The judges’ decisions from the 2021 Big E Photography Salon

So my Big E photos (and their subsequent ribbons) should be on their way back to me any day now. But with that in mind, the Big E was also kind enough to email me the judges’ results for my two photos, Strasburg Number 90 and Five Tickets To Ride Day and Night. Now, mind…

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Returning to shooting in infrared

I only get one shot at this. Well, eight shots, maximum. Two little things came in the mail recently. I had ordered some drop-in lens filters for my Kodak Medalist II camera (“Kodak Red”), and one of the filters in the collection was a vintage Wratten R78 filter. Perfect for shooting infrared film. Also in…

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My entries for BUILT 2021

I’ve participated in BUILT, Historic Albany Foundation’s annual charity auction and art show, for the past 11 years. I have seven of the commemorative “artist” pins (I lost the 2013 pin last year, grr), and I also have the 2021 commemorative COVID face mask. But I also have wonderful memories of participating in the event.…

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Altamont in Redscale

Over the years, I’ve acquired various film stocks that, for one reason or another, I just don’t use. To the point where if I ever wanted to employ them in standard photography, well, the stock just doesn’t stand up to the efforts. Such was the case when I acquired a pack of Kodak Vericolor 120…

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The Longshot (with sprocket holes)

Here we go again. Chuck’s trying something funky with his film cameras. It’s a sunny Sunday, and I’m up at the Saratoga thoroughbred track. The goal is to expand on the photographic technique I employed in my photo Pride of the Palace. You know, the kind of stuff I do that makes pictures like the…

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2021 Empire State Plaza Fireworks, part 3 1/2

When I get an idea locked in my brain … it’s like a bear’s paw caught in a trap. I can’t let go. Background. Last July, thanks to the benevolent folks at the Office of General Services at the Empire State Plaza, I snagged some of the best fireworks shots my cameras have ever claimed.…

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The Dutch Angle

In filmmaking, a “Dutch Angle” occurs when the camera is slightly tilted, giving an appearance of a filmed scene being off-kilter. If you’ve ever watched the 1960’s Batman TV series, you’ve seen plenty of Dutch angles – they’re usually involving the hideouts or lairs of the criminal masterminds. I’m currently working on a photo project…

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I’m not letting Louis DeJoy ruin my Competition Season 2021.

Background. Whenever I need to make a lenticular “magic motion” print for Competition Season, my go-to source is Peter Sinclair of Snap3D.com. I send him the images, he crafts me a spectacular lenticular print, and it arrives safe and well in my mailbox. In fact, Snap3D was the company that made my print The Long,…

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