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!