Sunday, May 22, 2016

Fotorelevance article on still life featuring Robert Langham

Explaining Still life.  Pretty good write up.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Kinetic Still Life... a little too kinetic yesterday.  Three panes of ice with puzzle pieces inside.  I used a frying pan to melt some edges straight so I could make a three-part construction of it,  Got it in front of the camera, lit, holder in, ran the flash meter and closed the lens and set the f-stop, stepped to the back of the camera to pull the slide and the whole thing collapsed and shattered.  Interesting to feel the varying emotions that wash through you at that point.  It had taken several days to freeze the panels, cut them out with hot water, re-freeze parts.  On the other hand, I'm learning things and figured out how to get them to stand a little steadier for another couple of minutes at least...pushpins to help stabilize the bottom on the back side out of sight.  And worked out how to freeze two panels together at an angle.


Might not be any better than this, but you never know until you do it.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Welcome to new viewers!

  Thanks for dropping by!  View counter has gone a little nutty lately.  Be sure and look at older posts down the scroll.  Many more photos and a few helpful hints.  I don't really have any secrets, I just work.

  On the Blackfork 6 Channel on Youtube there are some videos of shooting photographs that might be helpful.

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  I'm currently working of several projects, one of which is reviewing old negative files and purging poor negatives and proofing the rest.  Some of my boxes of 5X7 negs haven't been looked at since I logged them in.  Got more frozen puzzle pieces ready in the freezer right now for another Kinetic Still Life.

2004 neg for a project I did for the Tyler Museum of Art.

Dr. Madison Wolfe at Sam Houston in about 1973.

Cotton Gin near Shiro, Texas in 1975.

  Having a visual cue plus the log book brings up the memory of making almost every one of these negatives in detail.  The camera, the film, who was along, where I was, what the light felt like.  (Only had one lens for my 5X7- a 210 Symar, so I was limited.)  Very interesting trip, (to me, at least). 40 years back into the past.

  It's a trip to watch yourself working things out.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Over the fixer tray...

Since my negatives are now at the house, I'm spending time purging poor selections, making proofs, filing, et.  Making things simpler.

Two shots of the same scene.  Top with a 12 inch Commercial Ektar early and bottom with 450mm Nikkor a little later.  Spent the night on a tilty bolder to shoot a view of the South Dike.  Couldn't do that in present weather, though the shadows would be MUCH different.

Tinking around with the Salt Cave photo.

Pre-flashing paper to get the whites in, and trying split filtering.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Negatives files.

Crop-barring through Shiprock files.

Blue filter on the 5X7.

Looking at images to find overlooked, unprinted negs.  I was very careful to level the camera inside the Salt Cave, but turns out it needs a little tilt.

Behind the White Tower on the NW corner of Shiprock.  Print over the fixer tray.  Easy print with some pre-fogging of highlights.  Not many people go to Shiprock, fewer still actually drive out to the rock, less than those go around the West side.  Hardly anyone ever goes into the big NW alcove behind the White Tower.  Sporty, steep.  Spooky.  There is a great flat area along a wall that would be a great place to sleep, but only a couple views out of there.  Hope to go there at least once more.

The Little Necks.  Over the fixer tray.  Have to print very carefully for this.  Can't add too much contrast...and all those lovely filters are just waiting there...

Going to print this, but need to set up for larger paper.  Might try a small version first.  Some images just "want" a certain size.  Roaring afternoon light in June.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Quick printing.


Banging away on this ice/puzzle idea.....and then I ran out of film.  Two lousy sheets of 8X10 left until I get a shipment from B&H.  Maybe Monday.

In the lab for a set of proofs...ran out of paper for that and went ahead and printed a couple of negs to get thinking about them.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Magic & Logic, working through idea.

  Wish the process didn't require so much film.  For some reason, I actually have to put a holder of 8X10 in the camera and shoot a shot to get to the next level.  7 bucks a lesson.

  An old idea of mine, just getting it off the ground.  Learned several things...but already figuring out new things to do.  I need to break the edges more.  (I haven't dropped a sheet and shattered it....yet.)  One more half-sheet of frozen puzzle pieces standing by....all manual photoshop.  On to the next incarnation.  Plus I have to think up a title.  A GOOD title.  They are back in the freezer hardening up while I mosh it around in my head a little more.

  I cut the puzzle pieces out with a puzzle piece rolling cutter jig at a photographers place nearby.  Used black, white and cardboard.  In the water, they float so I had to freeze them in stages laying in the flat tin top of some metal box.  The black material comes apart in layers when wet.  Never know until you do it, then you find out.

Really enjoying the heck out of Sandy King's Pyrocat developer.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Almost everything you need to know about rainbows.

We had a nine-rainbow day driving across New Mexico on the way to Petrified Forest.  During the PETFO artist in residence we was them often.  Here's THE SCIENCE.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Adding a little push to the Deardorff.

  Added an Ebay Fuji 600mm.  Ought to be handy out West, especially next summer at A-I-R at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.  Wish I had it at for Petrified Forest A-I-R in October.  Cheap price, about 400.00 delivered.  Looks to be in excellent shape.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Barred Owls.

Common owls of the area.  Very vocal.  This is the start of their mating season.  This one was killed by traffic out on the highway.  Found another in town.  Ginko tree is dropping leaves.  Used a light yellow to bring them out a bit.  HP5 in Pyrocat.

Was kicking myself for not having Fuji 180mm lens.  Had to really back up a ladder to get it in 210 Symar.

Monday, November 30, 2015

PETFO: Action shots.

With Deardorff in the Painted Desert Inn...

Shooting this door.

At Antelope House Ruin in Canyon del Muerto..

Shooting this.

Near Long Logs trail at Petrified...

Shooting something like this.

At Shiprock....

Shooting this.  450mm Nikkor.

210mm Symar.

Friday, November 27, 2015

PETFO: Project proofs out.

  Standing up the petrified trees from the park.  I actually think this might work.  I have 32 images that seem worth fooling with.  Just enough for a small show.  These wouldn't be any good for tourists or amateurs...the concept wouldn't be a fit.  Needs to be seen by folks who might grasp the concept.