Thursday, March 29, 2012

Lighting Test - Location Setup

After I tested my system with the joke images in the last piece, I tested it on myself and I'm really liking the results. I'm going to have to play with this more before the convention in May. This is a two flash system with a umbrella on the main light and a gel modifier on the background light.

I have a location shoot on the weekend, so I need this figured out by then.

-Larry M. Holder

A Little Joke

We had sort of a joke title brought up in class one day while trying to decide the title for our grad show, "Cross Processed". Long story extremely short, I was in fact testing location lighting while I made this, the joke title is "Communist Alligator". It was so hard not to laugh while making these, enjoy.

Thank you local dollar stores for the supplies!

-Larry M. Holder

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Lumen Workshop

Last week at NBCCD we had sort of "on the spot" Lumen Workshop for those interested. Erin Colwell, a student in the second year diploma, has been studying this technique for a few months now. For those interested, some of her results are on display at Charlotte Street Art Centre in our show, "Not From Concentrate", and in front of the photo area at NBCCD. What is a lumen print firstly? A lumen print is created by taking darkroom photographic paper (paper meant for darkroom printing), placing objects an liquids on the surface of the paper and then letting an image slowly form under them from exposer to the light. Confused? Let me explain further, in the dark room, we expose a projection of our negatives onto the paper and then apply it to a chemical process to make the image appear in seconds. With out that process the exposer to light happens very slowly, this technique takes advantage of that. So, it still might be confusing to you, but the results are quite incredible an once you understand, very simple to execute. After we exposed the paper with our objects in place, held down by a glass plate, for a few hours in the sun, you already have incredible results. Here are some images of our prints in process.

Once you've reached a good level of exposer, we take the prints, wash off all the fruit bits and juice with water (darkroom paper is designed to go in liquid) and scan the image on a flatbed scanner. Then it becomes a matter of playing with your colour levels and maybe inverting the image. From the workshop I made two images. The first is a straight forward scan with some colour adjustments.

The next one I got a little more creative in Photoshop.

I got really excited by this, and during the open house at the school the next day, I made a few more in between my other work I had on showcase. 

Thanks to Erin for show me and the others this cool technique!

-Larry M. Holder 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New Theatre UNB Production - Undiscovered Country

These are shots from the rehearsal of the new Theatre UNB production of "Undiscovered Country" by Arthur Schnitzier and Tom Stoppard and directed by Len Falkenstein. It's a long play with a huge cast, but incredibly interesting and thought provoking. The production value is off the wall with lighting, costumes and sets. I recommend it to everyone. Since it's a large production, there are a tonne of photos. So here we go!

Thanks to everyone involved for a great show!

*Edit Note

Certain images were removed by request of an actor, if at all possible, I will make an effort to re-crop those images and put them back up for those still interested. I certainly never have a problem taking down posts and images upon request from these productions. I completely understand and respect the wishes of these talented young people and would never wish to cause them unnecessary stress or worry. Again, I am very thankful to have the opportunity to photograph these events and will always put the request of the people involved in the highest regard. 

*These 3 images have been re-cropped, again I have no issue in doing this, everyone in the production is a wonderful performer and person and I respect their wishes.

Cast Listing: Emily Burton, Liz MacDonald, Tilly Jackson, Kelsey Hines, Samuel Grove, Andreas Marquis, Mason Hiltz, Barry McCluskey, Derek Jones, Matraca Lamey, Jordan Scott-Simpson, Mallory Richard, Shannon Glenwright, Eric Iversen, Robbie Cormier, Burce Mills, Carly Davies, Vanessa Roy, Whitney Doucet, Jessica Jewell, Clement Tahershami, Muriel Falkenstien

-Larry M. Holder