Category: 645

Gage Thompson’s Sinister Smoking Shot

Gage Thompson
© 2012 Gage Thompson

Gage Thompson is a Utah-based photographer specializing in skateboarding and lifestyle photography. Like so many photographers, we’re a sucker for smokey photos and Gage’s eerie portrait caught our eye.

Gage shot using the Aptus 22 back attached to a Mamiya 645-AFD II with an 80mm Mamiya lens. Of the back, he writes: “As for the Aptus 22 back, I love that thing. It’s still the sharpest sensor I’ve ever used. The files are just amazing to look at.”

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Stephen Caissie’s Summer Wedding

Stephen Cassie - Summer Bride
© 2011 Stephen Caissie

Sometimes you can’t just wait for the right job to come your way, you have to make it happen for yourself. Toronto-based photographer Stephen Caissie recently shared some behind the scenes details of a bridal themed shoot he did as a promo for himself and for the make-up artist.

The MUA was hoping to create a side business for herself doing hair and makeup for brides, and wanted a way to advertise it. I wanted to play with light and warmth and push myself to create something dream-like in its beauty. We found a model who was game, begged a friend for the use of his backyard, borrowed some clothes, and rented a lighting kit.

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Lindsay McCrum’s Cultural Document

One of the most difficult things to do when creating art is to get the hell out of the way. The art of photography has a leg up on, say, writing, when it comes to minimizing editorialization. Many—myself included—would argue art is all about the artist injecting the self into the art. No argument against that here. It’s a question of how much and how well-crafted the editorialization is, and how well it strikes a compelling balance with the subject matter. The success of these two individually and in harmony enable us to love the art or quickly forget the art.

It’s not an unreasonable statement to claim the art of documenting something with a camera lands slightly closer to an idealized bullseye of pure objectivity than interpreting the same thing with dance or music or painting. Photographers have almost countless tools at their command to force a narrative on every image they produce. Whether you are Tim Wolcott on your hands and knees in a field with a series of framing cards or Mary Ellen Mark directing subjects while street shooting or anyone applying Curves to an image in Photoshop, photographers make viewers see what they want us to see. The very presence of imposing a frame on any scene edits the rest of the world out of the subject matter. This is editorializing the art of taking a photograph, and with that act, the artist has injected their subjectivity into the shot.

Chicks with Guns, Greta, Napa Valley CA
Chicks with Guns, Greta, Napa Valley CA. ©Lindsay McCrum

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Strobist’s Two-Part Portrait Breakdown

StrobistFlashmaster David Hobby over at Strobist has published Part 1 and Part 2 on his wildly-popular blog detailing a portrait session he did for mezzo soprano Alexandra Rodrick.

The shot was lit with Profoto. Hobby used an Acute2 1200 60 feet away as a fill light and an Acute2 2400 120 feet away as a rim. It was keyed with speedlights in a Japanese silk lantern.

His camera was a Mamiya 645DF with Phase One P25+ digital back. His lens was a Mamiya Sekor AF 80mm f/2.8 DPocketWizard Plus III units were used to trigger the lights furthest from the subject.

Hobby explains he wanted to “push against the boundaries a little more, both creatively and technically.” He educates readers about the relationship between lighting distance and depth of field, and how he wanted the light to disperse evenly throughout the scene. The text of these posts are as enlightening as the photo is beautiful. Don’t miss both full texts on Strobist.

Allan Williams’ Love of Film Grain

Allan Williams Photography
©Allan Williams Photography

Photographer Allan Williams and his “wife, muse, and better half” in Allan Williams Photography, Susan, have posted about their recent experiments with Ilford Delta 3200 and a Mamiya 645ADF.

Williams, a self-confessed film grain junkie, was knocked out by the grain. His post explains, “I often used this film in the past when I need to get the shot in near dark conditions, but it occurred to me I have never intentionally used it for portraits in great lighting conditions just for its amazingly rich grain.”

The camera used was a Mamiya 645ADF, a Mamiya 150mm f/2.8 lens, and a Mamiya 80mm f/1.9 lens. Williams also writes, “Nothing can substitute for real film grain.”

Allan and Susan are located in Franklin, Tennessee. Check out more of their work on their site.

Alex Prager Wins Foam Paul Huf Award

British Journal of PhotographyAs reported by the esteemed British Journal of Photography, Los Angeles native Alex Prager has won the latest Foam Paul Huf Award. Known for her saturated film exposures which blur lines across decades by utilizing multigenerational styling, Prager shoots with a Mamiya 645.

The story, written by Olivier Laurent and Diane Smyth, has several great quotes by Prager, and goes into detail on the Foam Paul Huf Award itself.

See more of Alex Prager’s work at her site. Congrats, Alex!

Andrew Macpherson on Fotorater

Photographer Andrew Macpherson was recently featured on Fotorater. Los Angeles-based Macpherson has shot a laundry list of celebrities, always delivering moody portraits of exceptional quality.

In this fascinating interview by Marc Cameron, Macpherson covers his interesting rise to the professional level, which began when he was 15 and left school to learn photography.

Macpherson also has some comments about his camera choices.

“For work I used the RZ67 until 2004, when I went all digi…. I have totally fallen in love the new Phase One – Mamiya 645 system. It is really nice – especially with the 80MP back!”

Don’t miss the complete text of this insightful interview. You can see more of Macpherson’s work at his site and his blog.

David Hibbard’s Tropical Sea Morning

David Hibbard InMenloPhotographer David Hibbard was featured on the Web site InMenlo this week. The article announces Hibbard’s photo “Tropical Sea Morning” being juried into this year’s photo exhibit at Santa Clara’s Triton Museum.

Hibbard shot a series of photos on a beach in Waimea, Kaua’i. His Mamiya 645AF II with a Phase One P45 digital back was used. He reported the exposure as f/11 at 1/40 of a second. The ISO was 100.

Congrats to David on a great shot. We hope to see more of your work in the future. Read the full post at InMenlo.

Graham Foster’s History of Bermuda

The Royal Gazette Online has published a story by Jessie Moniz documenting a beautiful new book.

The text of Hall of History is written by Rosemary Jones. The book chronicles the stunning 1000 square foot mural at the Commissioner’s House in Bermuda created by artist Graham Foster. The mural was photographed by Antoine Hunt with “a Mamiya camera with a Phase One P25 digital back,” according to Jones. The image files were then stitched together by Loris Toppan of ColourLab.

The entire article is an informative look at how the mural itself, the photographs, and the book were created. Don’t miss it.