Print of the Month – Can #10

Can #10
From The East London Can Series
90cm x 70cm
Archival Print on Epson Premium Lustre paper
Edition of 3 – 3 remaining.
R3000 (Usually R5000)

On special till end of October 2012.

Read more about the series here

  • Notes: This print is sold unframed. Free delivery inside of South Africa.
    Email to place an order.
    What is Print of the Month?
    Each month, I will choose one print that will be for sale at a reduced price. It’s a nice way to show you new work and to make some of the prints people ask about more affordable. The print is only on sale until the end of each month.

A Wedding in Israel

Some of the photographs I took of my sister’s wedding in Israel earlier this year. I wasn’t the official photographer – these were taken for my own and my family’s memories.

All shot with the beautiful Canon 1nRS and Kodak TMAX 400 and Tri-X 400 films.

Story of the Photograph – Hardware Store Man, Tel Aviv

Earlier this year when I was in Israel, I was searching for an adapter. The Israeli plug-points gladly accepted South African 2-prong plugs but not the American 2-prong plug at the back of the charger for my girlfriend’s Nikon P7100.
After days of searching and going into every possible shop I could see and find that may keep such a device, I found this gentleman and his tiny, awesome, bizarre shop.
I was surprised that Tel Aviv wasn’t more geared toward tourists. I mean, you’d think it was a tourist hot-spot and so would have universal adapters in every nook and cranny. Not so. I suppose that the locals assume that tourists would be wise enough to do their adapter buying before arrival or once on the ground and at the airport. Not this silly tourist.
In any event, when I stumbled into this shop I had a feeling it was going to yield some success. He had TWO adapters. Granted they were buried somewhere and he had to scrounge around, but there was not only the precious adapter but a choice. The gods were smiling on me that day. I took the cheaper one.
After making my purchase, I asked the chap if he’d mind if I took his photograph. Not at all, I was told with a marvelously animated shrug.
I had Betty, my Canon 1nRS, with me and the glorious 35mm 1.4L on the front. Inside there was Kodak 400 TMAX. It was dim in the shop and instinctively, I’d opened up the aperture on walking inside all the way to 1.4. I decided to stop down to F4, not wanting to loose the details of the surroundings – there were things hanging off everything available space and the store had the most wonderful, if a little claustrophobic, atmosphere. It was quite a sight. The result of stopping down though meant I was hand-holding at either 15th or 30th of a second. I’m pretty sure it was 15th. One of the best things about the Canon 1nRS is it has a pellicle mirror. This means no blackout during exposure and no mirror that moves up and down causing vibrations. 
The shot is exactly as I was hoping it would be. I must say I am very happy. This was one of the few shots on this roll that I was really looking forward to seeing. After developing the roll and hanging it up to dry I looked at this frame and could hardly wait to put it on my scanner. And this is how it came out. Brilliant.
Carrying around Betty while traveling is certainly less comfortable than a compact would be. But when she delivers images like this, I know it’s all worth it. Comfort comes second to  getting the images we want right? We go out and photograph to capture moments and scenes right? Damn right.
Whenever I carry a compact digital, I know – somewhere in the back of my mind – that the final image won’t match my vision. With Betty I know the results will be just what I need, just what I want. And so the gear gets out of the way and I get to relax into the moment and search for the scenes and moments I so crave to capture, allowing me to walk into little shops with quirky owners and unusual decor and just get on with making the image.

Print of the Month: Royal Naval College, Greenwich

I’m really happy to finally be doing a print of the month. Each month, I will choose one print that will be for sale at a reduced price. It’s a nice way to show you new work and to make some of the prints people ask about more affordable. The print is only on sale until the end of each month.
About this month’s print:

Royal Naval College, Greenwich is part of the series Things We Found Amongst the Chaos. This series is a visual journey around London, Oxford and Brighton from November 2009 to March 2010. This photograph was taken from the Greenwich Pier and is looking down the Thames with the beautiful buildings of the Royal Naval College on the right. The tide was high. You can see the lights on inside some of the windows. Walking past, I could hear music students practicing. The night this photograph was taken, I stopped along the shores of the Thames for a while to enjoy the soothing sounds of the saxophone. Then a band began rehearsing a jazz number. It was a welcome change from the biting cold. The clouds were brooding and the ice from the recent snows was making the air so cold it hurt my throat when I breathed in. I lived a few hundred metres from this pier and when I wasn’t using the Pier to go to work, I’d walk here and just enjoy this very scene and how it changed each time I went there.
The photograph is slightly tinted with a gentle coffee tint to warm the image.
The large size of this photography is 170cm x 69cm and is quite dazzling. The sheer size of the print allows you to really feel the flow of the waters and the swelling of the clouds. I love standing in front of the print and just letting myself get absorbed in it. I am also offering this at a smaller size of 100cm x 37cm because the large size is very big and some people may not have space for such a large print. Above is a picture of me holding the small size. (Those long shapes on either side are rulers used to hold the print flat, not part of the print.)
This photograph is printed on Epson Premium Lustre paper and is fully archival.
Royal Naval College, Greenwich, 2011

Size: 170cm x 69cm or 100cm x 37cm
Edition of 10
Number still available: 8
Price:  R4500 for the large size (Usually R8000)
R2000 for the small size (Usually R4500)

Notes: This print is sold unframed. Free delivery inside of South Africa.
Email to place an order.

A Wedding in Israel

Wedding Prep. iPhone. Shot with Mattebox.
© D. Rosenthal 2012

Excuse my absence this past couple of weeks.

I was in Israel for my sister’s wedding. It was a great experience and Tel Aviv, where I was staying, surprised me immensely – fun, vibrant, relaxed.

The above photo is one of 3 digital photos I took on the wedding day. They were on my iPhone, meant for sharing. everything else was shot on film. Kodak 400 TMAX and Tri-X. I took Big Betty. She performed flawlessly. She is amazing. Heavy but I wouldn’t have shot the wedding any other way.

I wanted to savour the memories. I chose film for a number of reasons. They are reserved for another post. It’ll come, after the film is developed and printed.

Hope your weekend is filled with fun and photos.

Looking for Fossils

Looking for Fossils
Originally uploaded by Dan Rosenthal

I recently took a trip the beautiful and quaint little town of Clarens in the Free State.

After a very lazy lunch at the local brewery, we wandered into a shop selling the most marvelous array of gemstones, petrified wood and fossils I’ve ever seen.

On the walk back to our B&B, we took a detour and found a patch of rocks in the road that had tiny plant fossils. I’m not sure what amazed me more: finding little rocks with fossils in them in the middle of the raod or that Lulu said “oh look, these will have fossils in them” and promptly started the hunt.

Clarens, Free State, South Africa.

Canon 1nRS, Canon 50mm 1.4 @ F2, Fuji Superia 400

The Tourists

The Tourists
Originally uploaded by Dan Rosenthal

I was a tourist too.

And I had a camera. And I was taking pictures. But this couple really did crack me up and were the perfect cliché Asian tourists. You know: everyone in the group with cameras or video camcorders who only put them down to be photographed by one of their fellow travelers then get right back to capturing every single moment around them, never looking up from their screens. It’s very odd indeed and that is exactly what these guys were doing. And they were in a large group documenting their surroundings.

I can’t help but wonder what they do with all those stills and footage though… They must leave a holiday with hundreds of gigs of data. Do they ever actually look through it?!? Do they show it to their friends? (Like at dinners where they invite them over and make them sit through 14 hours of uneditied footage in ransom for the actual food…) Do they ever print any of their photos?

We were waiting together for a ferry to take us to the city. I really like this shot of this couple. It’s funny and cute. I almost showed it to them on the back of my camera. But they were completely absorbed.

Sydney, Australia.
Canon 5Dmk2, Canon 50mm 1.4

Wait for the sun to go down, Traveler.

This is Oia. It is the small harbor of one of the towns in Santorini, Greece. Santorini is a tourist hotspot. It is famed for the sunsets. People stream in by the hundreds to take photos of the amazing sunsets from the town high up above this harbor and from the harbor itself.

It happens in a mad rush. People arrive in their hysterical throngs and push down the narrow paved street to get a view of the sunset. They extend their arms and hope to get a shot like these but invariably will get a shot of all the other people’s heads in front of them. It’s comical. And to top it off, the sunsets are very pretty, but nothing mind-blowing. Perhaps the lack of clouds underwhelmed me or it could be the fact that I hail from Joburg with it’s epic, cloud-filled sunsets which bounce around off the pollution and smog creating dazzling haze and glorious sunsets. (Sounds weird I know, but they really are breathtaking…) Oia’s speciality is a ball of fire descending into the endless sea. Very pretty indeed but uneventful…

I watched the crowds in their mania and chuckled to myself when they moved on the moment the sun had disappeared beneath the horizon. They went off to eat dinner and drink. Why was I chuckling to myself? Because they left as soon as the light was getting beautiful. They had traveled across the world and then come from every town on the island of Santorini to see a sunset that was not very spectacular – if you’ve ever tried to take a photo of the setting sun, the contrast is almost impossible to capture, you either get everything washed-out and too bright or you get a very nice sun and everything else is black. Knowing this, I didn’t even bother to take a photo during the sunset…

But then after the crowds had dispersed the light got more and more beautiful. The photograph above is a panorama of 2 shots stitched together. I did very little to the ‘look’ of the files. The colours were wonderful and the light gentle and warm.

Next time you are taking sunset pictures, wait till the sun has set and watch the sky turn glorious blues and purples and the earth turn a mellow red. Then take a photo. Book your dinner an hour after the sun has gone down – sunsets are for watching with a lover in your arms after all…

Shot with a Canon 5Dmk2 and the glorious 24-70 2.8 L lens