Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hard drive mining

I have so much digital material now I keep forgetting where everything is. The more I scan and save, then edit and save, then re-edit and save, the more I leave digital artifacts that started within one context and ended in another. They aren't like prints that get bent and scratched and thrown away - they are there in pieces - scattered about on drives and CD's and emails and web content.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Jesse Bernstein

A film company is looking for material as they finish up a documentary about Jesse Bernstein's life and work. They asked me to scan some images I had from when he visited Anna and I in Olympia. I won't deny it was a trying few days and by the end I was glad to drive him - at a moment's notice of course - to Vancouver BC.

At some point, Jesse hurled a fifth bottle out the window on I-5 North.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Chris' Glass Piece

I did another test project today with my lights. My friend Chris sent me a glass piece a few years ago and I've always loved it. The difficulty was capturing a bit of the mood of the piece as well as lighting it without too many hot spots, etc.

I tried first to capture the whole piece with some constrasting light. I wasn't satisfied with capturing the texture of the glass - was getting too much hot light. A softbox or another source to reflection would have been good but considering my living room / dining room table was my backdrop and I didn't have any other reflectors, I went for mood. Here is a close up.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

John visiting

I'm using every opportunity I can to bug folks into standing for me. I had about 2 minutes after I got the lights set to take 7 frames. There are actually 2 strobes going on but the one behind John to the left was on 1/8'th power and just wasn't making an impact.