New Paths

In my last post I spoke about the new Gallerina HQ opening it’s doors to the public and how I had pushed myself to create some new work for this special occasion. Well so far the response from the public for my latest pictures has been tremendous, it’s been so great it has inspired me to expirement more and see where it takes me.

One of the most daunting aspects of these multiple exposure pictures is choosing to work in a studio (as you can see it’s a very make shift one on my kitchen table) for the first time in a decade. It’s been a long time since I had to deal with the complications of lighting and I’d almost completely forgotten anything about compensating for extra bellows expansion or the dread Reciprocity Failure. The memories of my student days, and the boxes of beautiful Polaroid film I would waste, send shivers down my spine, trying to get my lighting and exposure right, it would cost me a fortune now!

But as an artist we should challenge ourselves, it can be so easy to stick to what you know, to follow the well worn path that you have created for yourself, mostly because it feels safe. Any artistic process involves putting a certain amount of your own emotions and personality into your creation, so there is always an irrational fear of it failing and being criticized, and you with it. But these fears are irrational, artistic expression will always be open to interpretation and we should fight against being stuck in that rut! Because that is often when we achieve something we are really proud of! Oh and I still haven’t remembered how to compensate for bellows expansion and Reciprocity Failure and I’m not sure I ever did, I think I may have always been working on intuition..


4 comments on “New Paths

  1. DC says:

    Are Graham, good to see you with the 8 x 10 in action. Bellows and extension, well its all down to magnification which is the key to exposure compensation. The basic formula is I/O plus 1 squared = exposure factor required . So measure the image size then the object size for example 15 cm/ 30cm = 0.5 +1= 1.5 squared = factor 0f 2.25 or a 1 stop exposure increase. Remember to convert the factor to f stops! Or multiply the exposure time by the magnification factor ie 2.25 x 1 second = 2 seconds.Hope this helps?

  2. grahamvasey says:

    Thanks Dave I’ve not used that equation I’m sure I was taught one where you use measure the bellows expansion and devide it by the focal length?? But I could be wrong!! Haha

  3. Charles Twist says:

    Yup – bellows extension divided by the focal length then squared. Should be the same number. Another useful rule of thumb is that you only need to worry if your object is less than 10 times the focal length away from the camera.

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