Friday, April 17, 2009

My Day Job

This is where I work and this is an example of the work I do.
Digital photography has greatly shortened the time between concept and and final work. The assignment was to photograph Lincoln's coat. I thought it would be great to include the hat. Having "floated" a gazillion hats, caps, and helmets, for another exhibit I had a good idea how to do it. Two photos, one of the coat, the second of the hat on a stand beside the coat, a little Photoshop
(LEARN LAYERS!!!), and it's done, all in about an hour. Of course what you don't see is four pairs of very nervous hands outside camera view on guard for the hat.
Tech stuff: (The Hat/Coat)Hasselblad H1 80mm lens, H101 P25 back ,1/125th, f22. This shot, Canon G5,of course.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


A portion of our days is spent going from point A to point B

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Setting up a View Camera

I had the opportunity to photograph this camera and it got me thinking about how different it is to work with a view camera. There is a deliberation that takes place long before a picture is even taken. Pick your spot, take meter readings, set up the tripod (this one was a bear by the way) and get ready to unpack the camera. Unpack, unfold, (monorail camera users results may vary), check groundglass (not broken I hope,did I pack an extra?) select lens, mount lens, and mount on tripod,attach cable release. I walk around the camera check the levels, zero the front and rear standards, open the lens and get ready to go under the darkcloth to compose the picture. How many film holders did I bring?
Not a single picture taken yet.
There is something abou this that is soothing in a way, an air of "Wax On Wax Off."

PS You will probably point out some step I missed, feel free to let me know.