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Culver City, California

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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Salton Sea

Although I’ve been able to make some appealing images with my Zone VI 8×10 view camera, there were a couple shortcomings that began to bother me after about a year of use. First, because it’s made of wood, I always felt that it was a bit imprecise, and this goes against my nature. Next, since my 4×5 camera was made by Toyo, I couldn’t easily share lenses between the cameras unless I swapped out lensboards. Therefore, when a Toyo 810M view camera came up for sale, I jumped at the opportunity and purchased it.
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Interestingly, I purchased this camera from Chris Jordan, an artist and photographer who is well known for several projects: “Midway”, “Intolerable Beauty”, and “In Katrina’s Wake”. I highly recommend you check out his work at www.chrisjordan.com
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For this particular image, it was made at the Salton Sea in 2007 with a Toyo 810M view camera on Fuji Provia. Who says you can’t shoot directly into the sun, especially on transparency film?

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Point Mugu State Park

Here’s another image made in Point Mugu State Park with a Zone VI 8×10 view camera on Provia. I’m not sure why I never scanned and printed this image until now. Like the two previous images, I feel that this B&W version is better.

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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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Bishop, California

This image was photographed in Bishop, CA with a Toyo 4×5 view camera on Fuji Provia.
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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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Lee Vining, California

I’m back home from my Eastern Sierra adventure where I spent the majority of my time south of Lee Vining up in the hills. I was fortunate to have a small storm on two separate days where it snowed and created interesting light. Boy was it cold!!!! I ended up shooting mostly black and white film on a variety of cameras, and it’ll be a few weeks before I’m able to show some images. For now, enjoy this collage.
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Film loaded and all packed up. Adventure starts tomorrow!
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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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