Artists of APN: Pearwood
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This month I got to hang out with pearwood, a photographer unique in his ways within the APN community. Why, you ask? Keep reading, and you'll learn!

2018-086 The pond by Bethlehem Retreat House by pearwood

Hello pearwood! Thanks so much for joining me today! Could you introduce yourself?


:iconpearwood:
Hi, Monique! I'm Steve. I signed up with dA back in January 2005 so I could follow my artist friends who were leaving Elfwood in droves. I uploaded some of my canoeing photos to show folks what I was doing and found to my surprise that I could hold my own. Since then, dA has been my photography class. It's all about commenting and community.


2018-116 Down the hill by pearwood 2018-118 Bog by pearwood

When I was browsing your gallery, I noticed that the majority- it not all- of your work are film shots. Can you share a little about why you still use film?


:iconpearwood:
I have been a computer and network geek forever -- and both my parents were into computers before I was. I wrote my first computer program over 50 years ago in high school. My dad taught me enough cookbook Fortran to work out a geometry puzzle I playing with. "That's what computers are for; they're fast idiots."

I bought a perfectly fine Canon Rebel XTi DSLR in 2007. Then my folks broke up housekeeping and my dad gave me a bag of his onld cameras, including his beautiful Welta Weltur. I wanted to put it back in service, so I took some classes at the Community Darkroom in Rochester and started shooting and developing my own black and white. I was hooked. Then my sister-in-law gave my her old Yashica-D TLR. That did it. I finally gave away my DLSR because it was too nice a camera to have gathering dust on the shelf.

It wasn't film so much that hooked my as classic film cameras, the ones with no batteries or electronics. It's like shooting everything in manual mode with your DSLR, except that the light meter lives in my pocked. These old cameras are for me rebellion, sanity, and lots of fun.


2018-124 Trott Pond by pearwood 2018-122 Canada Geese on Eastman Lake by pearwood

Film photography seems like something special to you! How does it work with Animals, Plants and Nature photography?


:iconpearwood:
Film really makes no difference. Folks were doing world-class nature photography since long before digital cameras showed up. The difference is shooting in manual mode without an automatic focus. It forces me to slow down and think about what I am doing. I can't shoot in burst mode and hope that one of the shots catches the animal or bird in just the right moment. It's just me, the subject, and the camera.


2018-122 Along Eastman Lake by pearwood 2018-121 Daffodils on the hill by pearwood

Do you ever run into any difficulties?


:iconpearwood:


2018-158 Along the way home by pearwood 2018-184 Back to level ground by pearwood

Do you develop your film yourself or is it done for you?


:iconpearwood:
Black and white I develop myself, color I let the lab do. I occasionally do wet prints, but mostly I scan the negatives with my Epson V500.


2018-205 Across from Inspiration Point (D3) by pearwood 2018-198 Hanging on by pearwood

Do you have a favourite type of film and/or camera?


:iconpearwood:
The Yashica-D is my main working camera. I like the square format and big negatives. It just feels right in my hands. But I do like my Argus C3 bricks and the pinhole cameras.

Kodak makes marvelous black and white film, especially the Tri-X series, but it's pricey. Ilford also does a very fine job. It's my staple, especially the HP5 Plus ASA 400 black and white.


2018-086 The pond and the Lady by pearwood 2018-001 Trunk and branches by pearwood

Which of your animals, plants and nature shots is your favourite? Could you share some background on it?


:iconpearwood:
This one of the lower falls footbridge is right up there. I took it with the Argus C3 with a red filter to enhance contrast and Ilford Delta 400 film. Everything came together, including the things I had absolutely no control over like the people on the bridge positioning themselves so perfectly.
2014-195 Lower Falls Footbridge by pearwood

2018-004 The woods by pearwood 2017-308 Mendon Ponds Bog by pearwood

Is there something you wish you had known sooner?


:iconpearwood:
Hard to say. No matter where you start in your photography it's a journey. And you never stop learning.


2016-260 Across the street from work by pearwood 2016-221 Letchworth Middle Falls by pearwood

Do you have any tips for fellow photographers- especially on film photography?


:iconpearwood:
Keep at it. Don't rush. Think before you shoot. Have fun.


If you enjoyed this interview, make sure to check out pearwood's gallery!

2016-207 Downstream from the dam overlook by pearwood  2016-150 Heading back to the shop by pearwood  2016-096 Along the Hudson River by pearwood  2016-075 October dreams by pearwood
2016-118 The falls at Honeye Falls 1 by pearwood  2016-121 Upstream to the falls by pearwood  2016-128 South on Irondequoit Bay to the bridge by pearwood  2015-342 Sunset at Nedloh Brewing Company 1 by pearwood
2017-363 Branches out back by pearwood  2017-293 Letchworth falls from Inspiration Point H by pearwood  2016-277 With open arms by pearwood  2016-252 The sky above Climbing Bines by pearwood


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Mocris's avatar
Mocris|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you Yuukon and pearwood :love:
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rdungan1918's avatar
Congrat's on the interview. :D
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Observer14|Professional Traditional Artist
Very cool!

(I'm pearwood's little brother, so it's interesting to see how our artistic journeys have both walked in parallel, and diverged.  Both of us coming from very technical, computer backgrounds and separately coming around the corner, Steve into film photography and me into sculpture.  Love seeing his interview here.)
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AfricanObserver|Hobbyist Photographer
Slowing down, taking fewer, more thoughtful photos. That's good advice from Steve.
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Yuukon's avatar
Most definitely!
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thebody-photography|Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful. Thanks for taking the time and sharing with us. 
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Yuukon's avatar
I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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:clap:
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:heart:
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Nachtmahr1310|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very interesting and an enjoyable read.
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Yuukon's avatar
I'm glad you enjoyed it! :heart:
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ov3|Hobbyist Photographer
cool interview, Steve ! 

Thanks to Monique ;)
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I'm glad you enjoyed it! :heart:
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ov3|Hobbyist Photographer
:):)
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davincipoppalag|Hobbyist General Artist
cool interview of steve
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I'm glad you enjoyed it! :heart:
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davincipoppalag|Hobbyist General Artist
yep!!
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pearwood|Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, Monique! I like your selection of photographs.

"Lower Falls Footbridge" will be on display at Image City Photography Gallery in Rochester for their March "Partners Picks Retrospective" show. I think it is one of my very best images.

Blessings,
Steve
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It was a pleasure, Steve!
And that's great! Congratulations! :la:
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Wonderful art and interview, congrats for pearwood
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pearwood|Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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I'm glad you enjoyed it! :heart:
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