Thursday, July 24, 2014

Magnum Workshop in Provincetown, MA - I'm Going to Apply

September 15-21, 2014 is Magnum Days at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. Along with an impressive array of lectures, reasonably priced at $15 each, they're running a week-long workshop where students get to improve their work by studying directly with a Magnum photographer.
New Orleans Musicians, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
iso 400, f2.8, 1/200 sec.
(Click Here) to go to the Magnum Days web page.
The workshop requires submission of a small portfolio, photographer's statement, and a non-refundable deposit. This is just the application phase, and I may not get in.
While I'm a big fan of Bruce Gilden and Constantine Manos, I will select David Alan Harvey or Bruno Barbey as my first choice for a mentor. Both of them have published work that fits with my interests, and shows how much I have to learn.
For example, (Click Here) to see Barbey's work at Magnum.
They only allow a maximum of 12 students per mentor, so I'd better get busy and put in my application. What a boost it will be if I get in and spend a week with this group!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Gate - Leica Landscape

The Gate, by Reed A. George
Leica M9, Leica Summicron 35mm f2 v.3 Lens
iso 200, f16, 1/250 sec.
I shot this old gate at the site of a bluegrass show I attended recently. It's odd, the unique old gate and a single piece of fence. No reason to worry whether it's opened or closed at this point, is there?
I like it silhouetted against a field of green. I also like how the small clump of daisies in the foreground provides another focal point.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Caught in the Maze

The National Building Museum in Washington, DC is currently hosting an exhibit called the BIG Maze.
(Click Here) to read about the museum and the maze.
The BIG Maze, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7, 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 Series 2 Kit Lens
iso 800, f5.5, 1/80 sec.
I like the context of the enormous museum interior to help show where the maze is in the larger space. I also like the single person in the very middle of the maze in this picture. She adds a lonesome element. People tended to gather in the center of the maze; I'm not sure why.
If you decide to attend this exhibit, be sure to get your maze entry tickets early. We came late and were not able to get it. But, that gave me the opportunity to photograph it from above as we watched others go through.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Just A Shot I Like - San Pedro Home

San Pedro Home, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
iso 200, f5.6, 1/2000 sec.
This image would really have benefitted from a person in the composition, especially just the right person. As it is, I still like it. The tied curtain in the door on the right is the most important element. If I'd had time, I would have waited for the right person.
I still think the image says something. The distinct sunlight/shade line reminds me of the time of day, and the Carribean sun. I can imagine how it may feel inside, in the cool darkness. The door on the left is a little mysterious to me.
Maybe I'm reading too much into a simple picture of a Belizean house front. That's okay, too.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Belizean Palm

Belizean Palm, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, Lumix 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 Series II Kit Zoom
iso 800, f11, 1/125 sec.
Getting up at sunrise on the final day of our vacation in Belize, I was rewarded with this image. It could only be taken at dawn or dusk, as the contrast would have been excessive at any other time.
The Series II 14-42mm kit zoom is really quite impressive. Paired with the diminuitive GX1, they can really deliver in good light such as this.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Business, Island Style

Things move at a different pace on a Carribean island. On our recent trip to Ambergris Caye in Belize, we decided to explore the other side of our resort (as opposed to the beach side), the road that runs behind and into the town of San Pedro. So, we rented bikes and headed out.
Along the way, we decided to stop for drinks at a grocery store. Next to the store, we found Aurora's Grill.
Aurora's Grill, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5
iso 100, f4.3, 1/250
The only problem? No Aurora. No one at all working the grill, even though it was about lunch time. Oh, wait a minute - look over there.
Aurora's Staff?, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5
iso 100, f4.7, 1/60
I just didn't have it in me to wake either of them up to ask if they worked at Aurora's. So, after a drink and ice cream from the market next door, we got back on our bikes and moved on.
The little DMC-TS5 waterproof, everything-proof camera was easy to slide into my pocket for the bike ride. Pretty handy.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Belizean Bike Repair Shop

Belizean Bike Repair, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
iso 400, f4, 1/80 sec.
While walking around San Pedro, Belize, I came across these two young gentlemen, working away in what appeared to be their own bicycle repair shop. They were really excited by and jumped at the chance to get their picture taken.
The signs in the back of the shop are really interesting: 50 cents for tire repair, no lending of tools, etc.
I enjoy shooting environmental portraits, and this one fits the bill for me. I appreciated their willingness to pose for me. A few seconds, and we were off again, walking down the street.