A couple of months ago, the good folks at MamiyaLeaf asked me to try out a new digital back - the Leaf Credo 50. It is the first CMOS back I have shot with and it is incredibly impressive. Up to ISO 6400 with virtually no noise. This is new territory for medium format. Several of the images I shot with this digital back are on display at the MamiyaLeaf booth at PhotoKina in Germany. This is Central Park on a beautiful morning in August.
Landing in an Air-Cam near Norfolk, Virginia, USA. Shot with a Mamiya Leaf Credo 50 back on a Mamiya Df + camera. Part of a project I shot using the new Leaf Credo 50 back. This was shot under an NDA and I can now show images. Amazing high ISO performance - up to ISO 6400.
Reprocessing a few “low and slow” aerials for a new portfolio. Mount Vernon along the Potomac River in Fairfax County, Virginia. This is a prohibited airspace and it takes quite a few people and agencies getting involved for permission to fly in the airspace. This was the third time I have photographed Mount Vernon from the air. The rear cabin of the helicopter was crowded - I also shot video with an Arnie Mount holding four KS-8 gyros and the video camera. Any use of Mount Vernon images also requires permission from the Ladies of Mount Vernon.
From a Clipper Wind Power shoot in Iowa. Found this image this morning while editing a new portfolio.
Personal shot from a recent shoot in Southern Maryland. I shot the same scene 11 years ago from the same helicopter. First time around, I shot with a long lens and compressed the road. Now, just a slight wide-angle. Love the S curves.
Testing my new DJI Phantom Vision 2 Plus quadcopter/camera combo against my Sony RX100 on my original Phantom. The Sony will win on resolution and the Vision 2 will will for ease of use.
Finishing up web galleries for a shoot last week in Central Virginia. Project was to shoot highway interchanges and make them interesting plus convey the client message.
I’ve been shooting most of my work on medium format this year. These were shot with a Leaf Credo 60 on my Hasselblad H camera and my trusty Kenyon Gyroscope. I like the sharpness and clarity of a large medium format file. (60 megs equals 173 MB 8 bit file)
Another advantage to me is I shoot slower. This was an early morning shoot with a lift-off just after sunrise.
Yesterday (Memorial Day in the USA), my lovely bride and I went to Arlington Cemetery with our neighbors. I visited my fathers site in the Columbarium and shot a few frames to share with my siblings. We wandered around the cemetery a bit and started to walk up to the Amphitheater and the Tomb of the Unknowns. MP’s from the the Third US Infantry Honor Guard were holding people from walking underneath the McClellan Gate. The Honor Guard was lined up on both sides of the road and within a minute the President and entourage drove past. The President spoke in the Amphitheater and also laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
In 1993, I shot a book on Arlington Cemetery titled a A Moment of Silence. One of the greatest honors I have ever received was to shoot the Honor Guard prepping for their walk and to be allowed to photograph them from their side of the barrier ropes.
USA on the left/Mexico on the right. From an unpublished story on the border fence I shot for Susan White and Sasha Erwitt of Vanity Fair.