Well that was fast. In my last post I was complaining about the bulkiness and weight of my full frame Nikon, and here I am a week later with a new camera… After being a Nikon guy for half my life, I have decided to sell off all my Nikon equipment and switch to this Fuji mirrorless. the X-T2. I choose this camera because it is designed like an old 35mm film camera, knobs and all, and I used to love shooting with my Pentax K1000. Amazing how mirrorless cameras let you preview your focus before you even take the shot, or zoom into the viewfinder to check your focus. I think it is going to be a blast to shoot with.
Spanish Moss has become a visual obsession for me since moving down south. It’s beautiful, especially in the wind… I have been trying to take my dSLR out with me more often, and especially with my 50mm lens. I will be honest, I absolutely love my Nikon D610 camera, but it’s so large and heavy. Part of me is thinking about selling all my equipment and trying out a smaller mirrorless camera. Some of the Fujifilm crop sensor models really catch my eye because their small size and vintage 35mm body style. I’m going to have to think about this.
I brought my dSLR to the ocean for the first time in a long time. I feel strange saying this (especially as a professional photographer) but I have been using my phone as a camera a lot lately. It captures a memory without the hassle. That said, the control and quality of a real camera is unbeatable… I photographed the moon over the ocean. Many people, especially traditional photographers, believe an image should look as close to the real moment as possible. I feel this way sometimes, but the other part of me thinks a camera should just capture imagery, and the artist should make it into what they envision. I saw a slight pink sunset bouncing off the waves, and the moon in the water, and so I turned up the saturation, changed some colors, and created an image that feels somewhere between reality and a calm dream.
I modeled this chemical structure of a serotonin molecule in a program called Gravity Sketch, for Virtual Reality. It is simple, yet very elegant, especially when you walk around it inside a virtual space… I have been modeling molecules that affect our consciousness, like serotonin and dopamine, however I don’t know exactly where the idea is going. Creating things in Virtual Reality is extremely exciting and intuitive, however I still am not sure what the “end product” of these might be.
I guess when you escape to the Southeast, especially when you live right near the beach, weather is a new worry. As the category 4 hurricane Florence made it’s way to the Carolina’s, our town was called to evacuate. Being new the the whole thing, we packed up and left. The storm then slowed down to a 3, then 2, then finally hit land in North Carolina as a category 1. Still awful, and brought a lot of flooding to those north of us, however Charleston was spared… Tracking the storm was really fun for me though. I loved all the radar imagery and especially the spaghetti models. Here is an animated GIF showing the powerful spiral of the storm as it creeps onto land.
Finished up a full day of photo editing, then went to the pier to watch the sunset… Folly Beach has such a long and beautiful pier. I really love walking out to the end of it and realizing how far into the ocean I am. It’s a strange feeling. The textures and shapes the movement of water creates is hypnotizing. This is a place I will be visiting quite often. Stick around for more animated GIF’s!
I recently made a drastic life change. I moved to Charleston, South Carolina! All of my days were spent in the Northeast (plus a little in the Midwest) and so it was time to go somewhere completely new. Although my main goal was to be by the ocean, another “plus” of being in the South is to completely escape the cold and snow-filled winters of the North. I won’t miss those white days.
Today I found this little gem. I took shelter from a sudden heavy rain inside of a two-story treehouse overlooking a giant river.Got soaking wet regardless, but it was fun… Lately I have been into creating animated GIFs. I love photography, but photographs sometimes feel flat or silent or unnatural. Animated images give the viewer a sense of time and space, and even a little movement (such as this rain) tells a much more real story. Now I just wait for the artistic inspiration of Charleston to grab me.
An true artist works in many mediums, including Lite-Brite… While going through some of my old things, I found a large container of Lite-Brite color pegs. I washed them with soap and water and let them dry overnight. In what could be described as a Jackson Pollock inspired image, I created this fun photograph that has a sense of nostalgia for many.
I created a tripod stand for my phone and took it outside late at night. I filmed the dark night sky but decided to add some drama by making wind sounds with my mouth. I am a man of many talents. I think.
At my last job, I would always sit on top of the picnic table outside. This apparently annoyed the secretary, and rather than speaking to me she made a sign on colorful paper that said: “No Sitting On The Table”. After weeks in the sun, I noticed the once colorful sign was now losing its vibrancy. This gave me the idea to use this un-archival-ness as a photographic process.
I scanned a 4×5 negative of a tree, made a positive print on transparency paper, then placed it inside a frame atop of a piece of red construction paper… Over the past few days I kept the paper in direct sunlight for 30 hours. The sun burned some of the color away but kept the parts that were covered, creating a photographic print using only the sun.
I thought I had created a simple process, but of course, nothing is new. After searching the internet I found that this is not only a fairly common process, but it is a craft to teach kids. So basically I discovered a kids craft and thought I was a genius.