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The past week or so I have been attending the Palm Springs Photo Festival which takes place in Palm Springs, California (not Florida). The conference is always a place of inspiration and community. We hear from all types of photographer from journalists to fine art. I had the opportunity to take a workshop with Shelby Lee Adams on blending and shaping light. He is a great teacher and I really enjoyed spending time with him and the other students in the class. We were able to shoot on location with 2 models on Tuesday and Wednesday. The first location was a “seedy” hotel,  and a biker bar. Here are some images I made during those shoots.

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As you can see I used a wide angle on a lot of these, mostly because I thought it would be best if I practiced something I didn’t usually have the means to practice. So, I went with it. I tried to stick with super wide all the time, unless I just couldn’t pass up a good 50mm shot. Our models were really great, and easy to work with.

Other than working with models I met a bunch of really great photographers, and got critique from people like Mary Virginia Swanson, Steven Kasher, Chris Pichler (Nazraeli Press) and Karen Sinsheimer (Santa Barbra Museum of Art). The critiques went very well, and I am excited about the ball that is perpetually rolling forward on my Mother Road Revisited project.

Finally, at the evening presentations I had the opportunity to listen to Gerd Ludwig talk about “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl” project and Ron Haviv on his career as a journalist and Nigel Perry enlightened us on how to become a celebrity photographer (he assured us that basically you have to be a good con-artist). All in all, as usual, the week was mind blowing and enriching. If you ever have the opportunity to join all of us at the Palm Springs Photo Festival, I say do it. No matter what.

Anyway, as always, thanks for reading, and be sure to check out the Mother Road Revisited project. It’s really getting some speed.

-Natalie

P.S. check out my new friend Jeff Frost’s timelaps photography called “Flawed Symmetry of Prediction” it’s pretty mind blowing.

P.P.S if you’re more into alternative process like wet plate collodion, check this out: http://vimeo.com/39578584 with a photographer that is making huge wet plate collodions out of the back of an ice cream truck.

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Goodness. I have been meaning to update for weeks. So, this update will be a bulk of the things I have be up to over the last few months, and a preview of what I’m doing in the future weeks. First of all, I am traveling to Palm Springs, CA for a photo conference this Sunday. This will be the third time I have attended, and I am pumped. Second, I have been traveling all over the midwest in the last few weeks. I was in Dallas shooting pictures of Jesse:

Under a Bridge

Under a Bridge

Dallas Skyline

Dallas Skyline

Upside Down

Upside Down

Jesse’s a fun model, and I enjoy shooting with him, especially in Deep Ellum. I have also been working with gum bi-chromate, and that’s been quite the adventure. Here are a few successes and…and a few failures. but I’m learning. That’s for sure.

This will be a full color when I have it all figured out.

This will be a full color when I have it all figured out.

I'm making this into an etch when it's finished

I'm making this into an etch when it's finished

Kurt in the Vegas Boneyard

Kurt in the Vegas Boneyard

If you want to see other photos of Kurt and Rosey at the Boneyard, check ’em out here

Tyson and the TV's

Tyson and the TV's

I think the last two have some paper issues, but I’m working them out, for sure. And finally! Last week my dad and I traveled up to Louisville, KY to pick up a ’64 Shasta. It isn’t perfect, but it’s slowly working in that direction. It was an adventure that lasted 3 days and 36 hours of driving. Dad and I had a great time, but it was quite the tiring trip. Anyway, here’s a photo of the Shasta:

'64 Shasta

'64 Shasta

Phew. Anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to. I’m sure I’ll post another entry when I get back from Palm Springs, but until then, thanks for reading!

-Nattles

P.S. If you’re interested in following the progress of the “MotherRoad: Revisited” Project, check out the facebook page, website, and twitter!

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Going on 2 weeks out on the West Coast, and as we drove down to the redwoods, I ran into this white VW Van.

VW Van 2

VW Van 2

The trip is going well, and I am really looking forward to being home, but San Francisco is really great, got to go to the art musuem today and see the “Stein Collection” which included some very interesting Picasso’s and Matisse’s.

-nattles

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It’s been almost a month since my California trip and I have been trying to put my inspiration to good use. I have always been enthralled ring flashes, but they are so expensive! I recently found a Pizza Box Ring Flash how to…But, it didn’t go on my camera, it was meant as an off camera ring flash…so I made some changes. And here, for all to use, is my version of the Pizza box ring flash.

Step One:

materialsYou will need a few things:

1. Foil Tape, Masking Tape, Duct Tape

2. PVC Pipe the size of your lens (my lens is are big. But if you make one for a smaller lens, like a 50mm, it’ll probably easier to find a PVC pipe piece)

3. Pizza Box

4. 2 Bowls, (1 smaller, but bigger than your PVC, a slightly larger one, so you can have the actual, ring.)

5. Tissue Paper

6. Utility Knife

Step Two:

You will need to find the center of your Pizza Box.

Step Three:

After finding the center, use your smaller bowl to make the ring that will be taped to your PVC piece.

Step Four:

Draw the circle with the bigger bowl, and the circle with the PVC pipe.

Step Five:

You will cut out all the circlues, but the one that matters most is the middle one that says “glue to PVC.” this is the one that will make the ring show up in your subjects eyes.

Step Six:

Cover the entire inside of the box with the foil tape.

Step Seven:

Cut the hole for you PVC from the line you drew. Then draw around the PVC on the the back of the box. On mine I have the inside line and the outside line tha make it easier to know what I’m dealing with.

Step Eight:

Tape the inside ring to the PVC pipe. Then cut the tissue paper to size. I used one sheet, it usually does the trick.

Step Nine:

Tape down the tissue paper, and cut a hole to tape to the PVC pipe.

Step Ten:

Take your external flash and trace around it so you know how big your flash spot needs to be.

Step Eleven:

Cut the hole out, and you have a finished Ring flash. In this particular model, you need Pocket Wizards to work the whole thing.

Final Product:

This is how it looks on the front of my camera.

Examples:

Well there you have it. A pizza box ring flash made for…maybe 10 dollars, depending on how picky you are about your pizza.

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The day before I left for my home in east Texas for Christmas break a friend of mine an I went out to Picher, Oklahoma. We are working on a photo book about the history of this city in relation to the mining part of the city.

In the 20’s Picher, Oklahoma was a mining city for lead and zinc. Eventually the lead and zinc got into the water. Always a bad thing. Also, because of the mining sink holes started opening up all over the city.

This once 40,000 person town has dwindled to barely 100 people. My friend Neal and I have started out to document the sights in this city. Neal has done most of the work thus far. But here is a preview of what might end up in our book.

There are a few more at flickr If you want to see those too.

-Natalie

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