Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
The Texas panhandle is the southern reaches of the High Plains. It can be rolling or totally flat. Neither tend to draw photographers but there is a certain something about the flatlands that really interests me.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I did something this month I thought was almost unthinkable a few months back......I learned to load a traditional film holder.
I have used nothing but Fuji Quickloads since I started in large format photography. A Quickload holder and a couple boxes of Velvia Quickloads were all I needed or ever wanted. When I heard earlier this year of the demise of Quickloads, I was numb from loss. After going through sadness and anger I gave fate a chance. A friend loaned me a conventional holder and I got a 10 sheet box of Acros to practice with. I loaded up two sheets and went out and shot them. Then two more. Then two more. Until finally the box was gone. It takes a while to even use a box of 10 sheets when you only have one holder. After using them all, I had thee sheets processed. I was not sure what to expect and was quite pleased when they were all decent. Hey- I did it and did not ruin the film!
It was not so bad after all.
So I went and bought a few holders of my own. On top of that I decided to try something else new too. I have enough Velvia Quickloads in the fridge to last me many months so I decided to use B+W film in the conventional holders. Why not start something new with this new skill?
I ordered 100 sheets of Efke 25 and am ready to start down a new path in large format. It is exciting and very much a new beginning to be out chasing the B+W landscape (on top of still chasing the grand landscape in color).
The image here is from one of those days with just one holder. I was out at the Great Falls of the Clear Fork of the Trinity and made a total of two images (with one holder, thats all you get!). This is the set up for one of them.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
The Mittens and the famous "Ansel rocks" in Monument Valley.
The snow in the valley was a treat and made the photography even nicer than the normal amazing views.
BTW- the famous rocks are right next to the parking lot. I was standing in it to take this image. So if you go-you will not miss them!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Another view of the area around Artist Point in Monument Valley.
The big view is what the camera is looking at, but the rocks right there are neat and worthy of an image.
Ok, I did not actually use the 4x5 for them but I did burn a few pixels.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
The snow lingered. There were low hanging clouds. The red rock country was in full winter wonderland.
I had three cameras working. I wanted this on sheet film and as many pixels as I could get. I also even went into movie mode with the LX-3 although I am really a still image kinda guy. Looking back at them now, the sheet film wins, although I must say a couple of stitched panoramas do look quite nice.
Here is that morning view. BTW, I was the only one here.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
I spent a wonderful week out in Arizona in late February visiting Monument Valley, the slot canyons near Page, and the Grand Canyon. You will be seeing some images from these in a series of posts on this blog and my WildernessPhotographer blog too.
If you look at this image you might think it was summer and you probably cannot tell that it had snowed the night before, but it had. Then it all melted off.
I had been out in the morning but between the wind and the fact that the best light seemed to be way off kept me using the DSLR and I waited for better conditions for the 4x5. After all, I want each sheet of Quickload film to count.
The view here is Artist Point. This was that better conditions I was looking for! The view. The conditions. The light. It was just what I was looking for, so I sat up the Arca-Swiss and set about making a few images in the late afternoon light.
This was my first visit to Monument Valley and I was impressed. From John Ford movies to the many views photographers have made made it really a great place and the weather I got here over 2 days made it a special location.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
The Long Goodbye.
Word is trickling out that Fuji will discontinue Quickload production this April. The BJP reported the story recently and I have been in photography shock over it.
Why? How? Who?
Fujichrome Quickloads are the only films I use.
I have zero interest in hand loading holders. I can only imagine how long and how much of a pain and what a losing the battle against dust that it will be when I am out in Big Bend.
So, I sit with about 300 sheets in the fridge and I'll have to make each one of them count. No iffy scenes or light. Only the best.
And when it's gone? Who knows.........
And so it is the long goodbye.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
An old tanker car.
Something about old things that just beg to be photographed. Maybe it's nostalgic. Maybe it's the wondering of life in a bygone era.
This old car sure looks like it saw many a day on the rails. No idea how long it was in service, now it sits on a side track near the old depot in Grapevine, Texas.
It seemed a natural for monochrome, so I even took the digital as a mono to see what it could do and what it might look at.
Digital by LX-3. Film image was Astia 100 and I did convert it to mono also.