Monday morning awoke to the sound of rain, as fog stretched thin before it dissolved. It is like
Christmas morning here, I worked on some RR Clocks last night and today I get to run in there to unleash one from the clamps I used to mount something onto it. I'm out of practice working on the clocks, I spent most of the day working on ideas and as is the case, I end up with four or five laid out as ideas pile up. I realize I need a mad dash to the scrap yard before it disappears under copious amounts of snow. There is a sense of last minute scrambling for materials and photographs before it's too cold to be out there.
One of my mini nightmares this fall was the realization that all of my RAW photographs that I took are not completely in focus. Up to this point I was taking most of my pictures in large jpeg format but now that I am printing larger pictures I need larger files. I took some TIFFS but last year I started taking RAWS. I would always have a copy made on the camera at the same time of a sm. jpeg so I could then look at it quickly and see if I liked the picture. Here's the thing I didn't know: Any camera settings I have (contrast/sat/sharpness etc) aren't used when taking the picture in RAW. So I would look at my jpegs and think GREAT!!!!! Get to working on the larger files and see just enough blur to know I couldn't print it large. So, I have three photo shoots of a few hundred pictures that are not quite right. So far my attempts at correcting it via my computer aren't working, a few shots are actually okay but all the others need tweaking. I'm bummed. The places I have gone to take these pictures have completely changed and the subjects have disappeared. Until I figure this out I can take TIFFS but they clog up the camera and the computer. If I had an SLR I would still have this problem but I think the camera would actually handle more as far as taking a better picture to begin with. Mine is the top of the line Olympus point and shoot and I push the boundaries on it as it is with the sorts of pictures I take. I know I need to sit down and really work on all of this but so far I haven't had the patience.
Hence the drawing. Until I get this figured out I keep myself busy with puzzle assemblages, clocks, and drawings. I'm planning on working on a series of the ladies. They are in the prototype test stage. It has taken a month at the printers (which is has almost driven me mad) to get it scanned and printed. Now another three weeks to have it laminated on the MDF board. One of the reasons I wanted a scroll saw was to be able to use it on my drawings. I plan on cutting them out with it and having an army of these figures....what I will do then, who knows? My friend who is the owner of a coffee shop is interested in showing my pen and inks. I love that her cafe is located inside of an old Victorian house, the walls always have amazing art by local artists so I'm happy to have a chance to show some smaller, less expensive works there. I had them all on my website but wanted to keep the site a little less cluttered. Depending on how this series goes I'll post more.