A little bit of a test. Tossing around the idea of along-term personal project shot with film on my old Rollei TLR.
Here are a two images from long-exposure tests underneath Wilson Bridge in Alexandria.
A little bit of a test. Tossing around the idea of along-term personal project shot with film on my old Rollei TLR.
Here are a two images from long-exposure tests underneath Wilson Bridge in Alexandria.
Looking for images of the US/Mexico wall to illustrate a story? In 2008, I shot aerials of the wall in Arizona/Sonora for a Vanity Fair story on the 2006 Border Fence act that was passed during the G.W. Bush Administration. Images are available for license or as prints.
Wandering the northwestern wheat harvest in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. In early August of this year, I spent a week shooting aerials and landscapes of the wheat harvest - starting in Spokane and driving to the northeastern reaches of Oregon and southwestern Idaho. (During the 1989 harvest, I shot aerials from a Cessna, inspired by George Gerster's aerials of the Palouse)
After a week of cool weather in the Northwest, I headed to a helicopter aerial and architecture shoot in Arizona for a corporate client. (Bloody hot in Tucson and even worse in Phoenix in August.)
This workshop is aimed at assistants and working professionals. Tyler teaches a C1 course at VCU and I've used the program since version 2.7 (2006). Phase One recently released version 10. For those who know, Capture One is the standard for tethering and most high-end production shoots. It is an incredible program that offers more control over the RAW image than any other.
Download a trial version at PhaseOne. Go to APADC.com to sign-up starting the 16th of December. The class is limited to 15.
USB Wholesales Drives is an excellent source for USB drives. Each attendee will receive a USB drive with loads of extra Capture One goodies - including film styles.
Way back in 2010, I shot a cover story for Preservation magazine about Walmart and their proposed super store near the Wilderness battlefield in central Virginia. I photographed a Walmart store and printed an "SX-70" Polaroid for art director Jessie Despard to hold. Walmart decided against building the store due to preservation and historical group opposition. Kristian Thacker was the assistant that day. (Kristian is now shooting.....based in West Virginia... a great guy who is very talented.)
Fun two day shoot for a long-term client. First morning was spent building lighting for video and still shooting of the Mount Vernon distillery. Since this was a mixed video and still shoot, I brought my friend Jon Roemer into the mix. Jon and his able assistant Chris Flanegan handled video production and Kristian Thacker and I took care of the stills. Mount Vernon is prohibited airspace, so no helicopters or drones are allowed. Answer: articulated lifts. I have shot from them for years and they're a great answer for the right project or client.
Donald Bullach, the Creative Director of TMP | Government along with Owen Burns, a TMP VP and I headed up to Alaska in late June for a Veterans Administration library shoot. Project was journalistic in approach - find opportunities and make them work. Donald and I had worked together before and it was a delight to shoot with him again.
We spent two days shooting, plus two-days of pre-pro at the Veterans Administration complex in Anchorage. We shot everything from impromptu meetings to creating an emergency room.
In Alaska, people live for being outdoors and in the sun. At the end of the workday, many headed to their favorite stream or river and started fishing for Salmon. They would fish until they hit their daily limit and then wait until midnight to start all over again.
Long-term project focused on Southwestern Virginia bluegrass players and guitar builders.
Small exhibit from the project (30 prints – 20×30) will open at the Wayne Henderson School for Appalachian Art in Marion, Virginia on October 21st. Opening is from 6:30 to 8:30.
Proceeds from print sales will fund scholarships to the school. Each print is printed on 20×30 paper and is limited to an edition of ten.
Marion is 45 miles north of Bristol on Interstate 81.
For details: thehenderson.org
Ok, that is a strong title, and if you don’t own them, so be it. But go find a copy at your library, friend studio or used book store.
This is my list of my favorite photographers and the books that focus on their immense talent and careers.
If you don’t know who these people are, that is all the better, you’ll learn something in the process.
Following the internet gurus and stars of photography may help you learn the newest digital technique, encourage you spend to money on gear (usually through their sites, where they earn a commission on everything you buy) or how to light like a master, Maybe.
Take the time to view, think, look again and again at the work and dedication that went into these bodies of work. Even if you don’t appreciate (or, understand) the work, you’ll come away with a deeper understanding of craft and vision.
Small Trades – Irving Penn.
A three city portrait project in 1950 focused on vanishing trades and craftspeople. This is classic portraiture at its best. An inspiring book that I return to again and again.
Eye to Eye – Vivian Maier
A phenomenal photographer who shot for herself. Her negatives were found in an auction and purchased for very little money. Street photography with a Rollei.
Himalyas – Yoshikazu Shirakawa
A grand adventure that took three years and hundreds of rolls of 120 film shot with Pentax 6×7 cameras. (The Indian Post office lost several shipments of film that were sent to Japan for processing) This is a stunning book of heavenly landscape photography of the Himalayas. This one is hard to find and has been out of print for years.
An Autobiography – Richard Avedon
Published in 1993 by Random House and Eastman Kodak. A look at Mr. Avedon’s career from the first days to the early nineties.
Rituales En Haiti – Cristina Garcia Rodero
David Alan Harvey turned me on this photographer and her work. Enough said.
Ocean Soul – Brian Skerry
Brian is a friend. In my opinion, he is the best underwater photographer in the world. Thisis underwater photography created with a purpose in mind and a dedication to telling a story in a unique and compelling manner. A mid-career retrospective.
Aerial Photographs – William Garnett
One of the two grandfathers of American aerial photography, Mr. Garnet’s approach to abstract images placed him far above any other aerial shooters. His photograph of marching sand dunes hangs in my office.
Mountain Photography – Bradford Washburn
The other grandfather of American aerial photography, Mr. Washburn was more than a photographer: he was an explorer, mountaineer and cartographer. Imagine hanging out over the mountains of Alaska, mid-winter, in a small plane, without a door, at 12,000 feet without oxygen and shooting aerial photographs with a handheld 8×10 camera – oh yeah, he was also making stunning graphic images that revealed unseen Alaska. These are some of the finest aerial photographs I have ever seen.
Cuba – David Alan Harvey
Harvey at his best. Incredible book. Harvey is the master of the moment.
Andlitt Nordursins – Ragnar Axelsson
Fantastic Icelandic photographer who shoots the northern world. Book is a black and white love affair with Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
Photographs, 1920-1950 – Martin Chambi
David Burnett turned me on to this Peruvian photographer and his work. If Burnett loves his work, then it is worth checking out.
Soul Rebel – David Burnett
David’s intimate look at Bob Marley. Right place, right time (a couple of times) and doing it right. Read and learn from the master on how he saw an opportunity and ran with it.
Portraits of America – William Albert Allard
The great Bill Allard of NGS fame. An honest, steadfast, profound book of portraits shot across this amazing land.
50 Portraits – Gregory Heisler
Stories and techniques from a photographer’s photographer. That say’s it all. A Masters Class in portraiture, production, lighting and business.
Nurse – Karen Kasmauski
Karen is a friend so I may be a bit biased here. An exceptional book focused on nurses. Beautiful images of nurses and their work from around the world.
Days with my Father – Phillip Toledano
A personal project about his fathers last few years. A small, elegant and charming book.
Geisha – Jodi Cobb
A long-term project on the hidden world of Geisha. Killer images.
India – Eric Meola
Color. Form. Graphic. Meola is second to none.
Jet Airliner – Josef Hoflehner
Austrian landscape photographer known for his long-exposure B&W landscape images. Here be photographs aircraft landing at St. Marten.
Torero – Ruven Afanador
In the early days of Rueven’s career, he assisted me for close to a year. ( He grew up in the DC region) I saw that he had an terrific eye, talent for lighting people and god could he print B&W. Toerro is his enchantment with matadors, the clothing, culture and history of bullfighting in his native Columbia plus Mexico, Peru and Spain.
The Creation – Ernst Haas
The virtuoso of color. By far, the book that has had the greatest impact on me as a photographer. It is stunning.
Migrations – Sebastiao Selgado
Stunning long-term B&W photography by the master of long-term projects. The title says it all. A book that is timeless and timely.
Inferno – James Nachtwey
Photojournalism at its best. Many of these images are difficult to look at and easier to turn away from. Don’t.
New York in the 50’s – Jay Maisel
The master of color shot Black and White street photography in New York City in the fifties. Who knew. Loads of surprises in the delightful exploration of New York.
Cyclops – Albert Watson
The celebrated Scottish portrait photographer who creates stunning black and white portraits. A retrospective.
#iPhone Only – Julian Calverley
Jules is a good friend, he in an outstanding landscape (and commercial) photographer. Usually he shoots with an 80 megapixel back mounted on an Alpa camera. However, remember, its not about the gear, it’s about vision. A book of impressive landscape images shot in Northwestern Scotland with an iPhone. Available as a printed book or an an ebook. (go for the printed version)
The Last Place on Earth – Nick Nichols
Nick Nichols walked across Africa. These are the photographs.
Dorchester Days – Eugene Richards
Expanded version of the classic 1970’s self-published book about Dorchester, Massachusetts. It is dark, intimate, courageous and intense. It is one of those books, that I am glad to own, rarely review and when I do, the photography scares me it so good. Tough book. Tough Subject. Stellar photography.
Periodical Photographs – Dan Winters
Portraits, many of them in large format. When I think of Dan Winters, a couple of things come to mind: precision, clarity, intense focus and well researched backgrounds and in-depth understanding of his subjects.
A couple of months ago, Hannah Wright of Our State Magazine (Celebrating North Carolina) called me and asked to see a collection of my Carolina Bay aerials.
OK, What is a Carolina Bay? A Carolina Bay is a lake that may have been formed by the ice splash/skip/debris from the meteor that created James Bay in Canada – or maybe not. No one really knows how they were formed. Ranging from far southern Virginia to just barely in Florida, there are a set of lakes that have a similar form. They were not discovered until the 1930’s via aerial photographs. How do I know this? I shot a story for Smithsonian magazine in the late nineties on Carolina Bays. I spent a week, exploring them with a writer on the ground, in the water and of course, in the air.
A few images were in my Getty collection but most of them were resting quietly in a file cabinet. I chose a few for Hannah to review and sent off low-rez scans.
Hannah chose this one, Jones Lake in Bladen county, for the story in the May 2016 issue of Our State.
Technical details: Nikon F5 and good old-contrasty-as-all-get-out, super-saturated Fuji Velvia film processed by the much-loved and not forgotten Capital Color in Arlington, Virginia. I used a Nikkor 35mm F/2 lens, Kenyon-KS-4 gyroscope to keep the vibrations at bay and the aircraft of choice that day, was a well used Cessna 172.
This image is in the Getty collection and if available for additional licensing: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/photo/carolina-bay-in-robeson-county-north-high-res-stock-photography/88828763
Greenland has been on my must-see list for years. In the eighties, I proposed a bird story on Stellar Sea Eagles to my photo editor at Geographic. Story idea did not have enough legs to it, but the hook of going to Greenland was set within me.
In early June, I headed to the wilds of northwest Greenland to shoot aerials of icebergs and glaciers. Of course, I took along my trust ALPA TC/Leaf Credo combo and my Sony RX1- travel everywhere camera.
A few months ago, Lisa Vosper, the Creative Director for Visual Media at the Natural Resources Defense council asked me to participate in a program on Climate Change and Social Justice.
NRDC along with The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, Buckminster Fuller Institute, International Center of Photography, Poetry Society of America and Urban Green Council were partners in a remarkable event at the Great Hall at Cooper Union on March 24th, 2016.
Celebrating Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change, Our Common Home, was created as a response to his call for change and on how we, as humans, impact our planet.
There were ten speakers at the event and in between the speakers, photographs were projected. I am honored to be included in this group of outstanding environmental photographers.
A few of my hero’s are here: James Balog, Brown W. Cannon III, Paul Colangelo, J. Henry Fair, Robert Glenn Ketchum, Christina Mitttermeier, Paul Nicklen, Greta Rybus and Sebastiao Salgado.
Ten photographs from each photographer were shown and one in included in the Our Common Home booklet.
The image of mine that was chosen, shows desert and homes in North Las Vegas and is part of a 2010 project in the American West photographing suburbs and green lawns encroaching upon desert.
Project involved shooting large industrial projects on the ground and also from the air. One of assignments involved complex flight arrangements and permissions to overfly McCarran International Airport.
Back in 2008, the good folks at Vanity Fair sent me off on assignment to Arizona and Texas to photograph the building of the wall – from the air and on the ground.
The story focused on the massive environmental and financial implications of the wall. Vanity Fair shelved the story when President Obama was elected.
As you can imagine, the pre-production on the story was critically important. For the Arizona section of the piece, I flew in a Bell Long Ranger with a pilot I’ve flown with for many years. He knows the border, the agents and took care of permissions for us to overfly the border in US and Mexican airspace.
When we were flying toward the border from Central Arizona, I joked to the pilot that I hope we see some people crossing the border. He said it was doubtful. As soon as we hit Nogales, I shot images of people squirming through a hole underneath the fence that was less than 500 yards over a hill from a Border Patrol agent in his truck. The pilot called the sighting in and within a few hours the hole was closed and patched.
I’ve been working on a couple of personal landscape projects shooting with my Rolleiflex TLR.
I thought about buying a film back for my Alpa, but decided to approach these new projects with my Rollei and use Kodak’s amazing Portra film.
The beauty of Portra 120 is its ability to hold detail in highlights and shadows. Depending upon how you expose it, it can give you creamy smooth highlights with low contrast.
The look is different than my Credo 60 back and I enjoy shooting and composing within a square.
I like the long tonal range of Portra and its ability to hold details in the shadows while holding the highlights.
The biggest obstacle for me for shooting film was to find a lab I could trust for processing and scanning. I could have my film processed locally and scan the images in the office, but I prefer to keep my workflow simple.
These are three USA based labs that have excellent reputations.
All three labs provide high-end scans of your film with links via email to download them.
I just sent them a bunch of 120 – heard good things about them and scans – pretty decent turnaround times. Like all good C-41 labs, they have a heaver load in the summer from all the wedding photogs. They offer Noritsu or Frontier scans. The largest 120 6x6cm scans come in at a bit over 4824×4824 pixels per side. (48 megs)
TheFIND LAB (FILM IS NOT DEAD)
Folks rave about this group in Utah. My next batch of film is going to them. (Update - I sent a batch of film to them and love these folks! They are my new lab.)
Scan sizes up to 16 inches by 16 inches for 120 6x6cm. (4800 pixels)
Finally – best known is Richard Lab
I’ve used them and was very happy with processing and scans.
They also use the Fujitsu and Frontier scanners. Scans sizes should be close to Indie Film Lab and theFINDLab.
For our friends to the North
Canadian Film Lab is a newish lab that is an off-shoot of a famous UK lab.
My friend Julian Calverley told me about this lab in British Columbia.
I started using Capture One was back at version 2.7. I’ve tried a few other RAW converters and image management programs. They’re good, but C1 just feels right to me, for how I shoot and how I process my files.
The good folks at Phase One asked me to beta-test version 9.1 and to write up my thoughts about the latest version.
There are several new features that stand out to me. New Color Editor tools: Saturation, Hue and Lightness uniformity sliders and increased emphasis on keywords and metadata.
The additional Color Editor sliders take this amazing tool and make it an absolute essential. You have more control over color, hue, saturation and lightness than before – which was already and drop-dead amazing tool – that I don’t believe any other software has as a module, add-on or option.
The new Export/Output Keyword List restrictions is useful for large scale photo library shoots, ad shoots and even stock photography libraries.
By being able to control which keywords are exported in a selection of images, you the ability to selectively manage your images within a session or catalog. Example: let’s say you recently completed a stock photo shoot that you intend to submit to several agencies. The key wording for all of the images could be the same except the selects going to Gallery Stock or Getty or another agency of your choosing. You can keyword a set for Getty and export those and restrict the keywords to not include Getty. However, you would know in your keyword search, which images were submitted to Getty.
C1 is different in layout and approach than other programs. I prefer its folder within a folder process and keeping the contents of a session together.
It is an incredible program and it takes a person new to the program awhile to understand it. But once you do, it is well worth it.
C1 has best tethering in the business, the best RAW files conversions and Phase One builds the camera profiles for C1 from using and testing new cameras- not from example RAW files that are provided by the camera manufacturers.
Of course there are a bunch more new goodies in version 9.1: new Canon tethering engine, six shortcuts to simplify your workflow, new features specific to the Phase One XF camera, nine new camera profiles and ten new lens profiles.
Phase One offers a thirty-day free trial of Capture One.
Also, they have an wonderful YouTube channel full of instructional videos.
Once you decide to commit to Capture One – the must read blog posts by “The Professor” are full of useful information and tips. http://blog.phaseone.com/
Way back in January, January 24th to be exact, I was scheduled to fly out of Dulles International for a flight to Miami and then onto Panama City, Panama, to shoot a portrait and series of aerials for a Forbes magazine story.
Of course, the weather gods had a different plan in mind. The east coast was walloped by a blizzard that closed airports from the deep south to New England. Hundreds of flights were cancelled.
Big problem for me. The person I was photographing in Panama, was only going to be there for one day, had flown in from London for the shoot, and oh, by the way, is also one of the richest men in Columbia.
So, through a long chain of emails and phone calls, Dan Alexander, the writer for this story, managed to snag a ride on a private aircraft headed to Florida. I was able to hitchhike a seat on that flight. The pilots arranged toland at BWI to pick me up on the way to Florida. BWI opened, closed and then opened, all in the course of three hours on Sunday afternoon. My only problem was getting from Alexandria to BWI via uncleared roads. I own (and love dearly) a 4×4 Toyota pick-up that can pretty much smash its way through snow up to a couple of feet deep. I arrived at Signature Air at BWI with hours to spare.
The aircraft with the writer was in Teterboro and their clearance kept changing. At one point, they were told that BWI would not open and they would not be given permission to land.
The very kind people at Signature Air started making calls to the powers that be in order to gain permission for the flight to land. They explained that the runway and taxi area were clear and they were open for business. Somehow, everything aligned, and by early evening I was headed to South Florida. I ended up in Panama City around 1:30 in the morning on Monday. Our call time was 7:00.
My assignment was to shoot aerials of Panama Pacifico, the largest real estate development in the world, and, to shoot a possible cover image of Mr. Galinski.
We landed at the Panama Pacifico airport after an hour of flying. I set-up a portable studio and waited for Mr. Galinski to return from a meeting. I shot quite a few frames and variations and the one the magazine chose was combined with an aerial of the Panama Canal and illustrated by Sean McCabe.
Many thanks to Robyn Selman, Gail Toivanen and Dan Alexander from Forbes Magazine for a wonderful assignment. Extra special thanks for Jaime and Gabriel Galinski.
Panama Pacifico web site: http://www.panamapacifico.com/english/