Wednesday, April 23, 2008

No More Digital?

For the first time in 5 years I am without a digital camera. I sold all of my Canon gear last week because it was simply sitting there doing nothing. I did have one last day with it at Jordan's track meet, but other than that it has sit idle for quite some time. What I do with the cash remains to be seen and I may go back to digital or may opt for a medium format or large format system and explore that for awhile. I may also get another body to go along with my M7 and see where that leads. Not real sure at the moment.

After selling it I got a wave of offers for software I probably no longer need. But in looking back on this I became less of a photographer and more of a computer/software expert than I really liked. It also cost quite a bit of cash to stay up with all the stuff, or at least my perception of staying current, was expensive. Plug-ins for Aperture are almost as expensive as the program itself. Nik has come out with new technology that is suppose to be all the rage in tonal and color control. Drop $250 here, $199 there and it all starts to add up. I always knew what my gear cost. Over years of accumulation I had gathered up a lot of cameras and now I'm down to three and I doubt it will go much higher. But digital has brought what seems like a never ending cost structure.

I know, I could just say NO. But where's the fun in that? Sitting in front of a computer just isn't as compelling as it once was. And before you tell me I have to do so with film images I know that I do. The difference for me at least is that I work on fewer images and ones that aren't as marginal as my digital work. And before I get irate emails, this is just one man's opinion and experience. Read the header. I'm not saying that film is better. Technically it probably isn't. I certainly can't do some of the things I could do before. But for me this just is simply more fun. And since it should be fun that is the name of the game for me.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Airport Chaos

Airports are a chaotic chain of events that can often times leave you in the same place. I was in this airport for 6 hours waiting on a flight that seemed like it would never leave. In those instances I'm glad I have my camera with me. It helps to pass the time and allows me to practice “seeing” which I sorely need to do.

I was sitting in a corner watching the people, observing the tantrums, the nonchalance and the resolved all at once. These carts kept coming to drop people off for planes that were going nowhere. It actually started to get quite comical as the people would jump off the cart, race to the gate agent only to find put their flight had either been canceled or delayed. It didn't take long to predict the reactions. I did finally make it to my destination and went through the same routine the following day. And people say I have no patience.

Taken with Fuji Provia 400X.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Kevin German

No photo on this post. Just a link to Kevin German's blog about his experiences in Vietnam. This particular post, So many in need, made me post. Take a look through his blog to see a guy that has decided to chase his dream and do what it takes to make himself better.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Hotel Chairs

Another one from my series on the hotels I visit this year. I'm still not sure how this project will work out and I know it's been done before. But it keeps me occupied and allows me to start thinking in terms of a long-term project. I need to get a feel for the images and take a direction that cohesively ties them together. It's also something I'm fairly certain I'll be able to commit an entire year too.

The issue I'm seeing at the moment is that I'm shooting in color and B&W. It's likely that the cohesiveness I want will be broken by this fact alone. I like to go against conventional wisdom when and where I can and this is an experiment as much as it is a learning experience for me. Between the airport images and the hotel images I'm certain something will emerge. I just don't have the foggiest what it will turn out to be at the moment.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Airport Reality

Travel is increasingly getting more difficult. If you've been in an airport over the last few weeks you know what I mean. On top of the spring break crush there is the little matter of the FAA getting a little too chummy with the airlines. Who needs inspections anyway?

This is an image that mirrors what I feel about traveling these days. It's lonely, long and boring. There really isn't much to say beyond that. I used Fuji Provia 400X. I think I'm starting to get the feel of color film again.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Older Stuff Revisited

I'm going through older stuff as I reorganize my files and redistribute my hard drive space. I picked up Capture One 4 today but have been playing with it for a few weeks as I test it out based on several recommendations. I've found that some images respond well to Aperture, almost all of my images respond well to DPP from Canon, some of my stuff looks OK in Lightroom and a lot of it looks good in Capture One. (Looking good is a relative term)

I've been shooting a lot with film and black and white but the color film hasn't treated me very well. It really never did even before I switched to digital. So for color I am shooting digital and preparing for a portrait shoot next week. It'll be both in digital and film, most likely with the Yashica Mat 124. I may try the Littman but it will depend on the patience of my sitter.

Anyway, this is an old image from a few years ago when I mistakingly thought it would be OK to drive to Kentucky and back in less than 9 days in an RV. As luck would have it we hit a snow storm in Colorado that closed I-25 north and south as well as I-70 east. We spent a day waiting for the roads to open and this was a result of hanging put in the snow. As you might have guessed we weren't prepared for over a foot of snow considering it was spring break.