Monday, October 27, 2014

Disconnect

Sometimes the cure is just to disconnect from everything, even if just for a few hours. I managed to find a spot to camp, about 40 miles from Flagstaff, where my phone got absolutely no reception. No service. Zero bars. I couldn't check my email or update Facebook even if I wanted to - and that was very freeing.

I spent some of my time reading, and the rest taking pictures. Not much turned out from around the campsite, but it felt good just to shoot. No pressure, no clients, just letting the creativity flow.






Thursday, October 23, 2014

Holding a Print

Recently I have been getting back into an old habit. The kind of habit that we all used to be in, but somewhere along the way, we've lost the feeling of it.


I've been making prints of my photographs, to hold in my hand, to put in a frame, to tape into a scrapbook, to toss in a box and rediscover in 10 or 20 years.

There is something about holding a print, big or small, of a picture you made. Oh sure, you can put it up on your big-screen TV or carry it around on your iPad, but it isn't the same. The physical print still has some magical power that the screens just can't match.

I'm not even talking about how prints (good ones, anyway) are printed at 300dpi and your computer screen can only display 72dpi. I'm not talking about how a printer can display bazillions more colors and a higher level of detail and better saturation than your computer can. I'm just talking about making something you can physically hold - and the catharsis that creation provides.

With this in mind, I challenge you to make prints of your photographs. You can get those cheepie 4x6s from walmart or you can take them into a real lab and have them done by an expert. You can set up the darkroom in the bathroom or take your film to a lab. For our purposes, it doesn't matter. I just want you to FEEL the physicality of what you have created by being a photographer, by pressing the shutter, by choosing the creative lifestyle.

Go through the archives and print some of your favorites and put them in frames or mail them to friends. Print some of the ones that suck, the out of focus, underexposed dregs of your hard drive. Print them out just for the satisfaction of tearing them in half, lighting them on fire, and moving on.

Hold, in your hand, a physical form of a photograph you created. Maybe it doesn't do anything for you at all, but I bet it does something. I bet it helps you to be more creative, to get back in the habit we've all seemingly forgotten. Creation doesn't stop when you lift your finger from the shutter or when you save the file from photoshop. You will truly feel that you have created something when you have the physical form of your image in your home.

I bet you notice a difference.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fall Color at Hart Prairie

A few images from our sunrise hike looking over the Hart Prairie Preserve in Flagstaff.
Unfortunately, we didn't see much of the sun. It quickly disappeared behind cloud cover. Oh well.










Monday, September 29, 2014

Preston, Profotos, Motorcycle

My buddy Preston of Trauscht Photography recently got himself some new lights. As required by the laws of the photo-gods, we spent a day shooting with his new Profoto D1 heads as soon as he unpacked them.


Shame he isn't actually a motorcycle mechanic...

Anyway. 5' octa camera right for the key. bare head camera left and behind some shelving units, nuking through the workbench and the cabinets for some background.

Hardest part was getting the exposure right for the headlight to show up; it is old and not very bright. I think I ended up with both lights near the bottom of their power capabilities.

It was great working with profotos again and shooting with Preston. Check out his work at www.trauschtphotography.com

On the street...

Decided to get out of the house and wander the streets a little bit with my lady. Shot a bunch from the hip and even more with only a vague idea of where I was aiming. Aside from the focus issues (should have done it at ISO 800 at f/5.6) I think they came out well. Like the feel of the shallow depth of field from f/2.8 too.

Black and white. JPG. red filter. ISO 200. f/2.8.













Monday, September 15, 2014

Arizona Off-Camber Event

A random selection from the inagural "Off-Camber" event - the replacement for Sedonafest.

I spent most of my time relaxing, reading and selling Canyon Coolers instead of taking pictures.























And a few Instagram photos as well...
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