Summer Engagement – Jessica and Daniel

Engagement Portraits Couple

Summer Engagement Portraits in rain

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

Lovebirds Jessica and Daniel danced through a rainy summer day’s engagement portrait session, made the most of the emptied park and a very green corner of the world all to themselves.

Congrats! Can’t wait to celebrate with you guys!

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Engagement portrait dance

Engagement Portrait ring detail idea

Engagement portrait laughs

Engagement portrait covered bridge in the rain hug

Engagement portrait couple backlit

Engagement Portraits backlight idea

Engagement Couple Posing Idea

Vineyard Engagement Portraits

 

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

Pinhole Cookie Tin Camera

The last Sunday in April is a fun day in photography and experimentation celebrating Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. (It’s new to me, too, but now it’s on the calendar!)

My first pinhole image was a “shot in the dark” completely guessed exposure of “a few minutes.” I used expired photo paper I got in a darkroom kit sale last summer. The paper was in a darkroom paper safe storage container but even I opened it in daylight at the garage sale to see what was in it. (For shame!) The darkroom kit had been stored in a barn or an old musty basement. All this to say – it’s not an exact science and this DIY fun can make a mess of your best intentions to calculate precise exposures!

Great way to just go shoot and not stress the details.

Pinhole Cookie Tin Camera
Homemade DIY Pinhole Camera from a cookie tin and old darkroom photo paper
Diving Board Pinhole Photograph Negative
Cookie tin canister pinhole test, pool diving board, unknown photo paper
Diving Board Pinhole Image Positive
Diving Board Pinhole Image Positive – Cookie tin canister pinhole camera test

More info here at pinholeday.org – enjoy!

Join in!

Pick up some new darkroom photo paper here or embrace the strange and take your chances with secondhand papers here!

Sun Print – Ornamental grasses

Ornamental pampas grass tops on hand-coated cyanotype paper. The cyanotype chemicals are brushed onto paper, let dry in the dark. To make prints it is exposed to sunlight UV for this alternative process and analog printmaking technique.
Ornamental pampas grass tops on hand-coated cyanotype paper.

If you’ve followed my Instagram posts these blue prints should look familiar. I started making cyanotypes using this old-fashioned alternative process photography printmaking technique last summer. It brings the magic of watching a darkroom print develop to the fresh air and sunshine of being outdoors and making art!

To make a print, the cyanotype chemicals are brushed onto a surface, watercolor paper in this case, and let air dry in the dark. To expose prints, a negative image or object is placed over the paper. After the chemistry has been exposed a while and reaches a shade of green-gray, the paper is washed in water. Where the paper is exposed to sunlight UV the chemistry oxidizes and remains on the paper, where the UV is weaker or blocked the chemistry is washed away.

Chemistry remaining turns from green-gray to blue when washed in plain old water. After a rinse, the print is treated with household hydrogen peroxide and turns the deep blue seen in this image.

It’s a fantastically simple, easy and enjoyable alternative process and analog printmaking technique.

Pampas grasses making sun print cyanotype photograms

Work in progress: Pampas grasses making sun print cyanotype photograms

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Tales from the Assist – Cake vs Auto Exposure

Wedding Cake and Detail Lighting Tutorial

Alternately titled “When bad camera settings happen to good cakes

It wasn’t a pretty sight, such a tasty dessert under such unpleasant gymnasium lighting. One of the perks of playing around with ideas exploring concepts as an assistant allows me moments to peruse photographic studies of ambient lighting, off-camera illumination, and the posting of my comparisons thereof.

Wedding Cake Lighting Tutorial lit full
The finished image with 2 off-camera lights – no additional editing!

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