I urge you to give it a try, experiment is that not what life is all about. Experimentation and living?
Here is another example of cross processed film:
Please view more crossed processed film on my Flickr page.
To Choose or Not to Choose…
I have been asked to donate again one of my photographs for an auction at the school where my brother teaches. I donated one last year and the selection was made by 2 of the women who were handling the organization of the auction. Here was the photo that was selected for last years auction:
This year they are leaving the selection up to me. I have a good idea of which photo I am thinking of selecting.
That is the major reason for this post. I figured that I would put it out there to see if there were any opinions as to which photo I should submit to the auction this year.
If you are interested you can comment on this post. If you would like you can comment on any of my photos on my Flickr stream.
I shot and processed my first roll of Efke 25 black and white film. I did a lot of reading around the internet to determine just how to process this film. I have been shooting with Tri-X almost exclusively and processing with D-76. With this film I wanted to challenge myself and I decided to process with Rodinal which is now called R09 One Shot. It is the same chemistry as the legendary Rodinal so I will refer to the chemistry as Rodinal. I decided to develop the roll by way of stand developing. I bought some Rodinal from Blue Moon Camera and Machine.
I was nervous about developing the film. I wanted to get the ratio proper and I did not want to waste this roll. I went on line and found a wide range of ratios and processes. There were many references to Rodinal and how it was the best to develop this slow fine grained film. I dove right in I mixed the chemistry and processed the film. I was so excited when I finally hung the film to dry. Wow the grain structure was amazing. Although something was a little off the base was weird looking. It wasn’t clear. I took the processed film to Blue Moon we talked about why the film look the way it did. I finally realized that I mixed the Rodinal as 10 to 100 or 1:10 not 1:100.
The film was way over processed, although some of the images looked cool. As I said I was totally impressed with the grain of the film. I have another roll in my camera now. I took it to Montana with me on our Christmas vacation and am dying to see the results this time with the 1:100 ratio. More later…
Here are some photos shot recently with my son Collin and his friend Silas in my makeshift garage studio. I used my oldie but goodie Rolleiflex and my Leica M7, shooting with my preferred Kodak Tri-X and Portra 400. Seems that I have a penchant for Kodak film.( Please Kodak do not go away!) I went to Goodwill and bought an old white sheet and attached it to my open garage door using it as a large soft box. I lit them with 1 Vivitar 283 behind the sheet and 2 other to the left and right of the guys. I was working on some strobist and makeshift studio work. I liked the challenge.
I asked the guys to get the PS3 controllers and they just started to ham in up, well Collin did especially.
More Images from Lake Huron
My family and I spent a few days on the shores of Lake Huron. My Dad and my Step Mom have property on the Southern shores. Lake Huron is gorgeous. It is one of the Great Lakes, left behind by retreating glaciers.
I was surprised by how shallow the lake is. We paddled around the lake a bit in a blow up kayak. We did not travel out very far but the lake was so clear one can see the bottom.
We were graced with great weather while there in late August. Having grown up in Michigan, I had not spent any time on Lake Huron. This was really my first experience there.
I took my Leica M7 and several rolls of Tri-X film. I shot several images of the lake. Something about water and clouds being shot with long exposures is very calming. I have been experimenting with long exposures, lately. I sort of like what effect I am getting.
You can see more of Lake Huron and long exposures in my Fine Art Gallery.
Take your kid to school on a Motorcycle
After slight prodding by my coworker I decide to take my youngest son to school on my motorcycle. I had done it in the past once when we were short a vehicle. I remember promising him that we would do it more often this school year. I asked him last night if he was interested in going to school on the moto. YEAH he answer emphatically! After breakfast I reminded him about riding the motorcycle to school, Oh yeah! he almost screamed and waited in the garage next to my moto until I gathered all my stuff for the day.
How cool is that being a 3rd grader and going to school on a motorcycle!? I loved it too!
By the way thanks Honda Motorsports for the image.
Photographing at Night
One of the most enjoyable things about shooting long exposures are the unexpected results that may develop. There is also an added bonus when shooting film, because of the lag time. I feel like today with everything needing to be finished and done almost instantaneously it is refreshing having to wait and see.
These are some images I captured around an in ground pool. The high contrast between the darkness and light give these images a eerie feel to them. There seems to be Creatures moving through the water. Notice how the water looks? It is rather smooth almost fog like. Another virtue of long exposure. The individuals swimming transform into ghost like apparitions. When shooting long exposures at night everyday things take on a different perspectives.
Another of the mystical creatures captured swimming at night in the photo below. I really helps when you have slight movement from your subjects to enhance that eerie and or flowing effect.
Michigan was great to us.
Our vacation this past August to Michigan was just amazing. I brought my Rolleiflex TLR (Twin Lens Reflex) along and shot some portraits in the backyard near my parents pool. The sun was setting and cast a golden glow onto all my subjects. I used a couple of strobes to fill in shadow areas. Enjoy.
Traveling with my Rollei
I was strolling around NE Lombard this past August. This image is from a storefront on NE Interstate in Portland, OR. The day was HOT! I took my Rolleiflex camera. Wow did that camera gather attention. Several people asked me about it. I thought it cool. I was gifted to me by my late grandfather. I really like the images and the glass is super sharp.
Big Bass Lake in Northern Michigan a scene from the dock at The Cottage.
This photos is of Big Bass Lake in Northern Michigan. My family owns a cottage located in Lake County near Irons, MI. My grandfather bought the property in the ’60s. The story goes as my mother recently told me.
My Grandfather would go Up North during the summer to camp he and a friend would travel from the Metro Detroit area and camp, fish, relax and enjoy the scenery.He would also bring his family. My Grandmother, Uncle, Aunt and my Mother in tow. Finding a camping spot was no trouble for several years. One weekend in 1962 my Grandfather traveled to the area for the weekend and arriving with all the campsites full. Well he was incensed. According to my Mother he felt this was his place. He must have picked up the local news paper and found the listing for the cottage and purchased it on the spot. “Now”, as my Mother said, “He would never have to worry about find a place to camp again. He never went camping again.”
My family and I visited this past August. Part of the reason for the trip was to have a Memorial for my Grandfather’s passing. Which we did. I had not been in over 10 years, The Cottage was wonderful and much the same as I had remembered. My Mother and Step Father have made some major improvements to the place. There is a new bathroom, which is now very spacious and no longer does one have the fear of falling through the floor. New windows decorate the place and a new sitting room sits just a few steps away from the cottage. The sitting room has a fireplace and a gorgeous view of the lake. My wife and I really did not want to leave.