Tuesday, November 22, 2005
This photo I took back in 1999 in Silver Springs Florida (Near where "Creature from the Black Lagoon" was filmed... in 3-D). This man was in his 90's and had been visiting the park two or three times a week for 7 years. I think he was on a first name basis with the squirrels.
I've given prints of this as gifts and sold a couple as well. You should have seen all the pizza I bought with the cash.
On a technical side, I used a Hasselblad 501c/m with an 80mm Zeiss lens. The original framing is much looser. I didn't want to step closer and miss (or worse, ruin) the moment between these two, so I had to crop it in the darkroom (when I still had one). Thankfully, the resolution of the medium format negative is high enough to hold up. I even blew this up to a 11x14" print and you can still practically read the time on his watch.
I sold my analog darkroom last year and bought a scanner that will scan negatives in hi-rez. A few months later Kodak announced they are no longer manufacturing black and white paper. (sniff!)