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February 2017. For a midwesterner like my father, this was prime time to get away. So Jon decided to acquire two tickets aboard a cruise from San José, Costa Rica to the Panama Canal. His original plan was to treat my mother to a bit of mid-winter warmth and sunshine. When she wasn’t able to go, he offered the spare to me. I’d never been on a cruise prior to this, so when presented with the opportunity to get some all-expense paid shots of Central America, I obliged.
About six months ago, I created a portrait series titled Ashes Fell Like Snow, photographing people affected by the Northern California wildfires and gathering their stories to share with the world. Creating this collection of portraits required much effort in a short span of time. The evening of October 8th, 2017, a blaze started in the city of Calistoga in Napa, CA. It headed towards the city of Santa Rosa, fanned by strong Diablo winds. By the time the last of the flames were extinguished, the Tubbs fire, as it came to be known, burned down over 5600 structures,
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This is the story of how I fell into the ocean while shooting a wedding. I was contracted to shoot a wedding for a couple named Erin and Ben. It was poised to be a beautiful day: we had great weather and everyone involved was super excited as the wedding ceremony was to be out on a small island just off the coast of Pender Harbour, North of Vancouver, Canada. After shooting the wedding preparations in the morning, the wedding party hopped on boats and headed over to the island. There were about 100 guests that were ferried over prior
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My name is Gerald Gattringer, and I’m a photographer based in Austria. I recently built myself a custom star tracker for DSLRs, and it works pretty well! In this article, I’ll share how I did it. The photo above is the finished product. You are looking at an Arduino-powered self-made device that tracks the stars as they move across the sky. This is necessary because otherwise you can only expose for a limited amount of time and still have spot stars (in my case around 20 seconds). The concept I used is called a “barn door tracker”. I am
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Like most good stories, this one is made of blood, sweat, and tears. Well, maybe just blood and sweat. And clicks — lots of them. Blood, sweat, and clicks… If you have a fear of blood or find mosquitos disgusting, read on at your own risk. As a macro photographer, I am always on the lookout for new spots to explore. One day in October 2017, I took a day off from my day job and went out with my macro gear to explore a new location in hopes of finding some tiny creatures I had not encountered before. As
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As Eastman Kodak Company transforms its legendary manufacturing complex, once devoted exclusively to the production of photographic equipment and materials, the management of the Eastman Business Park reached out to me (Professor Frank Cost at RIT) to involve students in learning opportunities centered in a new customer-education and workforce development center planned for the Park. As plans for redevelopment of the Park into a “live, work, learn, and play” community unfold, a desire to document the site from the air throughout the process was identified as a potential area of collaboration. Kodak describes the manufacturing site northwest of downtown Rochester
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Today marks the 10th anniversary of one of the most memorable, satisfying and career-changing days as a professional extreme-weather photographer. In early 2008, Nikon asked if I’d test-drive the D700, the company’s latest DSLR camera at the time, ahead of its launch. I accepted the challenge and my goal was to capture striking and severe weather images. I began shooting on April 3 and spent the next month in the field traveling through Texas and Oklahoma. I wasn’t, however, finding the storm I wanted: something extra picturesque over a stark landscape. May 8 marked the shoot’s 36th day and
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What do you get when you cross process the most popular negative medium format film on the market? I asked myself that question after having a crossing run-in with Fuji Pro 160, a film that I normally avoid. The photos were out of this world and I wondered what would happen to Kodak Portra 400. First up, I have to explain that basically there are two kinds of films: Color Negative and Positive. Negatives are the filmstrips that you cannot really look at, as they are inverted and orange. Positives are also called slides and you can hold them against
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