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Tuesday, September 21, 2004


Lamp Post, Fifth Ave, New York

Lamp Post, Night

I've been shooting RAW at night; and although this shot is fairly abstract (more camera movement along a vertical axis) - the colors are, for the first time - pretty damn close to what I saw.  I had to change the color temp. to about 2050 to get it correct.  The yellow/green background that looks like it might be wheat or tall grass is actually leaves lit by the lamppost - but elongated by a vertical camera movement during a one second exposure.

11:00:30 PM    


In Memory Of, Metropolitan Museum, New York

In Memory Of

These were leaning up against the window of the Metropolitan Museum.  There are so many horrible things going on in the world these days; so many vigils, so many candles burning through the night, that I almost walked by these although I noticed them.  The card says: 'To our fallen brother...' 

So it could mean anything - but surely someone has died.  My first thought was that it was someone who worked at the Museum.  But then I began to think that maybe that was just a favorite spot for whoever had fallen.  Just as the Secret Garden is my new favorite spot.  And, in fact - the last time I went to the Secret Garden, there was a memorial for a child there.  I took some pictures but didn't feel right posting them.  Well, they weren't that good anyway.

- - -

"A contractor caulking windows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday crashed through a glass panel and plummeted six stories to his death, landing just feet from the entrance to the Temple of Dendur. The man was caulking an internal glass ceiling beneath the museum's roof, about 60 feet above the temple floor in the museum's Egyptian wing, when a 6-by-6-foot panel in the ceiling gave way." - Newsday

I did take some photographs of two workers caulking windows on the Met. last Weds.  If so, it might have been one of the last photographs of the dead man, though if it is him, he is small in the frame.  I almost always take at least one shot of the window washers, and caulkers working on the windows outside the Met. when I see them.  It has always seemed somewhat dangerous.  It was the day I took the shot of the kids exercising in front.

2:52:26 PM    

I'm ready to sell the Zone VI enlarger with the caveat that you come here (upper east side of NY) with a van and pick it up. 

I AM NOT SURE WHAT IT IS WORTH.  FOR NOW, LET'S SAY, BEST OFFER.  AND I DO NOT WANT TO HAVE TO PACK AND SHIP THIS.  MY IDEA IS TO HAVE WHOEVER BUYS IT ARRIVE WITH A VAN OR POSSIBLY SUV.  I WOULD PROBABLY DETATCH THE COLUMN/HEAD FROM THE BASEBOARD AND WRAP EACH IN A BLANKET.

It is over ten years old.  Works perfectly (well, it could use a good cleaning and one of the knobs on the VC Controller is a little funky, but works okay).  The baseboard is 32 inches x 32 inches.

It has a 60 inch high column; motorized focusing; variable contrast cold-light head - etc.  The cold light has never been changed.  Negative holders for 35mm, 6 x 6 cm., 6 x 7 cm. and 4 x 5 inches. Compensating exposure (it beeps based on reading the light reflected from the paper).  

In other words, at the time, it was the best they offered.  What else do I have: a 4 blade 16 x 20 Saunders easel; Schneider and Rodenstock lenses et. al.

Trays (various sizes); grain focuser; Zone VI 16 x 20 print washer; and probably a bunch of other things I've forgotten.

For now, I'm just going to sell digital prints up to 8 x 12 while I continue to research doing larger prints.  If I have the darkroom print in stock - fine, I'll sell it - otherwise I will change the site to display the 8 x 12 or 8 x 10 digital.  Within the next few months, I'll decide on the method for larger digital prints.

And if nobody wants to buy this, then I'll donate it to a school (though I don't know if schools want this anymore).  And after that - if it still isn't taken - I will give the stuff (not the lenses) to the first person to come by with a van.  And if that doesn't work - the whole freakin' thing goes out the window, lands in the backyard on concrete, and I'll say that it was an accident and they'll cart me away.

 

10:14:45 AM    

I was speculating the other day about where digital cameras would go next and mentioned the idea of wireless.  Of course, anything that I think of now is either being done or just introduced:

This is from the PR Blurb for the Canon Full Frame (16.7 megapixel) which was announced at Photokina : EOS-1Ds Mark II

With the optional Wireless LAN adapter plugged into the camera's IEEE1394/Firewire connection, photographers can work untethered as huge full-frame RAW files transfer automatically to the studio LAN in seconds . 'A London publisher can now lay out a production-ready front cover of a magazine with a photograph taken literally seconds beforehand in a Milan studio,' observes Jensen. The Wireless LAN adapter supports both..." [ DPreview.com ]

What I find the most interesting about all this is - what is going to happen to Medium Format?  I've mentioned this before, but how long will it be before companies like Hasseblad feel this?  Hard to believe sometimes how fast things are moving.

9:22:45 AM    


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