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Paper Machine on 4×5 …

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This image of a paper making machine was made many years ago at our local paper making plant.  When I made this image, the plant was owned by Champion Paper, not exactly sure who the owner is now.   I used several Speedotron strobes to open up the shadows on the machine, but I did not have enough strobe light to over-power the halogen lights above.  That is the reason for the green cast in the photo.  I have never owned a color meter … just way too expensive and then I did not have all the color correcting filters either.  There was never enough of this type of work around the area to justify buying the meter and the filters.  I let the client know on the front end that I could not get a neutral color balance on the front end and for the most part, I never had anyone complain about the color.  I used my Sinar 4×5 camera and a 90mm  wide-angle Schneider lens.  I believe it was shot on Fuiji transparency film and I had a local company scan the transparency for me.  I have gotten several jobs off this image in the past and thought that I might throw it up to see if I can generate any interest now.  All comments and questions  are welcome.

Note:  I said that the over-head lights were halogen, but they could have been sodium vapor, I am not really sure.  Sodium vapor usually puts off a strong yellow cast, but I have seen the color sift with different film emulsions.  One more thing, you can see where I used the strobes in the image where the light is the whitest … one is one the back side of the ladder and then I put another strobe on the dryers, way down the line almost to the back.  This is so the image did not recede into a” black hole ” at the back of the photo.

Update:  Below is a photograph that my father made of another paper machine sometime in the 1950’s.  This looks more like a “newspaper” paper machine.

I wish that I had more information to offer, but I just thought that it is an interesting comparison of machinery.  The machine I photographed up top produces these massive rolls that is then converted to copy paper.  If anyone knows anything about the types of machines these are, please let us hear from you.  Thanks for looking …

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June 27, 2011 at 9:17 am

Smoky Mountain Stream …

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This is another image from an 8×10 negative that I scanned recently.  Not sure exactly where in the Smoky Mountains National Park, but I believe it was on the North Carolina side of the mountain.  This was made 2 or 3 years ago and I have not made a print of it yet, only what you see here.  Thanks for looking …



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June 23, 2011 at 7:58 am

Posted in Fine Art

New Orleans …

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This photograph was made back in March with a plastic Holga camera on b&w film that I processed and scanned.  I have always liked the cyanotype prints, so I decided just to replicate it in Photoshop.  There is nothing special about this image and the image looks different from monitor to monitor.  That is the beauty about using the Holga … you never really know what you have gotten until you process the film.  The day I made this it was raining and dreary, but the scene was no where nearly as dark as it looks.  You get the feeling that it could have been made one hundred years ago and not just three months back.  All questions and comments are welcomed …

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June 20, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Posted in Fine Art, New Orleans

Caye Caulker in Belize …

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We took a cruise several years ago and one of the ports that we went to was Belize City … you did not dock in Belize City so the boat had tenders that took into port.  Pam and I decided to take an excursion to an area called ” Shark – Ray ” Alley to swim with the sharks and the sting rays … sounds scarier than it really is.  They put you in a boat that takes you north of Belize City to where this reef is and then you get out and snorkel.  Our boat stopped at Caye Caulker to get some bait fish to attract the sharks and the rays.  I got out and walked around with my Hasselblad and took these photos.  As you see, there is not much to Caye Caulker … the road is made of coral and very few tourists, mostly the people that live on the island.

  A view looking in the other direction from above.  It was still early and not too many people out in the streets.

A local eatery … I do not know if I would call this a restaurant.  The menu looked good, mostly seafood … you might could get a hamburger.

A generic looking photo of the palms blowing in the breeze.   I know that you have seen many like this before, but I could not resist.  Looks like an album cover for some Caribbean singer.

I have posted several of this guy in other posts.  His name is Vincent and he comes out to the same place every morning and sells his sea shells.  Turns out Vincent and I both were born in 1953 – small world.  One of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet.  I gave him some money to go and buy breakfast.  He insisted I take a shell, but I told him that I had no place to store it on the boat.  He was very insistent,  so I took a small conch shell to take home.  I have some other photos I made up at San Pedro on Ambergris Caye that I will post sometime in the future.  I hope you enjoy these snap shots … I do not want this to be a travel blog, but I have accumulated so many images from all the trips we have taken and I want to do something with all of them eventually.  As usual, all comments and questions are welcomed.

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June 9, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Posted in Belize

Swami …

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This swami was at a New Age Festival in St. Augustine several years ago and I made this photo of him.  It was just an average photo until I ran it through a Topaz filter and it came out like this.  He was a very nice guy, but did not speak much English … I was not sure if he was blessing my health or he was making a comment about how much I was  sweating on this August day, but whatever it was it sounded good.  All I could do was nod and say “si” … that Spanish was the closest Hindu I knew and he seemed to understand.  Wish I had more to share on this but that is all.

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June 8, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Posted in Swami

Old Rollei …

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This old Rolleiflex is the first camera I ever used when I started taking photos for the newspaper ( The Jag Jargen ) and the yearbook ( The Tiger’s Paw ) back at Workman Junior High School in 1966.  It is not in great shape, but I loaded some fim in it recently and shot a roll of b&W.  When I can locate one of the images, I will post it.  The lens has a lot of mildew on it and the shutter drags some, but I did come up with a couple of interesting images … I think I shot them in the parking lot at Walgreens in Milton.  Just goes to show that you do not have to go to Paris or New York City to take great photos.  Just open your eyes … they are all around you!

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June 7, 2011 at 8:38 am

Covered Bridge in South Georgia …

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Cannot remember exactly where this is … only thing that I can remember is Southwest Georgia.  Most likely off of I-75 below Macon.  The photo was shot with my 40D Canon and everything else was done in Photoshop.  Any questions, please ask and I will be happy to share.  Frank

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June 6, 2011 at 7:53 am

Posted in Georgia