Vintage cars and airplanes in the hangar at Eagle Field, a historic WWII Army Air Corps training base built in 1942. Located in the Central Valley near the town of Dos Palos, Eagle Field hosts occasional events including the Eagle Field Drags. Eagle Field was also used in the filming of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The camouflage Fokker in this photo was signed by Steven Spielberg. Thanks to the owner of Eagle Field for the hospitality, and to Troy Paiva for inviting me along. Have a look around the hangar in the interactive 360 below. If you’re on an iPad or iPhone, move your device to navigate the pano.
The full moon shines on a row of old pumps at the abandoned gas station in Desert Center, California. This 360º night panorama is composed of 8 shots with a fisheye lens. Four bracketed exposures were made at each camera position. The 32 resulting images were stitched and blended using Exposure Fusion in PTGui Pro. Explore the interactive version below, and here’s a gyroscope enabled version for iPhone and iPad users.
The full moon rises over the ruins of a Salton Sea Beach trailer park in this 360 degree night panorama. Here’s a gyroscope enabled pano for iPhone and iPad users.
Watching, Reading, Listening, Doing (WRLD) is an experiment in paring down artistic input/output into quick summaries to refer back to. Disparate inputs help create interesting output. Let’s see what’s been in the blender lately.
San Ardo oil field gigapan: The image above is composed of 2 rows of 7 images, with 2 bracketed shots at each camera position. The iPhone app PanoCalc was useful in figuring out the number of photos to shoot. The images were stitched in PTGui Pro using a Mercator projection. The final image is 10,000 x 8,000 (80 megapixels). Below is a zoomable version created using Pano2VR.
Charles Burns continues to amaze me with his unique vision in the 2nd installment of his darkly original, narrative-shifting trilogy – The Hive. Highly recommended.
The ASMP Guide to New Markets in Photography was worth reading for the 50 concise photographer biographies. Judy Herrmann’s values analysis exercises are also quite good. The remaining material is a high level overview of changes in the photography industry, but the advice is rather general. Worth checking out from the library for photographers of all levels. May be of particular interest to photography students who don’t already understand the industry.
If you enjoyed David Hurn and Bill Jay’s On Being a Photographer, you might try tracking down Occam’s Razor. What was true about the art world 20 years ago is even more true today. The photography world needs an articulate curmudgeon like Bill Jay to stay honest. I wish the photo blog world had half of his wit and insight.
Aki Kaurismaki’s Le Havre blew me away. A bohemian shoe shine man protects an African refugee from being deported. Those of you familiar with Kaurismaki’s long history of dour films will be surprised how uplifting Le Havre is. And the cinematography is fantastic. Highly recommended.
I really enjoyed this Thomas Pynchon documentary with music by The Residents. The film is a goofy speculation about Pynchon’s choice to remain out of the public eye. Word on the street is that a new Pynchon novel called Bleeding Edge may be released this year.
Another excellent holiday gift (thanks ss!) was Cul De Sac. In 1995, a 35 year-old plumber and ex-soldier from suburban San Diego dug an 18 foot hole in his back yard looking for gold. Apparently meth was involved. He ended up stealing a tank from the National Guard and went on a rampage crushing cars before the police opened the tank and shot him. A really interesting meditation on the decline of the post WWII 50′s suburban dream.
ALTO! is a three piece band from Portland, Oregon with Derek Monypeny on guitar, and Steven T. Stone / Kyle Reid Emory on drums /electronics. Somewhere between krautrock, outrock, progrock, and experimental. Listen to side one of the album on ALTO!’s Bandcamp page, download a track for free, or name your price to buy the whole album.
The full moon rises over the Salton Sea, while rows of dead palm trees stand stoically on Yacht Club Drive in Salton City. You’ll never want to eat tilapia again after visiting the Salton Sea. Dodge the dead fish on the beach in the interactive version below. Move your iPad or iPhone to navigate the pano in this gyroscope enabled version.
Technical details: This image is 4 shots around at 5 degrees up with a Canon 8-15mm fisheye lens at 8mm on an EOS 60D. Each exposure was 90 seconds at f/8, ISO 800. A 5th shot (nadir) was taken to patch the tripod shadow. Shooting 4 around does not require a zenith shot, and results in a resolution of 10,500 x 5250 (55 megapixels). Shooting 6 shots around and 1 up (zenith) yields more resolution, but may not work with long exposures and fast-moving clouds.