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    Two Weeks, Two Workshops, Too Much Fun

    Whoa! I am back home after two weeks on the road. The first week was in Yosemite Valley at the Ansel Adams Gallery, teaching a 4-day carbon printing workshop with co-instructor, Jim Fitzgerald, and wonderful assistant Elizabeth Opalenik. Then off to Hayward and PhotoCentral for prep for another carbon printing workshop there the following weekend (2.5 days and a half day in the field)...assisted by Mark Shaw.

    For both workshops, I offered an 8x10 camera and film (FP4+) for the students to use to get a few negs to print in the workshop. Most had not used a LF camera, a few had used a 4x5. The amount of actual participation by the student in the setting up the camera for the desired image depended on their previous experience, though I tended to do most of it just to keep things moving...and the final focus, checking meter readings (and recording them since I would be doing the developing), tightening down all the latches, knobs or whatevers! I would work with one students while the others wandered about looking for possible images. I tried to get a sense of what the student wanted to make and go from there. A lot of fun. A couple students had specific ideas and it was fun matching the tools to the task for them.

    I wanted to emphasize the use of film and to show its importance as one of our materials in creating a print, as well as the use of the 8x10 LF camera as creative tool. It was important, and exciting, for me to take the workshop participants from seeing the image they wanted to make, to getting the image onto film, to making/preparing their printing materials to match their negatives, and then to making their carbon prints. talking about the creative options one has at each step. of the process. It's a crazy way to run workshops...took more energy than I thought I had, running around with an 8x10 and Ries Pod over my shoulder (students following with the camera pack and holders), developing film into the wee hours, thinking "I hope I hit this right!"

    It all came together nicely...but it is nice to be home again!

    Photo: Me in Ansel Adams' old home in Yosemite Valley. I believe dinner is being prepared while I bask in the glow of one of the 750 watt self-ballasted mercury vapor lamps we used to make our print exposures. Photograph by one of the participants, Nikki Kahn.
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    Re: Two Weeks, Two Workshops, Too Much Fun

    I thought to myself " that is crazy!" having back to back workshops! But I'm glad it came off well.

    Our workshop in Yosemite was awesome and I can't wait to do it again in 2020.

    It is nice to be home though.

    I'm done developing my 36 sheets of film and then back to printing after a two day workshop I'm teaching today and tomorrow. Get some rest!

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    Congratulations to both of you for what had to be exciting and highly successful workshops. With several of Jim's images hanging proudly on my walls i know how much knowledge the students had to gain.
    I have one question - knowing the exposures might be varied,what developer did you use?
    I wish I Had been there.
    Jim

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    Re: Two Weeks, Two Workshops, Too Much Fun

    Vaughn and Jim,

    Great job and congratulations!

    Hugo

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    Re: Two Weeks, Two Workshops, Too Much Fun

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Noel View Post
    ...I have one question - knowing the exposures might be varied,what developer did you use?Jim
    Ilford Universal PQ developer, 1:9 at 72F for 8 to 12 minutes depending on the SBR. FP4+ with meter set on ASA100. We were photographing together, so SBRs were similar. Mostly it depended if there was direct sunlight and deep shadows in the scene, or if the image was taken in open shade.

    I developed the 8x10s in Jobo Expert drums (3005), so could develop film in groups of five based on the SBR. In theory, all shadows with detail were placed on Zone III with appropriate bellows factors, etc. applied.
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    Re: Two Weeks, Two Workshops, Too Much Fun

    Wow, what a workout!

    How young are you...

    sin eater

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    Re: Two Weeks, Two Workshops, Too Much Fun

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    Wow, what a workout!

    How young are you...

    I must have spent too much time in bed -- woke up with my back out and feel especially old right now...feeling about 80. Driving home yesterday I felt great after my heart finally kicked back into rhythm near Laytonville...about 50. In actual years I'm right in between.

    Time for my back exercises...
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    Re: Two Weeks, Two Workshops, Too Much Fun

    Dern ... them bears n big furry wildlife sure has em a habit of breakin into Park cabins n hepin themselfs to everythung. But congraterlashuns on havin fun!

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    Re: Two Weeks, Two Workshops, Too Much Fun

    Carbon printing is something that appeals to me to learn. A workshop would be an ideal introduction but that's going to have to wait until time and finances permit the travel involved.

    Vaughn, on a side note, I've sent you a couple PM's in the past. Not sure if you were getting them?

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    Tarnation Drew, that 's be a mighty fine compliment....mighty.

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