Blade Runner: The Cinematography of Jordan Cronenweth

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Last Friday, I did my second entry in a weekly feature I started on the work of cinematographers. That entry covered Jeff Cronenweth, who is known for his work with David Fincher in films like The Social Network, Fight Club, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I wanted to write a follow-up to that today, because I think it’s called for in this case. Jeff Cronenweth is the son of the late Jordan Cronenweth, and he learned quite a bit from his father. This article will go over one film by him that ultimately, along with his son, became one of his life’s most impactful legacies: Blade Runner.

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Win 1 of 5 Fabulous Konstruktor DIY Camera Kits

Our Friends at Lomography are giving away 5 fabulous Konstruktor DIY camera kits. If you have not seen one yet, they are basically wonderful cameras that you build with your own two hands. Go ahead and read our Review. They are just the perfect thing for anyone who loves photography in general and good old film in particular.

Even better! Two lucky winners (our of the random 5) will receive the full Konstruktor super kit, which also includes a close-up lens, a macro lens and a magnifying chimney hood for quick & easy focusing. Raffle is on Sunday, the 20th.

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Documenting War: Matthew Brady on the American Battlefield

While the American Civil War was not the first armed conflict to be photographed, it was by far the most bloody and gruesome up to that point. Considered by many to be the father of photojournalism, Matthew Brady was a studio photographer in New York who began cashing in at the outbreak of the war by specifically marketing portraits to families whose sons were leaving with no guarantee of returning home.

"Havoc". Effect of a 32lb. shell from the 2nd. Mass. Heavy Artillery, Fredericksburg,Va.

“Havoc”. Effect of a 32lb. shell from the 2nd. Mass. Heavy Artillery, Fredericksburg,Va.

Eventually, Brady secured permission from President Lincoln himself to travel to the battlefields with the express purpose of documenting the conflict. Armed with a daguerreotype and portable darkroom, he set out to immortalize the realities of a war that not only shaped the course of American history but, de facto, the course of modern history. Brady’s exhibits and galleries, often filled with graphic images of rotting corpses on the battlefield, brought the realities of war to the home front for the mostly-untouched North. [Read more...]

Poll: Do You Print Photographs Any More?

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I was looking at The Burning House – it is a project that visually documents what people will take out of their homes, if they caught fire. The ‘What would you take if your house was on fire?’ question is one of the more interesting questions a person can be asked as it make them think about what physical items are really important to them. In fact, this is probably a good way to see what’s important to you as a person, not jsut physically but also emotionally.

Anyhow, looking through the project, I noticed how many people noted either single photos of significance. Some noted old photos with (or of) a good friend, or a photo of a family relative.

More people, however, noted photo albums: family albums, childhood albums and wedding albums begin high on the stats. (I did not run the numbers via an excel sheet, but this was a very strong impression that I got). [Read more...]

Mixing Street Photography and Projected Light

I stumbled upon Martin Weibel‘s photography and saw something I have never seen before, mixing candid street photography with projected light.

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I wanted to learn more and engaged in a discussion with Martin. I asked him what was the inspiration for the series.

I am a Swiss based photographer who grew up in Lucerne, a real beautiful town in the center of Switzerland. My work mainly revolves around black and white street photography.

I love this [street photography] discipline because it’s always different, unpredictable, and unique. Each moment occurs only once. I love taking photos of people, even strangers. And almost everywhere you go you will find them. My curiosity about the human condition and how people go about their lives is what drives me. The opportunities that street photography provides are endless and the moments are always present, just waiting to be captured. [Read more...]

The Misconception of Perception – Documenting the Gap Between What We See and What Is Real

It began with living in the real world, a place that drives me to perpetual curiosity. Humans are a fascinating study, even for the layman like myself. These subservient minions of biology seem hardwired for utter chaos, and, like receiving an ambulance dispatch to a freshman sorority at 3 a.m. on a Saturday, not even God Himself can predict what you will see next.

Little-known fact: In a previous life (before a wife and kids), I was one of those people they would call out to pick up the drunken pieces after a college bash. But, it wasn’t all fun and games…there were also those times of trying everything in my power to revive a loved one who just died in my hands as their family screamed in anguish around me. But that all seems so long ago…

The cynical phrase, “Nothing is as it seems,” rings especially true. As humans, we naturally perceive what we want to perceive, and, no matter how much we sometimes like to convince ourselves we’re being truly objective or non-judgemental, we are constantly making subconscious judgement calls throughout our daily life. [Read more...]

The Cinematography of Jeff Cronenweth

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Last week, I kicked off something I thought would be incredibly fun to do, and that was to showcase a cinematographer and his work every week. I started off with Roger Deakins, and I may have to apologize now- that guy is such a legend that I’m afraid the next few posts I do won’t gain as much interest. But I can say that today’s cinematographer is one of my absolute favorites. His name is Jeff Cronenweth, and you definitely know his array of work.

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Invisible Waves: NPR Science Video Shows Exactly What Sound Looks Like

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Back in the mid-1800s, August Toepler gave us a way to be able to look at sound. Not synthetically visualize it- but actually be able to look at it. His invention was called Schilieron Flow Visualization; by implementing the complex technique into your camerawork, you’ll actually be able to see waves. Whether it’s the waves made from the snap of your fingers, or the waves from the hiss of an opened Pepsi bottle- you can see the noise they make. And NPR released a video that shows you how its done.

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Beautiful High Speed Photographs of Ink and Water

Italian graphic designer and photographer Alberto Seveso was fascinated by the art on album covers of heavy metal albums and skateboard plates. and decided to create similar art by pouring ink into water.

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By using specific ink consistency and a dedicated pouring process Alberto creates these images. While often the end result is careful planned, a lot of the process was discovered by a chain of creative mistakes. It is pretty cool to see how Alberto celebrates those mistakes.

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10 of The Most Common Photo Editing Mistakes

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I just got an email confirming my press registration for this week’s Photoshop World Conference and Expo, and I’m actually fascinated by the notion of an annual convention built around a computer program. On the other hand, I suppose I shouldn’t really be all that surprised. While there are other editing options available, Photoshop and Lightroom have pretty much become the standard by which all others are judged. And let’s face it– to a certain extent we’re all a bunch of geeks. We obsess about our cameras, lights, and other gear, so why not that important final link in the chain– the software that puts the finishing touches on our vision? In fairness, all of this quasi-philosophical rambling comes on the heels of a busy weekend of shooting, combined with an extraordinarily short turnaround time on the editing. Three days of shooting ended at 8:00 last night and the images were delivered to the client at 6:00 this morning. If shown as a mathematical equation, my current state would be probably be something like:

(Creative Overload + Sleep Deprivation) ÷ Caffeine Intake = Stuff I Wonder About

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