New Personal Project… maybe?

I recently started a new personal project. It all started with the above image. Halfway into the project, I realized that it’s not working out as I had envisioned. This is one of those situations where you’re pretty much left with three options… 1) keep pushing through and produce crap that you’re not happy with, 2) try and figure out another solution or 3) just scrap the whole thing and call it a learning experience.

Although my “gut” is telling me to take option 3 and move onto the other five projects I have going, but I’ll probably spend too much time going with option 2, before I realize option 3 was the right answer.

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Old Train 2

A close up shot of an old train. I really liked how the light was hitting the black painted surfaces, as it brought out subtle textures and provided shape to the dark steel mass. 

The image was captured with a TOYO 45A view camera, and shot on Kodak 100 TMAX B&W film. Film was processed in Kodak D76.

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Old Train

I decided to stick with the transportation theme, and post the image of the old train wheels. I don’t really remember where I found the restored locomotive, but I know it was on a return trip from a photo shoot. I would have liked to have gotten a nice overall shot of it, but due to the ugly fence surrounding it, I decided to keep things a little tight.

As an added bonus to focusing in on one section of the train, I was able to capture the small flower coming up near the bottom left of the image. It just adds a nice contrast to all the steel, and it would have never been noticeable if I had went for the wide view.

The image was captured with a TOYO 45A view camera, and shot on Kodak 100 TMAX B&W film. Film was processed in Kodak D76.

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Old Cars

Since my day started off with having to pick up one of my vehicles from the body shop, I felt drawn to post a car image. Maybe it was all the “classic car – shop talk” with the body shop manager this morning, that had me thinking about this pic… but who knows? Either way, it was about time to post it somewhere. The image has just been sitting on the hard drive, since it was captured several years ago.

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Looking Back

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After my last post, I decided to go with another fine art image from back in the day. I had been recently going through older images, while I was in the process of deciding what to hang on the studio walls.

It was great looking back through some of the old images, from when I use to do a lot more B&W fine art work. Some were good… some not so good. There were many that I totally remember shooting, and even what the conditions were like the day I captured the images. There were also a handful, that I don’t even remember taking. It can be an interesting learning experience, seeing what you’ve done in the past and comparing it to what you’re doing now.

The above image of the “Dirty Toilet” was shot with a Mamiya RB67 (one of my all time favorite cameras) and on B&W film. I still love the reaction from people after they see the image, as it now hangs in the studio.