Thursday, September 30, 2010

Another day in the Lab

1) On the Metro
2, 3, 8) A strike at Bastile
4, 5, 7) On top of my roof
6) The Eiffel Tower.

Last three shots are in film.  I managed to scan in a bunch of my film the other day (a couple rolls)!!  I noticed I have had some problems with dust/scratches/water stains...

Anyways, typical weekday recently has been wake up, go to the photo lab, go home and make a 3 course dinner.  More photo stuff at home.  Sleep.  Sounds miserable, but I love it :) Today when I woke up it was raining.  First thoughts: Yes!  I can finally my shot!  ...dang... I have to go to the Eiffel Tower now to shoot in the cold and rain... (I've seen enough of the Eiffel Tower...  I've probably seen it sparkle over 20 times during my stay here...)  But it wasn't so bad.  I'm excited to see how the pictures turn out.  It's on film, so you'll have to wait a while to see them... it's a long process.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

1st Roll of Film: HP5 400 ISO

Well, I've finally scanned in the first couple strips of my VERY FIRST roll of film, ever: HP5 400ISO.  The assignment was new perspectives of the Eiffle Tower.  I don't know how well I fulfilled that assignment, but I'm just glad I got images out of my first roll.  I played with the levels and contrast on these images.  The actual negatives aren't nearly as well exposed.

Went gallery hopping the other day.  I found a couple photographers I really like that shoot very similar to how I want to shoot: overly dramatic and a splash of creativity, and no hesitation in digital post processing :)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fuijichrome: My 1st Positive Color Film

Ladies and Gentleman, my first roll of color film; my second roll of film.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Pics for Sat, Sun, and Mon

1-3) Sunset from the roof of my apartment
4-5) Snipping shots with my 70-300mm on 3200 ISO from my rooftop.  Creepy, I know.
6-8) Shakespeare Books.  Really famous publisher.

I sat down this weekend and went through all my Paris pics so far and did a primary quick edit on all of them.  I met up with some Carls here in Paris yesterday with Charlie -- the international student coordinator (I don`t know if that is his official title) -- who has a budget to take out Carls for a drink or whatnot when he runs into them :)  Orders went around the table: white wine, red wine, tea, coffee, ...then me...  I mumbled really quietly, screaming orgasm s'il vous plaĆ®t...  >.< (If Carleton is paying, why not, right?)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Le Mix Club

1) I want to catch a shot similar to this on B&W film.  A little brighter though.  Its the driver`s view of the metro in motion.  I also want to catch it with the metro-stop lights in the shot.
2) Sunset reflected on a window.  Used a polarizer on my lens.  Colors are only very slightly enhanced; mostly natural.
3) This should explain a post from a couple days ago.

These were really quickly edited, so I apologize for the overly contrasted colors, etc.  I have been surprisingly very busy...  I did not imagine there to be as much work as there is.  I spend most of my week at Parsons now.  I would come on Sundays too but they aren`t open...

Went to my first Parisian club last night.  Very different from Minnesota...  Susie Pham, Carleton class of 2012, recommended it and it was free.  I had class from 4-10 yesterday and a 8:30am class today (and a couple more later in the day; 2-730pm).  Anyways, had fun until about 3:00am-ish, but stayed until 5:00am-ish cause thats about when the metro opens.  Slept for about an hour, struggled through Marketplace for Art and Design (which is super interesting!!) and now I`ll go home and take a short nap.  I guess cool fact of the day is that a lot of contemporary art is the selling of an idea (i.e. how to remake an installation as opposed to the actual installation as an art piece itself.  Last week I learned a lot of artists just tell their assistants what to do and sometimes the artist doesn`t even touch a thing in the work...  idk how I feel about that...)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Just a Few Secs to Spare

I think what annoys me the most about how Parsons functions is how everyone is always late: The doors open late (and close early), a lot of teachers arrive late late, “5 min breaks” always become 15 or 20 min breaks, class starts usually 15 mins late...  Also there are classes that end at 10pm, but that`s also when the school closes...  and they start pushing people out by like 9:45...
Anyways, I started shooting haven’t with a yellow filter that David sent me the other day.  I haven’t finished the roll yet, so idk what it’ll look like exactly, but I’m excited!

Made my first prints here the other day.  Slightly warm/hot...  I forgot to size down my self portrait assignment so I can`t show it to you today.  Soon though, I promise.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

David Bendiksen

So I`m down 53 Euros cause I thought I`d risk getting a second hand camera at a sketchy flea market type thing...  David Bendiksen, Carleton class of 2010, comes to the rescue by lending me a whole 35mm kit at the price of shipping.  THANK YOU SOO MUCH!!

Spent 8am to 10pm at school yesterday.  Had my first lesson in developing and printing film..

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Both pics are from the same park.  I think the top one is one of my favorite pics I`ve taken thus far on film.  Not my fav, but top 10.  It was on color too.  It was more under exposed as to silhouette the bridge and people and catch the sunset colors :)

Spent pretty much the entire day yesturday working on a self portrait for class.  It looks pretty good though.  I`m not satisfied on one of the pics (the self portrait has 3 real parts and 6 black prints put in a 3x3 format) but it`ll have to do for now.

g2g to class.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Only 3 months left...

1- Fr. Louvre side of the pedestrian bridge
2- Notre Dame at night (i live by it... only natural I take soo many pics of it...)
3- Outside the Louvre
4- The line to buy a elevator ticket up the Eiffel Tower.  I haven't been, but I plan to take the stairs.  DFA.
5- A door in the fabric district in the 18th.

I went to this huge Clignancourt markets yesterday in search of a cheap 55mm camera.  It took me about 4 hours and a lot of searching and I even met a really nice guy in an overly priced camera store.  He had a Hasselblad for 900 Euros though (and a million other cool things to look at).  Anyways, the sketchier stores rush you (otherwise they kick you out) if you take too long examining the cameras.  Probably cause most of them are broken, scratched, etc.  I found a Cannon AE-1 which he said 80 euros.  I called a friend for the market value, came back, and bargained it down to 45 euros.  Turns out the aperture ring is broken :(  Idk what I'll do next with it, but I think I might try to sell it back to a store for about 55 euros.  or try to anyways. Maybe I can get store credit and buy a nicer, working camera.  There's a million more stories (like how it was really cold the night I got locked out and I went up and down the 6 flights of stairs to stay warm) but I have a lot of work and g2g.  I'll show some of my film stuff when I get the time to scan them in.  It takes forever...  Some of them look really good though!  Definitely some new portfolio pics :)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Longest Night Yet..

So Fashion photography was canceled cause there weren`t enough students.  I`m now taking marketing art and design instead, which has been really interesting in the one class I`ve had so far.  We talked about how galleries function as a business -- behind the scenes type stuff.  So I had clqss from 10am till 12pm cause my video prof was shooting something and we were invited to go watch it (it was on a really small street that no one knew so people send me up and down the huge hill by Sacred Heart for 2 hours).  I was planning to meet up with friends, but before I knew it, it was 1:40 and the metro was about to close.  So I headed home, missed my transfer stop, instead of going back, I decided just to walk home.  Got home at about 3ish.  Then I realized I forgot my keys at school, which was locked.  Slept on and off for about 4 hours.  mostly off.  Discovered a roof access, took some pics, and then headed back to school which I thought opened at 8:30.  Nope. It opens at 10.  But it didn`t actually.  In fact it didn`t open till now.  I pretty much hate Parsons right now...  Oh, and this whole time, my phone is dead...  (The teachers, for the most part, are great!  So is Paris.  Everything else is WAAAY below par...)