Photography, Communications & Me

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.


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