Shadows

Shadows can add a lot to a photograph. They can emphasize emotions, create surreal images, and be used in a variety of ways. – Smashing Magazine

So, what happened to shadows in photography? Digital, Photoshop, highlight adjustments, Advanced D Lighting.  People bringing up details in the shadows, simply because they can do so. Look at images taken on film, from way back, and you can see dark, moody, beautiful photographs, decades before photographers were trying to punish every last pixel. Some things are best left alone.

Here are some more shots from a recent college reunion. I love the shadows and dark levels. Once again, Nikon F3, Tri-X.

View From The Bar

View From The Bar

Guessing A Shutter Speed Of 1/15th Sec. Was Used Here.

Guessing A Shutter Speed Of 1/15th Sec. Was Used Here.

Window Light- Maybe The Lightest Interior Scene From The Afternoon.

Window Light- Maybe The Lightest Interior Scene From The Afternoon.

A Mix Of Light And Dark Made For A Pretty Cool Shot.

A Mix Of Light And Dark Made For A Pretty Cool Shot.

Guessing That The F3's Heavily Center-Weighted Metering Really Helped Get This Backlit Shot.

Guessing That The F3’s Heavily Center-Weighted Metering Really Helped Get This Backlit Shot.

Return To The Symphony – Strings

Last month’s performance by The Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra at Worcester’s Institute Park, at WPI, continues to be the favorite photographic event of the year. Little question that Kodak Tri-X was the right choice here, for many reasons. Mainly, the contrast, and the timeless look of the film. The first shot here is one of my personal favorites.  A few more scans from July 21st-

The Nikon FE-2's Light Meter Nailed The Exposure Here.

The Nikon FE-2’s Light Meter Nailed The Exposure Here.

Many Newbie Photographers Obsess Over Bokeh, After "Tack Sharp". Shots Like This May Turn Me Into Such A Junkie. Creamy Smooth Bokeh.

Many Newbie Photographers Obsess Over Bokeh, After “Tack Sharp”. Shots Like This May Turn Me Into Such A Junkie. Creamy Smooth Bokeh.

High Contrast Scenes With Bright Highlights And Dark Shadows Were Everywhere This Evening.

High Contrast Scenes With Bright Highlights And Dark Shadows Were Everywhere This Evening.

These Syphony Members, I Think, Were In Roughly The Same Spot At Last Year's Performance.

These Symphony Members, I Think, Were In Roughly The Same Spot At Last Year’s Performance.

College Reunion- F3 Returns From Second Trip To Nikon USA

My communications/media department had a wonderful reunion this past Sunday in Cambridge, MA. It was held at The Porter Square Tavern, in historic Porter Square. About 50 fellow alum came to this event, to catch up, socialize, talk about that they are doing now, and to discuss funding of a scholarship in the name of a beloved professor, who is not in the best of health right now. I am keeping some of the details here a secret, because said professor has no idea about this. Google is a powerful tool. Word spreads fast. It was a spectacular event, and it should prove very successful, to eventually benefit internship students. As a former one myself, great to see that future generations will receive the assistance and jump-start that a scholarship provides. It was wonderful to see professors and fellow alum that I had not chatted with in years. It was like not skipping a beat. And to see what “newer” generations are now up to.

My Nikon F3 has been to Nikon USA in Melville, NY now, twice. The first time for replacement of the LCD light meter display (yes, Nikonians, you can still get parts for the camera). Upon receipt of the camera, on the very first roll, I noticed a case of shutter bounce or capping. A few images on an earlier entry here (Summer Stroll) showed this dark vertical band of underexposure on the right hand side of the frame. As I had also paid Nikon for a CLA (Clean, Lubricate, and Adjust), back the F3 went. This time, for shutter curtain adjustment, and speed verification. After shooting this roll of TriX indoors, and out, as well as a roll of Portra 400, the problem, thankfully, is now gone. After researching online, seems as though it is more noticeable at 1/250th a sec and faster. So far, so good!

The images poster here do have some development issues. The bottom of the old bottle of HC-110 was used for my typical 49-1 one shot formula. I should have shaken the bottle well. Also, the fixer may indeed be exhausted. Back to the chemical mixing tonight.

A side note- bring a film camera like the beautiful F3 to an event like this. Not only will you stand out from the others (AKA digital point and shooters), but you and your camera will be the hit of the party. A great conversation starter and ice breaker, for sure.

The Tavern At Porter Square, Cambridge, MA

The Tavern At Porter Square, Cambridge, MA

Next To University Hall- Lesley University

Next To University Hall- Lesley University

Another Beloved Professor Makes The Case For Scholarship In His Friend's Name

Another Beloved Professor Makes The Case For Scholarship In His Friend’s Name

Catching Up With Old Friends, Making New Ones

Catching Up With Old Friends, Making New Ones

Asst. Dir Of Alumni Relations, Summa Cum Laude

Asst. Dir Of Alumni Relations, Summa Cum Laude