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moschops
Hey all, it's been a while…


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Vieux Pontarlier on 4x5 film.




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Tibro
Stunning. The kinetic energy and yet the fossilized stillness. Beautiful.
moschops
Thanks, Tibro.



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Patlow
(Possible title for one of these masterpieces?)

"Portuguese-Man-of-Whore-Outer-Space-Ice-Cream-Store"

or…

"Drinking…Falling…Louching…Waiting…"

(No pressure, or offense, I just like these a lot!)

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moschops
If that last one ain't a Portuguese-Man-o-Whore-Outer-Space-Ice-Cream-Store, I don't know what is.

Thanks man.
Patlow
Cool.
Patlow
(Pardon the interruption.)
Patlow
I "tilt-shifted" the view from my couch, which makes everything look well, like a train platform fake.

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I know my pics wound up in the wrong thread, which is why I deleted them… Back to louche pics please!
Provenance
It's good to know that there are still skilled photographers working with film, particularly medium and large format.
Absomphe
QUOTE(Tibro @ May 3 2010, 01:06 PM) *

Stunning. The kinetic energy and yet the fossilized stillness. Beautiful.


What he said.
moschops
QUOTE(Provenance @ May 4 2010, 09:40 AM) *
It's good to know that there are still skilled photographers working with film, particularly medium and large format.

They'd have to pry my Crown Graphic from my cold, dead hands.

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moschops
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OCvertDe
That last one would make a good avatar.
Grim
Badass.

I love it.

I remember one you showed us years back that reminded me of a night sky…
absinthist
Bravo! Almost alchemy at its finest.
moschops
Thanks guys. Thanks for looking.

QUOTE(Grim @ May 6 2010, 04:38 AM) *
… reminded me of a night sky…

Kinda like small, delicious models of the universe.

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Provenance
Do you have a preferred absinthe for the photos?
moschops
Yes, I prefer free absinthes.

Whatever has a decent louche will work. I find vertes are trickier to work with than blanches.
G&C
Because of color or ABV?
moschops
I'd say more due to color. With a verte there is a solid opalescence that requires one to continuously speed up the exposure as the louche builds, drip by drip, otherwise the detail will be lost and the shot will be over exposed. That curtain of opalescence can be seen clearly in the background of the second photo. Blanches seem less finicky in hitting the right exposure, but lack the range of colors.

G&C
Sweet pics.
Thanks.
Stroller
I wouldn't mind a few of those framed on my wall. Nice work.
speedle
Me too, wow. Modern art in a glass. They almost look hyper-real.

Patlow, can you see the New Jersey from there? Is the United States still there?
moschops
Thanks. I'm working on making some prints available. That hyper-reality is definitely a quality of larger film formats.

Marc
Great pix.

I've always enjoyed good photographs over good paintings.
Provenance
Platinum prints?
moschops
Platinum would be ideal, but unless I learn the process myself it's too expensive. Something I do want to explore though. What would also be ideal is dye transfer color prints. Those are a real rarity. I know of one only person still making those. Kodak stopped making the materials in 1994.
moschops
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Patlow
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Me too, wow. Modern art in a glass. They almost look hyper-real.

Patlow, can you see the New Jersey from there? Is the United States still there?


Here is a shot from the end of my condo's pier, of a minor league baseball team's stadium fireworks last week in Camden, NJ.

And that Bridge is the once oldest suspension bridge of its length in the USA, the Ben Franklin, of course, from 1926, I think…

Still standing!

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Wild Bill Turkey
Beautiful louche pictures. The perfect blend of technical skill, lyrical feeling, and a subject matter that makes at least this audience drool.

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I "tilt-shifted" the view from my couch, which makes everything look well, like a train platform fake.

Where did this term come from? It's a fun technique, and I've seen some great effects done with it, but isn't it just narrowing the field of focus? Where do words like "tilt" and "shift" come in?
Jaded Prole
Truly gorgeous louche porn!

I've said more than a few times that absinthe was distilled beauty in a bottle and you've captured some of that.
moschops
Thanks, JP and Wild Bill.

QUOTE(Wild Bill Turkey @ May 7 2010, 04:09 PM) *
Where do words like "tilt" and "shift" come in?
Those are terms for different view camera movements (among others) that affect the plane of focus. You can narrow it down or expand it in different directions. Large amounts of tilt will give you that miniature model look.

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Patlow
Exactly. It was first used to make accurate shots of the tops of tall buildings WITHOUT distortion, but used in reverse, you get that model platform effect when shot from above. A helicopter would be the best way.
Artemis
Beautiful stuff, Moschops. They remind me of photos in deep space, of nebulae and such, or of ectoplasm. Absinthe already lends itself to photography more so than any other drink, I think (maybe beer is a close second, with the variety of colors and foam, and "Belgian lace" on the sides of a glass) but this brings the contemplation of the louche to an entirely new and intense level. I trust you're familiar with Ansel Adams - do you ever use his zone system with your large film formats?
Green Baron
Oh hell yeah moschops! I didn't see this thread until just now but it's great to see another round of photos from you. LARS!.gif
moschops
Thanks, Baron and Artemis. I appreciate it.

Artemis, yes, what first got me to point a lens at my cordon was the similarity to forms seen in deep space photographs. I have spent many years as an astrophotographer so it became a good substitute on cloudy nights to photograph the inner space of my glass.

I have not, as of now, employed the zone system. I'm more of a just-wing-it photographer. I don't think I'd be invited into Group F/64.

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Artemis
Any member of that group would have been impressed by those black and white louche pictures, I'm sure.

I used to love my 35 mm camera and my Kodachrome 25, but I liked black and white even better and fooled around in the darkroom quite a bit. When I first saw Ansel's picture of that graveyard under the moon I was stunned - the black velvet, the white tombstones glowing - so I studied that zone system, but never tried to use it. I'm not sure it lends itself to a dinky format anyway - Ansel used to lug that 8 X 10 up mountains and such ...

I haven't seen a good example of the graveyard picture on the Internet (it has to be BIG to appreciate the details), but for those who might be interested, here it is, along with the rest of the story: http://www.anseladams.com/content/ansel_in..._ancedotes.html
sardonix
Awesome pics, Moschops…the louche shots are like liquid Rorschachs.
moschops
Yup, but no matter which one I look at, I think of the same thing: I'm thirsty.

Artemis, there was an show of prints made by A.A. that came through here a few years back and I remember staring at 'Moon Over Hernandez' for quite a while. Among his many photographic talents, like being a human exposure meter, his printing may have been his strongest.

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Phoenix
First and foremost, amazing pics.

Second, I like to play around in Photoshop sometimes and the two pics looking down on the glasses as they louche would make great irises for a green fairy piece. I hope you don't mind if I use them in a purely recreational, non-commercial way.
Provenance
Nice!
moschops
Thanks, kindly.

Phoenix, I don't mind. Thanks for asking.
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