Category Archives: Inspired By Series

Inspired By: Richard Knepp

The Redwoods Workshop was one of the best ever……….And I owe it to Richard Knepp.  Now passed away, but never to be forgotten by me. Most are from my Mamiya 645 with wide angle lens and a green filter.

By Far one of my Favorites, although I still have many more that I could print:

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And another favorite, this one 35 mm:

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I’ve just hung my favorites from the 2006 Workshop on my dining room wall:

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And here a collage of the others that I have printed:

 

Check out all of my Ancient Forests inspired by Rick………..

Follow this link to Rick’s work with the Mono Lake Committee.

Secret Santa Superzoom: I’d like to Continue the Project

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My Gift had a story described in the Letter.  Important details below:

So now where are we?  The camera actually has a story the results of which can be viewed here:

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Here is a summary from my introductory letter pictured below:

“….This camera has a bit of a history in that it’s spent the last few month travelling the length and breadth of  of the United Kingdom (and even got to the south of France on one leg of it’s journey) as a part of a project on an online photography forum. The camera was loaded with a roll of film, the first person shot five frames, and then the camera was sent on to the next person.  The process repeated (with a half-way set of photos when a second roll of film was loaded) until it eventually got back to me……….”

So I would like to sign up maybe 6+ people to help this Camera travel across North America….We’ll follow a similar format.  I’ll load a roll of film, shoot 5 pictures, and mailed to the next person on the list.  We can start a second roll if necessary. To protect everyone’s privacy, you return the camera to me and I send it to the next person.  In the end I will post the images on a WordPress Project Page.  So what do you think?

Personal Vision: Inspired By Monet

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” The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the Source of my Inspiration” – Claude Monet

Nature and the Outdoors has always been my inspiration.  My appreciation of the Natural World started with my childhood Family Road Trips, continued through my Geological Work, and finds me now photographing my leisure travels (but always with a purpose in mind).  But I was still relentless in my pursuit of that “Classic Landscape”:

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Above: Landscape Panorama Photo Merge in Photoshop (with Tripod).

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Above: “Classic Landscape” from a Tripod.

RoadsideReflectionFuzzy Landscape………Hand Held, but very attractive.  So much so that I published an article about it.

Now I am finding myself a bit burned out on the classic perfectly focussed landscape.  No, I will not be giving up my Mamiya-7’s.  I’ll have it with me so I won’t miss that classic landscape and later regret it.  But as above with my hand-held ‘Impressionistic’ 35 mm image, I will be exploring the ‘less well focussed’ with more pinhole photography using both my RSS 6X6F and RSS 6X9F, and my Diana and Holga Pinholes.

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So has my Personal Vision Changed?  No, I just need a stylistic change to regain my motivation and inspiration.  I was very engaged by the recent Monet Exhibit at the Denver Museum of Art:

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It reminded me of my love of Impressionistic Abstraction.  And how appropriate is  “The Truth of Nature”?  So in 2020 I intend to bring more of that Abstraction to my Personal Vision while seeking that Truth.  Of particular interest to me were The Late Years, the source of his Water Lilies:

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Before we move on, What IS Impressionism?

Definition: a style or movement in painting originating in France in the 1860s, characterized by a concern with depicting the visual impression of the moment, especially in terms of the shifting effect of light and color.

And so I will be thinking more about Light (and Color when applicable); taking in the Impression of the Moment……..

I also intend to explore more architecture with my Fisheye lenses:

And do a bit more with Interior Spaces:

 

So in Summary 2020 will bring more adventure to my work…….This will inevitably spill over into my Frugal Film Project work.  With the Rule Change, I can do more with the camera options I’ve decided to work with.  And indulge my new found ‘love of the grain’ in Ilford HP5.

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Inspired By: Clyde Butcher

For classic B&W landscapes we often think of Ansel Adams.  And for more intimate landscapes, John Sexton.  But those are mostly Western Landscapes.  The East has beautiful scenes that tend to go unloved.  Even Clyde Butcher ventured west for a change-up in is photo scenes. I was supposed to go to the Everglades last Fall, and had hoped to post images from Florida for this Inspiration.  But my illness intervened.  We are still planning our visit with Clyde and stay in one of his cabins.  My photographer’s eye is looking forward to the South Florida Environs.  Check him out here.

Well,  I live where I live, so my inspiration from Clyde Butcher as acknowledged here, comes from his dramatic, sweeping landscapes and how clouds are an important feature of the landscape.  Also, the importance of masterful photography in Conservation and Historical Preservation efforts.

So my Inspiration from the Cathedral Trail Loop in Capitol Reef National Park.  Also environmentally significant because of the threat to open this Park to fracking and mining operations:

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Also a test of the Rollei Retro 80S IR sensitive film……….using a 695 filter.

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Inspired By Chris Gampat @Phoblographer: My “New” Fuji GW690 III

A while ago Chris Gampat had a very insightful article on the Phoblographer regarding the “5 of Our Favorite Film Rangefinder Cameras (One for Everyone)”  Guess what?  I bought one…….This was my first test roll through the Fuji GW690 III.  Boxed like new and delivered from Japan in a timely manner.

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Now for my Very Dramatic second roll through this camera…….Roosevelt Dam:

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Apache Lake, Canyon Lake and the Superstition Mountains…….

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The lens for the GW690III is known for it’s high contrast.  I’d never thought about lenses affecting the contrast.  But see the difference between my Mamiya 7 and this camera at the Superstition Mountains:

 

 

 

View Another Film-Lens-Contrast Example Here.

Inspired By: John Sexton

After Viewing This Image, I knew what I wanted to say here….Inspired by John Sexton’s rich silver prints:

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I can’t wait to print this image.  Taken with my new/old Fuji GW690II, this was only the second roll through the camera. The subject, the Roosevelt Dam at Salt Creek, AZ. Oooooh that Black Water!

Yes my Image is grainy and high contrast, but I’m not trying to copy the Sexton Style, I am instead drawing a link in Personal Vision of what represents Beauty.  Inspired by His Book, “Places of Power”  and an appreciation of Industrial Beauty:

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Inspired By: The Littlest Holga

You can follow The Littlest Holga on Twitter (@Littlest_Holga).  Probably the most successful thing I’ve ever done with on-line photography was sending a Purple Fluorescent Holga to @Givemeabiscuit (on Twitter) as part of my first EMULSIVE Secret Santa.  Half serious and half a joke, Holga was at that time going out of business.  So I thought it would be a good gift.

Now Littlest Holga travels the world making fun and fabulous images.  Holga was my introduction to medium format during an Experimental Photography class in Monterey.  I was so inspired by Holga that I chose to use it for my first 6 months of the 52 Rolls Project.  So here are a few of my recent Holga Favorites…..

And Early Holgas from that Experimental Photography Class:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And an image made using the Fisheye lens gift that I received from my first Secret Santa…….

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And Below….My Holga Panorama Pinhole……..

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See More of My Holgas Here

 

Inspired By: Kim Weston

Let’s start with a Weston Interview Quote:

“…..If you use a film long enough, you get to know its characteristics. I don’t use a meter, I just know the light…..”

I love the quote because I rarely use my spot meter…….

Now, what inspires me?  If you check out his website….he exclusively does nude photography.  Although tastefully done, it’s not my thing (although there is one image I do love: Nude in Cactus).  And this is as far as I go into Nudes:

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What Inspires Me? First I am inspired by His warm and welcoming attitude towards film students and film enthusiasts in the Monterey Bay Region.    I met Kim Weston when he welcomed our Monterey Peninsula College Class to Wildcat Hill.  At that time he was making predominantly platinum prints and we were an Alternative Processes class.  So he demonstrated the printing method for us.  He also discussed his artistic philosophy, and let us see his famous grandfather, Edward Weston’s, simple but beautiful darkroom. Imagine yourself making fabulous 8X10 contact prints like pepper #39 using an incandescent light bulb.

Kim Weston invited us to drop by, and if he wasn’t busy, we could talk about photography.  One of my friends spoke up.  Luther was having trouble learning to use his 4X5 view camera.  Kim just said, drop by with the camera sometime.  Luther did, and Kim Weston spent the afternoon showing him how to get the most from his 4X5. His support of film photographers, especially students, inspires me.

But Kim Weston eventually took it a step further, starting the Weston Collective, a scholarship program for students in Monterey County that are studying fine art film photography.  And the Collective has taken a step forward in support of fine art photography by opening a darkroom and teaching studio.  Raising the funds and managing the space for the benefit of ‘developing’ film photographers is inspiring.

 

 

 

Inspired By: Don Anderson

You won’t find my Don Anderson listed online.  He died recently and his website has been taken down.  Too Bad, because as my Instructor for Experimental Methods and Alternative Processes at Monterey Peninsula College, He was a huge influence.  I was introduce to photographic concepts I would never have tried on my own.

So let me show some examples of techniques I never would have tried without Don Anderson:

Cyanotypes & Van Dykes:

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Experimental Developing Methods:

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Liquid Emulsions:

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Crappy Cameras,  Holga & Diana:

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Pinholes:

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The most important thing that I learned was, that even if these are not methods you will focus on, the exposure to these methods will have a positive influence on your Mainstream Photography.

Inspired By: Where the Series is Going

I thought about starting this Series when I heard that “Mountain Light’, Galen & Barbara Rowell’s Gallery, was closed, and that was my first post.  Reading his books was a turning point in my use of E-6 films.  I wanted to start acknowledging the Photographers that have influenced me and what about them I find Inspiring.

So I thought of lots of “Famous” Photographers”, some of whom I’ve actually met, and put them on my ‘to do list’.  But Lately I’ve realized that my ‘colleagues’ (people that are amongst the best but not famous yet?) are perhaps MORE inspiring.  People whose Blogs and Tweets I care to follow must mean something to me, right?

Unfortunately, some of those who Inspired me, Like Galen Rowell, have passed on.  Their websites may no longer exist.  But I will share with you wrk that I never would have tried without their Inspiration.

So, If I’m following you, especially if we communicate a lot, you may see yourself here.

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