Mark Klett

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This past week I had the fantastic opportunity to see Mark Klett’s studio, in his Tempe home. The studio is a single open room, probably about 20 feet by 40 feet, quite large! This studio serves as his digital studio, and features ample space for hanging, and working with large prints.

What interests me most, however, is Mark’s camera. This camera is an updated version of a view camera or large format camera. Technically it is only medium format, since the Mamiya Leaf sensor is 6x9cm however the back is able to rise and fall, and the front is able to tilt. Technology offers artists a panoply of tools, that will only expand. Klett is certainly a pioneer in this regard, it will be interesting to see how this evolves over the next few years

Photography and Humor

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A lot of photographers take themselves a little too seriously, and forget to have fun. I am inspired by all of the great street photographers of the 20th century, but most specifically Elliott Erwitt for his incorporation of humor. At least I think I’m funny, (don’t we all?) Taken in Italy at the leaning tower of Pisa.

Street Photography

Degenerate alcoholic or someone who’s just down on their luck? “It has little do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them” – Elliott Erwitt

Taken at Centre Pompidou in Paris. 120 on fibre.

Lake Panajachel

Put these together today! I love combining frames and leaving the edges. Sometimes I go after a seamless transition in landscape panoramas, but I often find the edge of the frame befitting for images like this one. Why disguise the fact that there are two images? Instead embrace the separation, and use it in your favor. I love the aesthetic it provides, as if I laid one image over the other with my own hands. An image of my beautiful girlfriend taken on lake Panajachel in Guatemala. Minimal retouching, just enough to match exposures.

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Protect your

equipment! Today I made a foolish mistake and ended up dropping my camera bag. Thankfully, what could have been a 19 hundred dollar mistake was only a hundred dollar mistake. *whew* 

photoUse a UV filter to protect your lens, a lens cap doesn’t offer protection under impact. Of course, you don’t want to degrade image quality, the more filters and glass you add the worse quality becomes. With that said the trade off is a single UV filter can make the difference between a functional lens and a heap of metal and glass. Different lens require different filters, and I suggest buying the highest quality. Nikons lineup works best with B+W filters. I’ve found B+W UV filters to be exceptional quality, and superb glass, not too expensive either!

What do you enjoy about your profession?

My favorite part of photography is that it can be extremely multifaceted. Digital photography requires you to be a techie and analog photography turns you into a chemist! Today , analog photography turned me into a electrician/handy man. Yes I love an excuse to pull out the toolbox.

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The equipment, seen above under maintenance, is called an Arkay Flipper (F-15 B to be exact). It is used to dry analog prints, the metal heats up, and a piece of fabric tightly stretches across. The device is called a flipper because it can dry two prints at once, the other side is identical, so one would ‘flip’ it over to use the second spot. It is mainly used to dry fibre based prints, and I am taking it apart to clean the cloth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Backing up your Photos

I just purchased a RAID tower system from Drobo. I decided it was finally time to upgrade from my slew of random external drives since I no longer have enough memory for my most recent bi-annual back up. I figured this would make a great blog post because I have learned 3 very important rules when it comes to backing up your photos or important data. It is referred to as the 3-2-1 rule:

3 – You should have three copies of everything you want to protect

2 – Of your three back ups, there should be at least two different formats

1 – One copy must be kept off premisses

The first rule is straight forward, if you want to keep data safe you need three copies. It doesn’t count if you make a copy of your photos folder and leave it in another location on the same computer or HDD. Two formats refers to diversifying the way in which the data is protected,  a combination of DVD/CD, HDD, SSD. Using HDD and SSDs doesn’t exactly count, they are both electronic drives. But it’s what I use since I would need an ungodly amount of DVDs to back up a TBs. The last rule, to keep a copy off premise, protects you in the event of a natural disaster, flooding, a fire, robbery, etc. This way if anything happens to your home there is another copy somewhere else. I keep mine at my parents since we live in the same city.

The RAID system I purchased from Amazon was a Drobo 5D, with three WD 3.5″ 2TB HDD as seen below.

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I found Drobo’s website to be extremely helpful and simple given that RAID systems are typically reserved for businesses and technology oriented professionals. Regardless of storage needs, Drobo’s website is able to guide you to a product that best suits you and your data. Once I get mine set up I’ll make a post about the different architectures of RAID, and what RAID exactly is. (Hint: RAID is an acronym for Redundant Array of Independent Discs)