30 November 2010

Olden Time

This is another picture from my line assignment. Don't worry, it wont be line forever.
You may be annoyed by the 'noise' on the photo. 'There's lint on it!' you declare. Allow me to explain myself.
In photography class, we develop our negatives in the classroom and make our prints in the darkroom. The darkroom has orange lights, the kind that won't fog photosensitive paper. (I, of course, would be the one to say, 'wait, something's wrong' and turn on the white lights, exposing all the paper for future classes and ruining everything.) It is actually very dark in the darkroom and the negatives are grey! I set my negatives down and couldn't find them again. I raged, went back to the classroom, and did my math homework for lack of anything else to do.
The weekend passes and on monday, I have photography class again. Despairingly I ransacked the darkroom again in an attempt to find my long lost negatives. of course, one of my classmates immediately holds them up and says, 'Hey, Madi, aren't these yours?' Delightedly, I seized them. I figured that they were probably stained from fingers and dusty from their week long time in negative prison. So I promptly ran them through the sink and wiped them through my fingers.
Of course, you're never ever ever supposed to get negatives wet. It swells the emulsion on the back of the film and kills your photo quality.
I made my prints anyway.

23 November 2010

Beata Maria

This is another one of the prints I made for the Line assignment. In this photograph, I wanted to show the contrast in shape and line between the rock wall and the smooth lines of Mary's robe.
See in the top right corner, the rocks are washed out? That's from the sunlight wrapping around the edge of the wall and exposing the film more on that side. I don't really appreciate it, and I couldn't fix it Picasa, either. Well, now I'll know to look out for sunlight with nefarious intentions. Photo class is a learning process.

22 November 2010

Ave Maria

I'm now a junior in high school, and I'm taking photography!
I'm using my dad's old Canon Eos 620. In the class, we are given a roll of black-and-white film and an assignment. We develop the film in class with an old canister and D-76 developer, then head to the darkroom to make our prints. The whole process is very involved.
This series comes from the 'Line' assignment. I went to a Franciscan Friar's monastery for a change in scenery.