Pinhole: Clock

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    Paintcan pinhole camera, 4x5" Fomapan 100, 5 elephant exposure, contact print onto expired Kodak Polycontrast Rapid II, developed in Dektol applied with a paintbrush.

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    1. Voxphoto 92 months ago | reply

      Apparently the metric version of "one one thousand, two one thousand..."

    2. DeborahK 92 months ago | reply

      I would fave this twice, if I could!

    3. DeborahK 92 months ago | reply

      Apocaplops -- I am sure it's a five second exposure, counted "one elephant, two elephant, ..." as opposed to using a watch or timer. Personally I count chimpanzees, and not elephants, when I do this. It may be a regional thing. :-)

    4. Matt Callow 92 months ago | reply

      When I ran the teen pinhole workshop and introduced them to the concept of counting in elephants, I got a room full of blank looks. Apparently around here they're used to counting in Mississippis. Who knew?

    5. DeborahK 92 months ago | reply

      Actually, I remember learning in Mississippis, too, originally. Not sure when I switched to Chimpanzees, but that's how I always count now.

    6. Hibachirama (Mary) 92 months ago | reply

      Wow, this is really neat -- both the image and the process.

    7. pixy* 92 months ago | reply

      very beautiful shot!!

    8. farlane 92 months ago | reply

      This photo has been blogged to Michigan in Pictures.

      (we were alerted by a call from the Mississippi Elephant Foundation)

    9. **daydreamer** [deleted] 92 months ago | reply

      Very unique-has that oldfashion/antique feel to it, with a twist.

    10. rippo 92 months ago | reply

      i think the elephants must be a reference to Bob the Builder.

      this is a great picture! even without the cool printing, it's very nice. and then brushing on the developer...giving me ideas you are! all the artsy-ness of alternative processes, without the crazy collection of chemicals in the cabinet. gonna have to give it a try.

      question: did you just brush it on and wait until the development looked right, and then into the stop bath? or was there more involved than that?

    11. Matt Callow 92 months ago | reply

      Rippo: that's about it, but it's all a little more experimental than that.

      Dektol develops to completion in less than a minute - not long after the image becomes visible - so there's not a lot of room to play with. I paint on the basic shape I'm looking for, giving it a couple of coats to replace the initially applied developer which gets exhausted. As the image appears I paint around the edges to "tidy" it up to the shape I want. Then I dump it into the stop tray (I just use water) when I think it's ready. So with this print, the main image is more or less completely developed as normal (>2 mins), while the edges are ragged and underdeveloped (<1 min).

      But it's really about experimentation. I use expired paper that I got very cheap from a yard sale, which is not in perfect shape, but ideal for this kind of messy print, and i have so much of it I don't need to worry about wasting paper. I made about a dozen versions of this basic print but this is the one I liked best...

    12. [ CK ] 92 months ago | reply

      I remember seeing an image you posted ealier where you painted developer onto the print. VERY COOL. I like how the photo becomes part photo and part painting. I gotta try this.

      Good stuff my friend!

    13. maefleur 92 months ago | reply

      wonderful photograph made even better with your technique. painting the developer on is a great idea, complete with spatters. very nicely done!

    14. efo 92 months ago | reply

      Whoo! The clock on the warped ground is an inversion of Dali's warped clocks on tables or shelves... and the painted developer completes the reference to the paintings.

      Or not. I grew up counting alligators.

    15. fight off your demons 79 months ago | reply

      this is amazing and you've definatey given me a wonderful idea. too bad the only darkroom i use is the one at the college i'm attending and i'm not sure i can really do this but maybe i'll try!!

    16. forgottenpittsburgh 75 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Photographic Possibilities, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    17. audio1bob 71 months ago | reply

      Good work. This is the kind of shot that got me interested in pinhole photography in the first place. Keep it up.

    18. *Mama*Lola* 66 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called In Fine Style (Invite only) contest "Autumn/Fall" - Vote Now!!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    19. farlane 54 months ago | reply

      Hey Matt - I blogged this (again) to When Ypsilanti had its own time zone... on Absolute Michigan. Seemed appropriate!

      Hope all is going well with you.

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