October 18, 2014

How to Get Away with Murder

How to Get Away with Murder

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October 18, 2014

Katie Findlay by Fred Fraser for Raine Magazine

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September 26, 2014




September 2, 2014


► ケンカ遊びなねこ。-Battle play of Maru and Hana.- 

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September 1, 2014

Anonymous said: Hey James, all your film shots look great! How are you metering your Portra films? The colors are incredible.


Thank you! 

I’m metering my shots with a Pentax Digital Spotmeter. It’s a 1 degree spot meter and is used to measure the exposure of very precise areas. There are quite a few 1 degree spot meters available in a range of prices but I found the Pentax Digital Spotmeter to be the most simple to use, especially when paired with Ansel Adams’ “Zone System”

Kodak Portra can give a variety of looks when exposed differently. A lot of portrait photographers state that they over expose by 1-2 stops. For them it is as simple as that since they are either shooting in soft evening light or open shade both instances with a smaller dynamic range, or a situation where naturally over exposed highlights are ascetically acceptable. For landscape just adding 1 or 2 stops from your box speed to your ISO dial and shooting away is not going to work.

I have modified this method to my own purposes, all of these methods are borrowed from the masters of black and white film photography.


I  expose my film so the scene falls within the face of the latitude curve of the film. The Zone System works perfect for Kodak Portra because Portra has about the same latitude as the black and white films it was originally intended to be used with. If you are unfamiliar with the Zone System I’d suggest doing a search for it, but in short there are 10 zones, 1 being complete black and 10 being complete white. For landscapes, equally important to exposure is texture and with Portra you start to loose texture in anything under zone 3 1/3 and over zone 7 2/3rd’s. For example in the image below I was standing in a medium deep shadow as the sunlight was just peaking over the cliffs behind me, illuminating the pillar in front of me. I wanted the detail of the texture of the rocks in my foreground as well as their steely gray color as the contrast of cool gray to the warm light on the pillar in front of me I felt was key to what drew me to stop and take notice. I needed to place the shadows “S” about 2/3 into Zone 3. Which would be above the toe of the curve where the color would be dark and untrue to what my eye was seeing. Getting beyond the toe of the curve would also give me greater spacial separation, the amount of latitude that can be rendered within a single stop, which would give me texture. That would then put my highlights “H” past the shoulder of the curve into overexposure. I used a ND grad filter to bring my highlights down off the shoulder of the curve into zone 7 and within the desired exposure range. I chose this example image because as you can see my highlights while not blown are slightly into the shoulder of the curve where there is less spacial separation causing there to be very little texture. 


Equally important to all of this is simply paying attention to and learning to understand light. Light comes in many different colors in different times of day and in different conditions. It can make a rock look bright and vibrant or dingy and uninteresting. Also remember that the human eye adapts to light and “normalizes” it. If You stand under a canopy of green trees your eye will render it as normal balanced shade but your camera will see the green cast by the leaves from above. Try and keep in mind not just how you see, but how the camera will see light. 

This has been asked a few times so I hope this helps clarify what I individually have answered. 


August 30, 2014


Poster for LOST IN TRANSLATION by artist Matt Taylor.

August 29, 2014


Buddy Nestor 

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August 21, 2014
August is Psoriasis Awareness Month


Psoriasis is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the U.S., affecting approximately 7.5 million people, but that hardly makes it one of the most understood or accepted conditions. August is Psoriasis Awareness Month and we’d like to take this time to give you some of the facts about the…

August 21, 2014


"The Heartbreak of Psoriasis"

-Image BQ2689 (Psoriasis, Light Micrograph)

-Image BP9626 (Psoriasis On The Torso & Arms)

-Image BY9408 (Psoriatic Skin, SEM)

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, affecting the skin and joints, in which the immune system responds to certain skin cells as foreign pathogens, and stimulates the growth cycle to increase the number of skin cells in the region. This results in plaques of inflamed, white, scaly skin, often on the knees, elbows and scalp. It is a chronic disease for which there is no known cure.  

There are five types of Psoriasis, plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular, and erythrodermic.  Plaque psoriasis is the most common form and typically manifests itself as red & white scaly patches on the top layer of the skin.

Psoriasis has been associated with an increased risk of certain cancers, cardiovascular disease and other immune-mediated disorders such as Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

In roughly 30% of cases, the disease will also cause inflammation of the joints resulting in Psoriatic Arthritis.

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July 31, 2014
"Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas (1914 - 1953)

"Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas (1914 - 1953)

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