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Week Two

Technologically advanced or really complicated paperweight?

Hello, readers! I apologize for the delay in my post. Thousands of my readers have contacted me to complain that they missed my weekly posting. Who blames them, really? My sparkling wit cannot be kept from the world. It would be inhumane. So, without further ado, I give the people what they want.

The reason there has been such a gap between postings is that my fancy, intricate printer (you remember: I talked about it in my first post), which I asked for specifically for its scanning capabilities, is apparently incapable of scanning. Feel free to be appalled, readers. I was, too. Here's the kicker, though: I went to the trouble shooter section of the printer company's website to find out what was wrong with my scanner. One of the links was "No scanning options," which is what my printer keeps saying when I try to scan. So I click on it, expecting to find some magical solution. It tells me to refer to the device documentation. So I pull out the manuals that came with the printer. I got two manuals: one starting guide for wireless and one starting guide for fax. There is no documentation for the scanner. It's probably somewhere on the installation disc but I can't look at my printer without wanting to smash it with a bat a la Office Space, so I guess I'll wait until I calm down and figure it out later. The only reason I wanted this device is for its scanning capabilities. I couldn't care less about its other capabilities. As Alanis Morisette would say, "Isn't it ironic?" However, unlike many of the situations in her song, this is actually ironic.

This week we made photograms, which involves placing various objects on a piece of photo paper and exposing the paper to light on an enlarger. The result is very cool. I was going to scan my photograms onto my computer and post them to this blog, but if you've gotten to this portion of the blog, you've read about my printer mishaps, so I won't continue to harp. Hopefully, I will eventually be able to post my photograms online.

We also used our pinhole cameras. I actually got an image this time, unlike my attempts in high school. I wish it hadn't been so cold, otherwise the experience of waiting to expose our paper wouldn't have been quite as miserable. Now that I know how to make a proper pin hole camera, I can perhaps fashion one this spring and use it when it's warmer and sunnier.

This week we continued our Photoshop tutorial. I'm still not a true believer in Photoshop, but I did make some pretty cool-looking pieces. These I will be posting to this blog. I was inspired by the art I did in elementary school, where you make a picture using oil pastels, then paint over it with black paint. Once the paint dries,  you etch patterns into the paint, allowing the colors underneath to show through. Did anyone else do that in elementary school? Well, it's fun. It's also fun on Photoshop, but less messy. Which I think is probably less fun. But then again, I like messy. I think these images turned out well. I consider it less photography-related and more studio art-related. In some of my Photoshop images, the photograph is actually not at all visible.

In next (this) week's blog, I shall discuss my first roll of film and the drawbacks of using a camera that has a malfuntioning light meter. That's right: it's as entertaining as it sounds. I shall also discuss the drawbacks of having a scanner that doesn't actually scan and how technology, as a whole, is useless because you can't actually use it. Which is hardly the point. Also, I'll discuss photography. Some.