Archive for September, 2010

September 29, 2010

Ch Ch Ch Changes

I am streamlining things around here.  This is now going to be my website so I no longer will have to keep two sites updated.  I also changed the layout a bit, I felt we needed something different.  Comments are welcome.  I will be adding and updating over the next few days.

I missed Monday Morning Coffee this week.  Not good, I will try to be better at that.

This, because we need a little color in this post:

September 24, 2010

Film Friday

I know.  This is late.  But hey, it’s still Friday some I’m good.

Here is a picture I shot with my old Hasselblad (which I no longer own).  The thing about medium format film was the detail.  Really nice detail.  And square is still cool.  This is not a great picture but its all I have for a Friday afternoon.  Next week I’ll try not to have something scheduled during Film Friday and I’ll try to have something better to post.  Maybe even in color.  Hang in there while I work the kinks out.

September 20, 2010

Monday Morning Coffee

I have only been practicing photography full time for a few years now.  Before this I worked in construction.  And I took pictures with my film cameras and eventually digitals only as a hobby.  I like what I do now more even though I make much less money.  Photographs have always been fascinating to me both from a technical aspect and an artistic one.  I can geek out on equipment with the best of them but I have learned to keep that at bay, knowing that the newest and best gear will not by necessity make me a better photographer.  In fact, I am coming to the conclusion that the digital age in photography is ruining the craft.  Yes, with histograms and little screens on the backs of our cameras it is easier to make technically better pictures but at the same time photography is becoming more and more homogenized.  Everyone is doing the same thing.  Me included.  Yuck!  I am not swearing off digital as the devil.  I just think film is better for a lot of reasons.

I am going to spend more time with my old Nikon FE film camera and perhaps the N80.  Why?  Because it isn’t easy.  Because it makes me think about exposure.  Because film costs money so I won’t be as tempted to shoot a bunch of crap that will later be deleted.  Film is where its at.  So starting this week I am going to have a blog post on Fridays titled Film Fridays.  I plan on posting a scan from a negative, color or black and white, and discussing it.  Don’t know how far this will go but I intend to at least make the film photography part a long term project.  I invite comments on this.  It is my intent to learn and become a better photographer.  And I want to share what I learn along the way.  Perhaps someone else will get something out of this as well.  And maybe I will start to make better pictures instead of the digital garbage I pollute the world with now.

And just because this is a photography blog, here is the included picture for this post.  Taken with a Nikon N80 on TMax 400 B&W film.

This is Tuckerman Ravine with Mt. Washington in the clouds on the right.  My wife and children have explicit instructions to leave my ashes here when I die.  My favorite spot on the planet.

September 13, 2010

Monday Morning Coffee

I did an overnight trip last week to Assateague Island National Park.  Sometimes its nice to just be somewhere alone with my cameras and nobody in my ear as I shoot.  I like these little getaways because they really help me to clear my head and enjoy the reasons why I got involved in photography in the first place.  All alone, I shoot and think about my craft and I make plans for the future of my business.  It’s kind of getting to be like a retreat for the board of the company, in this case me.


September 7, 2010

Monday Morning Coffee – Late

I missed yesterday because I was on the road returning from a mountain bike race in Virginia, the Shenandoah Mountain 100.  Had a great weekend camping and hanging out with friends.  Now its back to reality and work and life.  Here is a little something from the weekend.

Humble Beginnings.