Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday Muse - Spring is Here

Another week of minimal practice with the new Fourth, had an unanticipated root canal [does anyone schedule those ; ] some tutoring, and mission of mercy to accomplish. In the interim I did get some work done out in the bindery on the accordion bind photobook "georgetown notes…" that will appear on this page in the very near future.

Note: I will be presenting Pixels, Prints, & Photobooks March 28 at the CKCS 7:00 PM.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hopewell Museum – Paris Artwalk Pop Up

I have been asked to participate in the Paris Ky Artwalk, April 21 5-8pm, and will be exhibiting "…a day in Paris" at the Hopewell Museum 800 Pleasant Street, Paris KY. This is the same show exhibited last November at the Bodley-Bullock house in Lexington…just an opportunity to take it local.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday Muse - Rudderless

Step Study.

Final 32 seconds.

Nothing happens until I make something. Finally got out with the new camera and started a new accordion bind funky book out in the bindery from images made last October in Georgetown. Working without some self imposed deadline has given me opportunity to catch my breath, reflect, study, and consider new approaches…with a camera that's fully up to the task.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Burnishing Support

Bottom cleats. 

Clamped in the wood vise.

Clamped short way for burnishing small boxes.
Clamped long way for burnishing large boxes.

Let's face it…everything I do is Jerry rigged. Sometimes support is needed when burnishing down the cover material on the outside edges of a box. Pictured is a 12"x6" support I made out of scrap 1/2" birch plywood. I first cut [2] 1 1/2"x6" cleats, then wood screwed them 1" back from the edges, with a 1" space between the two cleats. The support can then be mounted in my small wood vise oriented in either direction.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Monday Muse - 10 Reasons to F

SOOC 1/1000 f/2 ISO 200
The triad of camera, computer, and printer are essential to my craft, and this being the year for upgrading my devices, I am pleased that "good enough" has finally arrived. It seems I've spent the past thirty years anticipating and chasing one technological thing or another. My worn out printer has been replaced by an Epson SC-P600, there is strong evidence that Apple will release a Kaby Lake successor to my aging 13" MacBook Pro, and "that camera" that I've been waiting several years for is in my hand. As a street and fine art stills photographer, with a bent towards simplicity in images and equipment, the Fujifilm X-100F fills my requirements handsomely. Apologizing in advance for this gear-centric post…what is it about the X-100F that places it above it predecessors?

1 - 24 MP Sensor. Shooting from the hip sometimes requires straightening or cropping.
2 - Acros Film Simulation. Beautiful straight out of camera JPEG's!
3 - Increased Performance. The new processor speeds overall camera operation.
4 - Faster Auto Focus. AF is now a viable option w/ AFL/AEL assigned to F-Lever button i.e. Front button focus!
5 - Larger Battery. Interchangeable with other Fuji cameras, the level indicator is more accurate, though overall battery life is similar. 
6 - Close Focus. Full time focus to 3.9”, no more switching to Macro mode and forgetting about having done so.
7 - Redesigned Housing. All back plate controls or on the right for convenient one hand operation, and it fits my hand better.
8 - Focus Point Adjustment. A handy Joystick to quickly navigate menus, or move the focus point at ease, with a convenient option to lock focus to a specific point for focus/recompose.
9 - Digital Teleconverter. The implementation is sufficient for use in a pinch with quick activation via the Control Ring. 
10 - Hard Button Format. Press and hold the Trash button, then press in the R-Dial to Format the SD card. Wahooo!!!

All of the goodness from previous versions of the series has been retained. The stalwarts; Optical Finder, silent Leaf Shutter, built-in 3 stop ND Filter, and Film Simulations are all there, in addition to the Fuji gestalt of easy to navigate Menus, Buttons, and Dials with multiple configuration options including None. Worth mentioning and new to the series is the My Menu equivalent of the Quick Menu.

What I don't particularly care for: the ISO dial implementation, the Front-Dial, the physical location of the Q-Menu button or the menu option to disable it-My Menu serves the same purpose, and MF Focus distance being reset to 2mm/6.57ft whenever the camera sleeps or is turned off.

The 100 series are small, horses for courses kinds of cameras that appeal to those who know how to use a camera to make an image, those who find the simplicity of a fixed 35mm equivalent lens a refreshing relief from carrying a heavy camera/bag and the decisions it implies, and those who actually prefer the in-camera JPEG’s in contrast to the time consuming processing of large RAW files.  

It’s a runner with heart! 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Monday Muse - The Fourth

Received the new Fujifilm X-100F* last Thursday and it will become my only camera in the very near future! The decision to upgrade from the previous model and put all my other gear on the block was entirely due the larger JPEG files and lovely ACROS black and white film simulation. Being a bit larger due a bigger battery, the camera fits my hand better. Autofocus is now zippy enough for use on the street, and the new well implemented Joystick, Auto Macro, and Digital Teleconverter features will all see their action. May the Fourth be with me…

*Where F=Version Four

Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday Muse - Trudge On

Buoyed by the momentum of the past two years—which would be viewed as prolific by most standards—I entered the new year resolved to produce fewer works with a greater emphasis on quality. To date I have produced absolutely nothing, found no inspiration, and have generally been stuck in a late Winter malaise compounded by a flu like bug picked up over a week ago. The only way out it is to keep working, no matter how insignificant the work, knowing that this too shall pass. In the interim, I have several incomplete’s out in the bindery to take care of, and I will trudge on with those projects until some inspiration finds me…

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Monday Muse - GRAC

I neglected to post that I have two pieces in the Gateway Regional Art Center Regional Photography show in Mount Sterling, KY now thru Saturday February 25. Shortly after last Friday’s opening reception we were struck with some sort of viral malady that has left us both in horizontal survival mode.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Monday Muse - On Toning

When I first began editing digital images in Photoshop, I was determined to process my images in a no tricks traditional way…though I have no experience in the darkroom. Tim Rudman seemed be the gold standard of contemporary darkroom practice at the time and I purchased his books, being particularly enamored with The Photographer’s Toning Book. I do in fact add an ever so slight tone to the shadows only of my black and white prints, but have rarely taken it any further.

In the gloom of the Winter, I decided something more colorful was needed on our walls. Nothing as drastic as a full color print, just something with a warm tone that didn’t look overly contrived. When I taught color theory for artist, my favorite summation was “cutting compliments”. Each color on the color wheel has a compliment i.e. orange/blue, yellow/violet, red/green etc. To wit, a warm red/orange highlight would require a cool blue/green shadow as compliment, and I set about finding the equivalent in the Lightroom Split Tone panel to apply to my monochromatic images. While time will prove the validity of my thinking…things are getting more cheerful around the house.

Edit 01/02/17 After a few days of viewing the toned prints, I reverted to something more conservative ; ]

Note: The tilted low angle composition of the image is called the Dutch Angle. That too can be over done.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

Monday Muse - Fujifilm X-100F

Delightful video from Olaf Photoblog…it's about "the seeing".
My "Fourth" is on pre-order and will become my "only" camera.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Decided to make more use of the Snaps tag.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday Muse - Mario Giacomelli

Of all the photobooks added to my library in the past few years, these two titles always remain out. The Contrasto hardcover The Black Is Waiting For The White is a well illustrated biography, while the soft cover Phiadon Press self titled Mario Giacomelli contains a larger spectrum of plates, interestingly chaptered by projects. Contained within the two volumes are an incredible quantity and variety of black and white images captured on rudimentary film cameras. The thick, heavy, poorly bound soft cover book requires support and is left open dictionary style on a tall buffet for days at a time to study by chapter.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Monday Muse - Body of Weeks

By most standards I’m considered prolific, stands to reason given my occupational background of working against hard deadlines and a just do it attitude. I approach making images with a focus similar to sport, and am able to maintain it through completion. Finish. It’s not about archiving a body of work for use someday…but finishing a body of weeks ; ]

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Les Mois - Slip Cover

As per my original intentions, I made the slip cover box to contain the twelve monthly books plus the B/W Chicago book. It doesn't seem like much when you are making the individual books, but together they represent 260 original images. Added to the 68 images contained in the other three other books made, that's over 328 original images printed in 2016!  [but there were more than that ; ]