Monday, March 31, 2008

Website Updated

I just revised my website and added a few new photos. Check it out here . Thanks Camden, for the help.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

A work in progress

This is the first print of my Roadside Distractions series (see my blog for more info). Each piece of this collage is 5"x7", and the dimensions of the whole thing are 20"x28". The pieces will be stitched together onto a backing sheet of Weston paper.

I had no idea the cyanotypes would turn pink when I soaked them in varnish, but I like it.

I was originally planning on collaging hand written text on blocks of paper onto the image (again, see my blog for samples), but now I'm starting to think it's not necessary. Thoughts?

Friday, March 28, 2008


Here is another animal for my advanced digital book on roadkill. I didn't know raccoons could be such a light brown color.

Thursday, March 27, 2008


Think before you throw

People need to stop littering. . .especially in our supposed "eco-friendly" city of Bozeman.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

More bandage

My friends from the band Bank came through town yesterday and stopped for a promo shoot. They're from Boise and pretty darn good. Nice guys too. I'm playing more with lighting in these sessions and working a lot on the images in post.

Monday, March 24, 2008


A few more that will be used as well.

Book Project

This is a photo I shot over the weekend that will be part of my book project for advanced digital. A lot of the work in my book will be similar to this photo. Action shots that have an emphasis on the landscape. The photo is meant to be larger than this blog so details may be difficult to see. Any feedback is helpful.

Aerial #14 & #15

Aerial #9-#13

Aerial #4-#8

Aerial #3

Aerial #2

Aerial Photos

These are some images from my senior project. These are aerial photographs made with a D70. At first I was trying to capture these images in a more abstract and colorful manner, but so far I've only flown once and there are not many colors yet. I think my project may turn into something less abstract and more documenting the structures and infrastructures including dams, roadways, buildings, agricultural equipment, etc. and how we integrate these into the natural world. I am interested in land use of all kinds including building sites, farm land, mining, recreational use, as well as other types. These images still need some editing but any input, feedback, and ideas would be great. Thank You Patrick T. McManus

Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Lazy Man pinhole

In my opinion it kind of defeats the point of a pinhole camera, the simple box, no lens, and light sensitive medium, but its gives the photos the same soft focus and color. I spent several hours making different size holes trying to get the focus right. DSLRs are only about 5cm deep so the hole had to be super small to be correctly focused. I used aluminum flashing (you can get it at Home Depot) for the hole. Took an old body cap and drilled hole through it and taped the aluminum pieces in till I found the size I was looking for, then I epoxied it in, covering it with black tape so it didn't reflect. Heres an image with it. If anyone would like to give it a try, I have plenty of the Flashing left (it only came in big sheets) and I think I have a system down. Its quite easy to make, except for the time test. Or you can buy one online from a couple of places for $30+.

Color abstracts

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Beartooth Shots

So over spring break I headed up with a couple good friends to the Beartooth Range to document their winter attempt of Granite Peak. Here are some of the shots from the trip. More to come as i am in the process of editing and sorting.

Your Opinion on Motion Blur...

Can you give me your opinion on these photos? I wanted to use motion blur to show energy, but I don't know if it's too much blur, too little, or distracting. Let me know what you think of the images in general too. The blur on the image of the girls using charcoal was unintentional, so I wonder if it's just too blurry to use. Thanks!