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Subject:What insomnia looks like
Time:05:43 am
You see, it's like this. I woke up at about 4:15, and couldn't get back to sleep. I started thinking about the photography class I'm taking. It's a black and white darkroom class, using honest-to-god film and chemicals. I haven't done this since I was in high school, and back then we were taking pictures of our pet dinosaurs. That's how I remember it, at least.

So I'm awake and annoyed by being so, and I start contemplating what I want to shoot for class. I'm mostly interested in the printing aspect, since I kinda know how to take pictures already. Well, sort of. I'm thinking about contrast and high-key and low-key and patterns, and then something catches my eye. It's a candle holder.

And then I have a flashlight in one hand and the candle holder in the other, and I'm looking at how the light reflects and refracts as I tilt it at various angles. I can almost see something that I like and I grab my camera for a test, but it's not quite working for me.

Insomnia

I remember my light table, the one I used to use for viewing slides. Yes, slides of dinosaurs. I try an experiment. I grab my tripod. I try another experiment, and then another. I find something I don't hate. It's not a fantastic picture but it amuses me, and it suits my purposes-- I think it will be fun to try to make a good print of this in a darkroom.

This is the digital version, obviously. It's in color, though it's nearly indistinguishable from the black and white version. I tried desaturating it, but decided it would be more fun to upload the color version.

Once I got everything set up I took a few shots on film. It cracks me up that I'm using my high-end dSLR just for prototyping, but I guess that's what technology is good for sometimes.

Insomnia
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dd_b
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Time:2010-09-24 03:08 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, glass. Better than just feeling all tired and dragged out.

You saw Steve McCurry admitted using his DSLR to prototype a number of the shots on the "last roll of Kodachrome"? People used to use polaroid backs, and wanted them for 35mm badly enough that Marty Forscher finally figured out how to make some (that amazing fiber-optic plate), even though the 35mm results were rather small.
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whipartist
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Time:2010-09-24 11:08 pm (UTC)
I didn't see that, but it makes sense.

Shooting film feels weird. I miss the instant gratification of chimping.
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