Dream On: More Negative Alterations Depicting Dreams

Even though I’ve been insanely busy with ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, I’m still producing work! I’ve been working on my dream series some more, manipulating negatives, and just kind of trying new things out.

(Shout out to all of my friends who modeled for me, and to my boyfriend for drawing a tiny little ship for me, and holding the scary lighter when burning the negative for the last one.)

So, how did I do these? I’ll tell ya, even though I’m risking losing my reputation as a total genius (or losing my delusions of grandeur.)

The falling one was all about timing and flipping the frame. Have a friend jump, and if you timed it correctly, they may look like they are falling off the earth!

The ship one was simple enough- a little ship was sewn onto the negative. You have to be able to draw really tiny (or know someone who can.) Or, an alternative could be to draw a ship directly onto the print.

That dark blob thing was just a three-second exposure of my friend thrashing around in a big poofy black dress.

Ah, yes. The girl cut in two. This one is really easy, if you have a splitzer. A splitzer is one of those tools Lomographers like to use, and I think you can buy one, but what’s the point in that when you can just make one out of black construction paper? Trace your lens, cut out the circular shape, cut that in half, and ta-da! A splitzer. To make a cool photo like the one above, have the splitzer cover half of your frame, snap the picture, double expose the frame (see google for how to do this with your camera,) and put the splitzer on the other side of your frame, and snap again. Cool, huh?

Nail polish and camera angles for the tree one. I saw someone do something like this somewhere (flickr maybe?) and I kinda wanted to try it. Throw some glitter nail polish on, and it looks like there are little fairy lights bobblin’ around.

The star one is easily one of my favorite because I’m a huge sucker for rainbows. This one took pre-planning, with negative alterations in mind. I took a star shaped hole-punch, a needle to scratch out the other stars, and star nail polish. Boom.

The bunny photo and the whale photo are just double exposures.

The last one was tricky. Again, I planned ahead with alterations in mind. My boyfriend and I took the negative and burned it, to make it look like he is running away from a burning frame. We used one of those long lighters to lower risk of injury, and burned it slowly. I played with the saturation of the burned parts in Photoshop, and that’s how that one was done.

I think we’re done altering negatives now for class, but man, I don’t think I’m done. I’m going to keep this technique in mind for the future. And, for the love of God, try this technique some time.

Happy Shooting!

 

Bruh, that Water is Nasty

Today I continued shooting for my Dream series, which meant doing something weird, like taking my mother’s arm chair, cramming it into a jeep, and going to the beach that is notorious for being disgusting and un-swimable. Because, y’know, that’s my life. Two of my favorite boys were with me today, and we had a good time with this chair.

Ignore my awesome neon Crocs for a second and check out that water. Blergh. Art is suffering? So, since the water wasn’t aesthetically pleasing, I Photoshopped the bejesus out of it. And now it looks surreal, but nothing about this photo is really normal, and it is a dream, so why not have extraordinarily blue water?

Yeah, so, even though I’m in a film class, I had to take digital photos of this scene because if the film didn’t come out, no one would believe this was a thing that happened. I treated myself to some editing for fun tonight.

We did another photo, this time on a hill near the beach. It was another dream one, but I did some test shots on my digital camera.

So that was the photo part about our adventure.

Now I gotta tell you about the chair.

Kaiden drove us, since he is a saint and has a large trunk, ’cause his vehicle of choice is a Jeep. His trunk likes to be temperamental, but we got the chair in without any issues and got it out without any issues. Trying to put it back in the Jeep to go home was a different story.

Stupid trunk wouldn’t open. We tried for about half an hour, looking things up on our convenient smart phones. We tried a couple things, like pushing right above the hatch while trying to open, but nothing worked. So we tried putting it in the back seat. Ha, what a cute idea. So then we put it in the front, and it was the worst passenger ever and there was no way Kaiden could drive with that monster blocking his mirrors and blind spots.

So, what were we going to do?

I kicked the hatch.

Unfortunately, the trunk didn’t spring open, even though that would have been cooler than what actually did happen.

Mitchell did the aforementioned push while trying to open thing, and it was like a chorus of angels starting singing from heaven on high and the sun came out and birds were singing and everything in that moment was perfect everywhere.

Then we had to get the chair back out of the front seat. We cracked Kaiden’s windshield in the process. (Sorry, man.)

But we got that stupid thing in the trunk and that is the story about the Jeep and arm chair that were out to get us.

Happy Shooting!

Dream Theme

Last night I was feeling crafty but I was sitting at my desk and my chair was just so comfy and getting up was the equivalent to scaling Mt. Everest I just kinda grabbed what was within reach and this happened:

I played around with my extra prints. I highly suggest you try this sometime, because it was really fun. The top one I used nail polish- pretty cool, huh? Check out your local dollar store or Poundland or wherever you live that has the equivalent of a dollar store and invest in some cheap sparkly nail polish.

These are definitely following my dream theme (hey, that rhymes!) I’d say they are even more dreamy than before… I wonder what else I can do in the future?

I’m filling up another dream roll this weekend, so that should be fun. I’m looking forward to exploring this motif further.

Happy Shooting!

An Attempt at Dreams

These next four months are going to be dreamy. Daydreams, dreams dreams, dreamy, follow your dreams, and even nightmares. You get it.

I’m going to be working on capturing images that follow this theme. For my first assignment, the goal was to take photos that correspond with the theme we had in mind, to start working it out and try to get our ideas out there. So, I tried. I tried really, really hard. Like, obsessed over a week and couldn’t stop writing in my notebook and couldn’t eat and couldn’t fall asleep kind of obsessed. Many questions plagued me: how can I break my usual aesthetic of whimsy to get dreamy? Is there a difference? Do I want to do dreamy, or are my ideas actually surrealist? When we are awake, are we asleep in the dream world? What is our purpose? Is there really a black hole at the beginning of the universe?

I tried a few different techniques, filters, and even a lens attachment to get some of these. Seeing them all together is pretty cool, but also makes me realize I have a lot of work ahead of me this semester if I want a successful series.

Okay, that doll. I know I should address it because it is most likely freaking a lot of you out, but- nah. I’m just gonna not say anything and let you decide why such a thing is welcomed in my house.

Oh, and I’m also glad my pro-fort-making-skills haven’t tarnished at all since my fort-buildin’ days.

Here are some bonuses:

My poor friend in the pool there is not a fan of swimming, and I guess what we were technically doing was water-boarding? So, I accidentally used torture as a means to get a good photo. I’ve done it all, folks.

Here’s to more questionable photographs in the future!

Happy Shooting!

Tungsten Tungsten Tungsten

Today we’re taking a detour from my London adventures for a tutorial on how to shoot tungsten film with a hot shoe flash. Get ready, because I’m going to make this is as clear as possible.

I really wanted to try shooting with tungsten film for over a year now. Since I’ve been gathering photography supplies for my trip abroad, I figured now was as good as a time as any to get my hands on some of this mystical film. Two rolls later, I had no idea what I was doing, and as any sensible person who needs guidance, I took to the webs for answers.

And I found less than satisfactory results.

SO I’M GOING TO GIVE YOU A CRASH-COURSE IN TUNGSTEN FILM.

I’m a huge amateur when it comes to this film, so if you too are an amateur trying to shoot tungsten for the first time, I hope that my simple descriptions will help you in a way that I wish I had help. So let’s get started.

Tungsten film was used back in the good ‘ole days when digital photography was just a dream and studio lights gave their wonderful 3200K yellowish color cast on photographs. Tungsten film has a blue-ish tint to it to counter the yellowish/orangish color cast that is signature to tungsten lighting to balance the image and give it more neutral tones. So, what that meant to me is that I could shoot this kind of film everywhere but places with tungsten light, just to see what would happen.

The goal I had in mind was to shoot with a hot shoe flash with a yellowish gel. Ideally, my subject would be normal colors, being “corrected” by the tungsten film, and the background would be bluish. I got those results in some pictures, but not most. It probably had a lot to do with flash power and composition.

I shot with expired Kodak EPT 160T Tungsten Ektachrome 35mm film. The ISO is 160 for this film, which for me is a little odd since I’ve only shot 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1600 speed film. So that was new. The film has been expired since 2009 but was cold stored according to the eBay listing, which explains why some images are a bit grainy.

When shooting this particular film, keep in mind that it is color slide film and that you will need to find a lab that will develop it. Going to your local CVS or Walgreens or where-ever probably won’t get the job done.

I’m super excited about these images, I’m so relieved I knew what I was doing enough to have exciting results, and they are so dreamy and beautiful and ahhhhh I’m just really proud of myself okay? I’m looking forward to using my other roll on my trip here in London, especially now that I see the potential.

Well, that’s all for now. I’ll return to ranting about London soon, don’t you fret. Happy Shooting!