Yes, Mardi Gras is a bit over the top… but it is a spectacle that one has to see to believe. This quick video and snap shots were made with the help of my wife’s Kodak Easy Share camera and several shots of bourbon. (Bear in mind, all video and image were shot in the Garden District which is a far cry from the total insanity of the French Quarter…)
As for my actual artworks I will start processing film tomorrow- yes in Caffenol C!- and I will post examples soon.
I always like to get email and notes from photographers who use information gathered here on FR or who use the products I make for their artworks… I just received this email and photo (see below) from Richard Selwyn… very cool… literally!
Richard’s Email Text: A few photos for you from Argentina, Patagonia (ektar 100 film, 35mm lux or WATE). We had a great time and your bag was amazing. Was really harsh conditions – trekking in winter with some v bad weather. The bag worked beautifully and was even better because it is so light and hard wearing. Thanks also for sending the bag through to me quickly.
Below find new artworks from my recent photographic trip to Italy. All of the images below were shot on an XA 4 using Kodak Ektar film. I am still scanning and editing my film and anticipate finishing this body of work in a month or two, at which time I will post a complete portfolio. No titles yet; just basic information with each image for identification purposes. The last image in the series however is a photograph of a finished printed artwork from this series and as such has additional information.
I decided to keep a quick audio journal on my recent photographic trip to Italy. Each day recording is around 2 or 3 minutes long, with thoughts on light, travel and places visited as well as on what worked and what didn’t. Also see the snapshots below of places mentioned in the audio, as well as yours truly in Rome… note the well traveled BBB2 (also note how the flash is illuminating the reflective panel… this level of safety is really nice in a city like Rome with its somewhat questionable driving regulations!)
Everything I post here on the Figital Revolution is- in one way or another- part of a test I am running for my own Artworks, or for a client at Indian Hill Imageworks. Over the last few months I have been testing the Olympus XA, the LOMO LCA, the Olympus XA 4, Kodak Ektar 100, alternative printing paper, perfecting my carry solution (BBB) and new methods for hanging artwork. Now it is time to put everything into action! I am leaving for Italy in a few days (note the Italian Flag) and all of the works and testing will finally get full use. Below is a new image I just made called Winter Leaves, Vermont. 2009. It is made using the Olympus XA 4 using an in-camera multi exposure, overlapping-negative technique I have been refining for the last few months. The film: Kodak Ektar 100…I am taking 40 rolls of it with me to Italy! The paper/ image: printed on an uncoated sheet of Arches Rough 22″ x 30″, 640 gsm as a d’Vinci Print (12 color).
Note: I am about to test a similar style paper with some different sizing properties made by Fabriano… since my new artworks will be from Italy it only seemed right to look at Italian paper. Hey, they’ve been making paper for over 700 years… they have to be doing something right!
Winter Leaves, Vermont. 2009
Edition size: One
Image Size: 25″ x 9″
Paper Size: 22″ x 30″
Copyright Stephen M. Schaub 2009
Finally, I will be working on additional articles while traveling so get ready for new and exciting things here on FR once I return.
Security at US airports has never been tighter… so how does that affect traveling photographers? ALOT! This quick audio blog gives a few important tips on how to navigate today’s security when traveling with your photographic equipment.
As promised here is a sample image (my wife Eve Ogden Schaub of Life=Art) in Puerto Rico pushing the new TMY-2 (Tmax 400) to an E.I. of 1600 and processed in Xtol Straight using Kodak’s suggested time/ temp . The light was very, very low as even at an E.I. of 1600 my exposure was still 1/8 at F1.4 (hand-held.) The image was made with a Leica M7 with a 50mm Summilux.
So what are my thoughts????
Please note: click on the thumbnails for a larger view.
1. Of course there is more grain than the 400 speed test I posted a few days ago (click here) but not a lot considering this is a 2 stop push! It is not as crisp and lacks some fine image detail as the other test image had due to the increased grain and I am sure the slow shutter speed and the f1.4 working f stop ( I do the best I can, but on 10 shots of espresso a day what do you expect?)
2. Good shadow detail and the highlights still have nice separation especially considering the light source.
3. Easy to scan- no problems with excessive contrast or anything…the scan was as easy as my last test scan. (Scanned on an Imacon Scanner at 3200 dpi, 16 Bit, wet mount, no sharpening.)
So what does this mean??? Where do we (I) go from here?
Well I for one will shoot this film as my NEW primary film at box speed (400) – but it is nice to know that in a pinch I can push this film to meet my needs no matter what they are… I am going to continue my exploration of different developers (stay tuned!!) for this film, but for now- Xtol works fine. Once again in my opinion – Kudos to Kodak! (It’s been a long while since I’ve been able to say that twice in one week!)
Ok, I admit it…I’m a bag (camera bag) aholic. Are you?This audioblog seeks to give an answer to this “condition” that plagues photographers everywhere. How should you carry your gear? Why do camera bags suck? What is the best way to carry your gear for travel photography? All of these and more are considered and answered in this therapeutic audioblog. The images below are referenced in this audioblog so give a listen and let the healing begin. To order the bag seen below (does not include insert) call: Iomar Perez in Puerto Rico at 787.612.6862.
Hybrid Artist Stephen M. Schaub summarizes his 2 week photographic excursion in Puerto Rico with suggestions and real world shooting solutions for the working photographer. Upcoming related audioblogs will include: film tests for the new Kodak TMY-2 (TMAX 400) and The Y Strap User Report.