Category Archives: Fine Art Photography

Pier 24: About Face Portrait Photography Exhibit Time-Lapse

Pier 24 is a free photography museum in San Francisco, and one of the premier venues for viewing fine art photography. This time-lapse of the current About Face exhibition shows some of the almost 1000 portraits on display. The photos range from 19th century to current. The video condenses a 2 hour gallery visit down to a little over 3 minutes. Book your own appointment to see this show on the Pier 24 website.

The time-lapse was created using a GoPro HD Hero worn around my neck on a shoestring and set to take one photo every 2 seconds. The almost 3000 resulting images were processed in Adobe Lightroom. I used the virtual copy feature to make duplicate frames of the photos that I wanted to pause on. Then I exported the images at a smaller size, which created extra jpg files to alter timing of the video.

Next I used QuickTime Pro to assemble the images into a video at 12fps. The titles and music were added in iMovie. The song is “Loss” by A Certain Ratio. From about 41-48 seconds the camera freaked out due to the lighting, or possibly because of the powerful wall of Lee Friedlander photos. What an amazing show. You can also view a time-lapse of the previous Pier 24 exhibit Here, and photos from the Fisher Collection exhibit.

UK Rasdall Gallery Show: The Highway – A Lost Culture

The University of Kentucky Student Activities Board (UKSAB) contacted me last year about participating in a photography show themed around lonely roadside scenes at night. I invited my ol’ chum Troy Paiva along for the ride, and our night photography show runs from March 29 – April 19, 2012 at the University of Kentucky’s Rasdall Gallery. The show is called The Highway: A Lost Culture. We’re both showing ten 14″ x 21″ prints in 24″ x 30″ frames. Unfortunately, due to our busy work and teaching schedules we’ll be unable to attend the opening. If you’re within an easy drive of Lexington, Kentucky, check out the exhibit. And thanks to the wonderful folks at the UKSAB for making it all happen!

Something very large fell from the sky (like a safe in a cartoon) -- by Joe Reifer

Something very large fell from the sky (like a safe in a cartoon) -- by Joe Reifer

Epson R3000, Canon Pro9500 Mark II, Canson Rag Photographique

From 2007-2011 I had access to a Lightjet printer at my job. The Lightjet uses a color darkroom process that exposes the paper with RGB lasers, and then runs through color chemistry. The resulting continuous tone prints are very high quality, but the equipment can be hard to calibrate consistently and the paper options are limited. During my last year of enjoying the use of an on-site lab, I was also able to print on a Canon IPF 8100 inkjet printer. I was extremely impressed with the Canon’s dynamic range, consistency of color, and on-the-fly profile conversion. We tested a lot of different media, and decided on primarily using the Canson papers.

Epson R3000 Canon Pro9500 Mark IICanson Rag Photographique 310

Epson R3000 vs. Canon Pro9500 Mark II

After I changed jobs I wanted to get a 13″ inkjet printer for making my standard 12″ x 18″ prints at home. I narrowed the choices down to the Epson R3000 vs. the Canon Pro9500 Mark II. I didn’t consider the Canon Pro9000 Mark II (currently $199 after rebate) because it uses dye-based inks instead of the more archival pigment inks. The Epson R3000 is currently $599 after the $200 rebate (although the rebate was $300 last year). The Canon Pro9500 Mark II is currently $399 after rebate. I ruled out the Epson R2880 because the R3000 was only $50 more at the time that I made my purchase.

Canson has ICC paper profiles available for both printers. I ended up going with the Epson R3000 because I’ve been using Epson printers for years, the droplet size is 2 picoliters to the Canon’s 3 picoliters, the R3000 can work over wifi, and there are generally more paper profiles available for Epson. I can also make small test prints at home on my R3000, and then rent time on an Epson 11880 printer at Rayko Photo in San Francisco (although they also have a Canon IPF 8300).

Canson Rag Photographique 310

Before I discovered Canson paper, I occasionally enjoyed printing on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308. The Hahnemühle features very rich blacks, but the transition from the shadow details into the blacks can block up when printing night photos. And on some images the paper had a bit too much texture for my liking. I did a test print with Gallery Street in Atlanta on the Breathing Color Elegance paper that my friend Troy Paiva uses. The dynamic range looked better than the Hahnemühle, and the colors were superb. However, the Elegance also has a noticeable texture, and I wanted a paper with a smoother surface.

Enter the Canson Rag Photographique 310. The RP 310 has a similar weight and dynamic range as the Elegance, but with a much smoother surface. Plus saying Photographique all of the time is fun. I downloaded the RP 310 ICC profile from Canson’s site, and made some test prints directly from Lightroom. The results have been amazingly close in tone and color to my profiled monitor.

Remember these words of wisdom if your prints match your monitor — don’t touch anything!

I’m currently printing for a show in April (more details on that soon). Stay tuned for a fun, affordable print offer within the next few weeks.

Night Photography Gallery Exhibit: Mare Island Nocturnes

Mare Island Naval Shipyard: Home of The Nocturnes -- by Tim Baskerville

Mare Island Naval Shipyard: Home of The Nocturnes — by Tim Baskerville

Mare Island Nocturnes
August 3 – September 15, 2011
Mare Island Historic Park Foundation Museum
Located between 8th & 9th on Railroad Avenue, Mare Island [Google Map]
Reception: Sunday August 14 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Nocturnes is an organization dedicated to the art of night photography. This exhibit of fine art photography is part of the year-long celebration of their 20th anniversary. Mare Island Nocturnes features long exposure night images by photographers from all over the Bay Area. A portion of proceeds from print sales benefits the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation and its preservation, education, and outreach programs.

Museum Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd full weekends of the month.

Exhibiting Artists
Harvey Abernathey
Tim Baskerville
Mike Browne
Tamara Danoyan
David Dasinger
Andy Frazer
Lenny Greenwald
Alan Grinberg
Ed Hamilton
Amy Heiden
Steve Jackson
Kim Kulish
G Dan Mitchell
Shawn Peterson
Joe Reifer
Deb Rourke
Greta/Manu Schnetzler
Marla Showfer
Richard Stough
Cassandra Wright

Pier 24 Photography Exhibit Time-Lapse

This time-lapse documents a 2-hour visit to Pier 24 in San Francisco to see the Here exhibit that features over 700 photographs of the Bay Area. Visiting Pier 24 is free, but you need to make an appointment online a few weeks in advance.

Time-lapse technical details: Still photography is allowed inside Pier 24, you just can’t use a flash. I asked permission before making this time-lapse. I used the string from a sweatshirt to hang a GoPro HD camera around my neck (Flavor Flav style). The camera took a photo every 5 seconds. The time-lapse was assembled at 6fps in Quicktime 7 Pro. Titles and music were added in iMovie. As the show is Bay Area focused and has suburban themes, I thought music by The Residents would be appropriate.

I hope you enjoy the time-lapse tour, and that you are inspired to book a 2 hour time slot to visit Pier 24!

Update: Thanks to Blake Andrews for spreading the word about my tour of Pier 24.