Friday, November 13, 2009
I got there to watch Red Ink play to me, a bar person, the light guy, sound guy and what I assume was a girlfriend- but they didn't hold back and put on an awesome show, catch these guys if you can. 2nd was Canvas Kites - and I wasn't really feeling it - the light was shit but there was also fuck all energy coming from the stage.. maybe an off night...
Cassette Kids were initally upstaged by a very drunk couple in the front who basically, without mincing words - fucked up the first three songs with their bad dancing, clapping out of time and generally just being too drunk - all sorted out with a loud cheer when they got booted out..
anyway.. onwards and upwards.
As usual, I learnt everything about gig photography from this guy
And I didn't have to pay for the gig because of these guys
And I have lots of photos here!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
which is awesome apart from one thing: I secretly know diddly-squat about photography and until now I have been able to get by on a lot of smoke and mirrors and taking a shit-load of photos.
Honestly, as soon as someone mentions anything slightly technical about taking photos, my eyes glaze over and I sit there and try to perfect sleeping while still looking interested. I mean, yea, there is stuff that I have picked up along the way, and if you put me in a cage and poke me with a hot poker I may be able to tell you some of them - but most of what I do is on the fly. It took me two years to be able to remember that the small aperture number meant a more open lens hole thing.
Anyway, if I become famous, expect to be able to subscribe to my blog for 48 easy payments of $33.00 excl GST
Oh yea.. .the site! check it out - I'll be learning as I'm typing, that's fer shure!!!
click here, to be teleported to the site
About 5 months ago I went out and brought a bunch of stuff so I could start developing my own B/W film from my Holga camera. Being fairly lazy, it sat in the cupboard till this morning when I thought I'd give it a go...
It hasn't turned out perfectly, but I was pretty happy with it considering it was my first attempt - I also wanted to see how slack I could be, learn from my mistakes etc etc
- My developer (Kodak T-Max Developer)
- My fixer (Ilford Rapid Fixer)
- My film (Kodak Tri-X400) in it's developing (Paterson) tank
(don't get me started on putting the film onto the rolls, just google it), it's like trying to find the hooks to a girls bra as the father is walking the stairs with his shotgun.
- My measuring things and a thermometer.
I used this site to determin developing time and dilution specs.
I figured out from that site that I had to:
- Develop my film for a total of 10mins and 30 secs
@ 20 degrees C
- Agitate for 30 seconds as soon as you put the developer in, then once every minute for 10 seconds (on the developer bottle it said once every 30 seconds for 5 seconds - I am guessing there is a difference, but I went with the website).
- Dilution according to the website was 1+9 and on the developer bottle it was 1+4
(again, and only for consistency, I went with the website)
My developing tank is 500ml so I needed 450ml water to 50ml developer.
After the time was up, I emptied the developer and got my fixer out - dilution specs for this was 1+3 so i needed 125ml of fixer to 375ml of water (@ 20 degrees C) I have since learnt it should have been in there for up to 5mins... after I emptied the tank I needed to wash the fixer off, and this is how I did it.
- Filled up the developing tank with water (again at 20 degrees C) and emptied the tank
- Filled it up again and agitated 5 times, empty the tank
- Repeat again, but agitate 10 times
- Again, but agitate 20 times
Oh yea... I was shooting 120 film using my Holga CN camera