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  1. Smithsonian classes, part 2

    by , 10-30-2008 at 07:20 AM
    Interesting observation:

    In my night photography class, EVERYONE is shooting film. In my portrait class, all but myself and one other woman are shooting digital. I understand the desire on the part of the instructor to have folks shoot digital in the portrait class, for the instant feedback. What I find interesting about it though is the chimping that the students do that totally breaks up the workflow of the portrait session. I really wish I could bring in my studio camera monster, ...
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  2. Shooting night photos

    by , 10-27-2008 at 08:28 AM
    Well, I got to develop my night shots from my first night photo class outing over the weekend, and made a couple preliminary prints. I got one absolute killer shot of the Washington Monument at sunset, when the sun had just dropped below the horizon but the clouds were still illuminated. I grabbed that one while my other classmates who had also arrived early were huddling down in the Metro station entrance to stay out of the wind. This was my second time shooting with my Turner-Reich triple-convertible, ...
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  3. Week 4 - Pulitzer 1945 - Iwo Jima Flag - Joe Rosenthal

    by , 10-23-2008 at 05:00 PM (Click)
    This week we have an iconic image. It rates up there with the most reproduced images of all time.


    Joe Rosenthal - The Iwo Jima Flag

    Camera 4 x 5 Speed Graphic

    Film Agfa

    Lens 127mm

    Shutter & Aperture 1/400 @ f16

    Raising the flag on Iwo Jima was a historic moment post a historic battle. Iwo Jima was to be the first Japanese ...
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  4. Film Photography classes @ The Smithsonian

    by , 10-21-2008 at 02:55 PM
    I've signed up for TWO photo classes this fall at the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian museum complex has an "adult education" program called the Smithsonian Associates that sponsors a wide range of events, activities, tours and courses, including fine arts courses. They have a full darkroom for black-and-white and color, as well as limited digital services, in the education building, which is underground between the Freer Gallery and the Smithsonian Castle on the Mall.

    I've ...
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  5. My Baby Brother Saves the Day and Chris's Photographic Rule No. 7

    by , 10-19-2008 at 09:47 PM
    As of 6:47 PM Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday, Octoboer 18, 2008, I am officially retired as a wedding photographer. My Mom and I had our last go 'round with the bouquette and the garter. Our last mad rush through the relatives and attendants. Our final cake mashing to John Williams 'Jaws Theme'. Our last hurrah. And it could not have been a better final curtain.

    I showed up at 2:30 for the 4PM wedding of my baby brother Ron and his fiance Lyn with my wife's camera. She has ...

    Updated 09-27-2009 at 06:13 PM by Christopher Walrath

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