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
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
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
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
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.
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