CKSandberg Photography fine-art photography and photo education

Pentax 645D Diary

I have moved from shooting 35mm DSLRs to medium format. A Pentax 645D was my first DSLR body in that size, and I kept an informal diary.  I’ve posted reports on the camera and my experiences with the 40-meg images it produces.  You can follow those reports here.  I'm now shooting a 645Z - 50 megs and CMOS sensor - and you can read about that upgrade in the diary, too.

Going Wide…

I shot a great sunrise on the North Shore of Lake Superior on a very cold February morning.  One of the choices I had to make was what focal length of lens to use.  Here’s a short video (shot by my photo buddy Brian F.) that explains my thinking that morning in deciding to use a super-wide lens.

Using HDR techniques for vibrant Black-and-White Images.

The High Dynamic Range ("HDR") technique in digital photography has garnered quite a bit of interest in the last year or so.  I am not a great fan of HDR for color images; I have seen too many overdone HDR shots with impossible color and contrast, halos, and exaggerated details.

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Timing is Everything…

I sat at dinner in Farmington, New Mexico, with a view to a bluff just a few hundred yards to the south. For three minutes (I timed it), the setting sun lit up that bluff and turned it brilliant shades of gold and ocher. Then the sun dropped just a bit in the western sky, the light changed, and all the color faded away, leaving the bluff just dull brown. It was a stunning example of the fleeting nature of landscape photography, and reminded me of the adage - perfect for those of us who love to capture the beauty and wonder of the natural world - that "timing is everything."

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Telling Stories

I was an undergraduate student at Macalester College in St. Paul, majoring in Theatre Arts. My professor for Directing classes was Douglas Hatfield, then the Chair of the Department.

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Exploring the Great Gallery

The Great Gallery is the largest pictographs site in Canyonlands National Park. It sits in a detached portion of the Park known as Horseshoe Canyon. The Gallery is about 200 feet long, 15 feet high, and contains dozens of greater-than life size pictographs. Pictographs are rock paintings, as distinguished from petroglyphs, which are figures etched into rock with a sharp stone.

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"Working the Scene" and avoiding The Obvious Picture

True fans of the CSI television series will recognize the investigator's phrase - "work the scene." While most of us don't photograph crime scenes, Grissom and his crew give us a method for trying to photograph imaginatively.

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