Shooting Impressionist Images with the Skink Pinhole Lens
Jul21

Shooting Impressionist Images with the Skink Pinhole Lens

“Impressionism is not a movement, it is a philosophy of life.” ― Max Lieberman The Skink Pinhole Pancake lens is different than other pinhole lenses in that it uses a modular design with  disks, zone plates or  sieves that can be installed between the retaining rings in the center of the lens. It’s constructed significantly better than Olympus’ 9mm f/8.0 Fisheye Body Cap lens although physically it’s about the same...

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Wordy Wednesday #449: “Path Through the Infrared Wood”
Jul12

Wordy Wednesday #449: “Path Through the Infrared Wood”

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” ― John Muir I’ve often said, and it’s worth repeating that Zion National park is one of the best places that I’ve found, so far anyway, to shoot infrared.I’ve always wanted to host an Infrared Workshop at Zion and if any potential sponsors are reading this, please contact me and maybe we can work something out for readers of this blog. The 229-square-mile park is...

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Wordy Wednesday #431: The Bristlecone Pine
Mar01

Wordy Wednesday #431: The Bristlecone Pine

The bristlecone is one of three species of pine trees and all three species are long-lived and highly resilient to harsh weather and bad soil. One of those species is Pinus ponderosa, commonly known as the ponderosa pine, which I can see looking out my office window here on Daisy Hill, is a large species that’s native to the western United States and Canada and is the most widely distributed pine species in North America....

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Shoot like it’s 1996!
Nov04

Shoot like it’s 1996!

Today’s Post by Todd Abbotts If you’re old timer like me, you fed your first camera a steady diet of Velvia or Ektachrome or Kodachrome—all film types and each one as different as the shooter who was loading them. If you were on a budget, also like me, then you had the math worked out as to how much each press of the shutter would cost. I went back and looked, in 1996 one frame of Velvia cost me 54 cents from time of exposure to light...

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Infrared Photography in the Movies
Sep09

Infrared Photography in the Movies

Whenever I’m asked to do a presentation about infrared photography to photographic organizations  I always kick it off with a questions that I was once asked — A reader once e-mailed asking “Why do you do infrared photography, when regular photography is already so hard?” I wrote a post responding to that question and you can see my full answer here. The short answer, for me anyway, is because it’s fun. Sure it’s a bit more...

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Wordy Wednesday #226 “A Tree is a Tree is a Tree”
Sep07

Wordy Wednesday #226 “A Tree is a Tree is a Tree”

“I think that I shall never see, A poem lovely as a tree.”—Joyce Kilmer Silent film pioneer Mack Sennett once famously said that “a rock is a rock is a rock” when talking about why he was shooting his fledgling comedies in the village of Edendale, California that’s now part of Echo Park. His idea was that it didn’t matter where you were filming because a tree is just a tree not matter where it’s photographed. I like to...

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Infrared Season is in Full Bloom
Jun27

Infrared Season is in Full Bloom

First I would like to thank all who attending the sold-out Infrared Workshop, this past Saturday. Big thanks to Mike, Dorothy and Ed for attending. There will be another workshop in July and when the date is selected, I’ll have a post about it here. One of the things the workshop attendees enjoyed was trying out the various filters in my kit with their own camera. Here’s what we used and with any IR filter they require a tripod and...

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