Wednesday, November 26, 2008

More Fun

I recently had some high quality scans made of a few of my favorite negatives. Up to this point my digital experience has been with images taken with a digital camera. I have really enjoyed this new way of making photographs, but I have quite a few images that I love from the “olden days” when I still shot film.

This week I finally got to work on one of the scans. I chose this image not only because it was one of my favorites, but also because it was very difficult to print in the darkroom. A lot of dodging and burning was required which was never my favorite activity. While it still required a lot of work, making adjustments in Photoshop was a dream compared to standing for hours inhaling questionable chemicals. I also experimented with a few edge variations on this piece. The possibilities really are endless and I love that!

The next adventure will be hand-coloring the inkjet print. I have worked on this image a number of times using oils on my fiber darkroom prints so it will be interesting to see how this turns out using the pastels.

Once again I am reminded how lucky I am. I find so much joy in doing photography and adding this new element has just sparked more excitement and enthusiasm. It is in this spirit of gratitude that I would like to express my wish that everyone take a moment and reflect on all the things that bring passion and joy to life. My list is extremely long and that fact alone is something I am very grateful for!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Let the fun begin!

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