This image was captured on my Nikon FM film camera.  I photographed the negative with my full frame DSLR and imported into Adobe Lightroom for initial editing, then into Photoshop for inverting.  The image on the left is pre-invert, the right, post invert.  I am having a hard time deciding which I like better.  The reflections on the negative version seem to pop more but, the detail of the docks stand out more on the inverted version.  Your thoughts…

Processing the Unknown

While cleaning out my father’s effects after he passed away, I discovered a 36 exposure roll of Kodak 400 B&W film.  I have no idea how old it was, but figured I would load it into my Nikon FM and see what happened.  All shots were taken in the downtown Minneapolis area.  I had the film developed, scanned the negatives at various resolutions and did some tweaking in Lightroom.  I did some spot removal, but mostly left them as is and cropped them to 8X10 as I prefer to print at 16X20.  Most of the images were pretty dark, not sure if that’s because of the age of the film or other factors.  They are also grainy, again, not sure if that is the age of the film.  In some ways, I like the effect, as it lends a dated feel to the images.  I don’t know that I will print any of them, but I do have a few favorites and am doing an exhibit of B&W work next month.  I may re-scan the favorites at a higher resolution to make them more printable.

Bright Skies, Troubled Waters


A textured abstraction, open to interpretation.

Canon 5D Mk ll, ISO 50, 50mm, f/1.8, 1/20th sec, Silver Efex Pro 2

To The Horizon, #2

Another point of view for seeing all the way to the horizon.  This is the view from Mt. Shasta, looking west/southwest, in northern California.  I love the hazy mist that fills the lower elevations, it adds a bit of mystery to the shot.  For me, it instills a feeling that I should put on my hiking shoes and start walking, to see if I can reach the horizon, and knowing that if I walk far enough, I’ll arrive at the Pacific Ocean.


Watchers On The Ledge

Three old friends stand together, silent observers of the landscape that lies below them.



The west is filled with grand visions of grand vistas, mountains and beautiful coastal areas.  But I also discovered that there are amazing tree shapes to be explored.  Yes, there are plenty of trees that grow tall and straight, but in the high desert area, there are scrub trees that attain some of the most unusual shapes I have ever seen.  This is just one example of the images I am working with from the area.  This one is more root structure than what might be seen growing above ground, but it has obviously been worked on by time, water and air.  This image is from my visit to Smith Rock State Park near Redmond, Oregon.


Strange Sky

Interesting cloud formations that come with changing weather around Lake Superior.


Canon 5D MkII, ISO 2000, 70mm, f/2.8, HDR Efex Pro 2