Wednesday 29 November 2006: Jens in darkroom
Today I was in photography course with Jens (a known blipper) where I learnt for the first time the traditional darkroom techniques for black and white printing from negative film. Though Jens has a vast experience of working with films, digital photography has been his major tool in the recent times. Tonight it was after one and half years that he returned to darkroom and made his first print from film. While he demonstrated the process to me, I was amazed to see how much effort is required in order to get what is called a "good photo". The final result that Jens is holding was his 7th attempt and it took more than an hour. It was interesting to see him using his fingers and paper to dodge the dark regions and burn the lighter regions. Before I was familiar only with the luxury of dodging and burning tools in photoshop. It was like WOWWWW.....getting back to the basics.
At the end of course, we did this little photoshooting where Jens and Andreas (photocourse instructor) contributed ideas. The picture on the right was an 8 second exposure. Andreas held flash light in his hand and fired it multiple number of times during the exposure. Literally he was like painting with the light.