In this week’s video, I discuss why I enjoy working with film, and the many benefits of working with a mature technology. I also announce the winner of my latest secret giveaway. Thanks as always for watching!
Curious about the new Intrepid 8x10 camera? In this week’s video, I dive deep and share my thoughts about this lightweight and affordable large format view camera. This is the camera you saw me using on my spring backpacking trip to southern Utah. Has it earned a spot in my lineup? Watch the video to find out.
In this week's video, I share my solution for keeping all of my camera batteries charged while on my shooting trips. This technique allows me to charge the batteries even if the engine of my 4Runner is not running. Thanks for watching!
Hi Everyone! Some of my photos will be included in the upcoming issue of Let's Explore Magazine. The theme of the magazine is "Perseverance" and in addition to my photos, I also contributed a pretty cool story about my first dedicated solo photography trip. This magazine is about to go to print, but you can preorder your copy with the following link:
In this week's video, I share some of my OLD photos. These are photos I shot 17 years ago when I was just getting started with landscape photography. I haven't seen these photos for many years, and only recently discovered them through an archived version of my old website.
Hello Everyone! I have been hard at work producing prints for my 2018 Portfolio Box Set. I have already selected 8 photos to appear, but that number should increase to 10 or 12 photos after my fall trip. Each photo is printed on a hand-trimmed 8x10" sheet of Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta paper with a thin white border. The box can be displayed on a bookshelf, on a coffee table, or individual photos can be framed if you wish. It's all up to you.
Every box set includes a title page that is individually signed and numbered, as well as an information sheet printed on vellum. Each photo is initialed and numbered on the back as part of the series. The portfolio box set is wrapped in a hand-glued sleeve that is printed on Hahnemühle German Etching paper.
This year's box set is an edition of 200, and I hope to be able to ship all preorders by late November, just in time for Christmas. Last year, I had a supply issue with the archival boxes, but this year I have already acquired enough of them to complete the entire edition.
For more information, as well as to place your order, please follow the link below. Thank you so much for your very generous support, and if you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks!
Alright film nerds, here is my film reveal video from my spring trip. This is where I look at my film for the first time, and share my reaction to how things turned out. There are a few surprises in the mix, both good and bad. Thanks as always for watching.
Here is the final installment from my Spring trip to southern Utah. Thank you everyone for following along on my adventure, and I will be posting the film reveal video in the near future.
I just updated the services section of my site with more information about the Portfolio Reviews and Skype Sessions that I offer. I have offered these services for a while now, but I really haven't done a lot of work promoting them. Both services are quite simple, and are based on requests that I have had through the years.
With the portfolio review, I will go through a gallery of up to 10 photos and write a detailed analysis on each photo including my initial impression, as well as thoughts on composition, subject matter, processing, and overall execution. Each portfolio review takes me on average 3 to 4 hours to complete. For more details, please be sure to visit the Services Page.
The Skype sessions are a bit more open ended. If you have questions about landscape photography, large format technique, or some of the locations that I am knowledgable about, I would be more than happy to sit down and chat. You will also find more details about the Skype sessions on the Services page.
I often get questions about the video equipment I use to produce my video journals, and the settings that I use on my cameras. To help answer those questions, I created a page on my site that details each piece of equipment I use, my preferred settings, and where to buy it.
Here is my Day 7 video from my Spring trip a couple days ahead of when it goes live on YouTube. I was able to use the rainy conditions to my advantage and expose a couple sheets of film. I'm not in love with the photos, but it certainly felt good to click the shutter after several days of just wandering around. Thanks as always for watching!
On the 6th day of my trip, I set out into Capitol Reef to scout for new subjects. The weather became a little bit of an issue, but I made the most of it.
On the 5th day of my trip, I woke up in Capitol Reef National Park, and set out to explore some areas that I hadn't been to before. This marks my 3rd annual visit to this very interesting national park. I look forward to exploring it for many years to come.
To be honest, not a heck of a lot happened on day 4 of my spring trip. This day marked the end of my backpacking trip, and I made the drive to my next location: Capitol Reef National Park.
On the third day of my spring trip, I awoke in the canyon, then set out to find some more subjects. I think on future trips, I will find a way to carry just two film holders, and a box of film along with a film changing bag. It is so easy to burn through all my film in just a couple days.
For the past few weeks, I have quietly working on a new section of my website — a resource page for large format film. This page contains information about the cameras, lenses, tripods, and film stocks I use, along with recommendations for light meters, cable releases, and film changing tents. This is a resource that I will continue to build in the coming months, including a knowledge base with information about both exposure, and also lens movements.
If you are in the market for any of this equipment, I have included links to where you can find each piece of equipment. The links to B&H are affiliate links, so if you are looking to purchase this equipment and you want to help out, I would certainly appreciate purchasing through the links. Let me know if you think, and what else I should add to the resource page.
On the second day of my spring trip to Southern Utah, I got an early start, and made the 7 mile trek into a canyon that I visited for the first time last year. I carried with me 5 film holders, which allowed me to take a maximum of 10 photos over the course of the multi-day backpacking trip. Thanks for watching and sharing!
Here is my day 1 video journal from my spring of 2018 visit to the Colorado Plateau. This is a backpacking trip that I spent many months getting ready for. In this first video, I setup the trip, and share my thoughts on the experience of going on a solo landscape photography adventure. Thank you everyone for watching, sharing, and subscribing. I really appreciate it!
Recently a good friend of mine Michael Strickland purchased a very high resolution drum scanner. I sent him some film to scan, and he did an experiment where he scanned one of my sheets of film at 709.6 megapixels. To do this, he had to scan it in multiple pieces, then assemble it in photoshop. This would be impractical for most situations, but it was a good test of what's possible. First, here is a web sized version of the file.
I recently posted a video where I shared some 100% crops of this image, and talked about the challenges of setting the focus and lens movements for this photo. Since I have an older computer monitor and my screen capture resolution isn't very high, I figured I would post some 100% samples for people to check out. See if you can figure out where these crops were taken from. Please Click on the photos to view them at 100%
Finally, here is the video where I talk about the drum scan, and what I learned from it. If you are interested in having your film drum scanned, please reach out to Michael. He did a great job with my film.
Now that I have returned from my fall trip to Zion, it's time to start working on my big project for the end of the year: my 2017 Portfolio Box Set. Each box contains all of my portfolio shots from the year, printed on 8x10" German Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta paper with pigment inks. I already have 8 photos included from my winter and spring trips, and more photos will be included from my fall trip. My Zion film is currently at the lab, and will be able to start working my way through that trip in the coming days. I estimate another 3 to 4 photos will be included from that trip for a total of about a dozen prints.
The box sets are had made by yours truly, and all the materials are acid-free. The box can be displayed on a bookshelf, on a coffee table, or you can even frame the individual prints if you wish.
The box set will be an edition of 125, and I have already produced the first 40 (I'm just waiting on the Zion photos). I expect to ship the first batch of 40 preorders by mid December, and the other orders after that will be shipped a bit later.
If you would like to help support me and my work, and get some great prints in the process, this is a great way to do both. I think you'll really love the final result. To get your copy, here's the direct link to where you'll find it. Thanks everyone!