Key And Peele: Flicker

Do you ever feel like you’re taking life too seriously? Then someone shows you how ridiculous you’re being and then you laugh about it? This video reminded me of that.

Enjoy… laughing is good for you!

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DIY Christmas Gifts

So, after last weeks blog I started thinking about all the awesome things I could make and started pinning away on Pinterest and discovered so many awesome little things. After noticing a flurry of Christmas DIY projects I realized that holy crap it’s November and Christmas is a month away! I think I’m going to get some practice with these DIY projects and make them gifts for people. Who doesn’t like a little handmade, personal thingy these days right?!

Here’s what I found! I really like this girls blog. She’s super fun and kind of edgy! She isn’t concerned with making things perfect and rarely measures things 😉 so, the projects she has some advice for are totally do-able! Radical Possibility… I love her “How To Make Dinosaur Planters” post… so cute and who woulda thought?!

Licensing Expo

All this time I’ve been trying to figure out how I would make photography lucrative. The solutions I’ve come up with are good ones, however, I feel as though the only I would be able to be successful and in demand is by compromising why I do what I do. For a while this was upsetting and then I remembered while making a costume for Halloween how much I love making things.

Here’s a picture of me with my handmade costume on taken with my iPhone. I was a parrot for Halloween! ^_^

I think it would be amazing to create little pieces of functional art for people to buy. I would create the blue print and have a manufacturing company reproduce it for me. From there I could sell it on an etsy.com account or perhaps open my own shop up. I then started researching how I could make this happen and I was led to Licensingexpo.com which is a convention artists go to with their brand to find people who will help produce and license what they have to offer.

It would probably take me about a year to prepare for my first convention so I can prepare a line of products. I’m in the process of branding what I’m doing as well and want to be super prepared before I go!

If you are here looking for your photograph from last week those will be up some time tonight or tomorrow.

 

Adventure At Humphreys Peak

A couple weekends ago I backpacked Humphreys Peak (the tallest mountain in Arizona, located in Flagstaff) and planned on bringing a view camera with. Well…. I ended up using my digital slr instead. I have a field camera so the weight wouldn’t have been that big a deal, however, the snow made me nervous because the camera isn’t mine! Man it snowed like crazy the first day. The first half of our hike the first day was beautiful! It looked like a winter wonderland! It was terribly cold and neither my group or I were prepared! The snow clouds loomed over us the entire hike up and the wind soared. Each step was a total workout with our feet sinking into sparkling, white, powered snow. We were maybe five to six miles from the top and had to stop from exhaustion to set up camp around 4 pm.

I have never in my life experienced cold like this. My feet were frozen, aching from the numbness. All four layers of pants I had on were wet on the bottom and my fuzzy hat was snowy. Our group couldn’t start a fire (go figure!) so we went straight to our tents without eating. It was far too cold to be exposed without a fire. I slept for maybe a good thirty minutes that night and will never forget how unpleasant it was! My partner and I shared a “two” person tent and were relying on hand warmers from REI to help keep our 30 degree sleeping bags toasty and only two of them worked! They didn’t get hot though and were about body temperature. I didn’t think I was going to make it through the night. Any time I would find a way to burrito myself into my sleeping bag without any draught, my partner would start snoring and wake me up! It was a miserable night spent avoiding the condensation from dripping on my face and staying warm…. not to mention that at some point during our VERY long night I had to go to the bathroom. Yikes!

Around 9 am or so I could here a member from our group attempting at the fire once more for some time. Alas! I could here him cheer and the not-so-dry wood crackled. I poked my head out of the tent and the sky was clear. It was still very cold but definitely an improvement from the first day! My body was incredibly stiff and tender from shivering all night that the thought of getting up killed me! I tried putting my shoes on without success because they were rock hard. My shoes, my camel back of water, and my outermost layer of pants froze over night! Even my contact solution turned to slush. The sun started shinning on our camp site and the snow stacked on the trees was melting… of course it was warmer on the second day!

We planned on hiking all the way to the top that day and nobody (especially me!) wanted to camp on the mountain another night, especially at higher altitude! We decided that we would hike a little higher while leaving our stuff behind and then would head back down the mountain. We got back to our vehicles so much quicker than going up of course and the whole way down were wishing we had put our plans off by one day. It would have been so perfect had we done so.

I’ve certainly learned that back packing in the cold is not for me so much and next time if I ever trick myself into doing it again will be WAY more prepared! Here are some pictures I took on this trip. They go in order from the first day/ initial hike up to the day we left.

Absolute Winter Wonderland

 

We Just Missed The Fall Colors

 

Our Tiny Fire

This Reminded Me Of The Ocean

Sea Foam Or Porcupine In The Snow?

I Love The Frozen Cap On Top

My First Snowman Ever Has A Slight Contrapposto!

This Trail Was Covered In The Snow The First Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Ideal Darkroom

My ideal darkroom would be in the basement of an older home on the East coast. I’m not sure where yet, but one of the basement walls would be exposed brick and the floor would be concrete. The other walls would be painted black or covered with a fun wallpaper that is mostly black… that way when I turn the lights on I’ll still enjoy the space! I’d put laminate flooring down to look like wood. I think laminate is great because it’s relatively inexpensive and easy to replace if damaged. Unlike wood… I would hate to spill developer on it because it would soak right in and leave a stain.

My sink would be long with a hose and a sectioned corner to hold my prints before being washed. The sink would be made of stainless steel so it lasts long and there would be storage under the sink for things like chemicals and paper towels and such. I would of course have an enlarger with several lenses and negative carriers. I like hanging my prints to dry the most, so I think I would have a simple clothespins-on-a-string kind of thing hanging above the sink.

I think it would be so awesome to have a sectioned off area or the option to section the light tight area with a heavy black curtain so that if I want to view my prints right away I don’t have to go upstairs to look at it. There would be an inner ring of heavy curtains and a little space between for another ring of curtains so I could easy come in and out without light leak.

There would be a place for me to lounge in a hanging chair (I’ve always wanted on of those! I wonder if they are as comfortable as they seem) with lots of pillows. There would a couch in this space as well so that if I have visitors they have a place to sit. In front of that space I want to have a very large pin board for me to view my prints hung up. I imagine it taking up almost an entire wall.

I would probably store my prints in this space as well in chests with many thin drawers. Speaking of drawers… I would absolutely LOVE to utilize the space under the staircase down by installing drawers into them. I’m a sucker for have lot’s of pockets in bags and options to put things places for storage like drawers!

Any suggestions would be awesome! Next year I’ll be moving into an older house and want to be sure I pick one that will accommodate my wants!

Attached is a PDF of some pictures I’ve gathered that inspired me. This picture list will keep expanding so if you’re interested keep checking back! Their sources can be found on my Pinterest page @ http://pinterest.com/danielalalala/ on my board labeled as MY IDEAL STUDIO/ DARKROOM

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View Camera Backpacking Adventure

This weekend I will be backpacking Humphreys Peak (The tallest mountain in Arizona which is 12,600 ft tall!) and I ‘m bringing a 4×5 field view camera. It’s going to be an amazing experience, however, I’m nervous about bringing the extra weight and freezing to death! The high this weekend will be 28 degrees and I don’t even want to know of how low the low will be! I didn’t think of this until now, but, I wonder if the icy cold temperature will effect the film I’m going to use. I’ll be shooting with Illford iso 100. I guess time will tell. Here’s a cool video so you can get a sense of where I’ll be shooting. I’ll get pictures up as soon as I can!

 

The Pregnant Moment A Latent Image

Definition of Latent

1. (of a quality or state) Existing but not yet developed or manifest; hidden; concealed.

2. (of a bud, resting stage, etc.) Lying dormant or hidden until circumstances are suitable for development or manifestation.

A latent image on photographic film is an image that is not yet visible and occurs when the silver halide crystals in the emulsion have been exposed to light. Once the film is processed properly the image becomes a negative and corresponds to light sensitive paper.

What is a Pregnant Moment?

Generally this term is used to describe a narrative that includes past, present, and future in the space of a painting during one moment. I think this is applicable to any visual form of art including photography. In fact I feel like every single photograph in existence is a pregnant moment. The present moment is me releasing the shutter, the past being whatever was in reality and tangibly in front of the lens, and the future thus being the record of that moment. Even further, the future is infinite as long as the photograph remains visibly in existence and exponentially grows as long as someone looks at it.

Aside from the term Pregnant Moment being obviously associated with organic anatomy, I can’t help but wonder when an image is actually alive. Is it when I release the shutter that the image is conceived? Or is it after I have processed the film and can see the negative in the light? I think about this every time I’m developing my film and am always amazed by this anomaly.