Monday, September 30, 2013

Photo of the Day

Here is a view of the Great Sand Dunes National Monument in southern Colorado. To get a sense of the scale of this view, if you look closely you can just see some very tiny people outlined against the sky at the top of the dune.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Photo of the Day

Here is a panoramic view of some mesas in northern New Mexico, rendered as a painting.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Photo of the Day

Celebrating the arrival of fall this week. Here is a photo of some nice autumn foliage, inside the grounds of the Nijo-Jo castle in Kyoto, Japan. Rendered as a painting.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Photo of the Day

A moody view of Monument Valley, Arizona, on a cloudy fall day.

Friday, September 20, 2013

More Effects

Speaking of effects (see Wednesday's post) I also have an amusing little special effects lens, called a Holga lens, that can create some interesting but unpredictable effects right in the camera. This is a photo using the Holga lens, of the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone park.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

One Shot, Three Effects

I enjoy playing with effects with my photos, at least when it seems appropriate. Correcting color and bringing out contrast is standard, but I also like to see what a shot looks like in black and white, and sometimes with a painted effect.

The painted effect version is on top, while black and white is above (obviously). Below is the original shot, of a rock outcropping next to the Yaquina Head Lighthouse in Newport, Oregon. Which do you prefer?

Monday, September 16, 2013

Photo of the Day

This is a view of the Pacific coast south of Cannon Beach, Oregon

Friday, September 13, 2013

Photo of the Day

I'm a bit fascinated by the abandoned and decaying structures all over the midwest and west, victims of the shifts in populations over the years. For photography, I just find them visually interesting. Here is an abandoned business on the main drag in Warden, Washington.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Photo of the Day

This is an infrared shot of an abandoned farmstead in Forsyth, Montana.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Photo of the Day

Still working through photos I took on my trips this summer. I like the clouds in this shot along U.S. 12 near Townsend, Montana. The scene gives a sense of what makes Montana so appealing.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Photo of the Day

This is a view of a church, apparently still in use, at Martingsdale in Central Montana

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Film Again

Here is another photo taken recently with my medium format film camera. This one was shot on black and white film, rather than being converted digitally. The view is of Sadorus, Illinois.

Monday, September 2, 2013


Film has not gone away as a photographic medium. Like horseback riding and candlelight, film has been largely supplanted by a new technology, in this case digital cameras, but has not disappeared entirely because it is still appreciated for its aesthetic qualities. 

The photo above was shot on film just a few weeks ago. I shot it with a medium format camera system that I bought on e-bay a number of years ago for a ridiculously low price. The low price was the result of the bottoming out of the film market. I had not done anything with the system until I stumbled across it in my junk room this summer. I decided to try it out, and boy am I glad I did.

Compare the top photo with the one below, taken with my digital DSLR.  They are both decent photos, but the film shot has an aesthetic quality that I have never been able to duplicate with a digital picture. I think it's comparable to the difference between a vinyl record and a digital sound file.

I started out shooting film back in the 1960s, and rediscovering it is like meeting up with an old friend. It's not perfect. Shooting with film is more expensive, troublesome, and time consuming than shooting with digital cameras. And digital cameras can do things that film cameras cannot. I'm certainly not going to give up digital imaging--not by a long shot. But I am excited to explore what film can to help me express myself photographically. It adds a lot to the fun.