Monday, July 14, 2008

Landscape Photography


Last week was the first class in Landscape Photography that I am teaching.
Everyone showed up with a digital camera.
Which is fine but it makes me wonder if anyone uses film anymore.
(I know, many of you still use film.....)

I'll bet that if A.A. were still around he would have a digital.
Just think, if he had had a digital in those days he could have taken more than
one frame of "Moonrise"....and it would have been much easier to print.

I have been working on getting my new digital dark/light room established.
Which is more work than I thought it would be.
For the moment I am keeping my enlargers and sink......just in case.
So the printers and associated ink, paper, etc need to be in a different room.
With my limited space this creates a serious problem.
The remainder of the workflow: mounting, matting, and framing can and do 
use the same space that I have always used for them.
 A 20 x 24 is a 20 x 24 after all no matter how it was printed.

All this work needs to be finished ASAP since I need to start printing for 
the show in Sept and Oct......That is only 6 weeks away.
Really, I also need to get out and work. Pick up the camera and do something.
My idea is to have the entire show be a product of digital.
Both the capture and the printing.
A way of introducing my new work to the public.

One of my concerns when I was thinking about moving from film to digital:
Would my clients and collectors be OK with the move.
It worked out that no one cares very much as long as I am using archival inks and paper.
It would seem that, for my cliental at least,
the image is more important than how it is made.
Which I think is great!!





2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love landscape photography, and it's reassuring that people don't care if you go digital.

Ansel Adams would definitely have gotten one of the first ones that were issued, that's for sure.

steve said...

Hi Kay,
Thanks for the kind words.
My background is from the "West Coast School" of photography so I had a lot of mixed feelings about the change over. It has taken me a long time to realize that the wonderful folks who sell and collect my works are not limited by the traditional approaches to my medium.
It brings a great sense of freedom.
Steve