By James Troi - 20th April, 2018 filed in Cool Stuff
Big thanks to Chrisy who shared this piece with us... The video in the article is where it's at... if you thought dodging and burning in photoshop was difficult to master, consider Christopher Burkett's process: it sometimes takes him up to 8 hours to make a print in his non-digital process as he truely paints with light.
The "racing against time" in the headline of the original piece at PetaPixel at first had me thinking the poor guy was ill, thankfully not the case, rather Christopher works in an 8x10 format on Cibachrome paper which is no longer manufactured, but he's bought a 10-year supply. Only trouble is, once exposed and developed the Cibachrome will degrade over time and Christopher needs to make all the prints he wishes to before the original work is not longer viable.
True Puritans, Christopher and his wife travel to locations and look to find interesting scenes to shoot, sometimes that takes an hour, sometimes they stay for a whole week looking for the best shot. I think in the digital age a lot of us have lost the finesse it takes to make a great image. It's perhaps too easy to point and click rather than the effort it takes for folks like Christopher to lug around his huge 8x10 camera, set it up, move the bellows for depth of field and focus and another bellows for the lens hood. He has to be sure he has a shot to make before he goes through all that effort.
Following this process in finding his image, he then exposes it, you'll note his wife standing off the the side, making what I assume to be notes about his exposure settings (another thing we used to do quite often back in the day, before digital and metadata). But the real show of talent comes at around the 5:30 mark when you see how Christopher doges and burns his image during exposure. While you're seeing his process using Cibachrome, the process was much the same when exposing smaller film thought an enlarger onto photo paper.
Anyway, enough of my blathering, check out the video below from PBS News Hour for more, and be amazed at what people are still doing to make a photo.
By James Troi - 17th April, 2018 filed in Cool Stuff
During the visit to St Arnaud and Donald a trio of our members had quite the chance encounter.
While at a cafe in Tarnagulla on Sunday the members were having a conversation about the town they had stopped in, they were handed a sheet of paper to read by the cafe owner, it was from the man sitting at the table next to them. Overhearing their conversation the man, a local resident and poet Ken Peake, had been inspired to put pen to paper and write his third poem for the day.
A regular at the cafe, Mr Peake visits for coffee and inspiration to write is poems and on this day he had plenty.
By James Troi - 6th July, 2017 filed in Cool Stuff
So, in the Web Whip this week I included a link to PixelPeeper.io, a website where you can upload a JPG image and, if it hasn't had its metadata stripped, see the Lightroom adjustments that have been made. Well seems the world of photography as a love/hate relationship with the site, that is largely unfounded... because... you've actually always been able to do this in Photoshop!
To confirm that PixelPeeper does what it claims to, I uploaded one of my images to the site to see the results.
FijiFilm are running an event called "People wth Cameras" they'll have scenes set up and a competition on the day with great prizes. You don't have to be using a FujiFilm camera to attend. View the details of People with Cameras.
By James Troi - 10th August, 2016 filed in Cool Stuff
Sunday August 14, 2016 the Roulettes are coming to the Point Cook RAAF Museum at 1pm. I used to live in the area, you may have to get in early to get a good position, generally folks enter the Museum grounds or hang out at the nearby Point Cook Coastal Park to watch these guys do their thing.
Also this Sunday the Military Historical Society Geelong, will have a display day at the B-24 Liberator site at the corner of Princess Hwy & Farm Road in Werribee from 9:30am to 3:30pm. The Society will be presenting military re-enactments, uniforms, bivouac, and vehicles. They will also be firing their cannon. The Liberator restoration team will also be doing guided tours of the restoration work, fire up an engine and give a demonstration of the instruments from the B-24 Liberator. Admission is $15 per adult, kids (under 16) free. For more information view the program for the day.
Not sure if you've heard about Photograph Pro? Basically an expensive piece of software that will animate portions of your image, after the fact. It has varying levels of success as far as looking realistic goes. Well if you like this kind of thing, instead of paying US$300, someone has found a "pay what you like" photoshop action that seems to do the same thing. More information about this at Petapixel.
You can of course take a lot of great band photos just by rocking up to the local pubs with your camera. But coming this weekend the Melbourne Guitar Festival is on and is a must for any guitar lover. It will feature three stages of entertainment across the weekend at the Caulfield Racecourse. See details and tickets.