Thursday, September 29, 2011

Moon Jellies

Here's a video I made awhile ago.
I filmed the moon jellies at the Los Angeles Science Center, 
edited this version together and brought the edited version 
into Logic Pro to lay in the music. I was aiming to make the 
soundtrack feel like the movement of the jellies.

Although I have experienced the pain of a jellyfish sting, 
I don't let that taint my appreciation of them. Their movements are 
so tranquil and graceful, I find myself memorized when watching them.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Window Shopping

Walking through a local shopping district, window displays always make for a great subject. Color, lights, textures, reflection . . . they're very much like a photo set waiting to be captured.
What I like best about glass encased displays is the ability to play with the ever present reflections, weaving the light around the manikins, perhaps waiting for the right person to walk by at the right time in the right spot to fill in that one area in the composition that is crying out for something extra. A friend once mentioned that a simple filter could reduce those pesky reflections; I asked him why would I want to do that when the reflections are ancillary to the composition?

I know I said I wouldn't talk too much about what lenses where used for what shots, but would like to mention the Mamiya/Sekor 55mm used for this set of shots. This lens came with a 1000 DTL that I inherited from my uncle. Much of the outfit was in serious disrepair, but this late 1960's model lens still holds its own and is one beautiful set of glass. Attached to the Lumix GH1 with a M42 to 4/3 adapter, it requires full manual operation, but with its aperture range of f1.8 to f16, and the Lumix's on board metering system, it makes for a fantastic combination of old tech and new tech. 

Regarding the 1000 DTL, well, that's been repaired and I'm hoping to soon be out and about with the Mamiya/Sekor, armed with some transparency film, letting this vintage slr see the light of day once again.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Grotto Letters


Every few weeks I find myself sitting alongside one of our nearby duck ponds.
At dusk, the ducks fly in from their day's foraging and gather in groups.
This particular group felt comfortable enough to swim about, clean themselves and go to sleep nearby and around the table I was sitting at; there were no other people around me.

With about a dozen ducks at my feet, one lone male was periodically nipped at by a few of the females; haggard and tired, he eventually walked around and under my chair to find some solitude and a safe place for slumber.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sidewalk Cowboy

Abbot Kinney, Venice, California
This is another shot with the Kodak Retina [rangefinder camera];
Cross processed transparency film.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Now That I Have Your Attention


Venice (Beach), California
This image was created with the use of a circa 1934 Kodak Retina type 117
using Ilford XP2 Super 400 (B&W, C-41).

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Karen Cooper Complex : : Jerkin' Pretty

Here's a video I put together about a year ago. I had come across
this tune by The Karen Cooper Complex and it just knocked my socks off.
I was able to get in touch with Bill Altice, a former member of KCC,
to get permission to use this tune to play around with a video collage to
go along with the music. Bill gave me the green light. He and other
members of the band seemed to be very happy with this end result.
Personally, I'm still happy with this video. Hope you enjoy it too.

If you'd like to hear more of KCC's music, they have a free album
posted here: Shinjuku Birdwalk (1981)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Last Days Of Hemet

This photo-composite is from a roll of film I recently found in a plastic camera — an Ansco Tegra — that had been sitting unused for the past ten [or so] years. This image is a composite of several frames from that roll of 35mm film. Although I had this film developed, I didn't expose these frames; they were taken by a family member who is no longer with us. This composite represents a memory now faded with time.

Jack the Cat