Cyanotypes..

Well this part of the project has been my Nemesis. It has completely boggled my brain.

 

Cyanotypes are made up of 2 different types of chemicals.

A) 25grams Ferric Ammonium citrate (green) and 100ml water.

B) 10grams potassium Ferricyanide and 100ml water.

Mix stock solution combine equal amounts of A and B, Soak the paper in a tray of both solutions or apply the solution with a paint brush. Make test strips to test for exposure.

Dry away from the light, Dry coating should be bright yellow.

Printing cyanotypes is a negative process, the areas where light doesn’t hit will stay white.

I made a cyanotype print, to which we put paper with chemicals on into the UV light box with a leaf for 120 seconds, in order for it to work I had to place it inside, close the lid and lock it with clips on the side and then twist the blue knob to pull all the air out of the machine and then press the start button which then switches on the UV lights which prints the leaf onto the paper, in order to take out the print, I had to undo the blue knob and allow the air back in by waiting for the pressure gauge to return to zero. Then i had to take out the print peel off the leaf and then run the print under water and allow to dry. Once dry it has a nice blue colour.

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Light Painting Contact sheet

This is the contact sheet from when we worked in groups to try out light painting for the first time, we got some pretty good shots when working in the group.

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Light Painting

Light painting is an imaging technique which needs a moving light source and a dark place with a long exposure on a camera.

Light painting is a lengthy process that takes a lot of patience and with light painting it is a case of practice makes perfect because it takes tons of practice.

The tools required for light painting ; A camera, A tripod and a light source.

The camera settings are as followed; Manual mode – (because this allows for the change of settings to shutter speed and aperture)

ISO – Needs to be set low at 100-200

Aperture – needs to be around f/8 – f/10

it is important that your camera is in focus which can be done by autofocus and then switching back to manual the focus shouldn’t change with the change of mode.

when light painting be creative to get the best results.

 

Lapp-Pro

Lapp-Pro was made up of two men, Janleonardo Woellert and Joerg Miedza.

Lapp-Pro are also sponsored by some big names in the photography business such as; Canon, Zeiss and LED lenser. They also create light painting for commercial clients and have worked with clients such as Nike to which they created an ad for the world cup.

Their work is slightly different to standard light painting as the camera is capturing an artist performance which is choreographed and rehearsed prior to the exposure even taking place.

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As seen in the photo above, they are created with the person in focus and with full choreography

Eric Staller..

Eric Staller was born in New York on 14th September 1947, He is known as the father of light painting/ light graffiti. He went to university and studied architecture and graduated with bachelors in 1971.

Eric uses light and architecture to create his many amazing pieces.

From 1976 to 1980 he spent most of his time in New York city doing light painting during the night.

“it could be argued that Man Ray’s “space writing” series were the first light art performance pieces.”

In the late 70s Staller set up his camera, opened the shutter and moved throughout the frame crafting some amazing light painting photographs.

Eric Stallers book is called out of my mind.

Although Eric is mainly known for his light painting he also creates sculptures and other art pieces such as functional bikes for 2-8 people. He has pieces both in museums and pieces that have been commissioned in buildings such as the Butterworth Women’s and children’s hospital that is in the Grand Rapids in Michigan. He also shows his works in the streets of Amsterdam, such as his piece called Mr. Lonely which is actually in the canal, on his website it states that people often see him standing on the side of the canal operating his art piece.

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Synergy II – i have chosen to include this piece because it is one of my favourites by Eric Staller. I myself would like to try and create something like this. I like it because it puzzles me slightly as to how he made it appear to be a tunnel.

The Dark Room.. But in the light.

Photography Darkroom –

The darkroom is a potentially dangerous place, not only is itĀ DarkĀ but there is also different sorts of chemicals in there to use for the development process.

As it is potentially dangerous there are certain rules that need to be followed to ensure the safety of myself and everyone else.

  • No mobile phones – as the light from phones can ruin my prints and other peoples.
  • No Food Or Drink – due to the chemicals that are in the darkroom it is against the rules to eat or drink inside, and doing so will result in a disciplinary.
  • Bags must be put under the work surfaces so that no one trips.

 

Also make sure that the area that I use is left tidy and that everything is switched off.

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This is the enlarger, it is used to as its name says.. enlarge things such as images for prints, it can also be used to make photograms.

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This is the development unit – This is where the chemicals that are used for the development process, first the developer which develops the image on the photographic paper, then the stop bath which stops it from developing any further, onto the fixer which is what fixes the image to the paper and lastly the wash, which is just water which washes away the chemicals.

After the development process, the photographic paper is wet so needs to be dried either by hanging or by the dryer.

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Simple geometric image distortion editing

Using Photoshop CC, upload an image and duplicate the layer.

Using the marquee tool, Hold the command button and select the shape, the select on the image the area I want to work on, then free transform and position the image of how I want it. Repeat a few times, Changing the size of selection each time. I have now created a geometric pattern through editing.

I found this editing pretty difficult to start with but slowly got the hang of it, however I still need lot more practice.

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