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Archive for January, 2013

I dipped into my archives again this week and pulled out a companion to the forest shot from two weeks back.

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I’m terrible at taking notes so I don’t remember much about this shot. I’ve gotten into the habit of carrying my digital recorder everywhere I go now so the next time I’m out in the woods I’ll be sure to record my notes.

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Here’s an alternate version of the photo I posted on Jan. 12. I used a bit of local contrast enhancement and pulled the brightness curve down and to the right which changed the contrast and gave me more shadow. I like this version better.

One of the reasons I develop my film in Diafine is that it scans so well and that’s mostly because film developed in Diafine has rich mid tones. The negatives look a bit grey but that’s a good thing. I always scan @ 16 bit which gives me plenty of room to expand and shape the curve to get the kind of shadows and highlights that I want.

Another reason for using Diafine is that the stuff lasts forever, is reusable, works over a wide temperature range and doesn’t need exact timing.

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I finished the roll of Tri-X in my F3 on Sunday. Hey, 36 exposures can take awhile. I developed and scanned the film the other day. I have a few good ones to share. This week it’s Livvy and Maddy again.

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This photo was taken on Christmas Eve at Sue’s home where we had a lovely family gathering. As you can see, Livvy (on the right) and Maddy certainly enjoyed themselves.

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Tracy and I visited Sue and the twins on Christmas morning (Sara and Julia were with their dad). Maddy (on the left) and Livvy seem deep in thought here. I don’t remember what Maddy was doing or looking at, but I think Livvy was watching the TV.

Both images were taken with my F3HP and 50mm f/1.8 Nikkor lens. The film was Tri-X rated at 1250 ISO and developed in Diafine. I love my 50mm lenses. I think 50mm is an ideal focal length for making images of kids, at least I’ve had good results with this focal length over the years.

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I am eager to get out into the woods again. I’m driving again so I will be getting out more often. Meanwhile, I raided my archives and pulled out a photo I took several years ago along the 911 trail in the back of Chestnut Branch Park.

CBP along the 911 trail on a sunny day

The play of light and shadow brings me back for more and more. It’s never the same, one of the wonderful aspects of life — contrast and change.

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Tracy and I went over to Sue’s early on Christmas morning. The twins, Livvy and Maddy were up and about, playing with their new toys. Here are a few candids of the girls.

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Livvy in the kitchen barely tall enough to arrange her new people on the countertop.

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Here’s Maddy at the same kitchen counter playing with her new people. (they love playing with ‘people’).

Livvy & Maddy at their new table

Livvy & Maddy at their new table

Tracy and I gave Livvy and Maddy a kid size folding table and chairs for Christmas. They settled right in, populating the table with all their people. Tracy tells me they sit at the table all the time now. They eat their meals at their table, they watch TV from their table, they play at their table. The main thing is that the table is theirs. It fits them perfectly.

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