Friday, December 28, 2012

Thoughts on Commuted Sentences

Here there is no predicted placement, you are there and it happens. There are elements that reveal themselves as parts of the story and it may be that there are times of directed seeing, but even then not much will be under control. The light is whatever is present, arrangement is by eye and body and reflex. "I must have that" must coordinate to press the shutter and the shutter must be coordinated with an understanding of the camera in hand. I accept that I see more than catch, what is caught is caught by
a moment of grace.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Commuted Sentences, In Passing

"What's on your mind?" An opportunity to post on Facebook phrase that leads off your Facebook page. This got me thinking as to what was on my mind, visually, and so I started to assemble pictures I took on my way back and forth to work, commuting. My day job is studio photography,  an excercise in obssesive placement of objects, lights, reflectors, gobos, fishing line, mirrors, and cameras. Then the post processing obcessions, layering, darkening, lightening, touching up, spotting. It's high res cameras, exspensive lenses, expensive lighting equipment, and patience  . Commuted Sentences and  In Passing are two projects that have  only the camera and obcessive post processing in common. A simple and maddeningly finicky Canon G5 camera and whatever passes across my mind relative to commuting replaces the studio. It is an excercise in lack of control, I see what  I want, but Idon't always get it. When I get something the sentences come from what friend calls "flypaper memory" , that and Wikipedia research. Enough  words, some pictures.....

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Oscar Jordan Finlay Color FDR portrait

At the risk of repeating myself, a common affliction, or affectation, perhaps, I offer this restoration of an early color process. While I was working at the National Archives Photo Unit, the Office of
Presidential Libraries came across a collection of Finlay Color transparencies and negatives. Finlay Color was an additive color process using a glass red, green, blue, color dot "taking" screen loaded in a special holder with a black and white glass negative. The resulting negative contained a dot pattern of densities corresponding to the color pattern. A glass positive was made and then aligned to a glass color "viewing" screen when the two were in alignment a color positive image could be seen and the two were bound together. The Presidential Libraries collection had several bound positives, but also a collection of unbound negatives.In addition there were a few "taking" and "viewing" screens Ektachromes of the bound positives were made as well as film positives of the black and white negatives. With the cooperation of the Smithsonian Institution's Office of Printing and Photographic Services I brought the film positives and the viewing screen to the Photographic Services lab at the Museum of American History. There I aligned the film positive with the viewing screen and photographed the resulting positive on 8X10 Ektachrome film using a process camera and lightbox. This portrait of President Franklin Roosevelt was one of those images. Oh and by the way, the Smithsonian offered me a job.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Digital Conversions with Prosumer Camera

More digital conversions from slides, this time using a prosumer Nikon dD90 with the Bowens Illumitrans. I'm liking the results.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Yggdrasil From the Train

What's the best camera? The one you have with you. Thanks to C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, et. al. for helping me see such a thing as this. With the camera, an eye, behind the eye,a thought. Skill is good, but you must be there, wherever there is.