Tuesday, July 8, 2008
A holga recreation of my current header image...
To see the photos in the grid above bigger, go to my pbase galleries. I can't figure out how to make things clickable in this blog.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
The day of the camel ride ended here- at a place created for the tourists to "camp" overnight. It was a huge enclosed area of the desert with many large, permanent tents. Although visually striking, the real reason I was up so early shooting was because it was so cold I couldn't sleep any more. I was frozen. That night I had slept in all the clothes that I'd brought along, and in my gloves, too! The gloves were the only residual New England thing I had with me as I had been expecting a warm climate in India. That didn't really happen. It is my understanding that the desert climate is much different than other areas in India, but I didn't know that before going. Well, ok, I had read that the desert can be cold but I didn't believe it.
The camels were a litle intimidating, but I couldn't resist getting just a little closer...
I mentioned before that I only saw about 3 pet dogs in India. This was one of them, although how much of a pet he really was I can't say. But, he did have a leash, and was desperate to play with me!
This place in Pushkar stopped me in my tracks. Old, worn, beaten, blue and had an odd geometry for my eyes. Despite the human-less appearance, this was actually a huge feat to accomplish. The road was a main one, and was very busy with cows, locals, and tourists.
Friday, July 4, 2008
The initial scan...(above)The final image- cleaned up a bit!
I am pleased that between Photoshop and Lightroom, I can get what I want from the negs. I am just surprised by all the mess on them, seeing as they look ok on the light table and they didn't print that way from LB Wheatons. If it wasn't for my wanting to control all of the details to each image, I could simply have them printed by LBW "straight". But I don't want to do that. It makes me shiver to think of doing that and going back and forth over print pickyness (on my part) to have things re-done exactly the way I want.This one (above) from Varanasi is definitely growing on me. It's interesting how my feelings about certain images will change over time. In a way, I am glad that it has taken me 6 months to get to this project.
The children behind the Taj haunt me. This little girl followed me (and probably every other tourist) as I walked along this barbed wire fence. She had asked for money earlier, when there were several children begging me for money. I gave them some, and one of the boys grabbed it and ran off, leaving the others to want MORE money. The begging was one of the most heart breaking AND annoying aspects to the trip. We were advised not to give money (and this was the only time that I did) because you can't help them, really, and you will continue to be inundated by demands.
I photographed lots of Dogs in India. They are all strays, people there don't have pets like we do. (Well, I did see 3 pet dogs, but that was over a span of 3 weeks, and multiple locations!) I imagine that they are all exhausted from simply existing. The dogs and cows eat garbage, so the good pickings are random for them.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
For anyone who doesn't know, my holgas are cheap plastic cameras that use medium format film. They can't be controlled like normal cameras, you have to guesstimate on exposure time and focus. It's a riot! I plan to take them everywhere with me. AND in the future, I will bring packets of developer, fix, etc with me and process the film before I fly home. After the India disaster (fogged film from airport radiation) I would rather exercise more control over my film fate.
The holga (above) was accidentally left on "bulb" for a few rolls. Most of them are trash, but this one caught my eye. It took a bit of tweaking to get the image to appear, but I could see it on the negative so I knew it was there.This girl comes every weekend with her Boston's- they are a bit more wired than my three!Another from the "bulb" accident negatives. I like how the dog is streaking thru and leaping out of the frame.
This was an interesting catch- the dog looks like he is stopping quickly. I like the raised paw and the shadow, plus the clarity to the body and the motion blur to the ground.
This one almost looks like a double exposure to me- the fur texture of the bigger dog is almost identical to the grass tone and texture. And it's a self portrait!
By the way, I may have killed my flash last weekend shooting at the park. I always have it on the cable (like in the shadow above) and it slipped and fell...into the stream. A $500 flash on a $25 camera. Ah, well.
Tonight I will load the holgas with color film and head to Jonathans to do long exposures of the firework. They should be right next to his place, I figure that the deck at his house or Stephens should be about right to get the perspective I want. I don't really care about fireworks, but I want to see what the holga can do with time exposures for things like that.