Archive for ‘Black & White’

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.

May 26, 2010


It’s been awhile.  Here is some more iPhone goodness.  Thanks to the Hipstamatic app.

January 5, 2010

Snow Day

I went for a walk with my daughter on New Year’s Eve after it had snowed.  I like this car.

December 22, 2009

New work, new ideas

I am currently working with a furniture maker I know,  getting shots of a project he working on for his portfolio.  He does amazing work and its fun to go to his shop and photograph him at work.  In the course of shooting I am getting some things for a project idea I have, something I hope will come together this year.  Here is a preview.

My project may or may not be all B&W pictures, I haven’t decided yet.  At this point I’m guessing not.  This is an idea I have had for awhile and I am still working out the details, so I expect some more in the evolution before I get to the final plan.  Most things I do are very carefully planned but I want to let this idea develop a bit more in my head before I pick a direction.  In the mean time I will be making pictures I think will work and then pare them down when the final idea takes shape.  Seat of the pants type stuff.  Here is another picture from the current shoot.

November 5, 2009

Ice Man

I hope to be hanging from a pair of these this winter, weather and work permitting.


November 4, 2009


Next picture in my sports series.

SoccerSmAll I wanted here was shape and texture.  Black and white with a boost in contrast.

November 2, 2009


Doing a little work in the studio this morning.  I’m working on a series of sports equipment.  This, I think, was the easy one.

Golf Club

September 21, 2009


Went for a hike yesterday around Harper’s Ferry, WVA and carried the G10 to shoot pics.  I really enjoy this little camera for days like yesterday because its small and easy to carry, inconspicuous, and gets great images.  For the Brunswick Photographers Guild I needed a picture of woods for the Sept. contest.  I decided I wanted to see the tops of the trees instead of the trunks like we always see.  Got the picture below, ran it through NIK Silver Efex Pro and Bob’s your uncle, here it is:


July 13, 2009

Why photography? Ramblings.

To me, the beauty of photography is in the mystery a picture holds.

I think that video is cool in its own right, but still photography has always captured my attention for what is not shown while video gives lots more information about what is going on at the time.   I was thinking about this last night.  I was remembering back when I was a kid and my father was still in the Army.  He had done two tours in Viet Nam and had a bunch of slides he shot with his Canon camera.  Of course, he would periodically make us watch a slide show of these pictures, usually when my parents were entertaining friends or family.  I was always taken by the people in the pictures.  Foreign people from a strange land.  What was going on at the time the picture was taken?  What were the subjects thinking?  Were they happy? Sad? Lonely?  I remember seeing pictures he had taken of the soldiers he was fighting.  What kind of people were they?  Why did they want to kill my father?  Why did he want to kill them?  The thoughts of a 10 year old boy.  I was fascinated by the things I saw in those slides.  These were pictures of the war.  The real thing.  Way better than the movies.

I have always been interested in photography.   Ever since I was a kid, whenever I look at a picture I try to get into the moment it was taken.  I still do that today.  I love to look at the pictures people have in their homes.  Especially pictures that are old.  I wonder about them as I look at them.  I try to get a sense of what was happening when the picture was taken.  It’s the mystery of it all.  That is why I think still photography appeals to so many, certainly me.  Sometimes its what you don’t see that makes you think.

While looking for a photo of my father I found this:

RJD1This is from a scan of an old picture I found and I thought it would be nice to try to repair it in Photoshop.  This picture is probably from a time before he and my mother were married, perhaps his senior picture from high school but I don’t know that for sure and neither of them are with me today so I can’t ask.  And there is the mystery.  A reason to think about this picture as I look at it.

I’m surely no Photoshop guru but here is what I came up with:

RJD2Not bad, I think.  I only spent about thirty minutes with this so I’m sure I could do better if I took more time with it, and I will.

This is a picture of the guy who first got me interested in photography and pictures.  Before life took its toll on him.  This is how I like to remember him.

Thanks, dad.