The Writer’s Room on the 7th floor of Alkek Library hosts semi-annual exhibits from the Wittliff Collections that are documented by Digital and Web Services. With five glassed-in wall cases and multiple light sources, the room is challenging to photograph! We photograph each case multiple times with a tripod-mounted camera while a sheet of black foam core is moved throughout the frame to flag, or block, the many reflections in the glass. These shots are digitally combined into a single image without distracting reflections.
We recently investigated how long exposures during digitization might be affected by different physical locations. We tested 4 locations and 2 shutter speeds to capture the blur induced by walking heavily around the copy stand during exposure.
The 4 areas tested were:
- Concrete Foundation at the ARC
- 7th floor of Alkek Library in the Corner of the Building
- 7th floor of Alkek Library in the Center of the Building
- 2nd floor of Alkek Library on a Raised Floor installed over carpet for data & power lines
We tested 2 shutter speeds that are representative of those we use to digitize film negatives using Artograph LightPad Pros:
- 1/10th of a second
- 1 second
Erin and I have had a blast visiting the Wittliff Collections on the 7th floor of Alkek Library while we photographed Cabeza de Vaca’s La Relación this week.
Digital & Web Services is partnering with the Wittliff Collections for a forthcoming update to the current online exhibit.
Here are a few behind-the-scenes photos I made while we worked today.