The Chapel On Ridge Road


Over the years this small church has provided  many great images
to visual artists.  Both photographers and painters have been regularly seen
creating images of this local landmark.  For a long time it was an active
church but more recently has fallen upon hard times.
It is still beautiful in all of its faded glory and will continue to provide
images for at least a few more years.   It is really sad to see it go. 

Remembering Last Year


As I sit here in my office, looking out the window at the 60* weather we are having, I think back to last year at this time.  A much different look to the outdoors.
Better or worse?  You decide.  For me, I will take the overcast and snow in preference to the nasty and boring clear blue sky that holds no photographic interest for me.
Of course, I have never had to shovel a clear blue sky……

Just a side note: The classes are filling up fast for the March/April term. If you want a place in class you need to let me know.

Bank Building 1909

Today has started off as gray and chilly. The expectation of snow is in the air.
So, a black and white image seemed to be just the thing to post.
This is one of my old ones, with the original done on Agfa 100 B&W film. Late day sun gave a spot light effect to the building which  just “glowed” as we drove down the street.
Enjoy!

The Lima Paint & Color Co

This is from a “walk about” with a friend last year. The original is in color but it was processed to give it a bit of the old time Tri-X look.  I think slightly gritty feel goes with the experience of a faded downtown area.  A long time ago, I was a staff photographer for the local newspaper and this downtown was very familiar to me. A lot has changed since this area was the vibrant hub of a bustling city.   So, it is somehow fitting that a place named “Paint & Color” should be portrayed  in black and white.  A subtle statement…don’t you think  ….heh.   OK, that is enough of the walk down memory lane. Time passes, the technology changes, towns change, and most importantly, we grow and change for the better. Enjoy.

Fallen Tree in Black and White

A photo from the “shoebox”.
You know, that wonderful free storage bin that
we all used when we started out with film.

Some of us (me) still have that
shoe box full of negatives.
Now, it is not that I did not start a
proper filing system for the negs.
I started one and used it very well
over the years…..but,
the shoe box somehow evaded my
efforts. It has remained just as I
last saw it years ago.

So, with the new scanner just
sitting here waiting for me
and the shoe box making me at
least a slight bit guilty.
I went to work.

This was taken with the old Leica,
on Plus X film, developed in D-76.
Located in the Hocking Hills area.
Just downstream from Cedar Falls,
I once took students there and
watched as they didn’t see this scene
until I pointed it out to them.

Tidal Rocks

Last week was the first class in Landscape Photography that I am teaching.
Everyone showed up with a digital camera.
Which is fine but it makes me wonder if anyone uses film anymore.
(I know, many of you still use film…..)

I’ll bet that if A.A. were still around he would have a digital.
Just think, if he had had a digital in those days he could have taken more than
one frame of “Moonrise”….and it would have been much easier to print.

I have been working on getting my new digital dark/light room established.
Which is more work than I thought it would be.
For the moment I am keeping my enlargers and sink……just in case.
So the printers and associated ink, paper, etc need to be in a different room.
With my limited space this creates a serious problem.
The remainder of the workflow: mounting, matting, and framing can and do
use the same space that I have always used for them.
A 20 x 24 is a 20 x 24 after all no matter how it was printed.

All this work needs to be finished ASAP since I need to start printing for
the show in Sept & Oct……That is only 6 weeks away.
Really, I also need to get out and work. Pick up the camera and do something.
My idea is to have the entire show be a product of digital.
Both the capture and the printing.
A way of introducing my new work to the public.

One of my concerns when I was thinking about moving from film to digital:
Would my clients & collectors be OK with the move.
It worked out that no one cares very much as long as I am using archival inks and paper.
It would seem that, for my cliental at least,
the image is more important than how it is made.
Which I think is great!!




Real World Test




Old cabins and a great line though the rock.

A test of texture, depth of tone, mid tone values,
and the extremes of contrast.
Kids seen through the car window. The one on the right had just taken a photo with her cell phone. Looked up and saw me photographing her.
She looked away but of course the others had to look at me.
That one was taken in B&W mode in the camera. 
Just to see how it worked.
Not too bad for just three photos.

I am not one for testing by taking photos of charts.
Nothing against anyone who does that.
I even sometimes read those reviews.
But, I am a working photographer and I am more interested in how stuff works for the way I work. There is some great gear out there that just does not work for me and the way I work.
What camera gear you use is a very personal decision that has a lot more to do with how you work than how many lenses you own or how many pixels your camera has to offer.
You know, come to think of it, I have never sold a photo of a test chart. :-)

Real world testing as it were. Testing where you see something,
do not have your tripod with you, hand hold the camera leaning against a wall,
hold very steady, let out half your breath, and squeeze.

Real world testing: walking along with the camera on auto focus and av exposure,
a fleeting sight, raise camera, shoot.  Does it work out? Real world test.

A shot through the windshield, no time to focus, sighted down the lens,
only time for a quick shot.  Real world test.

Your comments are always welcome.

Steve