Friday, December 23, 2016

A few from the Evil Cube.

I mentioned previously how I was given permission to photograph inside the mansion at the Paine Art Center, not only with a tripod, but also behind the velvet ropes. Although I had been planning to make a camera like this for a long time, I finally built it for this project.

The building is oriented in sort of a northwest-southeast fashion and they don't open until 11:00 in the morning, which means nobody ever sees half the rooms with sunbeams through the windows. They gave me leave to come in as soon as the staff arrives to try to get those. Unfortunately, the day I showed up there had been a last minute event scheduled and the place was in an uproar and several of the rooms were being rearranged to accomodate the event.  On top of that it was cloudy, and in most of the places remaining available had 45 minute exposures.

I did get several exposures with the Evil Cube.

Mr. Paine's spectacles and stationary set on the desk in the bedroom.

The sun did shine momentarily and all the activity was on the first floor, so I could get an exposure on the main stairway.

I was a little too picky about the weather after that and didn't get there again before my son's wedding in Massachusetts. Here's the one shot I got the chance to get of the happy couple after the session with the pro photographers.

When we got back both Sarah and I experienced an epic cold, and by the time we recovered from that the Paine was in the midst of setting up their extravagant Nutcracker in the Castle exhibit, so I decided to put off the project until they returned to normalcy in February.

That left me with the rest of the roll to amuse myself. There are alway scenes I return to again and again, and the sunbeams in our living room is one of them.  If you look at the molding at the top you'll notice one impact of having a film advance that requires loosening the supply side and then taking it up with the other spool.  I apparently didn't pay close enough attention to making sure the film was tightly wound and still had a bit of a curve.

A bit later the sun rose a bit higher and illuminated the candles in front of the fireplace and the lantern echoing their color.

As I sit at breakfast in the kitchen, I'm looking into the dining room, so I'm often tempted by the sunbeams on the table.

This copper leafed square bit of chair rail between the basement stairway and the dining room door often captures my attention but it's not someplace that's conducive to leaving a tripod there for an extremely long exposure.  Sarah bought a Nikon D750 this summer, so I thought I'd make some use of it by blasting the flash off the ceiling about 25 times. That seems to have worked, but not quite as interesting as the natural light.  Or maybe it's just an illustration of my political leanings (sigh).

Global warming has extended the flowering season in Wisconsin well into December, but it was the end for these pansies when the first snowfall caught them.

And lastly, me apparently working my head off writing out Christmas cards.

All with Portra 160 in the Evil Cube. .29mm pinhole 6cm from 6x6 cm frame.

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