A tiny empty glass bottle, three decaying leaves, and three lake stones on a wooden table.
This was photographed with a single speedlight flash camera left, fitted with a homemade diffuser to soften the harsh light. Processed in Lightroom and Photoshop.
Nikon D700, 50mm lens, ISO 100, 1/200, f/4.
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I’ve been fascinated with pinhole photography since I built my first pinhole camera out of an oatmeal container way back in high school. (For those of you keeping score, that was over 30 years ago.) There is something amazing about how such a tiny pinhole can capture such cool imagery. What is more amazing is how old the pinhole camera is. Originally called the “Camera Obscura”, latin for dark room or chamber, the earliest written record of it was from around 400 BC! About 1800 years or so later, this is what Leonardo Da Vinci said about it:
"Who would believe that so small a space could contain the image of all the universe? O mighty process! What talent can avail to penetrate a nature such as these? What tongue will it be that can unfold so great a wonder? Verily, none! This it is that guides the human discourse to the considering of divine things. Here the figures, here the colors, here all the images of every part of the universe are contracted to a point. O what a point is so marvelous!"
Recently, I decided to try my hand at some digital pinhole photographs. I created a pinhole “lens” for my Nikon D700 using an old body cap, a small piece of tin, a pin (duh!), and some electrical tape. With this particular shot I realized a couple of things – well, it’s really one thing. With such a small opening you need quite a bit of light to capture your scene or you need a really long exposure. Really long. To get this particular shot from a dark, scary back room of our basement (see another shot here), I needed a 32 minute exposure at 400 ISO and that was a bit underexposed. It's got some weird crescent-shaped artifacts and a lot of noise. Either way, I like what I captured – all without a true lens.
So I’m not sure where this experimental photography kick is going to take me, but it’d going to be a fun journey!
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Day 33 of 365.
Emotion. Mood. Feelings. This is what I capture through my photographs. Whether it is landscapes, architectural elements, still life, or macros - it is a very personal journey as my own fears, triumphs, beliefs, and shortcomings are exposed with each photo.
Much of what I shoot is done spontaneously without preconceived thought or plan. I let what is around me dictate what is photographed.
And the shooting is only the first step - a jumping off point. I take the raw images and create what I see in my mind’s eye. Coaxing out textures present in the shot – sometimes adding them. Enhancing the contrast of light and dark to create the mood and emotions I felt and feel. In the end, it’s all about listening to my heart and mind and creating a visual representation of what I feel the moment the shutter is released.
I'm a native Texan currently living in Milwaukee with my lovely wife and son.
I'm available for hire and commission. Please contact me for rates.
I use Nikon cameras and lenses, Induro tripods and Lowpro camera bags.