I started this post two days ago, and then forgot about it. Been working on a million things at once trying to get ready for Japan in 10! Days! Everything I’m working on now is bonus material, not required for the main quest.

Anyway, if it seems like street shooting is taking the place of the other stuff I do, it’s only because I’m obsessed with the Leica and I’m shooting everything every day. Just a ton of work, some of which is even good enough to show people. This is also trip preparation: practicing for taking pictures in Tokyo.

10! Days!

Posted by Matt on 2018-10-15 00:56:57 -0700

gorgeous sky

The first photo was taken 9 minutes before the second two. I think I like the third one best. There’s something nice about the context provided by all those wires. Anyway. This post is just some pretty pictures. Hope your weekend is going well. I ran errands all day, put together a casserole to bake for brunch, and have been working on my welding technique this evening. Took a bunch of photos out of the edit that I don’t like now. I suppose that’s the danger of waiting a month. There’s a likelihood I just won’t care about a certain photo or even set of them when the time comes to post.

Anyway, there’s today in the bag.

Posted by Matt on 2018-10-14 01:16:37 -0700

moar 15mm

I realize two of these are basically the same picture (the middle two), and I really should just pick one, but it’s 3am and I’m trying to get to bed. The last one demanded, loudly, that it be left in color. Still playing with the film presets, which I always swore were silly, but they’re really not bad when you’re trying to crank something out. It’s hard for it to not still look like one of my pictures anyway.

Posted by Matt on 2018-10-13 03:04:36 -0700

serra at SFMOMA

I’ve been sick all week, making what was supposed to be a very productive time into me, sitting on the couch watching marvel movies and the expanse. Rather annoying, but it’s really important to listen to when the body says stop. I’ve been to the hospital more than once because I ignored what my body was telling me. Anyway, this is just a particularly bad head cold, with associated exhaustion and some joint pain and headaches. I’m feeling a little better now, although the pain in my knees is a thing this evening.

The Serra sculpture at SFMOMA, officially Sequence, really loves the 15mm. It’s large and close, so it works. The super-sharpness of the lens isn’t really an asset; here I’m using a preset meant to make the files look like type 55 film, but also tweaked a bit from there (I can’t help myself). For me it’s all about the interplay of light and shapes in that space. It’s hard for me to imagine the machine that bends a 20-foot wide piece of 4” plate like this. Just a massive impossibly violent machine, but very calming on the viewer.

So, this was now more than a month ago, and I can’t seem to catch up. I should post double or something until I get there. Or try not to get sick any more. That might work too.

Here’s today, anyway.

Posted by Matt on 2018-10-13 02:30:20 -0700