Archive for January, 2011

Oh hey there

Meet Abbey, my new dog. She’s allegedly some sort of border collie mix. I picked her up at BARC on Tuesday. Several of the dogs in the room she was in were barking like they wanted my throat, but she put a paw up on the door and put her face up to it to let me pet her. I took her into one of the play rooms and she acted a lot like my old dog so I had to leave with her.

Abbey

Abbey with a bone

Abbey

Abbey, like the beer style.

Snowfall in Little Rock

Snow in Little Rock from Anthony Martinez on Vimeo.

I shot this on my visit to Little Rock. My Canon 5D Mark II was used with a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM and a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS.

Little Rock

Last weekend, I made a trip up to Little Rock to visit my brother and my sister-in-law. Of course, snow decided to visit too. Our sister, Natalie, also had her baby while I was visiting, and neither of us could really go to Dallas for that (thanks, weather). I took some photos, because that’s what I do. I even showed my brother how to use his camera, and let him use both of my medium format film cameras. It was a good time. I’ll have to go back sometime, minus snow and probably plus a motorcycle.

I took this on the drive up to Little Rock from Houston. I’d recommend clicking the photo and then pressing L with your browser maximized.

Texas Night Sky

Texas Night Sky

Kitchen table

Kitchen Table

back porch

Back Porch

Old mill

Old Mill

Brother and Sister-in-law

Phillip and Kelsi excited about my giant Pentax.

Brother

Phillip shooting my Pentax 67

Snow

Snow

Snow

Footprints in snow

House

Brother's house in snow

Brother

Phillip

Kelsi

Kelsi

Going the other way

One of my negatives was way underexposed, so I figured I’d push it and see how well I could salvage things.

underexposed

Emily, underexposed a ton.

pushed

Emily, pushed into something a little more useful.

A little on latitude

Film is pretty neat stuff. Sure, it’s far from technologically advanced but that’s hardly going to keep me from enjoying it. While I was in Little Rock visiting my brother, and my sister-in-law, we went to an old mill and took some photos. I let my brother shoot a few frames with both my Mamiya C3, and my Pentax 67. Since it was fairly cold, not very bright, and both cameras were loaded with film slower than ISO200, I hauled out the tripod and my remote release cable.

The water wheel of the mill was turning, and in a cool looking spot so I wanted a shot of it with some motion blur of the spokes. Cheating a little, I set my Canon 5D Mark II to ISO 100 (the same as the Ilford Delta 100 Professional the Mamiya had inside) to determine my exposure time. 5 seconds at f/22. Easy enough. For the first shot, I forgot to adjust the aperture from f/4 to f/22. The result was a spectacularly overexposed frame. Getting anything useful from such a shot, even from a RAW file, on my Canon would be a lost cause. Not so with the negative.

overexposed

Overexposed

rescued

Brought back from the dead

Of course, setting the camera up correctly still results in a much better image. Sometimes you can save yourself in the processing stages, but it’s always better to just get it right the first time.

exactly

This is what I wanted.

It’s snowing!

Which means I will be in Little Rock with my brother and my sister-in-law until it is thawed out. There is no way this Texas boy is driving his 26yr old diesel Benz in snow and ice. No way at all.

The snow did provide me an opportunity to take some photos and shoot some video with my 5DMKII. I even used my 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens for the first time this year. It does pretty cool stuff with far away snow. I’ll post that up at some point. I also bought a new coat. Fun.

Bridget from the Save Me From Boredom Collection

Bridget and I went downtown yesterday to take some photos. The photo below, from Calliope’s spring 2011 campaign, served as my “inspiration.” Clearly, I had to change things up a bit. The end results work for me.

Masha Novoselova by Peter Gehrke

Masha Novoselova by Peter Gehrke

From time to time I feel like I just need to run out and purchase studio strobes, a softbox or three, and a portable power source. Then I go shoot in evening sunlight and forget about such things, at least until the sun goes down. For this, I went with my Canon 5DMKII with a Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens attached. I had intended on shooting my last roll of C-41 film, and using my Pentax 67 with the 150mm f/2.8 lens attached, but the sun was falling fast and I hadn’t loaded the film yet. For shame. I did take a few with my Mamiya C3 (80mm f/2.8) on Ilford HP5+, but I’ve not shot that full roll yet. When that is done, I will develop, scan, and post them.

And now the Bridget Scheiner by Anthony Martinez for the Save Me From Boredom Collection, January 2011.

Bridget on the Benz

Bridget getting off the Benz

Bridget in the Benz

Bonus:
Bridget

From dough to whoa

For quite a while I’ve wanted to make my own pizzas. I’m not sure why I never tried it until last night. Pizza, being basically the perfect companion for beer, is one of my favorite foods. My homebrew procedure even calls for pizza. You have to do something, other than drink homebrew, between hop additions. That something should probably be the consumption of pizza.

Last night, I made three different pizzas. The first wasn’t bad; it also wasn’t quite what I was going for. Number two was better, but still not quite there. The sauce needed some more flavor, and the crust wasn’t quite thin enough. Number three was very close to what I want out of a pizza. The crust was thin enough (though I wouldn’t say the shape was really round), the sauce well seasoned (thanks to Jordan), and the toppings a winner (pepperoni, mushrooms, and bell peppers). Of course number three was also too heavy for me to get off the peel without some assistance. I’ll have to figure out how to overcome that problem in the future.

The dough is probably where I’ll focus most of my energy on future pizzas. What I made last night tasted fine as a crust, but making it sure was a pain in the backside. Talk about sticky. I probably need more flour in it, but I’ll figure it all out eventually.

Dough

Pizza dough

number 3

Pizza number three, cooked.

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