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Content-ish things

A contrasting view

A contrasting view

by / on April 19, 2014, 15:06 / in Photo Stories

If you haven’t checked out Andrew Gram’s work, you’re missing out. He’s not me. Not at all. He’s often insanely contrasty. Which is cool, but it’s not me. But sometimes, I like to pretend I’m different people, and try out their style. Experimenting and mimicry are really important in photography. It’s like trying on clothes. You can wear the clothes […]

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Bicycle! Bicycle!

Bicycle! Bicycle!

by / on April 16, 2014, 12:44 / in Photo Stories

Freddie Mercury had at least that much right. I want to ride my bicycle. I just wish cars would give me a bit more space. But I’m a softie for kitties. Kitties can invade my space anytime. They just better be prepared for cuddles. There was a boom in people rinkoing their bikes after the 3/11 earthquake. It’s not quite […]

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Pushing your Luck

Pushing your Luck

by / on April 15, 2014, 10:44 / in Photo Stories

Until now, I’ve been mostly using Natura 1600, but I wanted to try pushing the cheaper Superia 400 films to 1600 to see what kind of results I’d get out of them. I was pretty happy with them. One of the things about pushing film is that it makes it much more contrasty. I am not always thrilled with the […]

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More as things develop…

More as things develop…

by / on April 12, 2014, 07:57 / in News, Tips and Tricks

You’ve probably figured out that I’m a proponent of film. Film is cool stuff. Especially black and white film. Film or digital, honestly, is a choice that everyone has to make for themselves. But I think that every photographer starting out in the digital era would get a huge benefit out of going through a film phase. Because film is […]

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Sometimes, you only get one shot.

Sometimes, you only get one shot.

by / on April 11, 2014, 05:31 / in Photo Stories

You’ll never see another shot like this. Mostly because there was only one evening where you could get this shot. That day they had taken down the construction fencing, and since then, they put in a parking lot with some more fencing to block the scenery again. But for one evening, this lonely restaurant had a clear view of Yasukuni […]

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Oops.

Oops.

by / on April 10, 2014, 07:24 / in Tips and Tricks

I’ve got a bad habit. I’m a film cheapskate. One of the things I loved about my Phenix DN60 was that you could squeeze every possible frame out of a roll of film. You could stretch a 36 exposure roll to 43ish. It was great. But sometimes when you were doing that, the film wouldn’t catch. You’d have to watch […]

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Looking at light

Looking at light

by / on April 5, 2014, 13:31 / in Tips and Tricks

One of the things that always gets a good chewing on in photography books and classes are the impressionist painters. This is because one of the main ideas of impressionism was that they were not painting the subject, but painting the light reflecting off of the subject. That, in a nutshell, is photography. We cannot capture souls with our cameras […]

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