How can you not fall in love with Wedge Island? It’s like the soft gentle warm back of the old family dog sitting on the porch looking out at the far off perimeters. Guarding. Protecting. Head on paws. Watching as boats and storms go by – nary a twitch of the ear, just an eye tracking the wake. Who knows, Antarctica is only 2000 miles away, one needs to always be on the ready… And the name, Wedge Island, can it be any better? Nope. You can’t forget it. So Wedge Island has become my Monet’s Haystack. I can’t keep from making images of it. However, Wedge Island has another side – its head that faces the Antarctic and the onslaught of rough weather. Continue reading A Mad Crush on Wedge Island
You may not see it unless you zoom in, but there is a Mermaid in this shot. Maybe it is coincidence, but I doubt it. Why would anyone draw a mermaid facing a dead-end. I am posting this quickly, because perhaps the individual who drew it is reading this blog. And I want to thank them. Continue reading Drawing Me a Mermaid
A deep bow and a tip of the lens cap to @jvhenkel and “his” hashtag #treesarebeautiful. It was a highlight of my last year in terms of social media and an important contrast for me to the din of Facebook’s echo chamber. It made many of us look at trees a bit more. If you don’t follow Jim on Instagram, you should. I hope that 2018 continues the trend. Touring around Tasmania these last weeks and thinking of the hashtag enticed my camera to focus on trees occasionally. These following ones won’t make it to Instagram, but enjoy them in the spirit of #treesarebeautiful. Thanks Jim. Happy New Year. Continue reading #TreesAreBeautiful.
I am not going to waste bandwidth describing again Cubed, the great solar eco silver coffee van trailer in Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania. You can read my earlier posts from two years ago here and a follow up here. Or you can check out Laurie and Fabienne’s website here. Just today I finally got to stop by and have a flat white like no other. Now, after a mere 3 years of Cubed making single origin espresso coffee and German sweets from sustainable sources, it is clear that people have gotten the message. They now show up to get their photo in front of Cubed – not a shot just 3 meters away of themselves in front of the dramatic Tasman Peninsula and the sheer cliffs of Cape Hauy. Continue reading Cubed. Still the World’s Best Coffee, Location, People, and Aprons
I’m finally starting in on another research thread of exploring “slow exposures” – slit-scan photography. My head hurts trying to pre-visualize what something is going to look like in the end. Instead of exposing the whole frame with a long exposure, you work by exposing small areas (slits in this case) that move across the frame over a long period of time. I thought I would put up some some test images just to see how it feels. Continue reading Waves, Slit-scan, Head is Swimming
All native, in the wild, in situ, from high in Cradle Mountain, Tasmania – natural Christmas decorations for you. The main red flower is a Waratah. The red berries are called Red Berries. I can’t find anyone who can name the white flowers, but they are otherwise not forgotten. Enjoy the the Solstice, Holidays, New Year and may all your Christmases be bright, native, wild, and in situ.
Driving to Windgrove and Roaring Beach you pass this long fence made by some local surfers. Stopping alongside it one day gave me the opportunity to take some of the best action surfer shots I will ever take… Continue reading Surf and Roaring Beach
Taking to heart Frank Hurley’s Antarctic darkroom scrawl, “Near Enough is Not Good Enough” (see earlier post here) I went for it and put a new camera station on the edge of a cliff. Continue reading When a Cliff is Involved, Near Enough is Good Enough
Tasmanian Bull Kelp is amazingly bright in photographs taken with a UV adapted camera. It’s not fluorescence, because it doesn’t glow in visible light. The above image on the left is with only a UV A (or Near-Ultraviolet) filter. This mimics what fish, birds, and some insects can see in addition to what we see. They have a 4th receptor that picks up UV. They can certainly see the difference between a wet rock and kelp! We obviously can’t (image on left). How helpful when hunting prey. In the UV photo the wispy swirls around the rock are not blurry waves caused by the long exposure, but the kelp submerged under water. It literally glows. Click to see a high-res image of this. Both exposures are in the range of a minute or so. Lots of material to work with here. The effect is so powerful and sharp, it is hard to blend in. [BTW, Tasmanian Bull Kelp can be purchased to eat. $31.00 a kilo from Affordable Wholefoods. Maybe you can gain some luminescence!] Continue reading Tasmanian Bull Kelp and UV
This is my new motto for the last 4 weeks here. It was scrawled by Frank Hurley over a hundred years ago on his 1912 darkroom wall at the Mawson’s Huts in Antarctica. This man was cold, cut off from the world, watched some of his mates die, and he suffered for over a year taking photos in the “windiest place on earth”. His sled dogs are on the other side of the wall. I paid $12 to see this replica of the Mawson’s Huts. The fee goes to restoring the original that is pretty much entombed in ice. It is one of very few still surviving buildings from the “Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration”. Online I found some images of the real darkroom – still full of old chemicals and plates. I guess not too many people go there and grab souvenirs…… Continue reading Near Enough is Not Good Enough
Another thing off my bucket list. According to my parents, I saw “Northern Lights” when I was 6 or so. That doesn’t count and I can’t remember. It took coming to the Southern Hemisphere twice to see them. Not that they can compete with all the stellar photos on the internet, but this is my own. The following video proves it. They were so faint, you couldn’t see them with your naked eye, but hey, what the camera records and gets posted is what counts. Right? [BTW, that is little Wedge Island there. I have a mad crush on it. I am working on a whole blog post about it. Stay tuned.] Continue reading Hah! Caught me an Aurora
I took 2 weekends off from the Residency and saw more of Tasmania. Traveling with Peter is always an adventure, but you get to see some pristine amazing spots very much off the beaten track. Just be prepared: 4 wheel drive, hand saws, lots of water, and road-side emergency care. Continue reading Traveling With Peter – The Hazards of Freycinet
Just returned from a week of traveling and working with the University of Tasmania and Greening Australia. Spent the morning up-dating my calendar of required appointments for the weeks ahead. My dream calendar. Now that I have returned, I might have sometime to go through some photos and share some stuff here. We will see. My schedule is pretty jammed…..
I started 3D scanning aspects of Windgrove with a drone. In processing, the first step is creating a point cloud (data) and most people ignore it and move onto making a solid mesh. Peter was looking over my shoulder and immediately loved the look of Windgrove’s Peace Garden as a point cloud. So I went with this above sketch as a test. Click it to see a large version. I would love to see this type of look in a real-time environment. The following photo of myself along with my identical triplet brothers and a swarm of 200 drones begins to explain the process. Continue reading Point Clouds of Windgrove
Banjo Frogs are only in Eastern Australia. Too bad. I can’t think of a better name for them. Here is – I mean HEAR – what you up-yonder have been missing. This video is all about sound, so turn it up. I just literally stuck my camera in the bog at the side of the road. No editing, no nothing.
How many farmers over the last few centuries have gotten up in the morning and said they were headed out to their studios? They work with primary natural and analogue materials, they wanted to make stuff that the local community liked and needed, and they hoped that their creations would bring in enough profit to maintain their family. I never thought that a farm might be a studio. My 2-month studio here at Windgrove is 65 acres, 2.8 million square feet. What is that worth? I love it. No roof. Great ventilation. Every day’s activity depends on the weather. A major aspect of my work here is taking photographs from 8 locked-down camera stations numerous times a day. Each photo becomes a layer in a potential 2-month exposure. Following is a fun 3 minute video of my daily chores of feeding and watering my camera stations. I do this 1-3 times a day. Continue reading Daily Routine, 19th Century Farming Part Two
Two weeks into the residency and there is a check mark beside all setup requirements. On schedule. Taking two days off for some Side Show tourism. Stay tuned.
The word “long” has a long history in photography: long lens, long exposure, etc. It seemed weak. “Slow,” however, added in new territory that is important to this project and residency. The U.S. movement of “Slow Foods” comes to mind. Slow Foods speaks of different attitudes, focus, and priorities related to agriculture, food preparation and consumption. In the geologic and rugged cliff setting of Windgrove Tasmania, the word “exposure” also takes on new meaning. As well, an individual can be exposed to new ideas. Much of this work comes directly from scientists, artists, and writers working in the territory of Deep Time.
Slow Exposure is about my simple attempt to slow down and use a different rhythm to observing, reflecting, and making images. It is about being a student again. If the Slow Food movement is a reaction to Fast Foods, then Slow Exposure is reacting to the glut of the usually malnourished imagery in social media: Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, texting, and so on. (No offense to my friends who post amazing images and are the exceptions to the trillions of images online.) The above image is an early test exposure from camera station #6.
“Make hay while the sun shines.” – an old saying that is probably so old that most people haven’t heard it. It’s probably that my childhood included working on family farms in the mid-west of the U.S., but I am loving this daily situation where if I want this big computer to render for hours, the sun needs to be shining. The saying is now “It’s sunny?! Hit the render button.” Continue reading Digital Windgrove and 19th Century Farming, Part One
Tech Stuff. Amongst the time lapse community, the term “Holy Grail” refers to a continuous shot that goes smoothly from full sun to the deepest star filled night with no hitches, glitches, bumps, or dissolves. It is really hard to do – hence it being called the Holy Grail of time lapse shots. At long last I have joined the ranks of Holy Grail-ers. Continue reading Finally. The Holy Grail, but this shot isn’t it.
Instead of fighting jet lag, I went with it and photographed stars for 5 straight nights. It happened to be a new moon, so the sky was dark, and Tasmania has little light pollution. This, along with crystal clear weather made for a perfect setting. And I learned enough about the southern skies that I can forgive Orion for standing on his head here. Continue reading Embracing Jet Lag
For a number of smart reasons, upon landing in Hobart Tasmania after 39 hours of travel, I wanted to spend the first night in a hotel and just crash. My host, Peter, thought this wise too, because Windgrove is far from Hobart – plus we have a day of errands to load up supplies. However, he didn’t want me to book any-old hotel. He wanted to book the hotel for me and so, of course, he went and booked one of the newest and trendiest hotels in Hobart… Continue reading “Oh dear…. What have I signed up for…..”
This post marks the break between two trips to Tasmania. Everything below this post (earlier) is about the first trip, December 2015 – March 2016, Understanding Standing Under. Everything above this post is from the current trip November 2017 – January 2018, Slow Exposure. Continue reading Dividing Line
“Testing, Testing, 1,2,3…” After almost 2 years of being dormant, this blog is going to become active. The sequel begins. I am headed back down to Tasmania in mid-November for 2 months of work. You are reading this post, most likely, because you got an email from WordPress. I just wanted to give you a heads up. Continue reading “Going Down?” Yes.
Well the Pest is finally leaving New Zealand. One less invasive species for them to monitor. In a few months Ms. Biodiversity will also leave and at that point all monitoring can stop. No more wildlife will be disturbed. Maryland, on the other hand, should start a watch…
Here are a few last tag-along images. Continue reading Tag-Along Series #8: The End
One more Volcano post. A sad one. This is Mt. Taranaki who is basically isolated from all the other volcanos. He is at rest on the coast near New Plymouth. He lost at love and some think he is waiting for revenge. Continue reading A Volcano Alone and Separated From Love
Yes, I know. There are volcanos everywhere and we have all seen them, but I have never spent any quality time with volcanos so my last hurrah of a trip down-under was to tramp for 3 days around the bottoms, middles, and definitely the tops of active volcanoes. Tongariro has 3 of the most famous ones in NZ and I visited all three which are in a nice tight group. So, pictures of volcanos are a dime a dozen, but these are my dozen (actually a baker’s dozen). Continue reading Pictures of Volcanos