“From The Road” photos are up today

The exhibition “From The Road” closes today, and I’m happy to announce that the photos can be viewed at my site darrensamuelson.com. Not all of the photographs in this series made it to the gallery, but I’ve included them here.

Tips From The Top Floor

Last Tuesday morning, I had an interview with Chris Marquardt. Chris produces “Tips From The Top Floor”, the longest running photography podcast. We talked for about an hour, and he just released it today. You can listen to it here , or  do a search for Tips From the Top Floor in itunes, and download episode # tfttf517 – Great Big Camera. I don’t see it there yet, but I’m sure it will be available shortly.

New Video

My pal Destin over in Alabama just finished a video he made when we went to the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville Alabama.

Catching Up

It’s been a while since I updated this blog, and I have plenty to post. Wayne Freedman’s story aired August 16th and can be seen  here

I don’t know how many hours we spent shooting and re-taking, but he distilled an entire day into a story, told in 2 minutes and 53 seconds. I still haven’t asked him how he heard about me and my camera, but I’m glad he did. Wayne’s a true professional, and it was a privilege to work with him.

 

ABC 7 News

On Tuesday, July 26, I spent the day with Wayne Freedman from KGO 7 who taped my story for the news. Wayne is very detail oriented,  a perfectionist. We re-shot every scene 2 or 3 times, starting at Treasure/Yerba Buena Islands, moving to the restaurant, and finally  my apartment/darkroom/workshop. Starting just before noon and finishing sometime after 5. It was like being at work all day, only much more fun. I’ll post the air date as soon as I get it. It’ll also be available from the ABC 7 website. I’ll post that link as well.

Upcoming Exhibition

Popular Science photo shoot

These photos were taken on June 30, when I was photographed  for Popular Science. They’re doing an article on me and the camera for the September issue. There will also be video available on Popular Science+.

Film

The film is all done! This is probably my favorite of the over 50 sheets that I processed. There were all kinds of crazy things happening with the film. I could see where some of my darkroom locations weren’t totally light proof. Oops. There were particles of dust, pulled onto the film from static-charged dark slides, light leaks from less than perfect light traps, and of course the random separation of those end flaps on the film holders. There was a significant discovery with regard to the developer. I was having problems with uneven development, and was trying everything from softer agitation, flipping, more agitation, more concentrated developer, and anything else I could think of. I went down to Photographer’s Supply in San Francisco and brought a negative to show the guy there. He told me that Rodinal is a highly active developer during the first couple of minutes, and I might try something like D-76. I came up with D-76 1:3 @ 20 minutes, with 1 flip per minute. I also put a sheet of glass in the bottom of the tray to minimize the scratching on the film which flipping can cause. The problem is solved. No more Rodinal. I was mostly finished with the film before I made this discovery, but I’m just glad I figured it out. I still get uneven patches on occasion, but it’s a huge sheet of x-ray film, so there.I’ll be posting new images to my other site when everything from this last trip is ready.

 

Donner Lake, Truckee California. Last day shooting

So, it looks like today was the last day of shooting before I go back to San Francisco. I might do a couple of long exposures out back tonight, but that will really be it. Lugging a 70 pound camera across the United States has made me tired all over, and I’m looking forward to being home.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Today was a short one. I took three shots, the Orange Spring Mound at Mammoth Spring’s upper terrace, Castle Geyser , near Old Faithful, and Old Faithful, which I have no photo record of because it started spewing as I was trying to setup. It was a rush job.