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    Medium Format Challenge: Shot of the Decade

    Now, this one will have you staring at your navel for hours. Have a few cups of expresso at hand. Consider your work for between Jan 1 2000 and Dec 31 2009 and decide which image gave you the most satisfaction, frustration, fun or angst ... and post it.

    I offer up my choice personal image, titled "Natal Crease," taken in Martinique, on film, (remember film?) probably Velvia with my Hasselblad, 50MM lens. I've been looking at a large print of this photo since about mid-decade and still do not tire of it.
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    http://www.keithlaban.co.uk/171_4_large.html

    To capture this scene meant spending years re-visiting the location until the subject and conditions matched the vision of the image in my mind. The flowers only open when the weather is warm and sunny and move in the slightest breeze. The flowers also bleach out on film with the merest hint of sunlight.

    On this particular occasion when I arrived the subject had never looked better. Although the wind was blowing and the sun shinning I set up the camera regardless. This time I was lucky, towards sunset the wind dropped, the sun hazed over, the flowers remained open and I was able to make a number of exposures before they closed.

    The image has sold time and again as a print and used under license by clients including Hasselblad. Sometimes perseverance is worth the effort

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    Re: Medium Format Challenge: Shot of the Decade

    Keith,

    I love that photograph, beautiful work.

    Kind regards,
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    Derek, many thanks, much appreciated.

    I have to say, when I look back at shots such as this I thank the gods that I now have 12+ stops of dynamic range rather than 5!

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    Re: Medium Format Challenge: Shot of the Decade

    I'm glad this includes images from medium format film, since I've made so few images with my Hasselblad CFV.

    <Retracted: Here's probably the best of mine. Pentax 67, Death Valley National Park at Zabriskie Point. I would have picked my photograph from Zion National Park, but I think that was taken in 1998 or 1999 (I need to keep better records).>

    Decided to go with an image that is more typical of the stuff I shoot day to day, week to week, for better or worse.

    Hasselblad 501CM, 50mm Distagon, Ilford Delta 100, Epson V750 Pro scan.

    Gary

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    Lovely photos everyone! Keith -- I have long remembered that image of yours...I have seen it before through photo.net, and it has always impressed me a great deal. There are such wonderful contrasts in texture and color, but a lovely overall symmetry in the composition. It is no surprise that Hasselblad has used it for their promotional material, because it really shows off the possibilities of the square format.

    I am going to choose this one for medium format, perhaps not because it is my favorite or best photograph of the last decade (which is actually longer than I have been taking pictures...I started in 2002), but because I think it demonstrates the kind of images I most like to take:



    I took this image on a visit to the Faeroe Islands in 2007. It was taken with a Mamiya 7II and the 43mm lens. The reason I like it so much is that it captures not only the beautiful countryside in the Faeroe Islands, but also shows how people interact with the land. I love landscapes, but I usually prefer to have some human element within them -- I find the ways people inhabit the land just as interesting as the land itself. So for this photo, I see the sea, the sky, the cliffs, and the people trying to make a life on a tiny, windswept chain of islands in the north atlantic. I think the small figure working in the fields and small houses in the much broader vista of the sea, clouds and hills help give expression to that feeling.
    Beyond that, it represents what I like to do -- I knew very little about the Faeroe Islands, but it seemed interesting, so I decided to go -- I rented a car and drove around the islands for a week. I used photography as a means of engaging the place...as I saw the land for the first time, my camera saw the land for the first time. While I definitely like to continuously revisit certain places I love, I think it is very difficult to relive that first moment of wonder when you see a new place -- often the purest photographs come from visiting a place for the first time. I love that feeling of discovery, and I think that is another reason why I liked this photo -- it was that sort of picture...I was seeing it for the first time as the viewer is.

    P.S. I hate that image for at least one reason, however -- it is a monster to print. It looks best in a real silver print, but that requires flashing, extensive and fussy burning in the sky, dodging in the town, split grade printing....you name it. It requires the whole bag of tricks. I was lucky enough to work on this print with Brian Young of ICP (he prints for Nachtwey, Bruce Davidson, Eugene Richards, ICP, Magnum and any number of other great photographs and institutions), and he really helped me improve on it. The analog print looks much better than the jpeg I have posted here.
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    Re: Medium Format Challenge: Shot of the Decade

    Many thanks, Stuart, and fascinating insight into your own choice and reasons for choosing it!

    Folks, I'd love to see some more...

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    Re: Medium Format Challenge: Shot of the Decade

    here's a photo (not exactly from the last decade and not medium format),
    I took this photo in 1996.
    Art Farmer was a wonderful trumpet player and I had the opportunity
    to make this photo after a concert in my hometown.
    I still have a lot of polaroid 665 and I continue this series of jazz portraits.
    Art Farmer died in 1999.

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    I'm going to post two images from 2007 because I was injured right after making the first one, then managed to be able to make the second one, then had to rush home because my father-in-law was very ill.

    The first image (H2, 100VS, 35mm, f29 @ 32 seconds) was at the end of the road in Cartwright, Labrador (located here http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ie...,0.161705&z=13)



    The roads in Labrador are quite terrible on tires and I injured my back while changing a flat tire (180,000 mosquitoes and assorted bugs helped). The injury inflamed a nerve in my back and I was unable to walk. I picked up a walking stick so I could hobble around.

    Over the next several days, I managed to drive south to a Canadian hospital in Blanc-Sablon, in northern Quebec, where they took x-rays and said I'd have to wait for the film to be shipped to the mainland for review!?!?!? (They incorrectly assumed my hip replacement was malfunctioning (I had a hip replacement from a backpacking injuring in 2001).)

    I didn't want to wait for "several" days so I took the ferry across to Newfoundland. It had been several days since the injury and the inflammation was easing up (since I wasn't moving as much due to the pain) and I made the decision to continue my trip east (and not drive home to Pennsylvania). I drove, shooting all the while, and stopped in Gander for a couple of days. The pain had subsided and I was feeling much better. For a couple of days I explored the northern coast and found this landscape (located here http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ie...1,0.32341&z=12)



    I made this photograph with my H2, 35mm, Velvia 50 and a grad ND to slow the exposure to capture the froth. I was lucky the iceberg wandered into the scene.

    My wife called the next day and said her father was quite ill, she worried he may not live much longer. I immediately made the decision to drive home instead of continuing my trip east to St. John’s. I made the 1,500 drive home only stopping once at a NJ rest-stop for an hour of sleep. He passed away 20 minutes after I arrived home. It was very sad.

    These two photographs have been in several juried gallery exhibitions and have sold quite well. It was my hardest trip, worth it, except for my father-in-law.

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    Jecxz
    I read your post and it brings up an interesting point for me.
    I've always had this fascination with knowing that there is always a story that goes along with the images we create. Which the viewer is not usually aware of.
    I usually shoot a lot of snaps on set on commercial jobs, it's always fascinating going back and looking at them in a few years.
    Thank you for posting.
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    Derek, wonderful images and interesting tale.

    Yet again, perseverance pays!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithL View Post
    Derek, wonderful images and interesting tale.

    Yet again, perseverance pays!
    Thanks Keith!

    Sometimes perseverance is more important than the equipment.

    See you on the other side.

    Kind regards,
    Derek

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    Quote Originally Posted by arashm View Post
    Jecxz
    I read your post and it brings up an interesting point for me.
    I've always had this fascination with knowing that there is always a story that goes along with the images we create. Which the viewer is not usually aware of.
    I usually shoot a lot of snaps on set on commercial jobs, it's always fascinating going back and looking at them in a few years.
    Thank you for posting.
    am
    Arashm, I think you are right, there is a story behind every photograph. While the viewer may never know the story, I believe sometimes it can be as interesting as the photograph itself.

    Kind regards,
    Derek

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    Death Valley. Hasselblad 501C/M, 50CF FLE. E100VS.
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    Hasselblad H3D/39, Lens HC100, F4, ISO50

    This shot was taken on 2009-12-31 at 5PM at Danube River / Aggsbach / Austria - one of my favorite spots. Also an interesting coincidence that I just came around almost at the end of the last decade with my new MF camera equipment - and actually much more

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    Wonderful images, everyone.

    This is an easy one for me. It was a long held ambition to get a good shot of this lighthouse, the most easterly point in Australia. I arranged to meet a friend there for dawn (it's a 45 min drive) on this day, and when I woke at 3.15 it was pouring rain and I lay in my nice cosy bed with my Siamese cat wondering if I was totally nuts.

    I logged on and found the friend has cried off (wimp) but decided in the event clouds would look more interesting than plain blue sky anyway. I captured some glorious crepuscular rays over the ocean shots too.

    The icing on the cake was when I entered this pic (a slightly different crop) in the Digital Photography (Aust) magazines 2009 Photography of the Year and won a bronze award. It was the first time I had even entered a comp, I put in 5 images, got 4 bronze awards (70-79) and the 'misser-out' shot even scored 69.

    I needed guy ropes for a few days to stop me floating off!

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    Re: Medium Format Challenge: Shot of the Decade

    As I've said on the Hasselbladinfo.com site before....this is a beautiful image Odille and congratulations on such an impressive showing in your first photo competition!

    Gary

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    I think I know which shot I will have to choose. This was taken with my Contax 645 AF and 35mm f/3.5 Distagon, on Adox CHS 25 film, scanned on an Epson V750.

    The shot is one of my favorites, but probably not my favorite. It is, however, one of the first shots in my cemetary series, and one of the key shots which made me realize that my little cemetary interest had turned into a serious long-term project. As such, it marks a turning point for my photography, and a maturing of my talent, in my own eyes (a longer version of the story of this process can be read here: http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/showpo...&postcount=100). This makes the shot very special to me, and my shot of the decade.

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    Re: Medium Format Challenge: Shot of the Decade

    Nice image Carsten. I read your post on the other thread and really enjoyed it. I've been in a bit of a photographic rut myself lately and so enjoyed hearing how you found a way to focus on a project that re-invigorates your photography. Thanks for sharing that with us. Now if I could just find something to work on that would do the same for me. I've just about exhausted the junk yards and railway yards along Ship Creek. Time to branch out in new directions I guess.

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    I am glad that you found something in my writing that you could use.

    When you say "exhausted", do you mean that they were projects, and that you are emotionally done with those subjects, or do you mean that you don't feel that you are getting anywhere with it, in spite of time spent on it? If the latter, maybe there is still enough scope for a project there, perhaps a smaller project since you have spent time on it already.
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    Re: Medium Format Challenge: Shot of the Decade

    I've been taking photographs in this area for the past 15-20 years, so I suppose that qualifies as a project (informally at least). The area has changed over time, which has provided some new opportunities, but to a greater extent has meant less interesting subjects (think urban renewal, but on an industrial scale....the interesting old fish cannery buildings are gone, now it's mostly container port storage etc). Have a look at my photograph above....that's the kind of thing I enjoy photographing in this area....and there are less and less of these around, not to mention new security restrictions at the port and railroad which means alot of areas are "off limits". Time to look for greener pastures I suppose. This area was just very interesting to me and very convienent to my work place.

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    Re: Medium Format Challenge: Shot of the Decade

    While I've shot a number of MF wedding images I like ... this commercial shoot for Muddy Creek riding gear probably had the most challenges, fun, and feelings of artistic fulfillment all rolled into one.

    Challenges included: the end images were to be printed up to 7 feet wide and would be viewed up-close in a trade booth ... thus the use of MFD, and we had to shoot a lot of images during golden hour ... including motion sequences.

    For this representative image I used a H3D/31 on a monopod with a H/C 150 & 1.7X. mounted.

    The rider here is the owner of the company (along with his wife) ... he's the real deal ... I even shot their wedding, which was performed all on horse back at their ranch.

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    That is a lovely image, very evocative.

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    Carsten

    Very nice image. Good idea for a series.

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    Thanks Keith, I appreciate it.
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    Re: Medium Format Challenge: Shot of the Decade

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    That is a lovely image, very evocative.
    If you mean my cowboy pic ... then thank you!

    I see you are from Australia ... that dog running behind the rider is an Australian Cattle Dog that kept all the horses on this shoot in-line. Quick, smart and brave as they come. Damned thing was almost human in it's understanding of what needed to be done and when.

    Here's another from that series with that dog ... a demo product shot of the Riding Duster that, unlike other similar products, covers the whole saddle.

    Collectively, I LOVED this commercial shoot more than any other in the past decade.

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    Well, may I chime in?

    Funny enough, one of my best pictures to date ( well according to me, myself and I ! ) was actually taken with film - not MF but then again, if Y SOL opened up the precedent to post a non MF image, I will jump on the non-MF bandwagon as well.

    I have few digital cameras, used lot of pro digital cameras ( 1Ds, 1Ds2, D2x, etc etc ) and upgraded cameras and lens but this what i considered one of the best ever :

    Taken with a Leica M7, Leica 35mm ASPH 2.0 :



    I had it printed BIG and, just like the OP, never tired looking at it.

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    Gorgeous shot! Is it in Portugal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    If you mean my cowboy pic ... then thank you!

    I see you are from Australia ... that dog running behind the rider is an Australian Cattle Dog that kept all the horses on this shoot in-line. Quick, smart and brave as they come. Damned thing was almost human in it's understanding of what needed to be done and when.

    Here's another from that series with that dog ... a demo product shot of the Riding Duster that, unlike other similar products, covers the whole saddle.

    Collectively, I LOVED this commercial shoot more than any other in the past decade.

    -Marc
    I can see it would have been fun. Cattle dogs have years of instinct bred into them, their ancestry includes sheep dogs so the herding gene is strong.

    That first pic reminded me very much of RM Williams, a famous outback cattle man here in Oz who also developed a retail line and stores. He has passed on now but the legend goes on in the store and the terrific Outback magazine, which I hope to get some shots and maybe a story (I have a BA in Professional Writing too, and have had some stuff published) published in one day.

    Cheers, Odille

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    Quote Originally Posted by carstenw View Post
    Gorgeous shot! Is it in Portugal?
    Thanks Carsten,

    No - it was in Bali, Indonesia. ( Batik factory )

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