Saturday, May 27, 2017

Jay Cooke with a Holga

Three weeks ago, I went camping with my 2 boys up by Duluth. (I posted a lot of photos of our adventures on my other blog if you want to take a look.)

Last month, one of my classes at Hamline University did a Holga-based project. (A Holga is a cheap, plastic medium format film camera that needs to be taped shut to prevent light leaks. Every image is vignetted, and may not be that sharp.) Here's an Instagram of mine from that day in class:


Caption: "'Holga day' in my Photo II class today. #film #filmphotography #filmisnotdead
#wellitskindadead #photography #kodak #fujifilm"


That project inspired me to get out my Holga for the first time in a few years. I brought it with to Duluth.

[click any image to enlarge]




Our camper cabin for 2 nights.


View of the St. Louis River from the Swinging Bridge.


After a hike down from Oldenburg’s Point.


My 5-year-old on a little cliff.


Lake Superior.


Pines and birches behind our cabin.


Pine forest.


On the Swinging Bridge.


A large rock (that my sons got wet) and the Swinging Bridge.


Near Thomson Dam.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Holga Project

My small Advanced Photo class at Hamline University (seen in this post) recently finished up a medium format Holga film project. Overall, they really didn't care for it. I don't think they liked all the steps involved in shooting film. They'd rather snap the shutter and check the LCD screen to at least have some sense of if the image turned out or not. Film made them too nervous. (And the whole process made me feel like a dinosaur.)

We did a simple diptych project with the Holgas. Here are a few pairings of their final photos, along with 2 other individual Holga images that just turned out well:


T. Schnell


L. Thao


E. Augsburger


C. Felton


J. Dammare

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Photographs Sent Into Interstellar Space

The Voyager spacecraft (launched in 1977) left our solar system 5 years ago and became the first man-made object to enter interstellar space. A committee led by Carl Sagan (American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, etc) agreed upon 116 photos that should be on board. Sagan had this to say about the images:

[...] a collection of 116 pictures (one of which is for calibration) detailing but not limited to human life on earth and the planet itself. Many pictures are annotated with one or many indications of scales of time, size or mass. Some images also contain indications of chemical composition. All measures used on the pictures are first defined in the first few images using physical references.

Here's a gallery of all of the images from Imgur:
View post on imgur.com


Learn more about each image on Wikipedia.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Tiny Clam Shells

This weekend, my boys and I went to Fort Snelling along the Mississippi River for a few hours one night. They played with rocks as I played with some tiny shells:


Click image to enlarge.

For a sense of scale, here they are in my hand before I started sorting them:



Sunday, March 26, 2017

Two Memories: Photo-Related and Color Theory-Related

I had 2 Facebook "on this day" memories that I had to share today. First, this popped up from 2 years ago:


My wife posted this with the caption "Like father, like son."

And 4 years ago as the College of Visual Arts was in its final semester before closing, I posted this:


Caption: "One of my students came to Color Theory today and told me that she
painted a 9-step value scale on her fingernails over the weekend. I wept quietly."


I commented on that photo shortly after posting it with more info: "I asked her what you're all wondering: 'But don't you have 10 nails?' She painted middle grey on both thumbs." Some people asked if it was paint, gouache, or nail polish, and I noted in a comment farther down that it was nail polish - she had white and black, so she mixed her own value scale.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Photography (by The Onion)

The Onion nailed this one, as always:



I mean, Arbus and Bresson that French guy ARE pretty great...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

How to Use a Selfie Stick

The Oatmeal just created this simple 4-step process to using a selfie stick:



Thursday, March 02, 2017

Two Fun Teaching Photos

Last week, I took my Digi Photo II class to the Minneapolis Photo Center. The next day, I posted this on Facebook:

I took my Advanced Photo class to the Mpls Photo Center yesterday, and they were blown away. They loved the place: the darkrooms, the digital lab, the lighting studios, and the building itself. I forget that Hamline University isn't the same sort of fine arts university like CVA was - these students hadn't been exposed to artist's studios/lofts or any sort of modified/renovated warehouse spaced like MPC. THEY wanted to take a class photo in a back corner of one of MPC's lighting studios, so Austin (far left) snapped this and sent it to all of us. (One student is missing.)



[And another comment I had to leave on that photo on FB:] Oh, I forgot to mention that they were AMAZED by the revolving darkroom door. They thought that was the coolest thing ever. I helped them all through, and then when I went through myself, someone said "you can do that BY YOURSELF?!?" Too funny.

And a few weeks ago, I posted this photo on Instagram of the notes from the whiteboard after my Digi Photo I class:


Caption: "This day. This will always be my favorite day
in my photography courses. #NerdAlert #Photography #Professoring"

Sidenote: just yesterday, I started a new Instagram account for my 4 a.m. photos (being my "normal" Instagram account is all "Dad photos"). Follow my new page on Instagram: @photostenzel

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