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Snake Road

A great deal if not all of the work I did in Wyoming was in colour. I guess even in general, I don't process a lot of black & white images because most of the story in the image I see is partially a result of the colour itself.

For this image, the light of the day happened to be quite dark anyway, and although it wasn't entirely like this, to me it looked black & white as the rainstorm came in over the Tetons. 

Exploring Pinhole Photography

Last year I backed a kickstarter project to make a pinhole camera that is essentially a beautiful little wooden box that lets you wind film through it. I haven't ever experimented with these kinds of cameras before so I was very excited to try it out!

The stop on this camera is fixed at f/200!

I shot a roll of Kodak Ektar 100 at a 6x12 format, so it took the usual 12 images down to 6, which was perfect for testing. It's got a very wide angle lens at that format, so I'm excited to see what happens with the 6x9 and 6x6 formats that my version of the camera is configurable to shoot at.

More to come!

Editing with on1 Photo 10


I've been using on1 Photo for my image editing needs for many years now, and I wanted to take a moment while sharing images from my recent trip to Wyoming to share an insight into the before / during / after versions of the image.

Final Version. Click for larger view.

The slideshow above shows the original image, an intermediate view after running through the Enhance module, and then the final view after running through the Effects module.

The original image was shot with a Fuji X70 camera, a camera which isn't noted for any crazy dynamic range ability, but does have a modern APS-C sensor inside.

The image had bright highlights and little detail or colour in the midtones / shadows. Using a couple of the modules in the suite, Enhance to bring back detail, and Effects to provide the final look and feel, I was able to quickly & easily create an image that I really enjoy.

If anyone is looking for more information or to pick up some new photo editing software, there's a promotion running over at on1 at the moment where you can pick up the software at a deep discount, for only $49.99, ahead of the upgrade to on1 Photo RAW later this year. Click on the banner below to learn more. There's also a 2-for-1 deal where you can get the current version now and the new version on release for $89.99.



Seattle Opera Feature

As I discussed earlier this year, I've been photographing for the Seattle Opera at some of their stage & dress rehearsals. The work has been a wonderful experience, getting to see how story is conveyed in a theatrical manner of song and music. 

I heard yesterday that some of the work for the production of Mary Stuart, had been published in a Korean magazine, Eumak Journal, one of which was featured in a full page spread. It's always great to see my images out there in the world!

Full article is here. Anyone read Korean and can translate it for me? :)

Standing Where History Stood

As you start to learn photography, it's hard to pick up a camera without hearing about Ansel Adams and his famous image of Snake River in front of the Grand Tetons. It's a lot like meeting a childhood hero to stand here and witness the scene in front of you. Part of me didn't know whether to photograph it, or to humbly stand before it, and marvel at the scene which his photograph could arguably have saved.

I recall meeting Annie Leibovitz in Seattle when she was touring for her book, Pilgrimage, and she discussed meeting Ansel and her thoughts on his work. She said (and I'm paraphrasing) that the best way to pay homage to his work would be to photograph it, and so here is my homage, standing where this part of photographic history stood.

I just wish I could have seen the entire river as he did ... :)