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  1. Fortune Favors the Foolish

    by , 05-04-2009 at 07:04 PM
    Well, in my bout of G. A. S. this winter I had a pang of regret. Not that I had given away all of my Minolta X and S series cameras to friends to get them started in photography. But rather that I missed my cameras. BADLY. So what's a G. A. S. stricken photographer to do? You guessed it.

    I went ebay crazy. I found the lowest prices Buy It Now and won four auctions. XG-1 with a 45mm Rokkor f/2, a Vivitar 28mm f/2.8, a Albinar 80-200 f/3.9 MD mount Macro Zoom (don't know why ...
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  2. Finally I have a darkroom!!!

    by , 05-02-2009 at 05:16 PM
    Months ago I said that my darkroom was nearly finished. I really thought it would go in so much faster. I guess it was harder to make a room in a collapsing basement corner than I thought it was Well, It finally is nearly finished!! I had a deadline that I wanted the room done in time to get involved in the postcard exchange and my Husband (Ed) almost got it done by the end of April! The plumbing was in 2 days ago and the wireing is done now! Ed just has a few things to finish up to make ...
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  3. First Day of Printing a Success!

    by , 04-30-2009 at 04:53 PM
    Well, I started out about 11:30 here in Delaware, yeah, I played hooky. About twenty minutes of setup and such into it I discovered I wasn't using the grain focuser properly and ditched it to move on. I'll learn how to use it later.

    OK. Lucky Fujimoto 60M enlarger, Gra-Lab Timer, red safelight, slightly expired Ilford Warmtone RC 8x10 paper, Arista Paper Developer (1:9), Kodak Indicator Stop Bath (1:63) and Kodafix fixer (1:7). The makings of destiny. I'm sorry, feeling bombastic. ...
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  4. Artomatic time again!

    by , 04-28-2009 at 01:50 PM
    Well, guys and gals and everyone inbetween, it's time again for that fabulous art happening thing here in DC, Artomatic. This year, we're across the street from the new baseball stadium. The address is 55 M Street, SE, Washington, DC. The venue is a new, not-yet-occupied office building. The content is 1000 +/- 2-d and 3-d visual artists and 300+/- performers. The when is May 29 to July 5. There will be at least two sanctioned "meet the artists" events in June.

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  5. First Class - Portrait II @ The Smithsonian

    by , 04-14-2009 at 08:30 AM
    Well, we are off to a great start with the class. Some familiar faces, and some new ones - several of the women from the last class did not make it for this one, but Robert and Kathleen (husband and wife duo) came, and Phil, the tall, skinny guy also came. We did a slight recap of the last session of the Portrait 1 class, with a twist - we used the diffuse lighting setup for "butterfly" lighting from the solo portrait/headshot setup, but this time, we used it to light group portraits. ...
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