Columns at Scarritt Bennett

Columns at Scarritt Bennett - January 4, 2010

I have to admit this was about as close as you can get to a snapshot with a 4×5 camera on a tripod. It was cold, windy, and the light was fading. I knew I wanted to capture the intersecting curves (and stonework under sunset conditions has a wonderful tonality), but other than that I just set the camera up and got it done. I started out with a 135mm but I needed more curves and depth, so I switched to my 75mm, which was perfect. Focus, meter, and done. Except the exposure ended up being 5m, which meant 10 more minutes of wind and cold (I almost always take a safety exposure).

This prints nicely on warmtone paper and could easily be enlarged to 30×40. The negative is razor sharp.

Details: Rodenstock 75mm Grandagon,  f32,  5m, Delta 100 4×5

Aloe Detail

Aloe Detail - January 2, 2010

It’s been a little over a week and the dailies are progressing nicely. It has re-energized my creative spirit in all sorts of new directions. I even pulled out the 8×10 this week for some macro work, not the easiest chore, but those giant negatives are worth the trouble.

This particular shot is a detail of an aloe plant in my wife’s office.  I love finding the beauty in details. I tried to capture the texture and form as simply as possible. I wanted to  let the curves and natural patterns of the plant create the photograph. This is a rather extreme macro photograph and is right at the limits of my little Polariod Tominon 105mm. It is just about 3 times life size on the negative. It makes a fine 8×10 print, sharp at the thorns fading to a nice soft bokeh to the left.

Details: Polaroid Tominon 105mm,  f45,  3m, Delta 100 4×5.

2010 Dailies: Aloe Detail

White Fuji Mum

White Fuji Mum, January 1st, 2010

My wife’s birthday is January 1st. She had mentioned how much she liked this flower, which was sitting in an arrangement on our breakfast table, during morning coffee. I had been thinking about what to start the dailies with; running through compositions, thinking what and where I might photograph. I don’t often attempt still life work, but the combination of a birthday, a beautiful flower, and morning sun made my decision easy. I set up a simple black cloth background, arranged the flower, and set up my camera. This shot was just about lifesize on my 4×5. It prints easily on Ilford warmtone  and has wonderful soft tones. The morning sunlight was perfect.

Details: Polaroid Tominon 105mm,  f45,  18s, Delta 100 4×5.

2010 Dailies: White Fuji Mum

Happy New Year and welcome to my new blog. I will be posting general thoughts on photography and the modern art world, as well as updates on my own work. I work in black and white. I shoot large format, typically 4×5 but also 8×10. If you haven’t had a chance to visit my main website, please do,

I have a few different projects in the works. I am continuing my work with patterns and texture, exploring simple and complex subjects of all types. I will also be taking a photograph daily in 2010, updates on the 2010 Dailies Project will be made here. The first photograph in this series was taken today 1/1/2010, my wife’s birthday. I should have a print ready for scanning and posting soon.

I am currently taking commercial assignments of all kinds from commisions to portraits to event work.  Please send me an email for rates and further details.

A New Year of Photos