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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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Culver City, California

Nuptials – Image 5/10
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Our home has a small courtyard that is the plot for a giant Ponderosa Lemon tree that shades a variety of flowers and grasses. Every spring, these white irises bloom and gently hang over the gravel and stepping stone pathway.
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Culver City, California

Nuptials – Image 4/10
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As I continue with this series of images, I’d like to point out that they were shot over a period of several months. This was primarily because the choice of subjects was not predefined. Furthermore, my wife and I discussed and observed how our garden changed throughout the winter season and into spring. As a particular flower bloomed, we grabbed the camera and played until we found something we liked.
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To be more specific on the process, the setup of the view camera was a slow operation. We also didn’t have the luxury of a digital back to give us instant feedback. However, Polaroid film was still available at the time (just barely in early 2008), so this provided the necessary feedback while we composed and adjusted the camera. Once we were satisfied with the image, Fuji Provia color transparency film was loaded and several sheets were exposed.
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This image of a rose is one among many on a large vine that climbs a garage wall in our backyard. The first bloom every year is a sight to see as the color bursts into view.
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Culver City, California

Nuptials – Image 3/10
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I mentioned earlier that this series of images was photographed and used as part of our wedding decor. As we became more involved with planning our wedding, many questions surfaced of what the day meant to us and how we wanted to remember it. We knew from the beginning that we wanted an outdoor ceremony and reception, but we also wanted a lot of natural elements with a personal touch and uniqueness to the design. We certainly didn’t want anything cookie-cutter or status-quo. Therefore, since we’re both photographers, it seemed natural that we somehow incorporated photography into the design.
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With this in mind, we tossed concepts around and eventually settled on photographing flowers and plants from our garden. This added another layer of uniqueness to the images other than simply being created by us. Additionally, I owned an old large format 4×5 film camera that had been modified to accept a special lens, which is what creates the dreamy shallow depth of field. The previous two images expresses this characteristic very well, and this photo of a camellia flower displays it with a more subtle touch.
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Culver City, California

Nuptials – Image 2/10
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Collaborating on a photo project with someone is a wonderful experience. Although there are challenges along the way when ideas differ, the end photograph is a combination of both influences that results in a stronger image. I love that my wife has a fantastic eye for detail and brings a certain softness to an image. I’ve certainly become a better photographer because of her.
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With respect to this image of a bush lily, which was photographed in the front courtyard of our home, my wife thought of the idea and together we shaped the composition. During the process, we adjusted the camera position and focus subtly so that the subject felt balanced between the in and out of focus elements, which was created by a specific lens. The end result is dreamlike and ethereal. I absolutely love this image!
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Culver City, California

Nuptials – Image 1/10
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My wife and I got married a little over eight years ago, and as part of our wedding decor, we photographed a series of images together, which I’ll explain more of as the sequence progresses. For now, this image was photographed in our backyard of a beautiful tangelo tree that provides a bountiful harvest of extremely sweet fruit.
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Africa Color Film Instagram Landscape Large Format

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Large format 4×5 in Africa? You betcha!
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It was ten years ago this year that I had the opportunity and pleasure to go on safari with Andy Biggs, @theglobalphotographer. Although a bit unorthodox, I brought my 4×5 camera, yet I was realistic about how much use I’d get out of it while primarily shooting wildlife from vehicles. So I told myself that all I wanted was one stellar image to take home with me and then it’d be worth the extra 20 pounds of gear. With this image of an Acacia tree in the Serengeti, which was taken on the very last day of the trip, I feel I met my goal and couldn’t be happier.
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This image was shot with a Toyo 4×5 view camera on Fuji Provia.
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Color Film Instagram Landscape Large Format

Salton Sea, CA

Long exposure at sunrise of dead trees in the Salton Sea, California. This was shot with a Toyo 8×10 view camera on Fuji Provia.
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Salton Sea, CA

Long exposure at sunrise of dead trees in the Salton Sea, California. This was shot with a Toyo 4×5 view camera on Fuji Velvia 50.
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Salton Sea, CA

Long exposure at the Salton Sea, California. This was shot with a Zone VI 8×10 view camera on Fuji Velvia 50. .
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