Sunday, November 19, 2017

Tyson studio in shut down mode

Yes, its for real, inside temperature at the Tyson studio was 52° today and its just not reasonable to run the heaters any more. Shut the place down for the winter months, covered the soft boxes and unplugged the strobes and rolled up the backdrops to prevent the mice from making a mess of them. I'll miss the studio!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Only 98 days until Fat Tuesday!

Already thinking about Mardi Gras 2018. Too soon? This will be Mardi Gras #27 for me, I started in 1990 and only missed one year (the year I went to Italy to photograph it there). This upcoming year Aimee and I have vowed to re-think how we photograph this event.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

New Printer for the Digital Den

I replaced my older Epson 4900 after three years of service. It was starting to show its age and was requiring more and more TLC to keep it happy. The new P-5000 Epson, which I purchased from Jim Doyle at Shades of Paper, is an improvement. First is the noise, its a quieter printer although still not wake a sleeping baby quiet. The biggest difference I am seeing is that as suggested by Jim, the blacks are noticeably richer with a stronger D-MAX. On the negative side, the menu has changed just enough to make you pay attention and relearn the new selections and menu on the printer.
Still, when you think of it, this $1700 printer (less the $300 Epson rebate) will last me 3-4 years at best before a replacement is needed. In 1978, after settling in after graduate school, I purchased a Beseler 45MX enlarger for a little less than that and its still in service at the WU darkrooms. Just saying.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Photo shoot with Rachel at the Tyson studio

This time, I think this will be the last shoot of the season out at the Tyson studio, at least the last nude shoot out at the studio. When I got there it was 65° inside and after two hours of all the heating roaring I got it up to 70°. My first time working with Rachel and it was a productive shoot.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Along I-55 and old Rt. 66 Illinois

Nothing beats the pure photographic enjoyment of just driving around a new landscape and looking for photographs with a good friend. On the way to the MW SPE conference with Becky Nolan we did just that. Jogging up I-55 and old route 66 we stopped in small towns along the way to photograph. None of these photographs will end up in any larger portfolio but the point was more to explore and work without the "burden" of keeping on task for the larger project.