Saturday, December 13, 2014

Tuesday Fly By (and Flash Sale)

I'll be at the show this Tuesday, December 16th,  1-2 o'clock before I head off to Northern California for the holidays. I'd welcome a chance to see folks I've missed.

The show is up until the end of the month, but this is the time you might want to purchase one of the prints. Most are $100 (framed and matted) and there are a variety of matted but unframed prints of similar quality and subject matter for $35 and $50. They would make excellent gifts.

For those who join me on Tuesday, I'll provide an additional 10% discount on all items.

The Forum Bookstore handles all of the sales and a portion goes toward their excellent projects. If you purchase a print in the show, it will remain until the show closes at the end of the month, marked by a red dot. The matted but unframed prints may be picked up immediately, however.

Size, medium and price information are now on this blog for each of the thirteen featured prints, starting below the audio tour link. The same information is on the labels beneath the prints and on the back of the unframed prints.

The Claremont Forum Bookstore is in the old Packing House on 1st Street. The show is up during the month of December.  During the week the hours are

Sunday - Thursday • 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Friday - Saturday • 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Claremont Forum Bookshop & Gallery is located on the first floor of the
Claremont Packing House at the far west end.

Friday, December 12, 2014

DIMENSIONS - Matted but Unframed Prints Available

There are a variety of prints in 11x14 and 8.5x11 inch formats available unframed but formatted. View them here. The larger prints are $50 each; the smaller, $35.

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Here's a clockwise tour starting from the "Owl Landing" on the east wall and then progressing in order along the south wall.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Owl Landing

If one views the show in a clockwise direction, one would start here on east wall. The background on this print follows. I'll continue in this direction with the prints on south wall.

A visit to the Chateau Josephine Baker yielded a falconry demonstration as well. Only the “falcon” was an owl! I used a small part of the captured image leading to my “Most Promising Zoom (Almost).” 

The action of the owl is not stopped but the connection between the owl and the trainer is intense.

Dordogne, France
Ultrachrome, B&W, 11x14, framed and matted, $100

Beynac Castle

This is the best castle ever. Richard 1st was imprisoned here. But it’s also my best perspective correction. Can you tell?

Dordogne, France

Ultrachome, 11x14, framed and matted, $100

Cyclist & Passenger

Not the longest exposure, but among the longest (successful) of my low-light pans. About 1/8th of a second.

Hoi An, Viet Nam

Ultrachrome, 11x14, framed and matted, $100

Clockwise Up

I took this in 2005 and have reworked the file several times, most recently for a show at the Art Intersection Gallery in Gilbert, AZ. The dimension I award to this print is “Best Results from a Difficult Negative.” Note original picture taken in shade with a 3 meg point-and-shoot.

Singing Sands, Dunhuang, China

Palladium, 16x20, framed and matted, $250

Cormorant Diving

Other photographers like Lisa Kristine have taken quiet, peaceful pictures of cormorants. There was virtually no ambient light available, so this image was captured by the pop-up strobe at about 1/10,000th of a second.

Yangshuo, China

Ultrachrome, 16x20, framed and matted, $200

Sacred Falls

No, I wasn’t around in 1885, but I am most impressed with the photographers who were. This 3D Anaglyph was made from a scan of a glass-plate negative (about 11x14”) taken most probably by A. A. Montano who was active in Honolulu at that time. The resolution of the negative is staggering. A favorite place (now no longer open to the public), a stereograph view converted to anaglyph, and incredible technical virtuosity to work with from 1885.

Windward Oahu, HI 

Ultrachrome, 16x20, framed and matted, NFS


Another example of a macro using the reverse lens technique.

Claremont, CA

Ultrachrome, 11x14, framed and matted, $100


Not a jaw, really, but a macro of a part of a Bird-of-Paradise using the reverse lens technique. (You've seen it in a different orientation in the show poster.)

Claremont, CA 

Ultrachrome, 11x14, framed and matted, $100

Around The Corner

I love images where you can go one way or another. This is a 3D Anaglyph (Red/Blue) of a turning path near the Ciyun (Cloud-Resting) temple on Phoenix Hill. This is a 3D anaglyph printed on fabric and first shown at Cal Poly's Downtown Center in 2004.

Phoenix Hill Area, Hangzhou, China

Printed on Fabric, 27x60, bamboo hangers, $200


“Most Restful” of my travel photos is this image from the Nakuru Wetlands in Kenya.

Nakuru Nature Preserve, Kenya, Africa

Ultrachrome, 11x14, framed and matted, $100


This is a macro (close up) of a flower near my residence. Instead of using a macro lens, I reversed my standard lens using adapter rings. I still can’t believe how well it worked.

Claremont, CA

Ultrachrome, 11x14, framed and matted, $100

North Kaibab

It is not necessary to have a stereo camera to take stereo photos. You simply take two pictures separated by the width of ones eyes and then combine them in Photoshop using a simple technique to create the 3D effect with standard red/blue glasses. This example preserves a good color balance through the glasses. 

The North Kaibab Trail of the Grand Canyon about two miles down from the North Rim

3D Anaglyph
Ultrachrome, 1620, framed and matted, $200


I wish I could say that I planned this shot so that the point of the triangle of light was focused exactly on the monk’s head. Instead, this was a happy accident or  my “Best Simultaneity” 

Labrang Monastery, Xiahe, Gansu Province, China

Ultrachrome, 16x20, framed and matted, $200

I Accuse!

From a photography shoot outside of Hoi An comes my “Most Active Subject” – a young girl with a compelling personality. 

Hoi An, Viet Nam

Ultrachrome, 11x14, framed and matted, $100

Sunday, November 23, 2014

New Show Up at the Forum Bookstore in December: DIMENSIONS

While recent shows have featured palladium prints using techniques from past and present, this current show focuses the dimensions such as the most up close (macro) images, the fastest exposures, 3D anaglyphs – with lots of 2D prints too, and so on through the somewhat whimsical dimensions this show.  

The show will run from its opening on First Friday in December (December 5th – about 5:30 pm) until the end of the month.

It will be at the Forum Bookstore in the Packing House on 1st Street, Claremont, California.

(The image in the poster is part of a Bird-of-Paradise flower.)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Clockwise Up, Singing Sands Area, near Dunhuang, Gansu Province, China

"Clockwise Up" - a modern-day camel caravan in the Singing Sands area near Dunhuang, Gansu Provice, China. Taken in September, 2005, these caravans still exist. You see them moving from the lower right portion of the image clockwise up to the ridge and beyond. One of three prints in the "No Strangers" show at the Art Intersection Gallery in Gilbert, AZ August 2-30.  Palladium, 16x20 on Arches Platine paper.

Five Camels, Singing Sands, Dunhuang, Gansu Province, China

These camels are the descendants of the many who were the beasts of burden for the Silk Route for over 1,000 years. While their current burdens are modern day tourists, they are remarkably evocative of their past roles. One of three prints included in the "No Strangers" show at Art Intersection Gallery, August 2 - 30, 2014. Palladium, 16x20 on Arches Platine paper.

Great Salt Lake, Karakorum Highway, Western China

Taken in 2010 in far western China on the Karakorum Highway near the Pakistan border. This lake resembles its counterpart in Utah, but is essentially dry. This is one of three prints to be displayed in the "No Strangers" show at the Art Intersection Gallery in Gilbert, AZ, August 2-30, 2014.  Palladium, 16x20 on Arches Platine paper.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Color Versus Palladium

Sometimes, color is better; many times, palladium is better. In this case, however, I think you can have it both ways. The warm yellows and browns work well in this image from the silk route of Western China. But the palladium is especially interesting both in terms of tonal range and the way in which the image lies in a tactile way in the textures of the Arches Platine paper.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Museums are adding up-to-date Audio Tours, so try this one...

Thursday, February 6, 2014

So Where is the Show? This stealthy video by R. Ball shows the way!

Show Poster

The ScanLife link is active.

Try it with your iPhone app. It links to this Blog in the enlarged view you get when you click on the thumbnail.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Just as Good, but...

Old Man of Dangjiacun
Click the highlighted caption (or here) to view an album of seven images which I elected not to include on the wall space in the show. Many of these are older prints and I wanted to give precedence to more recently made prints. But these are excellent in their own right and are available for purchase, matted but unframed at the Forum Bookstore.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

February Show: Palladium Up Close

               Palladium: Up Close                                at the Forum Bookstore 

The featured prints may be viewed in the Picasa web link above.  These are HD images of the files used for the palladium prints in the show, but I think you'll agree that the real prints are better!