Sunday, December 9, 2012

25 years and still in the basement.

What would I tell my 18 year old self?
Tonight I thought it would be fun to try and recreate the past.  To your left are two pictures.  The top was taken in my parents basement when I still lived at home with them.  From my memory, that picture was taken late 1987 to early 1988.  I used a tripod and a timer to do it.  This was my "golden age" of thinking I was going to be the next Ansel Adams.  So, if I was going to be the next Adams, I needed a picture for the back of my books, right?
Using that photo as my template, I decided that I was going to try and recreate that picture.  Funny thing was, (surely out of luck), it didn't take that long to recreate.  Back then I was using my Ricoh XR-10 camera with the 28mm lens on it.  Probably shooting TMax.  Single light source, a 100w light bulb.   Tonight I used my Canon T3i, stock 18-55 mm lens, one my my flashes connected to the camera remotely with the flash set for manual at 1/16th power.  ISO 200, 27mm zoom, f/6.7 and 1/30 of a second exposure.  But this time, it was in my basement in the area that is slowly turning into my studio.  Was amazed how different the two look with the different equipment.  Of course now, I'm able to afford better equipment and with the computer it's much easier to look at your work right away rather then having to wait 45 minutes for the negatives to be developed.  Just weird to see it though.  Many times I still think of myself in my minds eye as the top photo.  Well if not physically, for sure mentally.
Was a fun exercise to do.

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