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August 3, 2010

Parisian Portrait Photographer

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The previous entry was taken and processed by this man. I loved his camera, I loved his attire, I loved his manner but most of all I loved his face. It reminded me of the eerie cartoon faces from Têtes à claques.


If you are unfamiliar with Têtes à claques you should watch this clip. Even if you don't understand French the Québécois is punctuated with so much English that it's not that hard to understand. C'est pas beautiful?


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July 30, 2010

Parisian Street Portrait

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We may as well continue the series of portraits.

Back in June I had to travel to Paris for work. I love traveling to Paris: one, I love the city and two, I have good friends there.

My friend Mika lives in the first arrondissement. When I go to visit her it feels more like visiting family than friends. I've shown up sick, been mothered and healed. I've had my face stuffed with pâté, wine & cheese. There are sisters and brothers and children and friends. It's a very lively place. Being a bit of a nomadic hermit, I crave this kind of environment from time to time. I'd come lonely and leave with a warm heart and a new book to read.

Mika's boyfriend C is one of the coolest men on the planet. He's who I want to be when I grow up. He's incredibly kind, handsome, deeply thinking and creative. Children love him. It seems as though he never lost the way children look at the world and yet he developed the full emotional and spiritual maturity of a Zen master. I enjoy spending time with him, hearing his travel stories and trying to see Paris as he sees Paris. He makes me want to improve my French.

There was an arts festival in Paris where artists opened up their apartments to show where their workspaces and art. C and I took in a few of these places. Along the way we ran into a photographer who had constructed his own camera. For ten Euros he would snap your pictures (using his hand as the shutter), develop a negative print, snap a positive print using the same camera, and give you the resulting image. I could n't resist!

The image above was the result of his process. I couldn't be happier with it! It was rainy and humid. I felt like waterlogged cardboard. I look like waterlogged cardboard. This photograph represents a wonderful memory.


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July 29, 2010


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Over the past several years I've had more and more opportunity with my employer to speak at trade events, conduct training sessions, and give webinars. When I was in New York last weekend I commissioned a photographer for a corporate headshot.

The photographer, Daphne Borowski, did a superb job and turned around the images in just a couple of days. I had over 100 shots to choose from.

I winnowed down the images to five candidate images and enlisted my family for help. I asked them to pick their top two favorite images. My brother took one of the images and replied saying, "I much prefer this."


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December 21, 2009

Potrait of Mika and I

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CameraHolgaroid 120GF
LensHolga Glass 60mm f/8
Shutter @ Aperture1/100s @ f/8
Film / ISOIlford HP5 / 400 ISO

My friend Jeremy took this of Mika at the Birchwood Cafe. It was prompted by our mutual noting of our unintentional hipsterism: matching sunglasses and plastic cameras.

"Hey, my glasses look good on you!"

"No, these are mine."

"Get outta town! Wait, you're right! Mine are still in the car."

"We have the same glasses!"


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November 5, 2009

Mika's Portrait of Me 1

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CameraHolgaroid 120GF
LensHolga Glass 60mm f/8
Shutter @ Aperture1/100s @ f/8
Film / ISOIlford HP5 / 400 ISO

My friend Mika came into town and we got together with some friends for brunch. Afterward Mika and I took out our plastic cameras and started shooting like a bunch of hipster-hating hipsters.

The result was four rolls of Ilford HP5 120 which I promptly processed in my basement. I found an old Epson scanner that can scan transparencies. This was the first negative I processed. I think it looks pretty good!

Thank you Mika!


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October 25, 2009

Victorian Apostles

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CameraPanasonic DMC-LX3
Lens (35mm Equiv.)Leica DC Vario-Summicron 5.1-12.8mm (35mm 24-60mm) f/2.0-2.8 (24mm)
Exp. Prog. / Shutter @ ApertureAperture Priority / 1/250s @ f/6.3
Metering w/Adj. @ ISOAperture Priority w/+0 EV @ ISO 80

If you go to the State of Victoria in Autralia, topping nearly all of the day tripping tourism lists is a trip along The Great Ocean Road. Reminiscent of the road to Hana in Hawaii, the winding road follows the coast to spectacular views.

Mike and I were lucky enough to run into friends we knew along the way. Together we were treated to some truly spectacular breaks in the weather such as this dramatic view of some of the easternmost "apostle" rock stacks in Port Campbell National Park.


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October 12, 2009

Capturing Our Melbourne Romance

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CameraPanasonic DMC-LX3
Lens (35mm Equiv.)Leica DC Vario-Summicron 5.1-12.8mm (35mm 24-60mm) f/2.0-2.8 (28mm)
Exp. Prog. / Shutter @ ApertureAperture Priority / 1/125s @ f/3.5
Metering w/Adj. @ ISOMulti-segment w/+0 EV @ ISO 1600

With love from Oz.

Sorry for the noisy shot. It was dark in the alleyway at breakfast time.


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July 26, 2009

Mom and Izzy in Front of Liberty

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CameraHolgaroid 120GF
LensHolga Glass 60mm f/8
Shutter @ Aperture1/100s @ f/8
Film / ISOPolaroid Type 80 "Chocolate"/ 100 ISO

Mom and her dog Izzy out in front of Liberty Frozen Custard in the Windom neighborhood of South Minneapolis.

This was taken on Polaroid "Chocolate" that was left in my Holga's Polaroid back. The cause of the artifact that crosses from the right of the photograph over my mother's mouth is unknown. I think it adds, rather than takes away.

My mother was initially upset with the shot. Later in the evening I think she grew to sort of like it.


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June 7, 2009

Grounded in Montreal

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CameraPanasonic DMC-LX3
Lens (35mm Equiv.)Leica DC Vario-Summicron 5.1-12.8mm (35mm 24-60mm) f/2.0-2.8 (28mm)
Exp. Prog. / Shutter @ ApertureProgram AE / 1/100 @ f/2.5
Metering w/Adj. @ ISOMulti-segment w/0 EV @ ISO 80

This little guy was grounded on a step in a Montreal neighborhood. He was with two of his siblings. Evidently mom was a bit premature in kicking them out of the nest.

I couldn't resist the urge to get up close and personal with my new camera. He was asleep and soaking up the late spring sunshine when I took the first few photographs. I think his ornery expression comes from being woken up from his nap.

I hope they were able to fly away!


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March 12, 2009

The North Shore of Superior, Near Cascade Lodge

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CameraPolaroid 104
Lens3 Element Glass
Shutter @ ApertureUnknown @ Unknown

This is the first photo I've posted taken with my Polaroid 104. It's a beautiful camera. It does not have a range finder. Instead it has a little overlay in the viewfinder with a distance scale and a line. As you change the focus, the line moves up and down the scale. The focus is all done with estimation and for the most part it works beautifully. I am guessing the lens has a fairly narrow aperture which allows for some forgiveness on the part of the user.

I took this photo this past weekend after an unfortunate ski accident in which my knee went one way and my skis the other. I wasn't able to walk very well but through sheer determination I was able to coax myself to walk down to the shore of Lake Superior to try and take this picture. This photograph is near Cascade Lodge just northeast of Lutsen, Minnesota.

Even though the battery in the camera is nearly 30 years old it still works great, just as long as you warm it up a bit with your hands first!


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