Tuesday, August 30, 2011
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
Friday, August 26, 2011
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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 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.
Posted by Ian van Coller at 2:38 PM
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
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
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.
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Sunday, August 14, 2011
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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.