New life with Impossible by Jana Uyeda

I got an Impossible Instant Lab. 

I wasn't quite sure what I'd do with it and after the first few printed frames I felt a bit like it was cheating. The prints came out perfectly and I was able to make some edits to the digital image before printing it out in the lab which felt even more like cheating. Then my friend Shelly told me about her thoughts on the Impossible Lab and I started thinking about it differently which lead me to some new considerations.

Instead of just printing out images I decided to try making multiple frame print outs of panoramic shots. Specifically, I wanted to print my anamorphic pinhole work in 2-3 frames with the hopes that the added frames would add a new dynamic to the final image. After a few trial and error attempts I arrived at the following two printed images. What do you think?

One hot mess: first attemps at 4x5 IR film by Jana Uyeda

Wow, where do I even begin? I got up Sunday morning planning to visit the cherry blossom trees on the University of Washington campus and decided to shoot my Rollei IR 4x5 film. About a month ago the talented photographer and camera maker James Guerin kindly forwarded me some exposure tables, so I was armed with knowledge and waiting for a sunny day to experiment. James inspired me with his dramatic tree images so be sure to check out his work.

Without going into all the details, let me list all the new things I learned yesterday:

- Glue guns are not the best adhesive for securing a filter ring to a camera - The glue, however, comes off cleanly and in one piece. Usable. - Rollei IR film is incredibly thin, maybe paper thin. (Vine) - It's important to wait until full sunlight before exposing IR film. - Always remember your exposed/unexposed system to prevent double exposures. - Something is creating unwanted light paintings in the lower left corner. - 65mm on 4x5 is equivalent to 21mm on 35mm film. (lens2shutter) - The IR filter mounted on a filter ring will block some light, creating dark corners. - Loading the scarily thin film on the MOD54 is challenging. - Barely agitate the tank while developing because the sheets will move and overlap. Yikes! - Stand developing is A Very Good Thing.

I'll leave it at that. The following images are from my first round of IR sheet film and illustrate the points I made above. I stand developed the sheets per Martin's recipe: Rodinal 1:100 for 1 hour.

What were you up to this weekend? Mahalo for visiting and cheers to a productive March!

UW Quad - double

Hot Mess


Birthdays and the road ahead by Jana Uyeda

SCD66U6VMA8M Escalators It's my birthday today and I'm recalling these words by Winston Churchill from my challenging, but ultimately rewarding, Comparative Politics class:

“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.”

Here's to the climb. Have a great day everyone and happy shooting.


Back at Suzzallo with the Zero Image 25B by Jana Uyeda

Zero Image 25B / Ilford HP5+ / Developed by Panda Labs Zero Image 25B / Ilford HP5+ / Developed by Panda Labs

One of my favorite pinhole images so far has been my Suzzallo Library image, so when I borrowed my friend's Zero Image 25B I headed back over to those stairs.

The first shot is from the railings above the stairs and is my favorite because it has the least distortion. Maybe I just wasn't ready for this kind of altered reality, but I wrote more on that on my previous 4x5 pinhole post.

The second is from the top of the handrail, the same location as my previous pinholes of the Suzzallo Library stairs. The shadowy figure on the left is a gentleman who walked over to ask me about the camera.

This week I also wrote a post on pinhole photography for the amazing #BelieveInFilm community. Be sure to check them out and promote film photography! Have a great weekend and happy shooting.


A few more succulents from this weekend by Jana Uyeda

I scanned these in a few days ago, but have been too busy or too tired to update the blog this week. I can't believe it's Thursday already! I have a few rolls I'm picking up from the lab today, but wanted to share a few more shots from my weekend trip through the Capitol Hill Conservatory. My previous post included my favorite image from the roll, or at least the shot that I felt was most successful. Now that I look through these following shots I'm beginning to re-think what I define as successful. Let me know what you think.

All images taken with a Zero Image 6x9, Ilford HP5+, exposed for 7 seconds, developed with Rodinal (1-25) for 6 minutes.