Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Panoramic Imaging using an iPhone 5

Welcome to the official blog page for Dane Travis Jones Photography, specializing in commercial & fine art photo imaging using film. 

The images from the Linhof Master Technika camera are still awaiting my darkroom session for development, and will be up very soon, and can also be seen at danetravisjones.com when they are complete.

A few days ago, I went to the Oregon coast with a friend and took the 4x5 Ebony and Hasselblad cameras, but also ended up taking some panoramic images with my iPhone 5. Considering the size and limitations of the iPhone, I am more than impressed with the capabilities of this amazing piece of technology. Properly used, the panoramic setting is able to capture some very impressive images. This example is overlooking Treasure Cove, just to the south of Oswald State Park.

In the image, a couple can be seen to the lower right side of the frame, and my friend can be seen in red, just on the other side of the fence posts in the lower center. This helps to give a sense of scale to this grande scenic location.

Driving south just a few miles, the weather changed into cloud cover, which is very typical of the Oregon coast. Here are a couple of images taken under that canopy of soft light. The panoramic feature is truly effective at capturing an extreme linear horizontal.

Last fall, I made some panoramic images out on a farm, and found the ability to see more along the horizon very useful as well. When using the panorama mode on the iPhone, the camera sets exposure at whatever the camera is pointed at first. In other words, whatever the camera starts exposing at will determine the exposure level. In difficult or varied lighting, one has to be mindful of what is most important for proper exposure concerning image details. In the image of the interior of the farmer's market, I made sure the camera started exposing at the far left of the frame, being neither bright sun, nor dark shadow. On occasion, some trial and error is necessary to achieve the proper exposure for a given composition.

The panorama feature is typically best utilized with a static, non-moving subject. If the subject moves as you are panning around, very interesting (and sometimes grotesque) results can occur with people or animals. This happens to be a great way to make very funny, or mysterious images that can fool the viewer if one is not familiar with the process. Some hilarious and creepy examples can be found all over the internet, and that is a subject for a completely different blog entry.

Another important point is to make sure you follow the horizontal tracking of the image so that you don't end up with uneven edges of black space at the top and bottom of the frame. This doesn't necessarily ruin an image per se, but it shows poor, or rushed technique, and does take away from an otherwise beautiful scene.

Have fun with that iPhone, and remember that experimenting is always a great way to ensure superior results!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Preparing the Linhof for Street Shooting

Recently, I custom built a Linhof master Technika 2000 into a Speed Graphic-style press camera. The main differences would be the fact that this Linhof is built like the proverbial tank, and my setup will not be using a mounted rangefinder to focus.

I have been getting the final adjustments of some things on the camera set, and this has proven to be a very time consuming and tedious process. The the plan now is to hit the streets of  Portland and test this cameras agility and prowess at quick shooting. I anticipate some very impressive imagery due to the nature of the film size (4x5). I will be using it much like a smaller format camera, capturing fleeting moments of everyday street scenes.

The focusing back was designed by me, using a Hasselblad focusing hood. I wanted to focus on the ground glass, then be able to shoot with the upper viewfinder after collapsing the hood.

This is an image of me using the Linhof camera at the fashion event that the above image was taken at.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Welcome to Dane Travis Jones Photography!

This blog site is where I will be posting recent photographic work and experiences. If you enjoy traditional film-based analog photography, please check in periodically for updates on the process of my image making from start to finish.

Formats of film photography ranging from 35mm to 8x10 will be discussed, and the resulting images will be shared as well.