Kelso Dunes

Where will the winds guide you this Labor Day weekend? Kelso Dunes Wilderness details. Located in Baker, California.kelso31 copy

A Horizontal provides a serene composition. Yes, that is a spider web on the left leaf tip at 2 o’clock.

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I like the repeating circular pattern in the sand that the swirling wind provided pushing the plant back and forth Photographed with a borrowed Leica M6 and Agfa 25 film. This trip was a first time shooting with a Leica rangefinder. I was shooting up to this point with a 4×5. A good friend said hey take my Leica along and shoot some photos with it. After this trip, I bought a Leica M6 and left the 4×5 at home.

 

Happy 100th birthday, National Park Service!

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Happy 100th birthday, National Parks Service! Memorial weekend 1980 I took this photo from Yosemite Valley looking upwards to Yosemite Falls. The moon was full that night and the sound created by the waterfall was awesome. I photographed using my Mamiya C330 with Kodak Ektachrome 200. The exposure was two minutes at ƒ/2.8.

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An energetic cloud formation above Death Valley National Park. Happy 100th birthday, National Park Service! Photographed with Agfa 25 film on a Canon EOS1-N camera. Scanned on a Nikon 9000ED with Vuescan Software.

Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park

zabriskiepointBadlands detail at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park. The unusual topography created by erosion forming mounds of mudstone into interesting geometric shapes. I photographed using Kodak HIE Infrared film with an 87C opaque filter on a Leica M6 Camera. I scanned the film with a Nikon 9000ED scanner using VueScan software on my MacPro running El Capitan OS.

Hawaiian Chicken

Hawaiian Chicken

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Hawaiian Chicken for Foster Farms using organic chicken. More of the lighting details under the Food section of this site. This photoshoot was for my sister’s blog and will post soon. I will send the link when it’s published. She did the food prep, and most of the props. More about that process after it publishes.

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This is the test shot the day prior to shooting. I wanted to check out ratios with the Profoto B1’s. I wanted to achieve a window light quality.

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A detail of the skillet with some braised Hawaiian chicken.

TBT…

Connie Stevens 1990 photo portrait.

This is a photo portrait from the year 2000 of entertainer Connie Stevens taken at her home in Los Angeles, California. I used all tungsten lights and my Hasselblad 500CM with 150mm ƒ/4.0 Sonnar lens using Fuji Professional NPL 120 film. For lighting I travelled with and used 2- 650 Arri spots with barn doors for hair and background lights.  1- LTM pepper 100  spot with barn doors and ND and diffusion filters for key light and 1-Lowel Tota 650 with speed ring and 4×6 soft box that I rigged with a computer fan for fill light.

More test shots with my new Canon 35mm f/1.4L Mark II lens.

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So after reading about the improvements on the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens . I decided to purchase one on Amazon.com. The earlier Stumptown coffee photos were taken with this lens. After a visit to my sister’s home she sent us home with some flowers to photograph. I didn’t get to photographing them till they were wilted, but tried to compose an interesting photo none the less. Canon 5D Mark III camera shot at 1.4.

The Sky Room at the Breakers in Long Beach, California

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This was one of mine first architectural jobs out of college. This restaurant was in the Breakers building in Long Beach, California. It was especially a challenge with the addition of neon. I captured the images on a Toyo 4×5 camera with a 75mm ƒ/5.6 Fujinon wide angle lens. The lens was good for interiors with a curvature of focus which increased depth of field for interior photographs. The exposure was on Kodak Ektachrome 64T with an exposure of 4 minutes for the tungsten lights and 5 seconds for the neon. I accented areas with a tungsten soft box.

Valdez, Alaska and Tejon Pass, California

TBF.

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TBF. After a day of fishing I had a few minutes to walk around the harbor before dinner and these parked Kayak’s caught my attention. The mountain reflection framed the top of the photo and the bottom kayak makes for an inviting composition. I used my Canon 10D DSLR and a 20mm ƒ/2.8 wide angle lens. No filter was used.


TBT.

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TBT photo of Christo’s umbrellas in Tejon Pass, California. A storm was forming and I was shooting Kodak Infrared film with an opaque filter on a Leica M6. I framed this photo and was pleased with the frame from left to right though I felt the photo was more dramatic with the bottom cropped up a bit.

National Camera Day

Yesterday I posted a photo commemorating National Camera Day. A Canon camera that was given to me by one of my dad’s golfing friends a few years ago.camera

I used a Canon 5D Mark III and Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens lens set at ISO 1600 ƒ/5.6 @ 1/200 second. I used to Profoto B1’s. One slightly underneath the camera with an OCF 1×3 soft box and another B1 to the back and right with a Zoom reflector and barndoors. The laptop was exposed with the brightness at full.

TBT on a Friday…

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A photo from the past. A hike on Yosemite Falls trail back in 1980 I believe on Memorial weekend. Yes. Lots of snow and a little cold. I trekked with a group of family and it was a pretty strenuous hike about the time you hit the switchbacks nearing the top of the falls. I have to thank my college for loaning the Mamiya 645 film camera and the many exposures I made during this trip which are still among my favorite photos.