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2018 has been a tough year. With both of my parents suffering from health issues, getting sick myself twice, the loss of a dog, and then the addition of a new puppy to the household, I haven’t been able to photograph as much as I would like. But despite all of that, I was able to make a handful of images that I’m quite proud of. These are my top nine for 2018 that all of you have picked. Thanks for the support. Here’s to a great 2019 for everyone!
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Schulman Photo Lab

I picked up my film from Schulman Photo Lab yesterday, and they did a fantastic job as usual. I can’t recommend them highly enough. Anyway, I have a ton of work ahead of me with scanning and processing. Keep an eye out for some new images in the near future. Also, an acute eye will notice that there is only one color image in this collage. So yes…I shot only one sheet of 8×10 Velvia 50 on my entire trip to the Eastern Sierras, and it came out great. I can’t wait to work on it.
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Crowley Lake

Most people who drive to Mammoth will recognize this old shed. It can be seen from Highway 395 just south of Crowley Lake and sits in the most beautiful setting.
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This image was photographed in 2007 with a Toyo 4×5 view camera on Fuji Velvia 50.
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Owens Valley

Morning light over the Owens Valley looking towards the Volcanic Tablelands. This was photographed with a Toyo 4×5 view camera on Ilford HP5 Plus.
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Red Rock Canyon State Park

This image reminds me of a photograph by Ansel Adams, “Early Morning, Merced River, Autumn”. Both scenes are visible from the road, and just like Ansel with his image, I’ve driven by this location hundreds of times throughout my life. I’ve always wanted to photograph it, but the light was never quite right. However, on this winter day in November of 2013, the light caught my eye, and I couldn’t resist.
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This was photographed with a Toyo 4×5 view camera on Kodak TMAX-400.
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Los Padres National Forest

This is one of my more recent images shot in the Los Padres National Forest. It was photographed with a Toyo 4×5 view camera on Kodak TMAX 100.
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Culver City, California

Two years ago today, we lost our beloved dog, Wilma. She was the other half to Fred, who died many years ago. And yes, I named my pets after The Flinstones! Anyway, Wilma was the sweetest and happiest dog I’ve ever had, and will always be missed.
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This portrait was photographed with a Speed Graphic and a Kodak Aero Ektar 178mm lens.
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Culver City, California

Behind the scenes of our “Nuptials” series of images. This collage shows our setup photographing the print and frame of my in-law’s wedding photo from 1958 as well as some printing of various images in process. Additionally, there are two images of the final prints used at our reception where you can see how we mounted and displayed them on the tables.
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The camera used for all photographs was a Speed Graphic with a Kodak Aero Ektar 178mm lens. A custom lens adapter needed to be made in order to mount this lens on the camera, which is actually a common setup started by David Burnett, @davidburnettfoto. David is a very successful photojournalist and someone whose images I admire and respect. Anyway, this setup is sometimes referred to as the David Burnett Combo. Many photographers use this setup and tilt the lens in such a way to create an effect of miniature, as David has so effectively done throughout his career. But the lens also offers extreme shallow depth of field with an absolutely beautiful bokeh, which is why we used the lens for our project.
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Culver City, California

Nuptials – Image 10/10
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The final image in this series of photos, which was part of our wedding table centerpiece, was photographed on a rock in our backyard. As a symbol of our bond in marriage, we tied them together with a ribbon. But there is another meaning with the ribbon that references an event we implemented during the middle of our ceremony. Before the guests arrived, we set the stage by looping a long ribbon throughout the seating and up and down the length of each row. Then before the ceremony concluded, we asked everyone to pick up the ribbon as we strung it through our rings and handed them to the first guest near us. They were asked to slide the rings down the ribbon to the next guest, thus allowing everyone to see and touch them. This took quite some time, but my wife and I really enjoyed the experience of standing in front of the crowd and watching the event unfold. With the proverbial tables turned for a brief time, our family and friends were no longer watching us as we witnessed their reactions and soaked in our memorable day. It was a great moment of pause in what could otherwise become a blur.
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Now I must be the luckiest man to have met and married my wife. Not only is she kind and generous and beautiful, but she’s a great photographer. So it was very fitting that we came together for this project and photographed images for our wedding. We are both quite proud of the series.
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Nuptials – Image 9/10
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With ten tables at our wedding reception, we considered two unique and special, ours(of course) and my wife’s parents. This was because they were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Therefore, we wanted personal images for each of these tables to set them apart from the others.
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The photo depicted here, which was beautifully restored by my wife, is of my in-laws on their wedding day in 1958. Rather than simply printing the image for their table at our reception, we set up a scene to photograph of their wedding photo in a frame with just a hint of a rose in the background. This was then printed and displayed identically as the all the others, yet their table’s centerpiece also included a small cake in celebration of their 50th anniversary.
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