In Washington D.C. for the STANDOUT Photo Gallery event.

•November 14, 2017 • 6 Comments

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If you are in the nation’s capital today (Tuesday, Nov. 14th) please stop by the Stand Out Photo Gallery event. See top of the line equipment demos by Digital Transitions, Large Format Aluminum Dye-Sub prints by Blazing Editions, Phase One cameras, Eizo Monitors, and more. And meet the wonderful folks behind these great brands.

There will be four speakers (myself included) throughout the day, starting at 1:30PM (doors open at 1:00PM). Click the banner below to see the lineup.

It’s at Studio52 DC, 1508 Okie Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

In connection with this event, I (just last week) had to opportunity to test drive the amazing Phase One XF Camera System. What a camera this is. It even has a built in seismograph to check for floor stability! The files are incredible, and at 100MP, like nothing I’ve ever seen.

I decided to photograph a vintage fire extinguisher, as well as a “construction” that I made, and I also shot a short video of some of the light painting of the latter. You’ll hear the metronome that I use to help me count as I light paint. In this video, I’m using a wand to light the gear and “wing”, and I’m trying to get the correct ratio (for me) between the edge highlights and the softer frontal light:

And here are the final images (click to see larger):

Harold Ross's Light Painted Image "Construction #1"

“Construction #1”

Photography by Harold Ross

 

Harold Ross's Light Painted Image "Vintage Fire Extinguisher"

“Vintage Fire Extinguisher”

Photography by Harold Ross

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I’ll be speaking at Phase One’s STAND OUT Photo Gallery Event – Wash., D.C. – Nov. 14th

•November 3, 2017 • 4 Comments

 

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If you’re in or near Washington, D.C. on November 14, I’ll be speaking at Phase One’s  Stand Out Photo Gallery Event on November 14th! I’d love to see you there!

The event is being held from 1pm to 8pm, and features 4 speakers (myself included), and there will also be a live shoot available throughout the day, allowing you to experience the amazing Phase One Camera System along with other photo equipment.

My presentation is from 1:30pm – 2:30pm and there are 3 other speakers:

Josef Blazar – owner of Blazing Editions, a leading fine art printmaking company

Joseph Cartright – accomplished Beauty and Fashion Photographer

Steven Friedman – award winning Landscape Photographer

You’ll have the opportunity to view large printed medium format photography displayed in a gallery setting and hear from the artists behind the work.

Beginning at 6pm is the exhibit, wine and cheese networking, demo and giveaways!

Stand Out Photo Gallery Events are designed to inspire, educate and motivate photographers.

You can find out more and register for the event HERE. The cost is only $25!

Check out and subscribe to their Instagram feed at:

#standoutphotoevents

https://www.instagram.com/standoutphotoevents/

 

 

 

 

 

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A vintage surveyor’s tool… The Gurley Transit

•October 14, 2017 • 14 Comments

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To me, vintage surveying tools are wonderful. They are, in essence, telescopes, but with a specific and practical purpose, and although quite complex in their design, they were expected to produce very precise results.

If I had unlimited space (and funds), I’d probably own a huge collection of these beautiful creations, and I would store them alongside my similarly huge collection of vintage oil cans. This would all be housed in a big steampunk warehouse!

OK, back to reality…

When I saw this surveyor’s transit, I fell in love with it, but I’m not quite sure when it was made. It does have a “T.V.A.” (Tennessee Valley Authority) stamp on it, so one might assume that it is no older than 1933, and there is a serial number which indicates a 1910 manufacture date, but the transit itself looks like it might be from the 1960’s.

If anyone knows the age of it, please let me know!

Apparently, the transits made by the Gurley Company (in Troy, New York) are rather hard to date accurately.

The Gurley Company began making surveying instruments in 1852, and they made thousands of them. They are known for their accuracy and reliability in the field.

In any case, I decided to photograph this example, using light painting, of course.

I was hoping to capture the intricate mechanical details (and the spirit) of this amazing piece of equipment.

Photographer Harold Ross' light painted image of a Vintage Gurley Transit

The Gurley Transit, Photograph by Harold Ross

 

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Student Images From Our Recent Group Workshops.

•September 9, 2017 • 7 Comments

Hello all,

As always, if you’re viewing this in an email, please click the title of this post to see the blog, which offers a better viewing experience. You can click on any image to get a carousel view.

Although I don’t get to it often enough, I always enjoy posting results from our group workshops. My workshop attendees always managed to surprise and delight with their interpretations and compositions.

I like to say that the goal of the workshop is not to make a masterpiece, but to learn how to make a masterpiece. That said, I’m constantly amazed at the level of quality of the images that my students create.

The images load onto this page in random order… each time you refresh the page, the order and sizing will be different. I think it’s kind of fun to see the random juxtapositions; also there is no possible way for me to have favorites; they are all terrific!

All images from students over the years are HERE.

Steam Engines: A New Project

•July 4, 2017 • 4 Comments

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I recently started a new project; Photographing vintage steam engines at the Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association.

As you know, I love old machinery, and the R&T is full of the most amazing examples!

In Kinzers, PA., the R&T is a 33 acre working museum dedicated to the preservation of vintage machinery. The machinery isn’t just on display; almost all of it works and is run by the many skilled volunteers.

Here’s a short video showing one of the enormous engines on display there, which has a huge flywheel. That said, there are machines there that are much larger than this one:

I plan on photographing there much more in the future, and I’d like to thank Art Astle and Association President Butch Biesecker for arranging for me to photograph at this amazing place!

And thanks to Chip Hanson for the introductions!

The first machine I photographed is an A-Frame design, and it is a steam powered pump. I knew when I first saw this machine that I just had to photograph it. The design is from a time when the aesthetic look of a machine was almost as important as the function. The hand painted floral patterns on the frame are beautiful, and the flywheel at the top is a gorgeous red.

Since I was photographing during the day, it was a real challenge. Light painting requires a long exposure, so the more ambient light there is, the shorter my exposures must be, which presents some challenges.

In this case, even though I used a 3 stop neutral density filter, my exposures couldn’t exceed 15 seconds.

Remember to click on the image and to zoom in for a good look at the detail.

 

Photographer Harold Ross' light painted image A-Frame Steam Powered Pump

 

A-Frame Steam Powered Pump

Photograph by Harold Ross

The second machine I photographed is a steam powered winch. I have never seen one of these, and the rivets, knobs and controls were calling out to be photographed. This machine is roughly 4 feet in height, and while the boiler is made of steel, many of the winch controls and linkages are made of brass. Someday I would love to see this in operation!

 

Photographer Harold Ross' light painted image Steam Powered Winch

Steam Powered Winch

Photograph by Harold Ross

There will be more Rough and Tumble machines to come! I also hope to photograph one of the many steam powered tractors, as well as the only steam powered riding lawnmower known to exist! Stay tuned…

If you are interested in learning my process for creating images using Light Painting, please visit my workshop page HERE.

 

Images shot at the National Watch and Clock Museum

•May 15, 2017 • 26 Comments

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A few months ago, I made three photographs at the National Watch and Clock Museum for their exhibition “The Art of Time”. The exhibition will be up until January of 2018. Please stop in to see the show, and the incredible collection at the Museum.

Since the show just opened a few days ago, I can now share the images here!

The collection is HUGE; it is the largest private collection of timepieces in North America, and it is amazing, and a bit overwhelming!

I had to narrow down this collection to three subjects, and this was not easy.

A big thanks to Kim Jovinelli, Curator of Collections, who took the time to show me around the museum, and who pointed out many of the more interesting clocks (also not an easy task!).

I was drawn to three pieces; a Japanese clock, circa 1900, a German Chamber Clock, circa 1625, and an Iron Plate Tall Clock Movement, by Rogers and Son of Maine, circa 1805.

Here’s a snapshot Vera did as I was getting ready to shoot:

Photographer Harold Ross prepares to Light Paint in the National Watch and Clock Museum

 

Vera (my faithful assistant and wife) shot this quick (and a bit shaky) video on the fly :

 

The finished image of the Chamber Clock, circa 1625:

Light Painted photograph of a German Chamber Clock circa 1625, by photographer Harold Ross

Photograph by Harold Ross

As always, I shoot tethered using Capture One:

Light Painting photographer Harold Ross checking his captures using Capture One software

The Rogers and Son Tall Clock Movement, Maine, circa 1805:

Light Painted photograph of the Iron Plate Tall Clock Movement, by Rogers and Son of Maine, circa 1805, by photographer Harold Ross

Photograph by Harold Ross

And the Japanese Clock, circa 1900:

Light Painted photograph of a Japanese Clock, circa 1900, by photographer Harold Ross

Photograph by Harold Ross

 

I hope to shoot more at the National Watch and Clock Museum, and there are some other projects that I am currently working on (and very excited about), so please stay tuned!

Student Images From Recent Individual Workshops

•April 26, 2017 • 13 Comments

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Today, I’m posting images that were shot by students who attended a One-on-One and a Two-on-One workshop. Soon, I’ll be posting recaps of our recent group workshops.

Francine and Roberto Zavala, travelled from San Fransisco, CA. We’ve had several couples take the workshop together and it’s always fun!

Roberto chose some challenging subjects; the gas lamp and binoculars in particular have a lot going on in terms of reflection. I also love the earthy quality of the books in his image.

Photograph by workshop student Roberto Zavala

Photograph by workshop student Roberto Zavala

Francine chose to photograph several of my favorite subjects; garlic, tomatoes and a beautiful container of vinegar. These are great teaching tools, as they are all challenging in terms of lighting, and the end result is really beautiful.

Photograph by workshop student Francine Zavala

Photograph by workshop student Francine Zavala

Great work, Francine and Roberto!

Curtis Hustace, a career commercial photographer, came to us from Evansville, Indiana.

Curtis came back for a second workshop with me. He brought along a beautiful teapot, and a really gorgeous tea strainer, which is several decades old! As you may know, I love teapots, and Vera and I have a collection of them, so I was happy to see this beautiful example!

Curtis wanted to keep it very simple (always a good idea), yet the teapot, being quite reflective, provided plenty of lighting challenges!

Photograph by workshop student Curtis Hustace

Photograph by workshop student Curtis Hustace

Terrific work, Curtis!

The workshop is not about making a masterpiece, but is designed to teach a process and a way of thinking about light. I believe that my “Sculpting with Light” process is very transformative, and the images of ordinary objects shot by my students is a testament to that.

All images from students over the years are HERE.

To sign up for a currently offered workshop, click HERE.

 
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