Category Archives: Fun Stuff

Eastman Museum at Home

Ok. You’ve binge watched every episode of GoT for the third time. And there is no end in sight to the pandemic. What’s a photographer to do? The George Eastman Museum at Home has an online series of outstanding videos on photography. The history and description of processes (excellent) and DIY videos. One of my […]

Image Variations – Film Emulation

The death of film was not really exaggerated – that much. Many many films are no longer made. Companies that made classic film stocks are no longer in business. I really started in photography at the twilight of the classical darkroom era. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, most of my work in alternative processes […]

“If it was good enough for Edward Weston…” – Developing Film by Inspection

Consider doing film development by inspection.

Cyanomicon

Mike Ware’s Cyanotype book published in 1999 is the definitive bible on the process. It describes not only Herschel’s original method from 1842 but also Mike Ware’s update to it. Long out of print, copies would go for sale occasionally for $100’s. In 2014, Mike released an online update of the reference book entitled Cyanomicon. […]

Lumen Prints

I had come across a form of photogram called Lumen Prints, from Christina Z. Anderson’s book¬†Experimental Photography Workbook, 6th Edition. The process is simple: arrange objects on a sheet of regular B+W paper, place under glass, place in sun for several hours. Use standard silver gelatin paper as a Printing Out Paper. Then wash in […]

Modernbook Gallery

One of the coolest things about living in Palo Alto is Modernbook Gallery. A phenomenal photography gallery started November 1, 1999 and now a fixture now in the Bay Area arts scene, the gallery changes exhibits six times a year and can be scene at art fairs like the upcoming LA Art Show which runs […]

221 Pine St.

It is a very, very small world. My son Nikolai and I start Day Three of a photogravure workshop with Jon Goodman today. My impression to this point is that the copper plate photogravure process is simpler than I expected. It is perhaps more accurate to say that Jon Goodman’s approach to this exquisite process […]

Artichoke Press

Andrew Cahan, purveyor of truly fine and rare photographic books, suggested during a conversation about Walery’s Nus, Cent photographies originales de Laryew some months back that I should get to know Jonathan Clark, who owns the fine printing firm, Artichoke Press, one town over from me in Mountain View. We finally got together last week […]

New Book Signing July 17, 2009

I put together a retrospective photography book that’s available on the Blurb publishing site entitled A Model Relationship. The book is available for ordering at cost from Blurb’s bookstore – and a short preview is online. The book contains mostly nude studies. I look back on some work I did with a single model over […]

Shattering the Warranty: Digital Infrared

I violated any warranty left on my original Canon 1Ds full frame digital SLR. Sitting at my dining room table I decided to make my now unused camera infrared capable. This involved removing various small screws, and carefully labeling them to return them to their proper place. I found the instructions on how to disassemble […]