Sunday, October 30, 2011

Need a Ride?

Due to my work schedule, it turns out i'll be doing a late night dash to Spokane with a possible pit stop at my brother's place in Missoula if it is getting too late. I also have a friend in Spokane who has offered floor space to crash on for the weekend for the people in my car. I'll be back Sunday by 4ish. Let me know if you are interested in an adventure to Spokane for SPENW.

Skateboarding With 4x5

These are some recent 4x5 photographs I took while skateboarding with some friends. Im really interested using the 4x5 to photograph skateboarding, something I feel hasn't really been done in the skate magazine industry. To me, it gives the photograph a totally different feel and perspective, compared to the typical fisheye photos used in skate magazines. Super stoked on how these came out.

George Georgiou and Vanessa Winship Talk Tuesday

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Mordancage negative

I laughed.

I swear every time I go photograph Max something ridiculous happens.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I Took A Picture

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

a hint of fall

Just recently developed some expired film,  this one worked out pretty nicely.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Megan Dunbar

Checkin some shit OUT.

paper paper paper

anyone trying to get rid of any? i'm looking for rolls more than anything. cheap paper over expensive, it's for contact prints.
aidan 6128596709

Monday, October 24, 2011

Rough book layout for senior book

So far the plan for the book is to compile the most successful 30-40 images from the nightlife series (which form fragmented narratives on their own) into a flowing story which includes completely different characters and locations but flows emotionally.  With the images I want to scatter quotes ,or other applicable texts, in an effort to guide the viewer while complimenting the image.

Band photos

Sunday, October 23, 2011


hey is there any chance you can upload some band photos from the shoot on friday, thanks

Saturday, October 22, 2011


I get why they charge so much for couture now

So i think i have finally settled on a process that conveys the emotions i want for my project (pinhole, embroidery and encaustic [it isn't encaustic in this image though]) this image symbolizes hope. Im very excited with this new direction, any thought on size, keeping in mind that this took a solid 12+ hours to stitch and its a 8x8 and i don't want to have to do something ridiculous to dip them in wax (unless you know of somewhere that would let me fill large tubs with wax)

still truckin'

haven't posted in awhile, this is an image from this summer. I am still working on my japanese american internment camp project aka, senior thesis from last fall. This is Casey Kunimura, he lives in Ogden Utah, and is one of the individuals whose portrait didn't turn out the first time around. Went back to see him this last June and finally got around to scanning the film. This image is straight from the scanner, portra 400, natural light, rz 67.
Hope everyone's fall is treating them well. Also, going to use this as a plug, and update, if anyone knows anyone who was incarcerated, I am searching for grant funding, and planning on pursuing this project for some time to come.


Tuesday our first draft of our papers are due, as well as our Artist Statements. Don't forget to bring two of each!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Outside Jellystone Park

Jim Cole, Gardiner, Montana

Yoblanski Gallery Show

This Saturday and the Yoblanski Gallery there will be an Art show from 7-9.  Come if you wish.  Free booze maybe?  Ask Josh Disney for details.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Portrait of my Father

Speedlight outside, +1 stop w/ blue gel (to imitate moonlight)
Speedlight camera left, -2/3 stop, bare (fill)
40 watt bulb next to my Dad (key, 3200k)
Canon 1D Mark III, Sigma 50mm/1.4
1/15 sec, F/5.0, ISO 100 (handheld)

Portrait from this past spring

This is a picture I took of a homeless man this past spring on my way to the Senior Photo exhibit. I'm guessing it's overlapping because of me misloading my Pentax 6x7, but I love it.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

8x10 pinhole paper negs

Occupy Bozeman Oct 14th

Here are few photographs from the Occupy Bozeman demonstration that took place last Friday afternoon, beginning at Montana Hall and ending at the public library. More images can be seen here

Bottom Feeders

Reasons Why Professional Photographers Cannot Work for Free

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Why are we doing this?

Today on facebook I saw someone I went to high school with who is currently a "photographer."  Now the reason photographer is in quotes is because she has no training whatsoever.  Seeing this made me wonder, why are we doing this?  Aside from the fact that learning about photographic processes is incredibly interesting, fun, and expressive, is it possible that we are all going to school knowing that for commercial photography it may not be entirely necessary?  We are certainly not getting degrees so we can call ourselves photographers because you could do that right now and no one would give a shit (except for me apparently).  Seeing someone out in the real world functioning as a photographer without a degree and being paid for doing so really made me feel like shit.  So I have decided, we need a new term for ourselves.  The title "Photographer" has been so diluted that now all it means is that someone owned a camera at some point in their lives.  So?  What should we call ourselves so that people know we aren't just fucking around.  We have degrees (or will very soon), the world needs to know that we take our shit seriously!   

Love Kurt

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Backlighting with single speedlight

...taped to a chair because i have no fancy light stands.
Canon 1D Mark III
Leica Summicron 90R F/2.0 (for sale...)
Vivitar 285, backlit, 1/16th power
1/250th @ F/4.0, ISO 400

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Paper, Paper!

Paper for Sale! 2 packs of unused EPSON: Ultra premium Presentation Paper Matte 13x19 orig. $51 each Sale: $25 each 1 pack of unused ILFORD: Galerie Smooth Gloss 13x19 orig. $48 Sale: $23 email: meg@haywood-sullivan if interested!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011


these are just a few scans from negs shot over the summer. im 1/5 of the way through making contact sheets.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

From My Summer USP Project

Here are a few images from the project I worked on for the USP grant over the summer, for which I photographed 19 small towns (under 1000 population each) across southern Montana. You can see more at my site here

More options for students bound for Italy!

Dear SFP Students,

I am currently working with the Arts and Humanities Semester in Tuscany, and we in the process of developing some new courses that would be offered to MSU students who choose this program. Already, we offer an Italian Cinema class (that fills the film credit requirement for photo majors) and an upper division digital production photo class, and other courses that count towards Humanities and other core requirements.

We are looking for your input! In order to get the most out of your academic experience in Italy, what other courses would you like to see offered here in Siena? Thanks for your consideration. Any and all comments are welcome.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

a few images for senior

These are in no way done but hears a little peek at what I'm leaning towards 

there are a few more on my blog

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

my first run with an on camera ring flash!

Jem Southam and Duane Michals books

Does anyone have my Jem Southam book called Landscape Stories? Also missing my Duane Michals book? Would love them back.

Monday, October 3, 2011

An image from my senior

I'm working with the idea of memory and perception, and how memory is an abstracted idea in a state of flux rather than a concrete recollection of past experiences (for a brief and confusing paraphrase of the artist statement I haven't written yet). Inkjet on Canson Etching Rag, and gouache.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Lighting done right: Straight out of the camera

Here's a highlight from 342 last week. Everyone was excited and unanimously proud of everything we did on friday. Both of these images are unaltered RAW files, resized and sharpened for web with NIK Sharpener Pro.
White balance was set to 5500K in-camera, instead of 5600k/daylight, so the gold reflectors wouldn't make Cindy appear too warm. Everyone was so happy with just using reflectors for key/fill from the sunlight that probably half of everything we did ended up being reflector lit. I think we all learned a lot about how much you can do before the exposure to get great results without resorting to RAW adjustments and photoshop.
  • Canon 1D Mk III, 70-200/2.8L IS
  • 1/500th @F/4.0, ISO 160
  • 8x (3 stop) ND filter + B&W Circular polarizer (2 stop light loss)
  • Canon 1D Mk III, 70-200/2.8L IS
  • 1/400th @F/4.0, ISO 160
  • 8x (3 stop) ND filter + B&W Circular polarizer (2 stop light loss)