new bedford photo essay

26 07 2009

Pics from The Whaling City

new bedford rust

Mr and Mrs Burr's letterbox, apparently.

Mr and Mrs Burr's letterbox, apparently.

sunset scallop trawlers

sunset scallop trawlers

stars n bars, right?

stars n bars, right?

caitlin's beach house; now demolished to make way for the new pad

caitlin's beach house; now demolished to make way for the new pad

YES to abandoned textile mills

YES to abandoned textile mills

sadly, adding 'Lee' to any name automatically has them sound like a redneck.

sadly, adding 'Lee' to any name automatically has them sound like a redneck.

god bless....camels?

god bless....camels?

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tilt_shifter

16 07 2009

Even if you’re not a photgraphy nerd, this is pretty cool:

Introducing, tilt-shift photograpy.

For one reason or another (possibly as i have waaay more time to surf the net these days) I’ve been coming across a lot of tilt-shift pics, so thought I’d take a minute to explain ’em, as it’s a neat procedure.

Basically, lenses are available (at great cost) for SLRs and digis now which produce the effect of a miniature world in every shot.

not a model...

not a model...

tilt-shift lens for Nikon. $1500+

tilt-shift lens for Nikon. $1500+

The lenses allow you to pinpoint a small area of selective focus to produce a very shallow area of sharpness – unusual in landscape or aerial photography, where focus is usually set to ‘infinity’.  This tricks the eye into reassessing what you are looking at, as the lack of focus just does not look real anymore.

tilt-shift fake by paragon

tilt-shift fake by paragon

Interestingly, when you go looking for examples of tilt-shift pics you find that most are post-processed Photoshop fakes,  probably due to: a] the lenses are super pricey, b] I would also guess it’s probably real hard to do and c] It’s not too tricky to fake in Photoshop.

There are however, a few dudes doing it properly. Vincent Laforet shoots for the NY Times and has put together a video on how he works here.  Keith Loutit is another doing it closer to home, and his Little Sydney project uses tilt-shift combined with time lapse video for some startling images, particularly the Bathtub V shoot.

And as i mentioned, everyone’s getting involved…

A little amatuerish, but loads of fun.

new bedford scene from our window

new bedford scene from our window

fuel truck down the harbour

fuel truck down the harbour

valdemossa, mallorca

valdemossa, mallorca





black n white, proper

1 07 2009
cala deia, looking a lot like thailand

cala deia, looking a lot like thailand

Thought i’d throw in a few shots taken just before i left Mallorca.

Shot with my trusty Canon F1 (now undergoing emergency surgery) on real black n white film which i purchased by mistake.

Normally i shoot C41 b&w which they process in colour labs, but i screwed up and this happy accident resulted in some much better shots, even if it took a month to get my film back.

my buddy marius atop hercules the cycle

my buddy marius atop hercules the cycle

farewell drinks in the winter sunshine

farewell drinks in the winter sunshine

church near valdemossa

church near valdemossa