Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Plastic Camera Show

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ok no joke last image from the Middle East

I found one more epic sunset in the old Lightroom library. Sunsets are definitely the hardest images to work with in 12 bit files. Canon 1D Mark III, 70-200/2.8L IS, 1/1000th @ F/16, ISO 100. Sorry, no cool images of Kuwait. This country has nothing to see. Good god it's awful.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Critical Mass 2011 finalists

Congrats to Alexis Pike and Ian Van Coller and all the other finalists for Critical Mass 2011. To see the other finalists, click here. Good luck to you all!

Butte Exhibition Reception Thursday

Near the Stockyard

More images available for viewing at my Flickr photostream.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Watching Star Wars in Kenya on my laptop

  Thought it was a fun photo you guys might enjoy seeing. We introduced the boy's to Star Wars. Technology is amazing, huh? Watching Star Wars in Kenya, in a house made of mud, in a room lit by a lamp.

4x5 Film Holders

Does anyone have 4x5 film holders they want to sell? My 264 students will be looking for some next week. If you do, let me know what you have, how much you want, and your email contact. Thanks, Ian

Just Sold My First Print!!!

I was excited and thought i would share. It was one of my images from Chris' Alt class. How yinz jags doin?

What Makes a Great Portrait

Thursday, August 25, 2011

My last photo from Iraq. See everyone soon.
"Camp Liberty, 4am" Canon 1D Mark III, 16-35/2.8L II, multiple exposure
Camp Liberty, originally one of Saddam's private hunting reserves, is a tiny portion of the US Army's staggering Victory Base Complex (or VBC), and one of many military bases rapidly preparing to close it's doors and remove it's troops before the [official] September 29th date for handing over the Iraq theater's closest thing to a five-star resort, housing over 50,000 US and NATO coalition troops during the height of the war. Camp Victory was originally built around the Baghdad International Airport, Saddam's palace, and the city's "Green Zone."

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Senior Syllabus and Pitch

Senior Syllabus is available on D2L. Please familiarize yourselves with it. Print and bring to class Tuesday next week. We will not be handing out paper versions. I believe there is only one space left for Tuesday pitch times. The rest need to sign up for slots on Thursday August 25th. That is tomorrow starting at 11am.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Brown Water Coffee

I recently photographed Ricky Padilla as part of a new project (it's basically Bozeman people doing cool schtuff). If any of you are coffee drinkers and want to help people in under-developed countries to get clean water each time you buy a bag of coffee, check out Brown Water Coffee which launches this Friday. You can read more about it on my blog. The website is not live yet but should be on Friday.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Seniors Please Read This

Senior Proposal for Fall 2011 A typewritten proposal (two copies) of your senior project must be brought with you for Ian van Coller and Alexis Pike at the time of your pitch (dates and times listed below). Consider this to be your project's thesis statement--something you might consider hanging on a wall alongside your work in a gallery, or to introduce your portfolio to a potential client. The goal of this proposal is to help you clarify your direction and should clearly convey the central theme and subject matter of your project. The proposal should also be clear on how you plan to execute the project and complete a coherent body of work. Oral presentations will be used as an opportunity for faculty to give feedback on proposals. After the first day of Senior there will be no changes allowed in the project, so by the time your project proposal is written and pitched, it should be well articulated. Pitch Dates: Sign up on the sheet located on Alexis Pike’s office door. Please arrive ten minutes early. Thursday, August 25th, 2011 11:00am – 1:30pm Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 10:00am - 1:00pm Please address the five ideas listed below in the body of your proposal. Your proposal should not exceed one page in length and should be single-spaced. It is not necessary to strictly follow the order below. More importantly, the proposal should be coherent and flow, and as a result you will have to rearrange your structure to fit your needs. Feel free to address any ideas in your proposal that might be different from those listed below. 1. Subject matter: what are you going to take photographs of? Think carefully about what you will actually be able to accomplish in a semester and what you actually have access to. It will ultimately be helpful to your project if you can be as focused and specific about your subject matter as possible. Keep it simple. Think globally, photograph locally. 2. Content: what ideas do you intend to convey with your images? Will the work be conceptually or formally based? 3. Audience: whom do you hope to reach with your images, and what effect on them would you desire? If your project is intended to be a commercial one, what audience are you hoping to sell your services to? If it is a fine art one, what audience will be your viewer? 4. Influences/context: what things, activities, people, photographers, styles, writings, etc. have influenced the kind of work you intend to produce, or where does your work place in the realm of photographic history? It is not sufficient to simply state that you like “such and such” a photographer and therefore they are an influence. Be specific and explain what exactly your work has in relation to or in the context of your influences. 5. Technique: describe the process you will be using, and how you will be visually realizing your project; for example, materials and equipment you will use, such as black and white, color, digital, alternative process, etc. Articulate why your choice of technique and materials is appropriate for your subject matter. Technique should not be the whole raison d’etre of your project, but should be addressed in light of how it will affect the content of the project. It is least important of these 5 ideas.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Great Geyser in Yellowstone

So Donna and I ventured into Yellowstone yesterday and last night.  Here's one of my favorite images from the sleepless night. Taken at Great Geyser at 3:30ish AM, 5D Mark II, 16-35L 2.8, 2 secs, f/2.8, ISO 200.  More pictures from the day (and night) at my blog.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Getting Models Via Craigslist

How does one go about this? I'm wanting to start searching for models for my senior project and I don't know where to post on Craigslist. Help.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Book cover

Hardcover 11x8.5 inches, 50 pages, color images & text.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Skateboarding in Butte

Two images from a trip to Butte this past weekend.
Tunnelvision, Race Nagel, Butte, MT
Gettin' Tunneled, Shawn Black, Butte, MT

Monday, August 8, 2011

Park City

Air Weapons Team "Blackfoot"

A pair of OH-58D Kiowa Warrior gunships provides aerial reconnaissance and security during an early morning escort mission near the central Iraqi city of Hit.
  • OH-58D variant Kiowa helicopters are the US Army's smallest and most agile attack helicopter. Based on the civilian Bell 206A JetRanger, the Dept. of Defense has used these continuously since their introduction in the Vietnam conflict in 1969. Armed with a seven-rocket pod carrying 70mm Hydra-70 air to ground rockets and a Browning M2 .50 caliber electronically fired machine gun, these small airframes are capable of flying at speeds approaching 150mph below "canopy" level (at or lower than 50 feet off the ground). Combat-loaded with fuel and a full ammo load, the small Kiowa Warrior weights slightly more than a Ford Taurus (with a family in it).
  • The above-rotor mounted sensor array is the most visually unique feature of this airframe, and it houses daytime television sighting, Forward-looking Infrared (FLIR) optics, and a laser-rangefinding and target designation system, giving the Kiowa the ability to track and designate targets from below a treeline and out of sight from enemy anti-aircraft defenses.
  • All photos taken with a Canon 1D Mk III with a 70-200/2.8L IS.

    Sunday, August 7, 2011

    Kenya/ Uganda Images

    Hey folks here are some of the first edited images from Kenya and Uganda, head over to my blog to see more.

    Tuesday, August 2, 2011

    Landscape Class Final

    Here are my final images from Kyle's landscape class. It is a series of images depicting the landscapes where homes in and around Bozeman can be built on.