Friday, March 25, 2016

INTO THE DARKROOM

Okay, the darkroom needs some attention. With Christmas decorations, luggage, and more than a few gallon cans of paint it has kind of turned into a storage room. So I started to do some house cleaning.

The Christmas stuff was moved and is now happily stored with all the other Christmas decorations. The luggage has been stored in a better place (anywhere other than in the darkroom is a better place). And as for the cans of paint... well as for now they are still in the darkroom, but they are stacked nicely in a corner on the floor under a shelf out of the way.

I had a bunch of chemicals that I got rid of. It was kind of hard to do because now I have to buy new chemicals to do whatever I want to do. But the chemicals were quite old, and some of them were starting to separate and others were starting to solidify, and I figured they probably wouldn't work very well. So rather than use them and get frustrated because they didn't work I just packed them up and took them to the local Household Hazardous Waste Recycling place.

So now I just have to make a point to get in here on a regular basis and just do something. I can sort, organize, get familiar with the equipment, or do a number of things. It's simply a matter of making the time to make use of it.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

FILM TO BURN - Project 366-2016 - Image #001 - 1/1/16
PROJECT 2016

 Project 2016 has started.  My goal is to burn up all the film I have left and finally make the jump to Digital. This may be a bit more daunting than I first imagined 'cuz I have quite a bit of film left. I could shoot a roll a week for probably two years and still have a roll or two left. But it needs to be done. 

So let the fun begin.....

 Some of this film is expired. Some recently (2015) and some very (1994). There are almost too many different types of film to count. I have some Ektachrome, FujiChrome, T-Max, NeoPan, and quite a few more. I even have some I had never heard of before. So it will be interesting to see how some of the images turn out. On top of that I plan on getting the necessary chemicals and processing some (not all) of the film myself. After all, I built a Darkroom a few years ago. And short of printing a few test prints I haven't done a thing in there, except to use it for storage. So it's time to clear it out, set it up again, and get some use out of it.
THE LINE-UP - Project 366-2016 - Image #002 1/2/16
 There are a number of reasons for doing this Project 2016. I haven't done much shooting lately so my primary goal is to get back to where my camera is an extension of my hand and brain. I want to get to where the thought process and the camera functions are all automatic. 

Another reason is to experiment and learn. There are a number of different areas and forms and styles of photography that I find interesting. And I want to try them out. 

And the last reason is to use all my equipment to its fullest. I have lights and stands and lenses and camera bodies and a bunch of other stuff that I have accumulated over the years. I figure that I should go through it all and use it. And if I find I don't use or need a specific piece or two, or if I don't care for the type of photography that requires that piece, then that piece will end up on Craigslist. If I'm not using it I might as well move it on to someone that will.

This year this blog will document my photographic journey. I will post a number of my images, talk about some of the techniques and equipment used, and ramble on about the project as the year goes on.

Friday, January 1, 2016


Welcome to Mad Artist Photography

Where there only two rules

 



Rule Number One - PHOTOGRAPHY IS FUN

It doesn't make any difference if you are a fledgling amateur or a seasoned professional. Photography should be fun. If you are a just getting into photography and you find that it isn't fun then you probably won't have any desire to continue. And if you are a seasoned professional photographer and are no longer having any fun then your lack of enjoyment will certainly reflect in your images.

So whatever your photographic interests are make sure that it is enjoyable. 


Rule Number Two - KISS (Keep It Seriously Simple)

One of the greatest things about photography today is that there are so many different pieces of equipment and so many different techniques available to every photographer. And one of the worst things about photography today is that there are so many different pieces of equipment and so many different techniques available to every photographer.

I know it may be kind of confusing that I just repeated myself. But it's true. On the good side the equipment available for any photographer today simple boggles the mind when compared to what was available 15 to 20 years ago. But on the bad side it can be really easy to become an equipment 'junkie' and be more concerned about having the best equipment than taking the best photos.

So around here we do our best to keep things as simple as they can be.


So in conclusion...

The plan is to just have some simple fun here.I don't have all the new top of the line equipment. But that doesn't mean I can't create memorable images. A photographers imagination has more to do with an image that any equipment does.

So let the fun begin.........................