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souvenir foto school update, letters k-q

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today, my younger brother asked me where my "klmnop" was?  confused, i said, "huh?".  he was referring to the photos that i am supposed to be taking for the alphabet challenge that i'm participating in.  i am in fact taking a photo-a-day, but not blogging everyday about it.  i thought i was perhaps boring people with posting them everyday.  my brother said he was expecting it everyday.  whoops.  perhaps you, my blog reader, are expecting it too?  here are my k-q images from the past couple of days... enjoy!

in case you've just started following the blog... i am participating in souvenir foto school and will be posting all of my photos.  

the assignment:  to shoot a photograph a day for 30 days, using the alphabet as your guide

my theme:  close up shots of print/book/paper related items

K for keys

these are keys taken from my "new", old underwood typewriter.  i love typewriters.  this was purchased last fall at the randolph street market. 

typewriter keys

L for ligatures 

these are ligatures from my collection of 18pt goudy italic and caslon old style.  in case you don't know what a ligature is... back in the day, ligatures were formed when 2 or more letters were combined to form one character. 

ligatures

 

M for monogram

i bought this cut this past fall at the l.a. printers fair.

monogram

 

N for nibs

in calligraphy, the nib is the metal part that is dipped in ink. nibs are also found in quills and fountain pens.  these nibs belong to my sister.  she dabbled in calligraphy many moons ago.  oh how i wish i knew how to write calligraphy.  soon.  

calligraphy nibs

 

O for off cuts

off cuts are the remnants/scraps of paper, fabric, wood, etc. of the main project/piece.

off cuts

 

P for pantone color guide

the pantone color guide is a color matching system used in many industries.

pantone color guide

 

and today...

Q for quoins

those metal rectangle type things are high speed quoins.  when the quoins are tightened, they expand and lock up your form {or hold a boxcar base} in your chase which is then placed inside the platen or on the bed of the press. 

quoins

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workday wednesdays: BHLDN recap

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souvenir foto school update

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here are my most recent images for G, H, I, and J.  in case you're curious, i shoot with a humble canon eos digital rebel xsi.  it came with a kit lens, but i received a 60mm macro lens from the husband for christmas '10 and LOVE it and use it all the time!  i also shoot in manual.  in manual, you have control over the aperture, iso, and shutter speed... and that my friends is pretty much where my knowledge of dslr functions end.

in case you've just started following the blog... i am participating in souvenir foto school and will be posting all of my photos.  

the assignment:  to shoot a photograph a day for 30 days, using the alphabet as your guide

my theme:  close up shots of print/book/paper related items

G for gooey {the day i took this picture i had to mix a color called "peacock".  i use both oil and rubber based inks in both tubes and cans.  this is a tube of oil based ink in pantone green.}

H for hamilton type cabinet {i was squatting while taking this picture... that's when i realized that it would be really nice to have a tripod.}

I for ink {these are cans of rubber based ink.  one of the biggest differences between oil and rubber based inks is the drying time... rubber based ink can stay on the press for hours, even overnight, without drying.}

J for jotting in a journal {my friend melanie was over when i took this picture this past sunday and i made her quickly pose for me.  i would have taken a picture of my own fingers, but they are not cute- chubby man hands, wrinkly skin, and ink stains on my nails and cuticles.  gross.}

i've been receiving comments and emails that folks are enjoying the fotos.  i may just have to incorporate a new blog series, perhaps "foto fridays".  have a wonderful {and creative} week!

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souvenir foto school: days 5 + 6

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i'm lagging a bit... here are my shots for E and F

day 5, E for en dash

 

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souvenir foto school: day 4, D for deboss & deep impression

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over the weekend i shot a past wedding invite.  the image is actually upside down, but they are hand drawn leaves {by my sister}, made into plates, and letterpress printed into the paper.  i love my macro lens.  if you sell products online and you take close up shots, i think you should really invest in a macro lens {and that's coming from a non-photographer, i can only imagine the awesome lenses that photographers have in their arsenal}.  we're allowed 4 days off from taking photos, in case you're wondering how is that i've already missed 2 days. 

letterpress blind impression

in case you've just started following the blog... i am participating in souvenir foto school and will be posting all of my photos.  

the assignment:  to shoot a photograph a day for 30 days, using the alphabet as your guide

my theme:  close up shots of print/book/paper related items

Read more →