a 3D Artist/Animator who has begun taking black and white photography
in an attempt to get back to the basics of light and shadow. Many
of my clients demand high-impact, colorful graphics, which have
their place to be sure.
But it can often become overwhelming, and the act of doing black
and white photography clears my mind a little.
photos tend to be graphic in nature, and I try to look for strong
leading lines. Some have described by photos as "3D",
which I suppose comes from doing so much 3D work. I do allow myself
to alter the images in Photoshop, using dodging and burning. I've
found this to be such a great technique for
isolating subjects or bringing out emotions. I didn't dodge and
burn at first, but now I do it on every image.
my fill of dark room work when I was working at JPL/Palomar
Observatory. We would venture up to Palomar each month for six nights
and take pictures of the sky using the 18" Schmidt camera.
We used hypered 4415 film, usually processed about 100 films a night.
We took pairs of films of different areas of the sky with a 40 minute
separation. We would then take a pair of films and look at them
under a stereo microscope, trying to detect near-earth asteroids
and comets. It was fun work, but also hard work, and I
learned to really hate dark rooms in the process.
actual shooting technique is for the most part point and click.
The act of photography for me has come out of my love for hiking
through the deserts on very hot days. I drive out to locations in
my jeep, and then usually hike in the rest of the way. I'm not one
to wait in one spot for very long, I'm much happier taking pictures
while I'm on the move. Since I've started doing photography, I'm
seeing the desert in a new way, and this in turn gives me
new ideas about photography.
usually more interested in finding new areas to photograph, rather
than taking pictures in more popular areas. I think this state of
mind dates back to the Palomar days, searching for comets, the thrill
of the hunt. But in this case I'm hunting for new areas, new meanings,
new questions. I feel very satisfied when I find a subject, because
I know that I had to work for it. I was searching for "something",
and I found something. Three hours from
home, in the middle of nowhere, I found something. It always reminds
me how much more there is to see, and how little I've seen.
Info: I'm using a Minolta D'Image F300 Camera, and circular polarizing
filter. At this time I don't use a tripod. I take all of my pictures
in color, and convert them to black and white in Photoshop. I generally
convert to black and white via the channel mixer, because it helps
to cut down on the graininess of the sky. Next, I dodge and burn,
playing with different contrasts and levels. After dodging and burning,
I always add some unsharp mask, usually with a large radius, and
a small amount. This helps to accentuate certain features in the
image and increases the overall
impact. Next, I add another layer of unsharp mask, this time with
a very small radius and a larger amount. This adds a more traditional
sharpening to the image.
2003 FOTO ART MAGAZINE