"Connecticut Children's Spiral: The Arizona Trail, north of Oracle, Arizona" (c) 2012 Stu Jenks
The above image taken with a 70-200 mm on a 5D Mark II. The below image taken with a iPhone 4S with the panoramic feature.
And my prayers, thoughts and yes, this one not-so-little spiral, go out to those in Newtown, Connecticut and across our country and world.
Hug your children and your loved ones a little longer tonight, and tomorrow, and next week, and during this holiday season, and throughout the new year. Love is precious, and it can be gone in an instant, in so many ways.
"Mustang Mountain Spiral, Arizona" (c) 2012 Stu Jenks
No story. Just an image. OK, one short one. This looks nothing like the reality that I took it in. And I did very little in CS4, besides make it a black and white. It's the wondrous truth and the glorious lie of photography.
"Emigrant Canyon Earth Spiral, Arizona" (c) 2012 Stu Jenks
Good news: When I got a new iPhone 4S, I got a new camera as well. It's a pretty good camera, 8 megapixels, nice lens, easy use. I have a good wide angle lens in my pocket now.
Bad news: It only shoots jpegs. No RAW files. Pain in the neck to fiddle with in Photoshop, to get a good print using just jpges. I had to get a good print, and I did. Call me old-fashioned but if I can't get something good on a analog piece of paper, I could give a fuck. Photographic history will not be remember on glowing screens (I pray.) Photographic history will be seen by my ancestors on prints, on paper, not on TV.
But it's a pretty damn good camera for being a camera that's part of a phone. And after much work, I got a nice image.
Truth (for me): If I had my wide angle lens attached to my 5D Mark II instead of my 70-200, and shot this earth spiral with the wide in RAW, it would have taken me half the time to get a good print. RAW is just that great.
Image: "Queen Esther Baptist Church, Lancaster, Virginia" (c) 2011 Stu Jenks (Just down River Road from Victoria's house. Love that luscious red carpet. And for you nocturnals out there, it was handheld. Rare for me.)
In this time of making photos on iPhones and Macbook Pros and only looking on screens, I forget I'm a old-school guy. I make a 8 1/2 x 11 work print on archival paper of EVERY image I make. EVERY one. It's the only way, for me, to accurately check for color shift, density, composition, etc. I really like my iPad screen but it's no way to make a good print.
And I have hundreds, if not thousands, of work prints artist proofs at my studio.
If you see an image of mine on The StuBlog or on my old website or on the Fezziwig Press Store or in any of my books, there's a beautiful small print in a box somewhere, perhaps with your name on it. And since I'm organized, I can find it.
Many of you can't afford my larger prints. I understand. I don't have an extra 50 or 100 lying around either. But I do have an extra $20 for stuff I really like.
So if you see an image of mine on any of my sites or in any of my books and you want it, it's yours for $25, shipping, handling and tax included. (I believe in paying taxes, sales and otherwise.)
Just email me at my facebook page or through the StuBlog or at firstname.lastname@example.org, and tell me what print you would like or just pull the jpeg and send that to me.
I was just watching the Tarhells lose today in basketball, working on images at my computer when I thought, 'I bet people don't realize I have boxes of work prints here.'
You all do now.
Love and light,
p.s. Ignore the catagories belows. The computer went wacky. Another reason why I prefer a print in the hand as opposed to an image in The Cloud.