March 29, 2012

Optiko: Analogue Photography Zine

I'm honored to have one of my infrared film images featured on Optiko's website. Head on over to Optiko to check it out:


I'm happy that the chosen photo is one of my favorite tree. It was taken with my Holga loaded with infrared film and equipped with an infrared filter over the lens. The exposure time was just over one second — enough time for the fast-moving clouds to become blurred.

A big thank you to Steve over at Optiko!

March 27, 2012

Spinach Anthotypes!

 You might remember my blog post about making an anthotype (a plant-based print) using beet juice and watercolor paper. But beet juice isn't the only plant material that can be used for making photographic prints: liquid extracted from of a number of leaves, flowers, and roots will work.

For my second round of anthotypes, I chose spinach. A handful of fresh spinach leaves yielded just the right amount of liquid, which I painted onto watercolor paper and exposed to the sun with a positive image on a plastic transparency placed over it.

The sun acted much more quickly on the spinach than the beet juice, and within just a few hours, these prints were done. Voila!

March 24, 2012

March 21, 2012

Digital Infrared

I have been dreaming of infrared photography for a while now and am slowly working my way through my tiny infrared film stash. But I was recently lucky and blessed to have the chance to try my hand at digital infrared photography. Having the digital camera's instant feedback was very helpful... it made it much easier to get the exposure right. Needless to say, I had a blast!

A camera with a standard infrared conversion offers lots of possibilities for creating dreamy, surreal images. Green leaves and grass will turn a silvery white, while blue skies take on a beautiful sepia tone. I love it. Of course, the traditional pure black and white, high-contrast infrared look can also be achieved in post processing, making the standard conversion a versatile option.

 Familiar scenes take on a different appearance. The resulting look doesn't appeal to everyone, but I can't get enough of it.

Interesting cloud formations are always helpful...

...and a wide-angle lens is a must!

I think I've found a whole new way to fall in love with photography all over again!

March 16, 2012

Square No. 11

There's no denying it anymore: the  trees are in spectacular bloom, and the temperatures have been rising. Much as I love the melancholy beauty of winter, it's time to shift focus and welcome the delicate blooms of the new season.

Springtime Blossoms

March 12, 2012

Kat Kiernan Gallery: iSpy

If you haven't already, head over to the Kat Kiernan Gallery, either in person or via web, and check out their iSpy: Camera Phone Photography exhibition.

Wild Chicory

Click here to view the gallery, and don't miss photo #25: "Wild Chicory" by yours truly!

March 09, 2012

Square No. 10

Infrared fun! Taken at the botanical garden with a Holga camera and Efke IR820 film. It didn't snow here this year, but infrared film provides the next best thing.