Tag Archives: nature

4×5 Preview

Over the last few weeks I have been working with my Speed Graphic Miniature. Instead of using normal 4×5 negatives, which are difficult to develop, easily scratched and must be processed in total darkness; I have opted to use regular photo paper as negatives and contact printing the resulting images. Photo paper is easy to handle, cheaper than negative film, and can be processed under normal dark-room conditions. The only draw back is that the paper has an ISO rating of about 3. This means that in full sun at f/32 (I always use the same aperture for consistency in timing my exposures) a normal exposure is about 2 sec…These are a few of my more successful attempts, however they have not been digitized very well (somewhat soft focus). These really need to be viewed in person to appreciate the detail, sharpness and tonal range produced by this camera/paper combo…

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Land of The Lost Roll pt.3…FireFly Portraits

What once was lost, now is found…again…This summer I attended and photographed the FireFly Music Festival near Flagstaff, Ariz. While there I played a little with my new-at-the-time Mamiya RB67. One of the many thing that inspired my curiosity at FireFly, was the diversity of people in attendance. Everyone from school teachers to quasi-homeless ‘traveling’ types, and everyone in between. I wanted to shoot a few portraits, so I did…Click on an image to enter the slideshow…

Found this lost roll of FujiChrome in the strangest spot…exactly where I should have left it…Although I could have/wish I had shot many more, patience and weather did not permit this happening…perhaps next year…

 

Deserted Desert Drive

While on a recent trip into the California desert via State Rt. 62, I shot a few photos. Strange things exist in the California desert, here area  few of them…

Once again, disregard the pesky metadata provided by the slide show…all images were shot on my trusty Vivitar 35ca (which is more and more my go to travel camera) with Lomography XPro Chrome 100 film…

Compositions Etc. Etc.

Finished a few rolls of film this week…Many/most of the images are on hold for other projects and can’t be published just yet. However, My Little Droogies, here are a few images I shot around Flagstaff today. Click on an image to enter the slide show…

Never mind the pesky metadata the slide show provides, all are shot on my Vivitar 35ca using Lomography  XPro Chrome film…

‘Best’ of 2012

Here on the last day of 2012 I have compiled a ‘Best’ of reel (I use the term ‘best’ loosely) These images represent my creative journey this year, and while I may have shot better work, these are some of my favorites. Click on an image to enter the slide show and enjoy…they are in approximately the following order…compositions, disco-tec, studio portrait, location portrait, critters…

FujiChrome Hunting

As I have alluded to in (many) previous posts, I loves me some FujiChrome and I love putting it through my Yashica Mat 124-G. After a long and arduous journey, I have finally developed and processed a few rolls that were kicking around the studio since summer-time. Hit the link to see the rest and discover a whole new world of color. As always, click the photos to see a larger version… Continue reading

What I Did With My Summer Vacation::Preview

Just a quick cell phone image of the proof prints from my ‘Then and Now’ project that I have been working on over the last few month for the City of Flagstaff. More info to follow in the coming weeks, for now just know that I am glad to call this project a wrap…

 

Kids with Cameras

For the last two weeks I have been teaching a workshop at the Juvenile Court here in Flagstaff. The kids were given cheap point-and-shoot 35mm cameras and sent out into the world. Unfortunately the last day when we were finally able to see the images the kids had shot, only three were able to make it to class…Here are some of the images they took, I feel like they have great vision, creativity and are generally enjoyable to look at. I tried to get them to know that their perspectives are valuable, I imagine that it can’t be easy to be a very young person in a system/program like this, I frankly doubt they get much positive reinforcement, hopefully publishing some of their images helps…

Just Some Powerlines

In an effort to beak up the blog roll a little, I present you with some new compositions. People often ask me, what do you take pictures of? My usual answer is, “mostly power lines.” These industrial forms speak to me, I see the contrast between them and clouds, trees and more as very interesting…

At a recent showing of some of these images, I wrote a short piece to help describe my thinking…

Industrial Compositions

“Mathematics would certainly have not come into existence if one had known from the beginning that there was in nature no exactly straight line, no actual circle, no absolute magnitude.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche

I am intrigued by the walls we build to construct and divide our reality. The images presented here are intended to highlight the places where the natural world and the man-made one collide. The natural and organic shapes of plants, animals and people juxtaposed against the hard, angular and artificial forms of man-made objects.

Sometimes I have taken these industrial forms and isolated them. By looking at man-made objects out of context and through the lens of abstraction I aim to highlight the individual form and functional beauty of industrial objects. I try to divide each frame in a very conscious way, everything exactly where it should be, not unlike the way we divide our world with these forms.

By carrying a camera most everywhere I go, I am able to capture the world as I see it, highlight the beauty I find in the mundane, overlooked or everyday and share my vision with others. It is my sincere hope that these images will inspire others to slow down enough to really see the world around them and appreciate the details that are an integral part of our reality.

This portfolio of images represents a selection of photographs collected all over the world over the last six years. These photos are shot with both digital and analogue capture methods and a variety of camera systems.

The above images were all shot on my Nikon FM with Ilford F+ Pan 50, but more on that later…

 

 

Busy Bee

Just a quick post to break up the blog stream a little. There were several bees enjoying the sunflowers outside my house today, captured this little guy with my Nikon D300s, Nikkor Micro 55mm with +4 magnification filter attached, handheld. Virtually no post processing, this really deserves to be viewed large…