Saturday, January 31, 2009

Congratulations Matt and Katie!!!!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Lift off

New clothing design created for 3SW Films
More updates in the near future on the new film along with ramp session and backcountry footage.

Which One?

I need some editing help. Which one do you think works better? If you have any reasons that would be helpful.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

New Polaroids?

I thought you guys might find this interesting I don't know if anybody else had heard of it. I know we have all been speculating that polaroid might make a come back of some sort and maybe this will be it.

Entries for Read This

Read This is MSU's Literature and Arts publication and is looking for submissions. They are looking for photographs, poems, etc (read the link). I work with a girl who helps put the publication together and they are always looking for images so...SUBMIT. They publish a few times a year and you can submit for one issue or multiple. it...

Moonlight on Flathead Lake

Took this last summer during a full moon on Flathead Lake. I have several more of these along with my entire Independent Study water project. If you'd like to see more let me know. CHEERS

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Negative fixing Work

Is anyone interested in helping me work up my 4x5 files from my latest project. I am looking for someone with excellent and speedy skills with the clone tool and healing brush. I can pay maybe $13 an hour. Let me know if you are interested.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Testing the method for my portraiture project. I want to know what everyone thinks. Thanks for sitting in the snow Steph.

Its pays to stay up late

i dont know if anyone else new this but two nights ago was a fairly mild but beautiful northern lights show happening around 12:30 am. this is one that i was able to grab right out side my house before it vanished.

"Ernie the Wonder Dog"


This woman helped raise us while my brother and I were growing up in West Africa. Our mom and dad both worked and the missionary families tried as best they could to employ as many africans as possible, so Aminata functioned as both a work lady and a nanny. She was an incredibly fun, caring woman, and I am thankful for my memories of her.
NOTE: I didn't take this photograph...was probably only 8 or 9 years old at the time. I just rescued it from the oblivion that is my parents' basement. Ian's work always slams me back to childhood, so I thought I'd post and get it off my mind.

Monday, January 26, 2009

I'll repost smaller images

Hey Guys!
I'm going to repost the images I added yesterday after I resize them.  I posted them from the larges file.  This way you guys can see the whole images, not bits.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

I'm not doing a very good job belaying.

Loyd and Josh (from the series The Hi-Line)

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Hope for Polaroid?

Is this for real?? Has anyone else heard anything about it? I don't want to get my hopes up, but I just can't help it...

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Garden Path 2

Another new portrait

4x5 C-41 Negatives

Hey who's shooting 4x5 color negatives this semester for senior and who wants to get together and talk about where to send it and splitting costs of shipping???? For those of us in Adv. Color we should talk too. Let me know! Amanda Guy

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Krappy Kamera

Hey all - so this my image that got selected to be in the Krappy Kamera contest for the Soho Gallery in NYC.  If anyone is in the area in March/April, drop by and see the show (because lord knows I don't paid enough to fly out there).  Let me know what you think!
I posted a new entry in my blog about assisting for this dude in the 3D space goggles, Mr. Dave Hill. So check it out, it was a lot of fun! He photographed me as a stand in for the actress we were shooting, so I'll definitely be posting that as soon as I get my hands on it!


This is the first portrait off the scanner from my new Garden Path series. I left my book of notes in South Africa (it is in the mail) so I do not have a name for the title yet.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

obama inauguration tuesday

here are a couple more images from today's ceremonies. very emotional and absolutely insane.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

opening inaugural ceremony at the lincoln memorial

here are a couple photos from the opening inaugural ceremonies today in washington dc. i posted a couple more on my blog and hope to put some up from the upcoming tuesday ceremonies soon.

The Garden Path

Here is a snapshot from a shoot on my recent trip to South Africa. The project is called The Garden Path and I was busy making portraits of gardeners. Phinneas Ndlovu is the guy holding the reflector. He was my assistant on the project.

Check out my blog...

Hey guys, there is a link to my photo and travel blog on the MSU photo blog site is the "Follow Us To Antarctica" link. Please check it out and drop me some feedback/critique. I will start posting images around/about the 24th or so. Matt Cavanaugh

Friday, January 16, 2009

Camera and Gear Tips

With the start of the new year, here are some tips that will help save time and headaches:
  • Always reformat memory cards in-camera, after every use. (Don't format or erase files in the computer.) I already know several people who have lost or almost lost images because they don't format their cards. This is especially important when you buy a new card.
  • Backup images before formatting your memory card.
  • Label your memory cards with your name and phone number. Hopefully an honest person will return your cards. Otherwise you might be out of luck.
  • Label your batteries with your name and phone number. Most cameras in the same product line now use the same batteries, so you won't mix up your batteries with someone else. The Nikon D80, D90, D300, and D700 all use the same battery. The Canon 20D, 30D, 40D, and 50D also all use the same battery.
  • Don't buy cheap, generic memory cards. Cheap cards are not as temperature or shock resistant as their higher quality counterparts. They tend to have crappy warranties. Better cards typically have lifetime warranties. Even good, high end cards cards are so cheap now, why settle for anything less?
  • Rename your images during import. When transferring new images, it's much easier to have Bridge automatically add the date to your filename and replace the generic DSC_001 or IMG_001. You can also have Bridge add your name, or any word of your choice when importing images. This can be done under File > Get Photos From Camera. If you don't already import your images with Brige, I highly recommend it.
Contrary to depth of field, most lenses are sharpest at 1-2 stops down from their maximum aperture, for current 35mm and digital lenses. Large and medium format lenses may be different Diffraction causes images to become softer the more you stop down from the sharpest aperture of your lens. See examples here. Another example here.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Daily Polaroid

I just thought I'd make the announcement here that The Daily Polaroid has officially launched. Let me know what you think!

8 BITches

From a shoot I did for the band 8 BITches. It was in a elementary school science classroom which was loads of fun.Add Video

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

hi everyone

A friend of mine is looking for wedding photog on 8/8/2009 Emigrant area. I would do it of course, but I am required to be a bridesmaid. Damn it! so i thought if anyone is interested, please email me. It would be nice if you had shot a wedding or two? more details just email me.

Sunday, January 11, 2009


Happy New Year everyone! I hope that you're all enjoying your break and excited to get back to work soon. I hadn't shared anything for a while so I thought I'd pop in and post my most recent portrait. This is Dan Arnold. He's plays guitar and sings for A Static Lullaby. I photographed promos for his as of now unnamed side project on Friday in The Cecil Hotel in downtown LA, about two blocks from Skid Row. It's a really amazing building, but the area was by far the sketchiest I've encountered since moving down here! This image probably won't be used by the band, I took it while testing the lighting, and it turned out to be my favorite. Hope everyone is well!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

View Larger Map

Photographs by Zachary S Allen.

Location: Midlothian Virginia Date: Dec 15, 2008 Number of Photos in Album: 21
View Album

This is a test of picasa web albums and Google earth (note: not all images from the project are included, and I believe a couple of the coordinates are wrong). Nonetheless it is a starting point for displaying the Roseland project online with the aid of GPS and Google maps.

Monday, January 5, 2009

6 Month Long Exposure

6 month long pinhole image taken of the sun over Bristol's Clifton Suspension Bridge in Britan. Really awsome image. Click the title for the link. Here's a link to info on Solargraphy if anyone is intrested in how to do it. I think Im going to be spending some time playing with this.

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Happy New Year see you all in a few weeks!