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Branching Out

Branching Out

A tree and its shadow along the banks of the Fox River.   Eaves, Chris (Feb. 20, 2021). Branching Out [Photograph]. Carpentersville, Illinois. Shot on Canon 6D at 16mm, 1/1000 sec., f8 at ISO100 with a polarizing filter.  

Film Review: Rollei RPX 25

Film Review: Rollei RPX 25

For the last few months, I’ve been shooting with a large format film camera, and I’ll review the mediums I’ve been using during this time. First up is Rollei RPX 25 in 4×5 sheet film. And let’s be frank, I hate it. This film is […]

Hello 2021! Time for an update …

Hello 2021! Time for an update …

Despite the lack of posts here, I have been working on my art. A few projects that are in the works or wrapping up:

  • Industrial Heartland series
    I still need to wrap this one up. I took photos last year, edited them, but didn’t get around to turning them into a published series.
  • Large format photography!
    After last year’s adventure in making a large format pinhole camera, I decided to try the real deal. And so, I acquired an Intrepid Mk 4. Seriously. Old. School. Photography. 
  • Developing film
    Instead of dunk and turn and dunk and turn, I built a robot of sorts that spins the development tank for me based on the cycle times. I’ll post a full write up. Right now I’m migrating from Raspberry Pi to a MagTag as the computing base, which means re-writing some of the Python code.
  • DSLR scanning
    I wasn’t happy with the cost and the results of having the mail-in photo labs scan my film. The nice scanners at the library were full of dust. And I didn’t like how much a copy stand costs. So I built my own. I’ll publish a story on that adventure, too.
  • Actual large-format prints
    now that I’ve figured out how to take, develop and digitize 4×5 film, I can share the results. I’ve taken a handful of photos already and will start to publish them.
  • Coasters? Maybe.
    Right before I suspended operations over at Midnight Owl Gallery, I finally figured out how to create coasters that didn’t get “sticky/tacky” when a super-hot mug was set on them. I’ll share a post about epoxy and sprays and explain what ended up being the winning combination. In the end, though, there isn’t an adequate margin for retail sale.
  • And whatever else strikes my fancy. 

The photo shown here is my first DSLR scan on my homemade copy stand. Taken the last week of December 2020 at Oval Beach in Saugatuck, Mich. on the Intrepid with a Fujion wide-angle lens on Ilford FP4 125 and probably at around F22.

Ghost Pumpkin rising

Ghost Pumpkin rising

My adventures in 4×5 homemade pinhole photography continue, this time with Rollei APX 25 film. Exposure time was ~55 minutes. The collage photo used two continuous dish lights, as my LED lights’ batteries drained about 20 minutes into the second shot. I’m using a Jobo […]

So, … I kind of built a camera

So, … I kind of built a camera

I ordered the 0.5mm pinhole on EBay as well as the film back, but everything else was from scratch. I didn’t have a proper router table and hobbled one together from scrap wood. Some of my cuts weren’t perfect, although it seemed to get the […]

Abandoned Americana, No. 7, on Exhibit through Oct. 10

Abandoned Americana, No. 7, on Exhibit through Oct. 10

Earlier this year, I unveiled my “Abandoned Americana” series, and No. 7 earned a spot in the “Voices of the Midwest” exhibit at the Fine Line Creative Arts Gallery in St. Charles, Ill. The exhibit runs now through Oct. 11. I also filmed a brief artist’s statement that will be included in their virtual kickoff show. I’ll share a link once it is available.

The final piece measures 20″x20″ with a 24″x24″ gallery mat. I had it up on our living room wall for a day or two as I worked on the promotional content. The fine art print is protected behind UV protective, glare-resistant plexiglass with a conservation mat, archival backing board, acid-free foamboard, and acid-free backing paper. This limited-edition, signed print is numbered with a matching Certificate of Authenticity and numerical holographic seal. Only one copy in this format will be made in 2020-2021 and is one of 10 lifetime copies.

Depot Light

Depot Light

The covered platforms of the former depot offer nice examples of asymmetrical architecture, including the overhead light and beams.

Dwight Depot

Dwight Depot

The former train depot in Dwight offers beautiful architectural details (as we’ll also see in tomorrow’s post).

Fire Chief Reflections

Fire Chief Reflections

Reflections of the past in the glossy enamel of the Fire Chief gas pump.

Texaco Station

Texaco Station

During its heyday, Route 66 would at times be clogged with bumper-to-bumper traffic. It’s easy to understand why so many service stations line the road. What’s more difficult to imagine is that in 1937 a pedestrian tunnel was built in nearby Odell, Ill., to allow […]

Mini-Billboard

Mini-Billboard

Cars fly past Dwight on nearby I-55, and the interchange has a typical assortment of fast food and gas station options. A little to the east lies a former Texaco station, complete with a mini-billboard.

Mobil Station

Mobil Station

Not everything along the Route is in good repair, and in some cases, such as this former Mobil station, the rust and abandoned look is displayed with pride.

Winnebago

Winnebago

I love this cute little Winnebago trailer, circa 1953, and the texture the water creates on its sides.

Standard Sign

Standard Sign

This service station features painted shingle siding. All along the Route, there are points of interest like this one, and many feature an audio recording that you can play to give you the historical context of the place.

Standard Service

Standard Service

Buckle up for my Route 66 mini-series! Over the next two weeks, I’ll post photos from a late-march trip along a portion of Historic Route 66. While this series runs, I’ll be working on the last series in this series: Industrial Heartland.

  • Eaves, Chris (March 16, 2020). Standard Service [Photograph]. Odell, Ill. Shot on a Canon 6D at 16mm, 1/250 sec., f8 at ISO400

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