The Range

The Range by Juan Verduzco
The Range, a photo by Juan Verduzco on Flickr.

Dry Life

Dry Life by Juan Verduzco
Dry Life, a photo by Juan Verduzco on Flickr.

Sunday bike rides take you to some arid places. Where have you guys been this gone lately?

Mudra Mindfulness

Mudra Mindfulness by Juan Verduzco
Mudra Mindfulness, a photo by Juan Verduzco on Flickr.

This is a mural done by the URBANISTS Collective (www.facebook.com/urbanistscollective) in Visalia, CA on the corner of Oak and Bridge. I’m pretty sure it was done during this year’s Taste The Arts Festival, but I was out of town that weekend, so I didn’t see it being done. Hopefully one of them can enlighten me on the details.

Dawn Of The First Day – 72 Hours Remain

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OK, guys. It’s that time of the year. Wednesday will be our final meeting. I’m officially kind of sad now. 😦

First things first: Please bring everything you have that belongs to me. Most of you are keeping your cameras, but I’m still missing a Minolta X-700, its macro focuser and  a 135mm prime lens. Please bring those in as these are the only things I’m going to be keeping.

Second: My friends at Pita Kabob & Grill have donated a nice going away food platter for us and we’ll have that on Wednesday after we clean up the darkroom.

Third: Bring comfortable shoes. We’ll be cleaning the darkroom and sorting the equipment. Some of it belongs to me and some of it belongs to HEART.

I’m really not looking forward to parting ways with you guys, but I’m really glad you guys were a part of my class for the last couple of years. If I had to do the last 5 years of my life all over again, this is one of the handful things I wouldn’t change! I really mean that. Have a great week and good luck on your finals! See you all on Wednesday!

PhotoMenage Field Trip – Wednesday, May 29th!

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As you all know, this has been an interesting year, but it’s not over yet! Don’t forget about our field trip to the PhotoMenage photography studio downtown tomorrow! I have several permission slips from a few of you but I’m still short a few. Here are a few questions that I’m sure are bound to come up in your bright little heads, so allow me to answer them for you ahead of time so that we’re all on the same page:

“Juan, I forgot my permission slip. Can I still go?”

No. You can hang out at the lounge though! We’ll miss you and see you when we get back or on Friday; our final printing day.

“Juan, where are we supposed to meet? You weren’t in J-12 last time.”

That’s because we were supposed to meet at the MW gate last time and no one showed up because everyone went to J-12 and then the lounge. WE ARE MEETING AT THE MW GATE.

“Juan, what time do we meet at the MW Gate?”

We will meet at the MW Gate at 3:30. If you’re not there by 3:30, we begin our perilous caravan across the Highway 198 Wasteland to meet up with the nomadic Tribe of Redwood without you. 

“Juan, I have my permission slip but my mom/dad/uncle/babysitter (circle one please) forgot to sign it. Can I just sign it for them and be good to go?”

NO. We’ve been over this. A forged signature or, so help me heaven, your dog’s paw print is not a suitable release of your parents to my care for the 2 hours you’re with me outside of the school. PLEASE have a proper permission slip ready!

Anyway, I hope to see you all tomorrow on time! Please make sure you bring your camera with you and I will have your film ready for you. Please remember to load the black and white film into your camera first so that you can (try to) finish the roll during the workshop and I can take them home and develop them that night.

WE COME FROM THE STREETS: A Street Photography Workshop!

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Hello, troops! Sorry I haven’t been around lately. I’ve been helping out my friends over at Redwood HEART for a week and, while I was here, we decided to have an end-of-the-year field trip for our photography classes from all three high schools. For those of you who attended the lighting workshop earlier in the school year, you’ll know the drill:

May 29th, 2013 @ 3:30pm in front of the MW Gate

We leave campus to meet up with Redwood’s photography class right at 3:30. We’ll meet up with them at Redwood and then go downtown to meet up with Golden West’s photography class and then we do our thing and be awesome at it.

If you’re late and don’t have a permission slip for this, you are not going. Simple as that. This particular workshop will focus on street photography and how to better use your cameras to take pictures on the street and in different lighting conditions. I’ll be sending out permission slips to you guys via email as soon as I have them.

Please do not forget your cameras! If you no longer plan to attend this class or this workshop, please bring me your camera before the 29th so I don’t have to send your parents a bill for it.

Anyway, I hope you’re all well and I hope to see you guys as soon as I’m done helping out my peeps at Redwood.

No Printing This Friday

I’m sorry I won’t be there tomorrow, guys. I’m very sick and will be likely be joining the ranks at Kaweah Delta Hospital. I’m hoping to be okay and be around so we can print again on Wednesday.

P.S.: If you left film with me, it’s all developed in the cabinet. We’ll set up again on Wednesday.

PARTY

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We have officially consumed 180 rolls of film about a year and a half. In honor of this, we are officially having a potluck party on FRIDAY!

THIS FRIDAY.

DO NOT FLAKE.

Sign up to bring an item by responding via email or commenting in the comments below!

So far we have the following people bringing “something”:

  • Adrien: Plates
  • Jasmine: Chips
  • JAY: “SOMETHING”
  • Juan: A party platter of Jimmy John’s subs

Anyone else, please feel free to comment below or email me back with what you want to bring. Please note that we’ll still be printing, so you’ll remember to wash your hands before you head back into the darkroom from grubbing or vice-versa. See you all on Friday!

Chemical Measurements: A General Post

Since we now buy most of our chemicals in bulk powder form, this post is a general reminder for everyone (mostly myself) on how much powder to mix into how much water to make our paper developer. Please note that we have a small digital scale in the darkroom now which will make it easy to mix powder in the small quantities that we need so that we don’t end up mixing entire envelopes of this stuff all at once. We don’t have large enough containers to store them, after all. If you need to heat up water, use the electric kettle that’s in there as well; you can insert the thermometer to measure temperature into it through the spout.

To make 1 LITER of the stock paper developer solution:

  • Take 3/4 L (750 ML) of water at 100º-120ºF (use kettle)
  • Add 54 g of the Kodak Selectol Soft Developer (use scale and dry plastic beaker)
  • Stir until the powder is completely dissolved
  • Stir in another 1/4 L (250ml) of cold water

It’s usually good to go right there and then. The stock solution is still concentrated and needs to be diluted at a ratio of 1:1 prior to use in the darkroom for paper processing. Happy printing!

What Does America Look Like To Young People Today?

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Well… That’s just what the New York Times wants to find out. This is a photo contest open to high school students all across the country and is held every year by the New York Times in which you all take pictures of your neighborhoods, your schools, your friends, your family—basically, your lives—and I would love for each of you to have an opportunity to submit something to it. This is your chance for your pictures to be seen on a national level!

“Since we are soliciting submissions from teenagers in high school photography classes and community programs, participants must either be enrolled in high school or be 14 to 18 years old. All submissions must be uploaded under the supervision of a photography class teacher or program instructor by the May 1 deadline.”

They are not accepting any entries until March 30th because they really want you to take your time and really think about what you want your pictures to say about your lives and the lives of your community. So start taking film, loading your cameras and documenting your lives, folks! Really take your time and compose your shots, really start paying attention to the world around you and shoot it really, really well. I’ll be  here to develop (or help you develop) your film every Wednesday & Friday as usual.