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  1. Shooting night photos

    by , 10-27-2008 at 08:28 AM
    Well, I got to develop my night shots from my first night photo class outing over the weekend, and made a couple preliminary prints. I got one absolute killer shot of the Washington Monument at sunset, when the sun had just dropped below the horizon but the clouds were still illuminated. I grabbed that one while my other classmates who had also arrived early were huddling down in the Metro station entrance to stay out of the wind. This was my second time shooting with my Turner-Reich triple-convertible, ...
  2. Film Photography classes @ The Smithsonian

    by , 10-21-2008 at 02:55 PM
    I've signed up for TWO photo classes this fall at the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian museum complex has an "adult education" program called the Smithsonian Associates that sponsors a wide range of events, activities, tours and courses, including fine arts courses. They have a full darkroom for black-and-white and color, as well as limited digital services, in the education building, which is underground between the Freer Gallery and the Smithsonian Castle on the Mall.

    I've ...
  3. Long time no post...

    by , 10-19-2008 at 12:39 PM
    Multiple things have happened since I last posted.

    • I've regained my mobility
    • I've moved in to my shared studio
    • I bought a Rolleiflex (2.8 E, for those who must know)

    I'm finally walking like a normal person (well, most of the time, anyway- stairs can still be a challenge, especially at the end of the day). It has taken so long to get back to some semblance of normal activity; the frustration factor is rather high. Word to the wise- don't get fat, and if you ...
  4. The things we do for our art

    by , 08-05-2008 at 08:57 AM
    On Sunday, I was out with some other LF folks taking a visit to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (one of the least well known parts of the National Park system, very much off the beaten track), shooting some of my remaining Kodak HIE 4x5. I was taking the other folks to see the river overlook when I slipped on some wet grass on a downhill slope. My body went one way, my ankle, a different way. POP! I now have a nasty sprain, my ankle is the size of an orange, and I'm on crutches. The worst part of it ...

    Updated 08-05-2008 at 12:27 PM by TheFlyingCamera

  5. Darkroom meltdown ( and resurrection )

    by , 07-20-2008 at 10:08 AM
    Well, I had to take my darkroom out of commission for over a month - I had some waterproofing work that had to be done in my basement, and the workmen displaced the stuff that was stored on the wet wall side of the basement into my darkroom. The darkroom is small when empty - 7' x 8'. With the normal working gear in it, there's a 2 1/2' x 7' walkway between the sink and the enlargers/UV unit/paper storage. With all the stuff moved in, there was NO walkway at all. Then, with the construction work, ...



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