2019 has been a year of putting the camera down, aside from film.
I’ll be real, a big part of that has been running and growing @diggstape, a blessing of an opportunity to put my fingerprint on my life's first love: lacrosse.
But outside of those creative demands and pressures requiring all of my creative energy, I've had trouble seeing the world like I used to - wide-eyed, taken aback by wonder. It's felt weird not chasing sunsets, not looking for the next shot. But the longer I let my a7R III sit on my shelf, the more I feel dedicated to finding a real, tangible, meaningful reason to pick it back up. More reason than Instagram, more reason than getting noticed and paid - which is what it had become. I stopped because I had lost my way. I stopped because I no longer respected my own art. Everything I was shooting had started to feel like grabs at attention or money.
I don't know when or why I will pick my camera back up. I don’t know when I’ll start posting to this account again. Maybe it's when my cause and my passion realign. Maybe it's when I feel the need to document and protect something. Whenever that day comes, it'll happen when I truly believe the images I create have nothing to do with me. @chrisburkard reminded me of that last night at his very humble, very genuine book signing event. I realized that if I was going to keep shooting, it was going to be for something real - not just for me.
For me, loving life is the crux of loving photography. Loving photography cannot be the crux of loving life.
ɴᴇᴡ ʏᴏᴜᴛᴜʙᴇ ᴠɪᴅᴇᴏ! Today we’re sharing some tips & tricks we’ve learned throughout the years for taking the best photos of your dog for Instagram. Watch at the link in my bio and let us know what you think!
Our Urban Living Room is officially open to the public at @aedesberlin. An exhibition that tells a story about the architectural and urban development of Copenhagen, while exploring the progression of the Danish capital – from an industrial city into an urban living room – known as one of the world’s most livable places. The exhibition continues until April 29 2020. Admission is free.
We thank our clients, collaborators, friends and sponsors, including @dreyersfond, Tømmerhandel Johannes Fogs Fond, Knud Højgaards Fond and Kururuz.com, for making the exhibition possible.
🙈Don’t see everyone’s flaws - Always look for the good in people. 🙉Don’t listen to every thing you’re told - Not everything is truth. 🙊Don’t speak if it’s not kind - Only speak words of kindness.
Almost 2 years since we met this little girl and her pet monkey. It’s so interesting how, in different parts of the world, different things are normal. We maybe have a pet cat or dog in our part of the world and elsewhere it’s a pet monkey or some other sweet critter.
An oldie but a goodie. The British pavilion for the Shanghai expo is hard to describe. What was it exactly? Designed by Heatherwick Studio. This image, and many more fantastic architecture in China are part of #beautifiedchina The Architectural Revolution. Out now! Search on Amazon. #heatherwick#beautifiedchina#china#architecture
I love 80’s movies as much as anyone. My only unresolved issue is why didn’t John Cusack as Lane Meyer just pay the kid the $2? It’s TWO DOLLARS. Just pay him and be done. Here is an in progress kitchen that has nothing to do with anything above. If you haven’t seen the movie I’m sorry!
The Canadian Rockies are an incredible place to experience during winter! I got to meet some new friends @mattymeis and @nick_fitzhardinge while also enduring -30f temps for the first time...which is indeed as cold as it sounds! Unfortunately, along with frozen fingers and toes came a thick layer of something like a fog. Even though the forecasts were predicting mostly clear skies, there was a thick haze on the horizon covering the mountains for most of my trip. Luckily, there were a few breaks and I got okay light on one or two occasions. This was one of those times! It only took 4 tries as I became a little obsessed with this area and visited it over and over again to get any good light. I love the shape of this mountain and anytime you can find open water during winter in the Rockies it’s likely there is a pretty cool shot possible, especially if you remember to always bring your waders! I think the best comp I found from this area is another 50ft or so further downstream, but unfortunately there’s a fallen tree sticking out right over the river ruining any possible shots down where the river bends. I’m still pretty happy with this comp, but maybe one day that tree will fall into the river and be swept away!
2020 workshops are now open for booking! Visit link in bio for more info
Nikon Z6 w/ Nikon 14-30 f/4
Feisol Tournament CT-3442 Rapid Tripod
ISO100, 14mm, f/11, 1/5s
FILM CAMERA FORMATS⠀
Several times I’ve been asked a question about what format should one go for if one is used to a full-frame digital camera. Two things to consider: 1. resolution and 2. workflow. ⠀
• 35mm will resolve something like 15MP. ⠀
• 120 (medium format) resolves around 50MP in sharp B&W emulsion, but count more like 30MP in general. ⠀
• 4x5 is where one really steps up to 150MP. ⠀
• 8x10 I can scan in up to 1GP! But you can be certain to get at least an outstanding sharp 500-800MP. (Other factors that affect resolution: film stock, lens and just the usual aperture, shutterspeed and iso). • Workflow. 35mm and 120 cameras are very similar to any digital cameras today. The only real difference is the film instead of digital censor.⠀
However all large format cameras have a very different workflow to the digital and other film cameras. They are slower, much slower, the way you work with the film, the camera and the subjects is different. ⠀
I think medium format is the easiest and the best format to start with when you still want your sharpness and resolution.⠀
I have personally started with a 4x5 camera (the idea of a totally novel way of photography for me was intriguing). Speaking of which I’ve just packed my 4x5 presscamera to go with me the farthest it’s ever been! 🐧 ⠀
What format have you started with? Have you stayed with it or changed to another?
𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁: why do I even mention MP when it comes to film?! The simple answer is that it is what people who shoot digital or have a hybrid workflow and do commercial work, sell prints etc want to know. I could say lines per mm, but what useful information would that be to a digital photographer? If you print, especially large, you’ve got to know the resolution you can deliever, how you measure it is up to you. .
Incredible evening last Friday celebrating the exhibition opening of Our Urban Living Room at @aedesberlin with a big party and speeches by founder of Cobe, @danstubbergaard, founders of Aedes, Kristin Feireiss and Hans-Jürgen Commerell, Ambassador of Denmark, Friis Arne Petersen, and Aedes curator Mathias Schnell, as well as ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory opening lecture by Project Manager at Cobe, @gretatiedje. Make sure to visit the exhibition – open until April 29. Admission is free.
LIVE STREAMING--WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22 7-10PM CST
When looking back at my older images, I always see opportunities for editing improvement. This image is the combination of a single shot for the night sky at high ISO with a very long exposure for the foreground at lower ISO.
Had I processed this shot today, there are several things I would have done differently. At the very least, I would remove the native lens vignetting and perform a more accurate sky selection.
Over the years I have developed many tips and tricks that make editing night photography easier. I hope to share these with you this Wednesday night! Join us from the comfort of your favorite chair and get ready take your night photography to a new level!