Here’s some news and upcoming projects I’m working on
My internet-photo friend Nic Nichols from The Four Corners Store will be taking over toycamera.com. Go, Nic! Can’t wait to see what he does with the site.
Just visited a few local breweries today and shot a roll of B&W film using my Brownie Hawkeye. Should be fun. In the meantime, here are some Hipstamatic shots from the day:
We visited Evolution Brewery in Delmar, DE and Dogfish Head in Milton, DE, two of our favorite local craft beer purveyors. We had some tasty samples of old favorites and yummy seasonal brews, and chatted with other beer lovers. I struck up a conversation with two fellows at Dogfish Head when they saw my Brownie. One of those guys had a very fancy, pro-model Nikon D300 with 28-200mm lens. It was quite a sight to see the Bakelight Brownie beside the high-tech Nikon. Both guys were surprised you could still get 120mm film and equally impressed the I develop my own B&W in my garage.
My 36 frames in 12 hours roll came our incredibly underexposed, but I’m going to scan them this week and my fine photo friend Ndroo, who’s coordinating the world-wide project, will be compiling the images on his website Fuzzyeyeballs.
FlickrFitzy from the UK is starting up a new iPhoneography website, in which I will be an occasional contributor. The site is still in the Beta testing mode but as soon as it goes live, I’ll let you know. In the meantime, check out her flickr stream. She’s creating some beautiful iPhone images.
Until next week…..
I love turning an ordinary object into an abstract work of art and my favorite technique is macro photography. According to the Wiki :
Macro photography is close-up photography. The classical definition is that the image projected on the “film plane” (i.e., film or a digital sensor) is close to the same size as the subject. Lenses designed for macro are usually at their sharpest at macro focus distances and are not quite as sharp at other focus distances.
In recent years, the term macro has been used in marketing material to mean being able to focus on a subject close enough so that when a regular 6×4 inch (15×10 cm) print is made, the image is life-size or larger. With 35mm film this requires a magnification ratio of only approximately 1:4, which demands a lower lens quality than 1:1. With digital cameras the actual image size is rarely stated, so that the magnification ratio is largely irrelevant; cameras instead advertise their closest focusing distance.
Blah, blah, blah, right? I like the definition that states the image would be life-sized or larger and that’s normally how I execute my macro photos.
With my iPhone 4 I’ve taken some really nice close-up shots without any extra lenses. Here are a few examples:
When I want to get wickedly, uncomfortably, we’d-better-be-really-good-friends kind of close, I use a magnification loupe. You remember those, don’t you? Once upon a time when we didn’t have digital cameras we used loupes to view our negatives on light boards. Here’s a little portrait of mine
It’s a little plastic thing that has 8X magnification power and is one of the coolest macro tools I have. Simply place the loupe over the object you want to magnify and move the phone in and out to achieve the correct focus. It’s fun to play around with the area of focus when you’re trying to take a shot of a flower or other object that is very dimensional. By moving the loupe around the subject you can create bokeh within the macro shot.
The one thing you do need is a lot of light, just as you do when using a macro or magnification lens on an SLR. You can see from the picture of my loupe that the edges and corners throw a lot of shadows around. This is another thing to beware of. It takes some practice and patience to get all the angles right so that there are no shadows or tell-tale vignetting but it’s well worth the results. Here are a few of my favorites.