A lot of shows!
I have been kind of going to a lot of shows and haven’t really been making a point to post here about them. I do post on Instagram, however, because I really don’t know who even visits my website.
You should visit my GALLERY to check out everything I’ve done lately. I’ll try to be more active about posting here, because there is always a story behind everything, and I should take the time to share it.
There’s a few things I need to be working on. I want to do more weird shoots. I also need to finish that double exposure film experiment I started and have not finished because I am too busy being extra picky. I also have a roll of 110 red lobster film that I need to use! I’d like to use that for something cool, though. The 110 camera I have does not have a flash, so it has to be outdoors during day. It’s expired, as well, so the images should look really nice.
Anyways, here is a random picture I took at the Cancer Christ show on Sunday night.
Something a little different
I had a photoshoot that was a bit different than my usual extreme music or weird shoots! I shouldn’t even say weird shoots because I haven’t even really been doing shoots lately, although I’d love to.
I had the opportunity to photograph a rock climber named Cory! I had never photographed anyone climbing anything before, except for maybe stage divers climbing on people’s heads. I also love nature, so I was excited to try something new.
I was quite nervous watching him climb, although he is really used to it and made it look easy. I found it very fascinating to see him analyze the rocks and plan out what he was going to do before he did it.
To see more of these, visit my gallery HERE. I took them in color but made black and white versions of some.
I had a really great time and was pretty amazed by what he can do. He briefly shared a bit with me about climbing photography and said the best pictures are taken from above, meaning the photographer would have to be on the top, meaning the photographer would have to climb there. I don’t know how I feel about that because I’m afraid of heights and would probably panic and need to be rescued. The pictures may be worth trying, though!
Been a bit busy lately!
It’s like I forgot how long I had not been able to attend shows during the pandemic. There have been so many shows lately and I have been enjoying it!
I think my shitty camera is getting old. The flash has been either too bright or not bright enough. I don’t even like using my flash, but…dark venues.
I have a film camera I am supposed to be doing a double exposure experiment on and I have been slacking off on it. I am still working on the first round. I can’t wait until I am done with it so I can see how it turns out.
I have a photoshoot coming up next weekend and I am stoked. It should turn out really well!
Here’s some pics I took of Slege last night:
The cheap camera
I have two Canons and neither are fancy. My lens are stock. I don’t possess any expensive gear. Maybe one day. I’m currently satisfied. Maybe one day I will buy a Nikon.
Out of the two Canons I have, one is much older and cheap. That is the one I take to shows. I saw this meme and it prompted this blog entry.
Of course my gear does not cost grands.
Metal shows are not a safe place for cameras. The last two shows I went to reminded me of that. I had one person run to the pit into a frenzy and charged right through my lens, although there was no damage. And I had another person stage dive and their foot somehow got stuck in my camera strap. Thankfully, it wasn’t yanked out of my hand and it was also not damaged. I always wrap the strap around my wrist. This shit isn’t new to me. I’ve been in front of the stage and have had people wreck into me, causing me to fall against the stage, but I keep my camera up.
It was even worse when I used to drink. I would be tumbling all over the place, spilling drink on my camera, moshing with my camera in the air. That wasn’t very bright. But I rarely drink and I don’t mosh anymore. I think I stopped doing that like ten years ago. I remember some idiot slammed me into the corner of the stage and I landed on my knee. I can still feel the nerve damage. I’m not that young anymore, so I’ll leave the moshing to the rubber-boned kids. I have enough aches and pains to worry about.
Anyways, my cheap Canon is old and if ever gets destroyed, I will bust out with my other Canon. For now, I want to reserve the better Canon for photoshoots.
I used a roll of film and it didn’t turn out so well. It was an expired roll of Ilford FP4 Plus 125 Black and White. It expired last Summer. I had it for a few years and never got around to using it. I believe there were a few things that happened that caused these images to fail.
I went to the river with a small tripod and my goal was to carefully set everything up to experiment. Not only did I kind of have to pee, but there were people occasionally passing by, and I didn’t want to be seen photographing myself because that feels weird. I would have preferred to have brought someone along to photograph, but it was a spontaneous decision to go there. So I was rushed and definitely not putting the care into it that I should have. Not to mention, I was really wanting to try out the multiple exposure setting and completely forgot! Dammit! So I still have to explore that another day.
So here’s the stupid things I did:
Instead of shooting in manual mode, I shot in aperture priority mode. Because of lazy reasons. And I didn’t even use the tripod I brought! I set the camera on the damn ground! I barely took the time to verify things were focused. I’m so terrible. I kinda wanted to get it done and over with so no one would see me. I would have been so much more relaxed if someone was there with me and also if I didn’t have to pee. I believe I also lost enthusiasm because it’s hard to photograph film when you’re not behind the camera and can see how things look. It takes more patience than I had at that time.
I did take some rather nice pictures on my cell phone just to make sure I had something good to keep from my visit there if my film images were a fail. And they were!!
Processing the film:
The chemicals I used were new. I haven’t developed anything in quite a while and forgot how long I used to leave the negatives in the developer. I took a guess and did it for 4 minutes. I should have done some reading to refresh my memory on everything, but I did not. I remember when I used to develop film before and got pretty causal about it and the images still looked fine, but I should have still refreshed my memory. I could see images on the negatives before I hung them out to dry, so at least there was that.
I busted out with my lousy, cheap Jumbl scanner, scanned the negatives, and was disturbed by how terrible they came out! Overexposed and super grainy! Ugh! They look like something someone created on their cheap cell phone, changed to black and white, and constrated the shit out of it for bottom-of-the-barrel black metal aesthetic. This was a fail.
I need to revisit some film processing knowledge, get a better scanner, and stop expecting good results if I am going to rush myself and not put real effort into things. I’ll have to revisit the 35mm self timer experiment when I have a lot more time on my hands.