Posts Tagged ‘Eric McCormack fine art photography’by Eric on May 7, 2012 in Photo Blog with No Comments
Throughout the city of Portland there are real gems found in the driveways and streets. Over the past year, when I have been wandering or driving to my destinations I have either; mentally noted for future reference, or when my camera is with me and had the opportunity to capture these absolute gems of the auto industry in and around the inner neighborhoods of Portland, OR.
I have just recently come upon my annual Pro Membership with Flickr. I have been influenced by select photographers whom I have been following. One is located in Maryland. Here is his photo stream. The other photographer is from Minnesota her stream is here. The third is located here in Portland and his photo stream is here. Although I have been attracted to photographing automobiles for some time I feel that after viewing these photographers that my esthetic has changed and in turn has improve my own vision.
One of my favorite neighborhood places, called Breakside Brewery serves great food and has really good beer. That is saying a lot given that we live in Beervana. My wife and I have been imbibing their well crafted beers for some time. We have become antiquated with the owners and most of their staff. It is a great place. One of the guys who works there had grown an incredible mustache. This is a ‘world class’ piece of facial hair.
I saw his incredible work of art the other day and asked if he would be interested in posing for a photo. Travis was happy to pose and even brought along some very nice hats the suited the his mustache. Here are a few images from the first shoot, that was cut short. He was being called upon by a new hire and had to make her feel more comfortable.
We will be shooting again soon.
My Mother in Law is visiting from Honduras. I am enjoying her visit. It has been very easy for me having her here. I was nervous at the beginning because my wife booked her flight for her stay to last 3 months. You see my Mother in Law, let’s call her Pita from now on, had never left Honduras. So you can understand my trepidation for having her stay here for that length of time. As I said it has been very nice for me.
This weekend we took a drive to the coast. Our destination was Manzanita, OR. I just love this small coastal town. We have been going there for the last 5 plus years. Anyway it is very familiar to me.My wife and I really enjoy Manzanita. Today we had the opportunity to show Pita the coast of the Pacific Northwest.
I had the idea to photograph Pita in front of our Azalea bush which always blooms beautifully in the Spring. We she acquiesced. Here is one of my favorite photo I took. I am also including a photo of my 2nd cousin whom I had the opportunity to photograph after Pita.
Pushing the Limits of 35mm
These images are from Montana where most of my family gathered for the Christmas holiday. I brought my Leica M7 and several rolls of film. I had just learned about Efke 25 film and was excited to give it a try with some sweeping Montana landscapes. I brought with me my borrowed 35mm Leitz lens. This particular lens is perfect for the “Big Sky State”.
I usually well almost exclusively shoot Kodak film Tri-X being the staple choice for black and white photography. After trolling around Flickr I discovered Efke and with that Rodinal developer and stand developing. The following images here I shot with Efke and processed in Rodinal 1:100 dilution and stand developed for 1 hour. My first go around with Rodinal and stand developing was less than optimal.See this post. I am pretty happy with my results this time around.
While in Montana I ran into another photographer who said he would shoot large format. Now those cameras will produce amazing negatives.
Well I when I purchased my Leica I knew that I wanted a camera that was light and mobile.So I have a camera with amazing glass and can produce beautiful images. I just wanted to shoot atypical photographs with my Leica that being landscapes.
I was fortunate enough to grab some time and roll around the area close to where we were staying in Manhattan, MT. I hope you enjoy my photos.
I have always been sort of reticent to cross process my film. The colors are never true but they can produce very interesting results. If you are purist with color than cross processing will be uncomfortable for you.
That may not be a bad thing. Pushing yourself into uncomfortable territory is sometimes a very good place to be and you may grow creatively from it. I have not done a lot of cross processing but personally I prefer shooting chrome and processing the film in C-41 chemistry. I just prefer the look of slide film going the way of the negative.
Outside of the extreme color shift, one of the side effects that occurs is grain. There will appear more grain in your crossed processed film. If you are adamantly opposed to film grain than this may not me your thing. But again I think that the results may outweigh the negatives.
If you are a film photographer I urge you to give it a try, experiment is that not what life is all about. Experimentation and living?
Here is another example of cross processed film:
Please view more crossed processed film on my Flickr page.
To Choose or Not to Choose…
I have been asked to donate again one of my photographs for an auction at the school where my brother teaches. I donated one last year and the selection was made by 2 of the women who were handling the organization of the auction. Here was the photo that was selected for last years auction:
This year they are leaving the selection up to me. I have a good idea of which photo I am thinking of selecting.
That is the major reason for this post. I figured that I would put it out there to see if there were any opinions as to which photo I should submit to the auction this year.
If you are interested you can comment on this post. If you would like you can comment on any of my photos on my Flickr stream.
We arrived at our destination roughly 12 hours later, actually 13 because of a GPS misinterpretation from my trusty navigator who frequently says “I Love my GP!” I do not love the GP.
Anyway the rest of the family was there. It was a great time and such a refreshing time for me. Thanks to Andrea and Cheryl for the week hiatus thank you soo much!
Montana is truly the Big Sky State it is pretty amazing really, I have lived in Colorado and Wyoming both with sprawling skies, however there is something very different about Montana skies. A day after settling in my oldest son and one of my brothers took a ride around to take pictures. My brother is an avid raptor fan, and loves to photograph them. He even tends after Hawks where he lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Well raptors are plentiful in Montana especially in Gallatin county. The skies are frequented by hawks and eagles. Just down the road from where we were staying perched in a tree was a bald eagle. It almost waited for us to pull up and my brother just started snapping away from outside the passenger window. After he was finished we drove on a little further. The sun was beginning to set and I wanted to capture the scene. If you are into mountain vistas this part of Montana is full of them! I found a spot and set up my camera on my tripod and adjusted and focused and than started to shoot I had a neutral density filter on the lens this allows you to take long exposure photographs during the daylight. Both my brother and son asked what I was doing? “I am just taking a photo, we will see if it works”, I said.
Here it is you decide…
Montana Part 1
We started our road trip from Portland to Bozeman Montana at an ungodly hour, we left the house at 4 am. You see the rest of my family was already there and we (I mean my wife and kids) could not wait any longer to get there. She took the first leg of the trip. Which was a great confidence builder for her since I always drive. Driving with her “brights” on the whole morn/night. I kept telling her to turn them off when oncoming traffic was approaching. Her reply well I can’t see as well. Let http://forrestsfinefurniture.com/?p=46 them suffer, I guess?
I finally fell back asleep, not long enough however. I took the wheel somewhere in Washington before the road started to climb and become twisty. We pushed onward. The kids were mostly sleeping. After driving through Spokane and Coeur d’Alane and getting coffee at a small roadside store we pressed on. Not too long after there was a call from the back. “Dad I have to go to the bathroom.”
Traveling with boys is not such a bad ordeal in this case you just pull over to the side of the road they go and you move on. We were on the road somewhere near the border between Idaho and Montana. There were no signs of a roadside rest area, if memory serves that sign we passed about 10 miles back said no services for another 68 miles. Great!
We were approaching an exit so I decide to pull off there and let him “water the trees”. The exit was not much and we followed the dirt road around a bit we passed a driveway and were greeted by a barking dog, I drove on a little further we also passed a Sarah Palin’s sign in front of another driveway. Drove on a bit further. This should be a good place, so he got out and did the watering and returned to the car. I drove on down a bit further to see a Dead End sign. So flipping around and proceeded back where we came. Up the road was the dog and a man and hanging from his hand was a hammer. As we approached going about 5 miles per hour I moved to go around him. He moved to step in front.
Ok I was thinking to myself this is gonna get weird. Well I slowed to a stop the guy sort of yells through the window “Merry F’&*%*&^*ing Christmas how would you like it if I came to pee on your property?” Sorry sir I says my Son had to use the bathroom. “Yeah I got kids too! These are homes here!” He goes on as his face is twitching in rage I notice the hammer moving a bit. “You know hundreds of people a day come here and f&(*()(ing pee here. I am sorry about that I say I got your message. He just stood there, with all that rage twisting in his face. My brain is screaming go now you idiot! I started to drive away, all I could think is if he stared to swing I am either gonna swing the door open and floor it or just floor it. All he said was Merry Fucking Christmas as I pulled away.
After we get back on the road my wife condescends “You should have ran him over, that is what I would have done!” Trumpeted by my son in the back Yeah Dad!
Well I reply we are all ok the rig is ok and all we had was a guy with a hammer cussing at us. I would say we are good.
I shot and processed my first roll of Efke 25 black and white film. I did a lot of reading around the internet to determine just how to process this film. I have been shooting with Tri-X almost exclusively and processing with D-76. With this film I wanted to challenge myself and I decided to process with Rodinal which is now called R09 One Shot. It is the same chemistry as the legendary Rodinal so I will refer to the chemistry as Rodinal. I decided to develop the roll by way of stand developing. I bought some Rodinal from Blue Moon Camera and Machine.
I was nervous about developing the film. I wanted to get the ratio proper and I did not want to waste this roll. I went on line and found a wide range of ratios and processes. There were many references to Rodinal and how it was the best to develop this slow fine grained film. I dove right in I mixed the chemistry and processed the film. I was so excited when I finally hung the film to dry. Wow the grain structure was amazing. Although something was a little off the base was weird looking. It wasn’t clear. I took the processed film to Blue Moon we talked about why the film look the way it did. I finally realized that I mixed the Rodinal as 10 to 100 or 1:10 not 1:100.
The film was way over processed, although some of the images looked cool. As I said I was totally impressed with the grain of the film. I have another roll in my camera now. I took it to Montana with me on our Christmas vacation and am dying to see the results this time with the 1:100 ratio. More later…
Going Old School with Efke 25
I decided to shoot some old school film Efke 25. I have been doing some reading about this film for a little while. With all the information out on the web, and all the beautiful images on Flickr I decided to buys some of this film and give it a try.
There is a great camera store in North Portland. It is called Blue Moon Camera and Machine which by the way is one of my favorite camera shops in Portland. I purchase my film here. Do check them out the store is great! The sell typewriters and all sorts of oldies but goodies, camera bodies, lenses film and chemicals. They are also very helpful. I especially like that all the men wear a button up shirt and a tie. The place has a very nice atmosphere. If you are in the Pacific Northwest and a film/camera buff I would pay them a visit.
I digress I bought 2 rolls of the Efke 25 ISO film to try. Over the last couple of months I have been driving by a farm house near the Sherwood Ice Arena on the Tualtin/Sherwood highway. It seems we are there once every weekend. I went out earlier in the week to capture the scene that I have seen so many times. With half the roll exposed I am really anticipating the images when processed.
Stay tuned for further developments…