I got around to editing a few more images this weekend from my recent photoshoot working only with a Canon 6D DSLR. The digital workflow still, and probably always will, feel a little bit foreign to me. I always get this sense of detachment from the process. Like somehow I didn’t get my hands dirty enough. I realize that is my own personal hangup and I don’t mean to diminish the hard work and skill that photographers who primarily work in digital mediums often go through.Read More
I’m making it a point to get through some undeveloped film this week. Every so often I have to make it a point to put the camera away and focus my attention on what is probably the most critical step of photography, which is actually processing the image. I admit even I can lose sight of this sometimes. Picking up the camera and exposing frames of film always seems like the most glamorous part of making art but really the entire process is equally important; exposing an image, developing the film, scanning it, and ultimately printing from that negative either in a wet darkroom or digitally.Read More
Late last week I took a trip down to Silverton Oregon with a friend to visit The Oregon Garden. I didn’t expect to take many photographs as we really just wanted to check out the beautiful gardens and landscaped pathways before it got too hot but I decided to take my Hasselblad along with me anyway and a few rolls of film. I’ve done a lot of photographs with this particular friend in the past and I knew she would be happy to pose for some images if we came across anything particular cool.
It’s a little tough to see on a computer monitor or a phone screen, but the flower plant that is at the center of this image is covered in caterpillars! There are probably at least twenty of them crawling along the stems and flower tops of the plant. We thought it was such a cool sight that we just had to take a picture. I love the way the image turned out and I plan on making an extra large print in the near future so one can see the details of all the little hairy caterpillars walking up and down the plant stock.Read More
Working through some of the rolls I made while in California and this one stood out enough for me to scan it right away. I’m a sucker for a basic portrait. Especially when a portrait is made with some very nice and subdued natural light. Sure, it may be a very simple and frequently done way to make a photograph but I never claimed to be re-inventing the wheel here.
Photographed with the Hasselblad 500c/m and Ilford HP5 film. I developed this per the standard development process recommended by Ilford. Rodinal at a ratio of 1:50, 20 degrees C. at 11 minutes. the light was so flat and even I knew I didn’t have to do much in the development process to get good results.
It’s nice when all the pieces line up to make a good photograph.
The photograph was made in an incredibly cheap and run down motel room up in Seattle on an April afternoon about four years ago. I remember the trip vividly because I was going through a very emotional breakup at the time and I wanted to get out of Portland for a while to clear my head. So I set up a bunch of photoshoots in Seattle as a way to take my mind off my troubles.
Well, as luck would have it, the weather ended up being terrible that week. I’m talking rain showers that made even Seattle natives hide away indoors. I scheduled four shoots and all four of them flaked on me last minute. I can’t say I blamed any of them. The weather was not great for photoshoots. So what is a photographer to do? Well, I posted a quick ad on Craigslist (back when you could do casting calls for nudes on Craigslist) and crossed my fingers I would get a response.Read More