Posts Tagged ‘camera obscura’

It is time to revisit search terms.  Now, I could go for the thrill here and just give Viggo Mortensen the award, but he is actually not on top.  Even though he is 99.9% perfect and he always seems to be my most popular post. 


As of October 30th, my all time most popular search term (not me searching, I assure you – this is for finding my blog) is —- drum roll please —   FLDS.  How interesting that people are so fascinated with these odd, brainwashed/washing people.  I suppose that, within reason, it could be any of us born to this group, indoctrinated by these people and now living a 1700’s style life.  After all, my daughter and eight grandchildren are, although without the wierd hair, but with a head covering. It’s one of those “There but for the grace of God, go I” things.  We see their bun-on-top hairstyle and prairie dresses and their men dressed in modern clothing, and we just have to go: WHY!  Why would anyone let another human being tell them how to dress and how to live their life.  It’s like the men are playing some wierd drinking game.


            “Okay, you get a shot if you can make your wife fix her hair in the most outlandish style possible.”

            “Yeah, but I bet you can’t make your wife wear a prairie dress for thirty days.” 


My second most popular search is for “viggo mortensen girlfriend.”  I really had no idea I was going to have so much competition for the man.  Back off, ladies.  I know that Lyda at  Pollyanna Rainbow Sunshine and the Needles of Doom likes him.  Who wouldn’t?  He is intelligent, soft spoken, artistic and speaks his mind, ie “No Blood for Oil”.  I admire him and I am sticking to that line too.  Out of 49 search terms, six versions of Viggo Mortensen were used to reach my blog.


Third:  camera obscura.    This is so cool!  I love turning a room into a camera obscura and I think it is a great way to teach a class how a camera lens work.  EMT is currently taking black and white darkroom in his photography class and loves it.  I have safe lights, trays and paper but I left my enlarger back in Wyoming.  Unfortunately, moving trucks do not have the expanding propertys of the Weasley’s Ford Anglia. Ford Anglia – Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaWhich is a shame as he loves the darkroom at school and I miss developing.  My other painting links on photography are chemistry, painting with fix and developer, film canister pinhole, Pringles can pinhole,


The fourth most popular search I have is flooding; in Nashville, in Brown County, in Indiana, in Lowell and several other variations.  I would have thought that, with elections and all else that has happened in the world, the floods would be low in search terms.  Although, I was emailed some photos from Hessville/Hammond flooding and it was amazing.  The water was up to the underpass. 


My other search terms, in order of hits, are:

crazy aunt purl – gotta love that girl   Crazy Aunt Purl


bradshaw state jail –  I just knew I should not have allowed that link through, because it often includes other words which shall not be written here.. 


david vanvleck – This is my brother, but apparently a lot of other people’s brothers names, or he had way more friends than I knew.  So far the searchers choose to remain anonymous.


Million dollar weddings: It’s a wedding year for me with the marriage of two great nieces and the first wedding of my Army grandson.


Thong accidents and Daughter’s first thong:  I still think this is just so wrong, in so many ways.  Ehuwww!


Reaction about the film labyrinth:  A great film; sticks with you.


Wake up in strange land:  Thank you, I don’t feel so alone now.


Frozen brownie: Hope they get the book, as it is so funny.  Tell Me Lies  Jennifer Crusie’s Bibliography


Windows Mojave stupid: Yes, it is and now if Microsoft would just admit it and send us a disc to put Windows XP on the computer, we would be so eternally a Windows fan but I am fast  considering a Mac.

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Light post and tree from our camera obscuraOne of my favorite jobs was teaching art to Jr. High age students in a summer KEY Camp held at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming. KEY= Knowledge through Excellence for Youth. I taught ceramics, “Earth, Water and Fire” and taught some general art classes; things like “Make Art with the Masters” and about structure. My favorite though was the photography class.


The job came with a bunch of old automatic cameras. They constantly malfunctioned. The budget allotted a roll of film to each student, each day. A local developer processed the film each night. I tried to pick a different type of site each day. I showed them easy ways to do some trick photography, with these simple cameras. But, basically, I felt like I did not teach them much of use and cringed at the waste of film.


There were three, one-week sessions each summer. I had five days to make a difference. It was hectic, with a short time on the first Sunday to set up your classroom before you went to the hall for introductions to the parents and students. Friday night was time to put up a display of their work and Saturday, was photo day, time to watch the play they put on and oversee student’s pick-up of their work.


When I changed the class from photography, to “Chemistry of Photography,” I felt like I really reached the kids. I brought my enlarger, safe lights, and developing equipment and covered the windows of my assigned room with black plastic.


Monday, I met my students outside my Camera Obscura room.


Walking into a dark room was cool. They loved sending their friends outside, to marvel at the fact that they were upside down on our paper (the opposite wall was cabinets, so not conducive to the image). They saw that the aperture size and distance blurred and sharpened the image. We did exposure tests on 8×10 print paper, which I developed to show them how it was done. We finished up with each student taking a sheet of print paper and exposing it for the amount of time they decided on.  They developed and fixed their own pictures.


They learned about aperture, exposure and developing. I kept folders for each student, so at the end of the week, they had handouts and their work to take home.


One thing I found out during the years that I have taught various classes is that I, as the teacher, take home as much from a class as I put into it.

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