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Emeryville Marina

October 21st, 2004

Of Irish Rebellion
OK, relax. You are able to get prints off the negatives you shot on Saturday, but one of the reasons you took the beginner's course was to learn to take and develop better negatives. To take more care and think before shooting. Color slides are a no brainer: You send them to New Lab in San Francisco and they come back looking fucking wonderful. Why do I have trouble with my black and white (on occasion) and not my color? Or am I not looking closely enough at my color? Questions, as you can see, here in Oakland.

The photograph above, when printed in the darkroom on #3 paper, looks great. This I learned Monday night in the darkroom in Berkeley. Nice rich blacks, nice contrast. In my very young photography days I mainlined #3 paper. When I scan it in the new, more wonderful than wonderful film scanner, it looks grey and washed out without seriously twisting the curve in Photoshop. I'm going to reconnect my the old scanner and see if there's any difference. Maybe this scanning software I bought from the universally acknowledged hot shit scanning software company sucks. Or I should have read the manual. How depressing.

Thursday. Back from the Starry Plough. Nice place. I've known about it for years, had no idea it was located about ten blocks from the place I once lived in Rockridge, had no idea it was into Celtic music and Irish rebellion. Then again, Yoshi's was just up the street at the time from my place in Rockridge and I never got it together to go inside. Yoshi's is into jazz. No rumor, though, of Irish rebellion.

The banner photograph was taken at the Emeryville Marina with a Nikon F5 mounted with a 135mm f 2.0 Nikkor lens on Tmax-400.