Modernism Week in Palm Springs, California is February 16-26th this year. My wife and I enjoyed touring 9 Modern homes. Most were Mid-Century gems that make you want to listen to Frank Sinatra while driving to each location. Each had a vintage American car from the 50’s or 60’s in the driveway. Because I am a motorhead, it took me a few minutes to get through the front door of each home. What was in the driveway needed some attention as well. My only complaint, no VW buses or beetles! Maybe the oil drips on the driveway might be too much for these pristine homes.
Archive for February, 2012
I needed to do a test shot of some backgrounds and surfaces. Grabbed the old Polaroid camera… as the subject. Photo nerd info: Shot with the Nikon D3x, Nikon 105mm Macro, f 5 @ 125th w travelite 375w mono-lights, camera in shot is my working Polaroid Land Camera Model J66.
This just puts a smile on my face. Try to be in a bad mood if this is your bus in San Diego, on the beach, 75 degrees and you are about to get into the water. Photo nerd info: Nikon D7000, Nikon 50mm shot at f 1.4 @ 1/8000, drank a Dr Pepper without High Fructose corn syrup but real sugar.
Here is an example of a studio product shot on plexiglass with real reflections and technical lighting. Post production was kept at a minimum. Photo nerd info: Toyo 4×5 camera with Betterlight Scan Back, 210 Fujinon lens, Arri tungsten lights, ate good Vietnamese food that day.
I shot this image of Ivan Stewart blasting across the Nevada desert in the early 1980’s at the Mint 400. During that time of my photography career I was shooting racing in the desert of the southwest and Mexico for the magazines. I was also shooting races at the tracks around Southern California. I was in the pits at one of the races and had some of my prints with me. I was photographing some images of Ivan when I decided to do the “Fan” thing and asked him to sign this print. He signed it to me and dated. For those who don’t know Ivan Stewart, he was nick named the Iron Man because he would race the Baja 500 or 1,000 and drive the whole distance. He also won more than his fair share of off-road races. He is one of my heroes in the racing world. This print is hanging in my garage with other auto memorabilia.
Photo nerd info: Original is shot with a Nikon F3 High eye point with a 24 or 28mm Nikon lens, shot on Tri X BW Film, I shot this copy shot of the print with my iPhone and processed. When I shot the original shot I was wearing baggy cargo shorts to carry all of my lenses, probably.