Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Nocturnes Workshop in Sacramento

Tim Baskerville of The Nocturnes will be leading a night photography workshop of Old Town Sacramento, CA this weekend, November 22nd & 23rd. The workshop is part of the Viewpoint Photographic Art Center Fall 2008 schedule of workshops.

(Photo by Tim Baskerville)

More information and a link to the registration form here.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Joergen Geerds

Recently I've been trying to combine my interest in night photography with my interest in panorama landscapes. Many photographers have access to PhotoShop CS3, which includes a reasonably good tool to automatically stitch individual frames into panoramas. Although panorama junkies often prefer to use more high-end stitching tools such as PTGui.

Today I stumbled across the site of Joergen Geerds, a New York photographer who specializes in panoramic photography, especially night panoramas of New York City.

(Upper West Side Backyards, by Joergen Geerds)

And in the interest of good karma, Joergen's site also includes a helpful description of his equipment and his working process.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Mark Jaremko: Night Photographers and the Critical Mass

Photo Lucidia Critical Mass is an annual photography contest where 175 finalists are selected to compete for one of three book awards. One of the interesting things about the Photo Lucidia programs is the calibre of the jurors. The Critical Mass finalists go on to be judged by 200 of the world's best editors, curators and professionals. Not only can you win a book deal, but you can get your work directly exposed to the biggies in the industry.

The list of this year's finalists has been announced. I noticed at least two night photographers in the list; one is Amanda Friedman (who I blogged about just last week), and the other is Bay Area night photographer Mark Jaremko.

(Photo by Mark Jaremko)

Mark's night photographs often focus on the details in the horizon. He's also a bit of an expert on the comparitive differences of digital cameras at night. When I wrote my long exposure review of the Canon 40D, he called me and immediately asked me to put my new camera in the refrigerator; take a 30-minute dark frame exposure; and send it to him. Regrettably, I never finished that experiment (Sorry, Mark). Mark has often presented this fascinating data some of The Nocturnes night photography workshops in San Francisco.

If there are any other night photographers on the list, please let me know and I'll post it, right here.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Amanda Friedman

While reading J. Wesley Brown's blog We Can Shoot Too, I came across the night photography of Amanda Friedman, an L.A.-based editorial photographer. Amanda seems to have an affinity for shooting in the fog at night, which has always been a favorite approach of mine. Keep an eye out for an interview with Amanda on Wesley Brown's blog in the near future.

("The Gorge #3, WA", by Amanda Friedman)

There's quite a bit of great night photography work on her site, so please take the time to check it out. Amanda also has her own blog, which features quite a bit of night landscape and fashion photography.