I finally grasped Film as a Journey at a 2016 B&W Photography Workshop in Condon, Montana with the Photographer’s Formulary Crew, and Nathan McCreery as the instructor. Corrected some lazy mistakes I was making, but learned new things too!. And I was finally convinced to use a spot meter! (Well, OK I still often use the camera meter).
Nathan will be the Artist in Residence , September 2020 at the Big Horn National Forest, Montana………..
Tech Info: Mamiya 6X7, Kodak T-Max 400, film developer Formulary’s FA-1027, exposure (spotmeter) f/22 for 2 seconds.
I have posted two earlier episodes, but have never explained what ‘Retrospective’ is about. I have a Photo Diary Blog. It shows what I am out and about doing, camera in hand. There’s a lot posted over there that my followers here will probably never see. So I am pulling out a ‘Best Of’ from that blog and calling it my Retrospective.
Planning a Twitter Film Photographer’s Meet up in south central Wyoming later this summer.
Bruce Hucko was the Founder of the Moab Photography Symposium, which ran for 15 years and had its last meeting in 2018. The results was a wrap up Book containing images from Participants:
The Featured Image above is one of my book prints. The others are here below:
But more importantly, Bruce worked on local Preservation and Conservation Issues, contributing Photographs and field experiences that were instrumental in the protection of the Bears Ears National Monument, Utah. This region and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park are now under threat from Fracking and Mining interests. This prompted a recent Visit to the Grand Staircase and Capitol Reef Parks this past Fall. We wanted to see them before they were gone……..We start with some scenes from Ruins of the Ancient Ones in New Mexico and Arizona.
Aztec Ruins, NM:
Aztec Ruins, NM
Pecos Pueblo, NM:
Casa Rinconada at Chaco Canyon:
Sears-Kay Ruins, AZ:
And a view from the Cathedral Trail at Capitol Reef:
Please Remember the Absolute Necessity of Preserving our Natural Environment. Give it Some Love!
I’ve done a couple of night time workshops with Christopher James in Downtown Denver. But I think what I have learned the most about myself from working with him is an appreciation of Interior Spaces:
As I mentioned in My Inner Monet at the start of the year, I’d been aiming at those grand sweeping landscapes and missing the point………My talents were leading me elsewhere. More towards interiors and intimate landscapes.
So here is a summary of some interior spaces at Christopher’s Old studio (unfortunately now a gentrified condo) and one from the Byers-Evans House:
And what about that space ship in the Denver Library:
Christopher has been busy lately with the care of his elderly parents. But I hope to see him back at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center offering Workshops Again……..
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:
Also a test of the Rollei Retro 80S IR sensitive film……….using a 695 filter.
Now for my Very Dramatic second roll through this camera…….Roosevelt Dam:
Apache Lake, Canyon Lake and the Superstition Mountains…….
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: