Monthly Archives: June 2009

It’s black and white, but will it be read all over?


Photo © Bob Krist

For the last six or seven years, I’ve done a large calendar of images from around the world. We use them as promotional mailings for me, and as gifts for donors to the Jonathan Krist Foundation .  I usually look for bright, saturated iconic images from my travels, and my printer does an excellent job with reproducing those colors on thick glossy paper. It’s a fairly expensive promotion piece, but it goes over big.

This year, I’m thinking of doing something different.  A while ago, I got an old D70 body converted for black and white infrared by the folks at Lifepixel and I’ve had a blast using it in a variety of locations all over the world. It’s gotten to the point where I have a decent collection of black and white travel images, like the one of the Easter Island moai above.

The question I’m asking myself (and I have to decide soon because time, as well as a calendar deadline, waits for no man) is “would these images work in a calendar?” I’m waiting for one thing to help me make up my mind. Continue reading »

Posted in Photo Techniques, Travel

Speedlinks 6/10/09

  • If you’ve been in the business for a while, or if you’re trying to break in and wonder why the veterans in the biz all seem so, well, shell shocked, Austin-based people photographer Kirk Tuck gives a cogent analysis and some uplifting advice here.
  • So if you’ve been in the business for a while, and have, say, 100,000 slides to scan, but not $700,000 to have them drummed, check out Slide Scanning Pros . Based in the Pacific Northwest, they use the Nikon Coolscan, and they are damned good at it, and they charge $.26 a slide and that includes rotating, cropping that annoying black border and removing blemishes and dust with Digital Ice. They do the scanning in country, and are very pleasant and efficient to deal with. The Slide Scanning Pros are inordinately fond of the PNG format, so if you want your stuff returned as Tiffs, make sure you specify that in your order.
  • So, let’s keep up with this “you’ve been in the business for a while” theme and let’s say you’re sick of reading all this how-to and would like to be reminded of why you travel and make photographs, then by all means pick up Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision by Canadian shooter David duChemin. David shoots for a lot of humanitarian organizations so his travel photography is done with a purpose, and his thoughtful analysis of the craft concentrates more on the bigger questions and less on the nuts and bolts. It’s a refreshing read, it dovetails nicely with Kirk Tuck’s article above, and it’s filled with excellent imagery.
Posted in Destinations, Ironies, Photo Techniques, Travel

My kind of town…


Photo © Bob Krist

I’m just finishing up a 9 day shoot in Chicago and all I can say, with apologies to The Chairman of the Board, is that this is my kind of town too. I feel just about as good as Pistol Pete does in the above snap. Pete is a Chicago guitarist who, I swear, channels more Hendrix than Albert King during his gigs at clubs like B.L.U.E.S.

Spectacular architecture, rich culture, great food, and friendly, really friendly people; why, here, even the Public Relations people treat photographers with respect and they even try to help you do your job instead of telling why you can’t.

Now if you’re not in the travel photo biz, that last statement might be puzzling. Aren’t PR people supposed to help promote their attractions? Not always. In fact, many PR folk will offer more support for Aunt Minnie and Uncle Joe, the septuagenarian travel writing duo from the Podunk Weekly shopper, than a photographer from a national magazine or major agency. Why? Hit the jump for my theory.

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Posted in Destinations, Photo Techniques, Travel

I could just shoot myself….


photo by Peggy Krist

I was recently contacted by Bucks Life magazine, the large-format swanky lifestyle magazine that covers all things interesting in Bucks County, our little artsy, funky corner of Pennsylvania. They were doing an article highlighting some local art luminaries, and they wanted to include me?

Well, I didn’t argue, but they said they’d send a photographer and I said, “wait, I’m a photographer, let me shoot some luminaries for you.”  (I can hear you now, marveling at my marketing acumen and self-promotion chutzpah). We negotiated and I walked away with an assignment to shoot 4 luminaries and 1 dimbulb, me.

So I duded up in my best Joe Photog outfit, and invited my old buddy and super people-shooter Pete Byron for lunch (we’re both May birthday boys and always have lunch around our natal days). I was going to shoot the thing myself with Pocket Wizards, but why waste 25 years of friendship and a great eye behind the camera, especially if you can get him for a chicken salad ?

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Posted in Ironies, Lighting, Photo Gear, Photo Techniques