All of my recent photography activities have not been exclusively film-oriented, despite the implication of the last post. Something that I have been exploring lately is still-life photography in my makeshift studio in my home’s attic. Still-life photography takes two primary forms – the found still-life and the created or constructed still-life. The found still-life consists of a scene or tableau as it exists in … Continue reading Still-Life Photography
There has been a lot of movement in my photography pursuits over the past several months; I hesitate to call it progress too quickly where it may be just manifestations of G.A.S. (gear acquisition syndrome). Nonetheless, I have made several acquisitions in support of furthering my wet darkroom capabilities, expanding my digital scanning capabilities, and may have fallen down the analog rangefinder rabbit hole. This … Continue reading Do Analog Photographers Dream of Celluloid Sheep?
Here are a few images from the July 2017 EAA AirVenture fly-in at Oshkosh. I shot digitally with a Fuji XT-1 and on film using the Fuji GW690iii 6×9 medium format camera using Fuji’s Provia and Kodak’s Ektar and Portra film. The images seen here are selects from the digital ones; I am not completely happy with my film results for OSH this year – … Continue reading Oshkosh 2017
Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Michael Kenna, Brett Weston, Sebastio Selgado, Nick Brandt, Cole Thompson – all masters of the art of black and white photography. How does one find the path to such a level of artistry and hope to join it? From June through August 2017 I participated in a 7 week photography class, “Black and White Artistry,” at the Richard Stromberg Chicago Photography … Continue reading Black and White Artistry Class
Here are a couple of recent portraits, both of which I enjoyed working on, but which could not be more different. The first image was taken a couple of years ago at Cantigny Park, in Wheaton, Illinois. Cantigny is the former estate of Col Robert R. McCormick, who was publisher and editor of the Chicago Tribune until his death in 1955. The estate features his … Continue reading Two Very Different Portraits
Many of us involved today in the art of photography cannot remember a time when photography was not primarily a digital experience, with images taken on digital cameras, recorded on digital memory media, imported to a computer, and then processed with a favored suite of software. For many the ultimate output from this endeavor is an image viewed primarily, if not solely, on an electronic … Continue reading The Wet Darkroom Revisited