“Please don’t believe anything you read anywhere on this website. Although most of the technical information is probably true most of the time, the rest is all pretend. I love to fool around, pretend, and make things up. I’m just one guy with a computer who likes to take pictures. I have the playful, immature and creative, trouble-making mind of a seven-year-old, so read accordingly.” Ken Rockwell
Sun. Feb 10, 2008
Not that terribly long ago, to complete an advertising photography shoot, you required vendors for specific supplies and support. Typically, you might buy some Kodak EPR film stock in a large format (120mm, 4×5, 8×10), along with a similarly large format of Polaroid (Type 669, Type 55, Type 59), to allow for “instant” viewing on the set.
Fri. Aug 24, 2007
Thu. Apr 12, 2007
One year after 9/11, I wrote what was a very difficult article for me, “‘I’m OK, I’m with the firemen’: In Memory of Bill Biggart.” I’ve never claimed to be any kind of masterful writer, but of all the things I’ve put up on this site over the past decade, it’s one of the works of which I’m proudest. I wrote it from the heart. About a man I never met. But the story of his death that day rocked me to my core in ways I still can’t explain.
Thu. Dec 28, 2006
You might wonder why I’d say this is my favorite photo of the year. To your eyes, it’s probably just a picture of a little girl in an old wagon.
But to my eyes, there’s a much greater context. That rusty red wagon was given to my Dad for Christmas when he was a child during the Depression. Long before he passed away in March, he’d said he wanted to pass that wagon on to his granddaughter. So on Christmas day, we made sure that happened as he wanted, and I made the photo above. I see the context of my whole year in that one photo.
Mon. Dec 18, 2006
Mon. Aug 21, 2006
There’s an article at Wired, allegedly about photography, which has Garret “insulted and incensed.” He takes the author, Tony Long, to task, but Garret is such a darn concise guy it left me wanting. The article truly deserves a more verbose vituperation. And I’m here to serve.
Fri. Aug 11, 2006
Sun. Jun 25, 2006
A journey that I began just shy of six years ago has largely come to an end this week. When I bought my first digital camera in September, 2000 (a 3.3 megapixel Nikon 990), I knew it was a “training wheels” camera. When I upgraded to a 6 megapixel digital SLR in January, 2003, the larger sensor was a massive improvement, but still an intermediate step.
This week, I purchased the Holy Grail, a digital SLR with a full frame sensor. And I never dreamed these changes would happen so fast.
Thu. Aug 25, 2005
Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park is one of the most awesome viewpoints in this country. Anyone with an eye for stunning vistas is drawn to the place. Like Ansel Adams. And it turns out that I made a very small contribution towards the effort to find out the exact details of one of his more famous shots.
Wed. Jul 13, 2005
Last year, I wrote an article entitled “PhotoTerrorists” about the suspicions photographers have often faced since 9/11. Over the course of this year, I’ve saved a few articles and news items about restrictions placed on photography in public areas. The reasons vary, from alleged protection of “copyrighted material,” to broadly defined “security concerns.” Though the recent attacks in London are what brought this issue to the front of my mind, rather than start with “the arguable,” we’ll start with “the ridiculous.”
Thu. Jun 16, 2005
We’ve all known it was coming. And it’s not exactly “The End,” but’s it’s still a notable marker. Like when Kodak stopped processing Kodachrome film. It wasn’t “The End,” it was the beginning of the end. And now, they’re going to stop making black and white paper.
Thu. Mar 31, 2005
While scoping the news over the past week or so, I noticed an interesting contrast involving the military, photography, and two magazines.
Sat. Jan 01, 2005
I first began a “photoblog” on Sept. 3, 2000, with Pixel Pile #1. Four years and four months later, we’re up to Pixel Pile #1708. Along the way, I’ve paused to collect my Favorite Piles of 2001, Favorite Piles of 2002, and Favorite Piles of 2003. And now it’s time to look back at 2004.
Wed. Dec 22, 2004
Thu. Jul 01, 2004
Nate Steiner: “I’m proud to note that I played a small role in this first issue, authoring an article entitled DIY Photography on the cheap, which is all about setting up a low budget photo studio, and understanding the key photography concepts in order to use it. It’s written from the perspective of a non-photo-pro (me), with invaluable aid from my friend, and extensive photo blogger Reid Scott AKA Photodude.”
Fri. Jun 04, 2004
Fri. Jun 04, 2004
Though I created a separate page for those Petroglyphs, Ruins & Arches, much of the page was about the guide. He was just a striking character, in a most humble and unassuming way. And over the past seven years, I’ve gotten dozens of e-mails asking how they could reach him to arrange a tour. I never really had an answer, other than a description of the man and a first name, Tom.
But not any more.