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  • danielbairdmiller 2:07 pm on May 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , book, , , , ,   

    I made a book. It is cool 

    So, I decided back in the fall to make a book, After reworking a few formats, I’ve landed on a magazine style book. I present to you Linger. It encompasses much of my night photography and some other self portraiture.

     

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  • danielbairdmiller 3:00 am on March 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Overdue 

    I’ve begun working on a new series.

    I’d rather just upload a few photos and get some responses before contextualizing.

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  • Matt Hill 4:39 pm on January 31, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: abstract, , , time   

    Time Abstractions 

    I am working on a daytime process for creating time abstractions. Not ready to discuss method yet because it’s simply an experiment. Enjoy!

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  • Matt Hill 12:14 am on March 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: colchester, lomo petzval, , uk   

    Night in Colchester, UK 

    I was fortunate to be on a business trip in the uK this week. Sorry I missed Sunday post date, but her dis some of the night out I had. I am still dating the LOMO Petzval lens – learning its strengths while shooting at night. I think that having some flare, a repeating patter and shooting nearly aid open, help accentuate it’s special bokeh qualities:

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    • Jeff 3:00 am on March 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Now these are really doing it for me, the second one and the last three especially. There’s something nice about the second with the reflections adding texture to the image but not cluttering up the focus. I think that’s what I like about the statue shots as well, the texture from the lens flare really works in monochrome here.

  • Matt Hill 7:34 am on March 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: lomography petzval art lens, test   

    Playing with the Petzval Lens in Vegas 

    So I haven’t had a chance to really get to know my new Lomo Petzval lens. It’s unique characteristics best show up when you have a background both out of crocus and with repeating in pattern. Like leaves and foliage. Or lots of pinpoint light sources. And focusing is fun with the manual aperture plates.

    Here are some arty stacks I did of the light beam coming up from the Luxor whilst standing int he MGM parking lot by the convention center. Downtown night stars clearly visible.

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    I think the lens is a little soft (not razor sharp like modern commercial lenses) so I use less Structure when processing the images. The color version looks very natural to me and the B/W versions interesting.

    Here are some daylight images for reference, not so much art. Gabe and Dave shot portraits of each other – I did not shoot the people photos. But they show the lens is great for people!

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    and some non-people shots which I did shoot while outside the hotel:

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    • Jeff 2:58 am on March 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I like the color better than the monochrome here, the blue tones are rendered really well. I think this lens works better on the people than the architecture, but that may be your DOF in those shots, I’m not sure.

  • Matt Hill 3:45 am on February 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: arches national park, , , sedona,   

    Arches and Sedona 

    I wanted to start off with a bang, but here I am a few weeks later. My picks from a mini road trip:

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    • Jeff 8:55 pm on March 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      This is the part of my day where I express wonder at how great these are. True, you’re starting with an awesome location, but that first one uses negative space really, really well. All those textures in the second blend fantastically together and I think my favorite thing about #3 is the little line of lights from a street that’s pointing up at Polaris. The wide aperture really brings a nice sense of scale to the shot.

  • Jeff 8:44 am on February 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , memorial, , Oklahoma City   

    Oklahoma City 

    I’d never been to Oklahoma City prior to this trip, and barely in Oklahoma at all. But I took the opportunity to visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial.

    It is amazing. An absolute perfect memorial to honor individuals as well as a group. Honoring the 168 victims of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, it has taken the site of the building (which was eventually imploded) and placed 168 individual chairs, each given a name of a victim and arranged in nine rows for each of the nine floors that they worked on. The child victims of the day care are designated by smaller chairs. A reflecting pool where the street had been separates the memorial from the museum housed in an adjacent building.

    It is incredibly powerful and moving in its simplicity and elegance. Coming from New York where the WTC Memorial requires advance tickets, going through security, and has fixed hours, I was surprised to find how open and accessible it was to the public. If you are ever in the area I cannot recommend it enough.

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  • Jeff 7:14 am on January 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Central Park Part II 

    Another Polar Vortex means another trip to Central Park to shoot at night.  I’ve been wanting to develop a series of night snow shots there for a while ever since revisiting a shot of the Bow Bridge I took several years back.  Unfortunately it typically means I need to get there before it gets too dirty and trodden with footprints, which means the first night when the skies are still cloudy and boring.

    But, you get what the weather gives you, so here’s the latest.  Two of which I summoned my inner Matt/Gabe and took out the saturation.  The Romeo and Juliet was a series of five shots that were lit via flashlight and then stacked in order to get the backlight that I liked a lot.  Then there’s the Ramble Stone Arch, which I’ve just always liked and finally got a chance to shoot in the snow.

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    Also, now’s a good time to clean your sensors, mine was filthy with all the dry static air.

     
  • Marty 1:07 pm on January 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blog, new start, new website, new work, , Silly Totoro Photography   

    A New Start … 

    Happy New Year to all…

    I’ve been quiet of late; busy with many things among which working on re-launching my website. It’s now finally finished and I just re-launched it a few moments ago. You can check it all out at http://sillytotorophotos.com. There is a lot of new work including work that I showed at the last Salon. Also am starting to write blogs as an experiment for myself (I hope to see where that goes). So I welcome you all to check it out. Comments are definitely welcome and I hope you enjoy what you see. I do want to thank you all for the support so far for my work.

    Now that that is finally done, I hope that in the coming weeks/month I’ll contribute more here. Great to see that the site is become active. Liking what I have seen so far.

    Until then…

     

     

     

     
  • danielbairdmiller 7:18 pm on January 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: alt pro, alternative processes, , , , , wet plate collodion   

    New New New 

    Hey Everyone, I’ve been lacking in the past few months. Insert excuse here.
    I’ll do what I can to bring more to the table.
    Here are a bunch of images plus more images on my site that I just uploaded.

     

     

     

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