McMullan - Fine Art Photographer

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Color Photography

When I got my first camera, back around 1978, I started developing color transparencies. Then I started shooting black and white and developing and printing my own negatives and prints. I owe Ansel Adams a debt of gratitude for all of the books he wrote which taught me how to shoot black and white photographs the way they should be. At the time, color photography wasn't great. The images were flat and empty. For me, that changed with the release of Fuji Velvia film (IS0) 64). Kodak answered a few years later with their Ektachrome 100VS (ISO 100). I liked the extra third or so stop with the 100 speed film. I bought it by the cases when I was shooting with Nikon F5. Both films yield excellent saturation and vibrance.

Here are some of the photographs I have taken over the years with a number of different cameras. I hope you enjoy them. If you do, please drop me a line and let me know at Jay(remove this)

Stormy Sunset - Florida
Stormy Sunset

Toyo 4x5 View Camera     Lens: Rodenstock 150mm     Film: Kodak TMax 100

Personally, I love black & white photography. There are many times where it will portray the emotions of a scene much better than a color photograph. One of the problems with color photography is getting the finished photograph to look exactly like what you saw when took the photograph. Most of the time, a color photograph just simply won't be as vibrant and the color won't be as saturated as it seemed to you at the time. Sunsets are especially problematic. By manually adjusting your camera settings and then processing the photo in Photoshop will help the photographer get the color and saturation he visualized. Visualization is what will make the difference between and exceptional photographer and a mediocre one. Digital imaging allows you to see what your scene will look at instantly. Most color photographs which are exhibited on websites like 500PX and Instagram are "false color" images. In other words, they are not the exact same color as the camera really saw. The vibrance and saturation has been pushed very slightly in this photograph. This photograph was shot on a Toyo VX125 view camera with a Rodenstock 150 (standard) lens. For landscapes I always preferred Fuji Velvia (ISO 64) and Kodak 100VS. Both have beautiful color saturation.

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