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Blue Balloons

Posted in Personal Work by thebreakfastdictator on 02/25/2014
miss e.j.

betty

miss e.j.

betty

For some people, digital photography works quite well. For others, like myself, film works better. I’ll stick with that until there is no more film left to shoot. The above was shot just under a year ago, both with normal length, prime lenses; one on a Hasselblad, the other on a Nikon d300. The difference in quality is astounding.

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Posted in B&W Photography, Pittsburgh by thebreakfastdictator on 02/21/2014
Daniel Sepulveda | South Side of Pittsburgh

Daniel Sepulveda | South Side of Pittsburgh

On a Friday in early December of 2006, I just up and decided that I was going to move to Pittsburgh. Just under two months later, I had a small apartment in the South Side neighborhood, just off East Carson Street. I had no heat for the first few days and just about $100 in the bank. It was February in Pittsburgh and no heat at that very grey time of year can be pretty tough. My dad let me borrow a space heater that helped out a little bit until it fizzled out a few weeks later. Not long after I arrived, I got my first Pittsburgh Magazine assignment. It was for the Top Docs Issue that’d be coming out that spring. The photo I shot never ran, but they paid me a kill fee of 40%, I think; surely more than my $100. By that autumn, a new art director had arrived and she pretty much gave me any assignment I wanted. When it was time to shoot Pittsburgh’s Most Beautiful People, I asked her if there were any athletes on the list. She said she wasn’t sure but if there were I could shoot them.

On a cold and dreary Monday in early November, I drove into the South Side practice facility to photograph the punter – Daniel Sepulveda. I got my media pass and watched the end of practice. After shooting a bunch of photos on my DSLR, I loaded one roll of Tri-X into my Hasselblad. Sepulveda says to me, “What’s that?”. I said, “It’s a film camera”. He said it looked funny. I made 12 quick photos and headed out. In retrospect, I wish I’d’ve shot more film back in those days, but I was enamored with this new stuff that, to be honest, suffered the quality of my work for some time. In the end, I am glad I shot these images on the Hasselblad though. They’re surely some of my favorite.

Tim Hoiland; Youthful (July 2002)

Posted in B&W Photography by thebreakfastdictator on 02/19/2014
A Youthful Tim Hoiland

A Youthful Tim Hoiland

O, Bleakest Winter (Continue in Your Bleakness)

Posted in Lancaster by thebreakfastdictator on 02/12/2014
Bleakest Winter. No Focus.

Bleakest Winter. No Focus.

Winter 2014

Posted in Lancaster by thebreakfastdictator on 02/11/2014
January 2014

January 2014

This winter reminds me oh-so-much of the winter of my Junior year of college (2003). During my Junior project classes, the temperatures barely got above 20 and there was perpetual snow on the ground. This made it rather difficult to proceed with my figures in landscapes style of work that I was doing at the time. We tried once – on an 8 degree day. I don’t think we even made it through a roll of film that day.  A friend of mine hooked me up with a few indoor locations in downtown Lancaster and we got to shoot in the relatively warm (and snowless) interiors that was quite magnificent.

The above photo was shot at dusk a few Saturdays ago after a light snowstorm breezed through Central Pennsylvania. This scene was no where as light as the image makes it look. It was basically dark out. And yet it seems to capture this winter in its essence – blue, frigid, snowy.

There are plants in the potters in the basement. Spring is close. And it can’t come soon enough.

Dan Alexander – The Leaning Barn Iron Works

Posted in Uncategorized by thebreakfastdictator on 02/07/2014
Dan Alexander | The Leaning Barn Iron Works

Dan Alexander | The Leaning Barn Iron Works

This is one of my favorite non-film images. I shot it just over three years ago. Dan was awesome and his iron work is incredible.