Monday, July 28, 2008

The Day the Earth Stood Still

I see the trailer for the movie is out. From what I can see the special effects look good, we will see how the movie goes.

The trailer for the 2008 version, from Apple, there is a version on YouTube also.

The Day the Earth stood Still (2008)

The original trailer on YouTube.

The Day the Earth stood Still

I really want this new version to not suck, as I've said before I'm a big fan of the original.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Upper Peninsula Fog

I'm still going through photos from this past weekend. This photo was taken about an hour later than the earlier Crisp Point Lighthouse photo and shows how fast fog can roll in on Lake Superior. Even on a July afternoon.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Whitefish Point

Another image from this past weekend. This is the light station on Whitefish Point. Looking north, there are over 500 shipwrecks off this point of land, including the Edmund Fitzgerald. On a nice sunny summer day, it doesn't look that bad.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Accepted again

As I mentioned before, a local gallery had a call for entries in a juried show. I ended up entering 3 prints. I was notified today that two of them had been accepted.

They were also having a second phase to the show, where 6 of the entrants got to photograph to a random theme picked by the gallery with a shot at a cash prize. I don't appear to have been picked as one of the 6.

I have to admit it's nice getting these notifications.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Crisp Point Lighthouse

Up in the Upper Peninsula this weekend. I had to get out of town and ended up in the Paradise Michigan area. Home to some great landscapes, lots of water, lighthouses and lots of wildlife. One thing I didn't see was a lot of people. It looks like between the rotten Michigan economy and high gas prices, a lot of people aren't traveling.

One of the lighthouse I saw was the one at Point Crisp. A great little lighthouse at the end of 20 miles of dirt road. Somehow I managed to pick the weekend of the Point Crisp Lighthouse Association annual meeting. I drove up to the lighthouse and there had to be 50 people there. It made getting a photo without people interesting. An hour after taking this, a fog bank moved in and you couldn't see 500 feet.

If you're into lighthouses, this one is a definite must see. Be warned the last 7 miles of dirt road is a county road that only an optimist would call a county road. Better than a two track, but I'm not sure I would want to try it during the wet season.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Print Sizes

I've been agonizing over print sizes this past weekend. What brought this on is a call for entries for a juried show at a local gallery. While I have never heard of the gallery before and their web presence is not very professional, I thought I would try out for it anyway. It didn't hurt that one of the local art museums advertised the show in their weekly mailings.

As part of the entry, you had to state image sizes. Two of my images were hand coated platinum prints, that are effectively postcard size. The other is an inkjet print that I told them was 8x10. They asked for jpeg images to do the judging on, and after I sent everything in, I started obsessing about the sizes I reported.

It seems that you need to print big these days to get noticed. I've been noticing discussions lately where people dismiss small prints. The latest was a discussion about a show at a museum in Minneapolis. While there were other problems reported, mostly the number of prints, a lot of people didn't like the print sizes. Anecdotally, I attended an opening of photography by Gordon Parks at a local museum and heard a couple comments about the print size. I've also noticed when I go to local art fairs that people seem to like the bigger prints, even when they aren't printed very well or aren't a very good image. Personally, I tend to like smaller prints, they seem to have an immediacy that a bigger print doesn't have. A big print on the other had has a "presence" that is missing from the smaller work.

I guess that all my prints would be considered small these days. I only have to ability to print at most 13 inches wide. I suppose I could send my work out to get printed bigger and I may have to try that option. That is only an option for my digital stuff and brings up other issues, like upsizing my image files while maintaining the image quality. I've also started trying out more alternative processes which require handcoating the paper and using a negative of some sort to contact print the image. That will remain small, even if I want to go bigger, I don't see those prints getting bigger than 8x10 for now.

I guess I will continue thinking about this. Comments would be appreciated from the peanut gallery.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Random Images

Some random images from the two times I got out this week. Saturday, I organized a night outing for the camera club. The top two images are from that. The bottom two are from Wednesdays WLAV Blues on the Mall.

Both were fun times.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Getty and Flickr

I saw a link to a article yesterday in the New York Times. It turns out that Getty, which is a photography stock company is going to be trolling Flickr for images. Discussions on the original article ranged from delight to disgusted. Since there are over 2 billion images on Flickr and growing daily, I'm sure I don't have anything to worry about.

The New York Times article.

Monday, July 7, 2008


I'm catching up on developing my large format film backlog. While overall the exposure looks ok, I'm still having problems getting compositions I care for. I need to pay more attention to that while I'm actually taking the photos.

The upper photo is of the local veterans cemetery. Mike and I were out photographing it on the morning of July 4th. The lower photo is a crop of a photo I took at my brothers house. He has a beat up old F-6 dump truck out in the field in back of his house.

I took several photos at both places, but my composition problems mean I will have to go back and redo some of them.

After looking at this post, the cemetery photo is somewhat small. If you click on it you will get a larger version.

Sunday, July 6, 2008


Movies - We've seen a couple of movies this weekend. The first one was "Wall-e". If you haven't seen this one, you need to go. While I like animation, I haven't been overly impressed with the plots on most of the recent movies. This one is different though, it has a plot that both adults and kids will like. It does have a couple of overtones about big business and the environment that kids will most likely miss. I couldn't believe how the animators could take a couple non-talking robots and give them such human emotions. Go see it.

The second movie we saw was "Hancock". A good summer movie and Will Smith does his usual fine job in it. But it had a couple of wierd plot twists I didn't really think needed to be there. In my opinion, not as good as "Wall-e".

Patriotism - This time of year, a lot of people wears their patriotism on their sleeves. I sometimes wonder if it is an American thing. I've read a few articles suggesting that it is. I somehow came across this editorial which talks about how the United States is a melting pot, still divided and how that is a good thing. I especially like the Mark Twain quote at the end of the article. "The nation is divided," he said, "half patriots and half traitors, and no man can tell which from which." It seems to me, especially in this election year, it is more true than ever. Also that things never change.

Geek Comics -, comics for the thinking person.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

What Remains

I watched the documentary about Sally Mann titled "What Remains" last evening. This was actually my second time seeing it, I managed to watch it when it first came out on HBO two or three years ago.

I've been impressed with this artist since I first found out about her and the show only deepens that respect. She has a deep love for her family that clearly comes across on the show, and she has a commitment to her art that I don't think I would ever be able to match.

While I don't care for a some of her work, a lot of it I like. I am especially fascinated that she is using an old technique called wet plate collodion to create her latest work. This is a process using glass plates that are coated and have to be exposed and developed while they are still wet.

Very recommended, if you get a chance to see it, do so. It is currently running on the Ovation channel. Warning, there is some nudity in it, especially since it has footage of her photographing her children years ago, so if you are easily offended you probably should stay away.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


I got an anonymous email today with a comment about this blog. At first I was kind of annoyed, because it didn't reference a specific post. Then I wondered who it was. I googled the name and nothing came up, and I tried one or two other things without any luck. Finally I wondered why I cared. I tell myself I believe in anonymity on the net, yet here I'm annoyed when someone comments without my being able to find out anything about them.

I guess I just need to be happy that people read this, people that I don't know. That is kind of mind blowing. I know what readership I have is small, but it is somewhat bigger than what I originally envisioned.

And any comments, even anonymous ones are welcome.