NIGHT FLIGHT LIGHTS

SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

VACAVILLE, CALIFORNIA, United States

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THIS TIMED EXPOSURE WAS TAKEN AT TRAVIS AFB, NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, IN 1985 WHILE I WAS TAKING PHOTO LAB CLASS AT A LOCAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE. THIS EXPOSURE WAS ABOUT 10 MINUTES IN LENGTH AND IT CAPTURED THE LIGHTS OF A KC-135, WHICH AT THE TIME WAS STATIONED AT TRAVIS. THEY HAVE SINCE BEEN REPLACED WITH THE LARGER KC-10. TO GET THIS IMAGE, I USED A TRIPOD MOUNTED CANON F1, WITH A REMOTE SHUTTER CABLE RELEASE. THE CAMERA’S SHUTTER WAS SET ON B AND THE APPERATURE WAS SET AT F:18. I USED KODAK BLACK AND WHITE FILM WITH AN ASA RATING OF 60. I DEVELOPED THE FILM IN MY GARAGE, AT NIGHT, I DIDN’T HAVE A REGULATION DARK ROOM, I HAD TO DO THIS WORK AT NIGHT, AS THAT WAS THE ONLY TIME I COULD DEVELOPE FILM OR MAKE PRINTS. I PRINTED THIS SHOT IN MY GARAGE AS WELL. MY BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO LAB INSTRUCTOR DIDN’T LIKE TOUCHING RESIN PAPERS. HE REALLY LIKED FIBER PAPER, BUT I DIDN’T. SO, HE TOLD ME AS LONG AS HE DIDN’T HAVE TO TOUCH IT, IT WAS OK WITH HIM IF I DID MY WORK AT HOME AND USED RESIN PAPER. I JUST FELT LIKE THE COMMUNITY DARK ROOM WAS TOO DIRTY AND IT WAS ALWAYS CROWDED. MOST OF THE STUDENTS IN MY CLASS WERE NEW TO PHOTOGRAPHY. MY PHOTO EXPERIENCES WERE SELF TAUGHT, EXCEPT FOR THE DARKROOM. I HAD TO HAVE THE BLACK AND WHITE LAB TIME, IN ORDER TO GO ONTO THE COLOR LAB IN THE NEXT SEMESTAR. THIS WAS A FILM IMAGE THAT I SCANNED INTO MY COMPUTER. YOU CAN SEE THE CHEMICAL REACTION IN THE UPPER RIGHT CORNER OF THE PHOTO. THAT WAS CAUSED FROM NOT FIXING THE IMAGE LONG ENOUGH IN THE CHEMICALS AND TIME. SO, IF YOU ARE GOING TO DO YOUR OWN DEVELOPING, MAKE SURE YOU GO BY THE BOOK.

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