Patti (whipartist) wrote,

What insomnia looks like

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.


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.

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