Thursday, August 20, 2009


I haven't been out with the camera a lot the last couple of weeks, mainly because my real job is getting busy. A couple news articles came across the RSS feed today though that are worth posting.

The camera business is pretty competitive lately, with the entertainment and computer makers getting in the act. I was kind of surprised though that Pentax isn't profitable and may need to merge to survive.

A Reuters article about Pentax's parent company.

The guys, and they are all guys trying to bring back Polaroid film got investments based pretty much solely on their reputations.

A Financial Times article about the Impossible Project.

Annie Leibovitz's troubles continue.

Monday, August 17, 2009

SoFoBoMo Thoughts

Paul Butzi ruminates on possible futures for the Solo Photo Book Month projects in one of his blog posts earlier this month. The post, "Beyond SoFoBoMo" is here. A couple of really great ideas.

I have to admit, the first one, "The Brandenburg Challenge" both fascinates and scares me. Basically this would be a project where you only take one photo a day for a period of time, Brandenburg did it for 90 days. No second chances, no do overs, one photo a day, that's it. Earlier this year, I watched a film about Jim Brandenburg and the reasons and process he went through to produce that body of work. While I can understand why he did it, I'm not sure I have the discipline and time to pull it off. Plus getting out with a camera when an event comes around, especially in the summer is something I find too enjoyable to really give up for even the two month period that SoFoBoMo covers.

Some folks have suggested using two cameras and making your first shot of the day be the photo for the project. I could possibly do that, I will have to mull it over.

The second possibility, "The Long Look", is something I think I might like to do. This would be a photo taken at the same time of day, on a specific day of the week or month over a long period of time. It could be a year or ten years. For some reason this one seems more doable to me and not quite so scary. I'm not sure why, it would be a big commitment. I'm trying to come up with a subject and I may try it for a bit and see what happens.

Since Paul's post came out, I've been thinking about other things that could be done for SoFoBoMo. A themed period might be interesting, pick a theme and see what this group or a subgroup of photographers come up with. While I know the purpose of the project is to come up with a pdf book, it might be nice to do a print exchange also, but that's probably getting a bit far off the topic of the project.

I'm already looking forward to next years SoFoBoMo, even though it's 9 months or so away.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Blues on the Mall for August 12th

I headed downtown to Blues on the Mall Wednesday evening. It was the last one of the summer, the artist was Tommy Castro, who is really popular and it was crowded. A great day to be downtown, but since the crowd was so big, it was hard to get good photographs. I had met Mike there and we wandered around for the first set taking photographs, and then decided to hang it up. A good time anyway, but a little weak in the photography department.

Now I'm going to have to find something else to photograph during the week.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


One of the English magazines I peruse over coffee at the local book store had a quote that I can relate with.

I never have taken a picture I've intended. They're always better or worse. - Diane Arbus

This struck me as very relevant to my photography.  It always seems that the photo I view on the negative or my computer is always subtly different from what I saw in the viewfinder.  Part of it is that the viewfinders on the cameras I buy don't cover the full field of view.  But there is more to it.  I've taken photos that I thought at the time were going to be great, but when I looked them over, I didn't care for them.  The opposite has also happened.  This is one reason I don't review and delete photos while they are in the camera.  Maybe if I did more landscapes and less event photography, it would change.  

The above photo has nothing to do with this post, I just felt I needed a photo.  It is the bass player from last weeks Blues on the Mall concert.  I hadn't posted it yet, and I liked the intensity he had.