Monday, 11 January 2016

Laurie Klein in London

Laurie Klein, of 'Photographing the Female form with Digital Infrared' fame (and a new book on the way ... see my previous post) will be in London next week to present two talks at the SWPP Convention.

The two talks are:
  • Weddings, Portraits, and Life Journey Photography with Digital Infrared - Thursday 21st 1000-1200 [more]
  • Finding The Unique Visual Voice - Friday 22nd 1630-1830 [more]
I won't be able to get along but I recommend Laurie's 'Female Form' book and am looking forward to seeing the new one. In any event, how often do you get to hear from someone who studied with Ansel Adams?

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

New Books for a New Year

I've been notified of three photographic books that may be of interest, coming out over the next few weeks (or May in one case).

Ed Thompson's The Unseen: An Atlas of Infrared Plates has a May 2016 publication date from Schilt Publishing and a cost of €45. More information on their web site.

I love the idea that this is somehow an old-fashioned atlas of hitherto unknown territory ... down the spectrum with gun and camera (without the gun) in the manner of a Victorian explorer. One thing I would take issue with is the publisher's quote that "Thompson has created a swan song to the medium of infrared photography" since the technique is alive and well. What this is a swan song to is infrared film of course, and especially the false-colour infrared film that Kodak used to produce, and of which Ed is an accomplished exponent.

I've mentioned Laurie Klein, and her book Photographing the Female Form with Digital Infrared, before. Her follow-up is almost with us, co-written with her son Kyle Klein, and published by Amherst on January 12th 2016 at $37.95 (list).

I haven't seen the book on paper as yet, but there's a comprehensive preview on Amazon and it will also be available from other stores who stock Amherst's books..

Finally, a quick note to say that Elliott Landy's Kickstarted book of The Band Photographs (Big Pink etc) is now available in various enhanced formats from his web site ... and going fast ... (there's a preview there as well as on Amazon) and from book stores. Prices range from $45 to $500 and Elliott's web site is offering the first edition print of the book. I mention this because, although they are in a minority, there is a section of infrared photos amongst this set. I wrote more about this almost exactly a year ago.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Graphene sheet IR sensors

A recent article in Scientific American, Ultrathin Graphene Could Improve Night-Vision Tech, reports on research at a number of labs in the United States on a method to produce room temperature thermal sensors based on 'sheets' of graphene. The original paper abstract says ...
By integrating graphene based photothermo-electric detectors with micromachined silicon nitride membranes, we are able to achieve room temperature responsivities on the order of ∼7–9 V/W (at λ = 10.6 μm), with a time constant of ∼23 ms.
Of course it's not as simple as a single sheet. The team have not only used graphene for the sensor itself but use thin strips to graphene to hold and thermally isolate the sensor from the main substrate.

Graphene-Based Thermopile for Thermal Imaging Applications
Allen L. Hsu, Patrick K. Herring, Nathaniel M. Gabor, Sungjae Ha, Yong Cheol Shin, Yi Song, Matthew Chin, Madan Dubey, Anantha P. Chandrakasan, Jing Kong, Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, and Tomás Palacios
Nano Letters 2015 15 (11), 7211-7216
DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b01755

Thursday, 8 October 2015

October odds and ends

A couple of items for your interest.

Shutterbug published a lovely appreciation of Sir Simon Marsden on October 5th. I also found him very communicative and helpful at the time of the Centenary and really regret not meeting up, especially now I live a lot closer than I did in 2010. This has prompted me so that this year I've decided to desert Ansel Adams and get my 2016 calendar from the Marsden online shop.

Rather oddly, considering the piece dates back to August 2014, New Scientist just tweeted a link to an edition of their 'Last Word' column, which asks 'How far beyond the visible spectrum does a rainbow extend?'. The responses discuss both UV and IR extensions of what we see, and especially how those might be more dominant on other worlds such as Titan. It reminds me of the work of Robert Greenler who, having deduced that there should be an infrared component to a terrestrial rainbow, finally succeeded in photographic a natural one in 1970.

I recently had a visit from Ed Thompson and had a sneak preview of his upcoming book of colour infrared photographs. I'll write more about this when it's published but suffice to say there's lots of red and a delightful conceit in the way the book is packaged. In the meantime if you're in the vicinity of the Rough Print Gallery (14 Bradbury Street, Dalston in London) then images from the Red Forest and The Village portions of his epic Unseen project will be on show. The gallery Tumblr stream tells us that it's part of the White Rabbit Restaurant and the gallery is open 10-5 Wednesday/Thursday and during the restaurant opening hours. Starts 15th October and runs to the 21st.

I think that'll do for the moment.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Infrared Photography in Cuba

Cuba is a fascinating place for photography, with its blend of Spanish colonial architecture, old vehicles and picturesque scenery. It has an infrared legacy as well, if you recall the movie Soy Cuba. I took a roll of infrared film on my trip, almost 20 years ago, although the only place I used it was in Varadero, which is not necessarily the place to go to experience the real Cuba. The shot at the top of the page is from Varadero ... in the older part of town away from the tourists on the beach.

So, if you are based in the USA and fancy an infrared photographic trip before Cuba changes (which I hope it doesn't) then you could do worse that go in the company of Laurie Klein.

Camera Voyages have organised the logistics, flying from Tampa, Florida and visiting Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad between December 3rd and December 10th. Take plenty of dollar bills (the locals may ask you for some!), or pens or soap.

This isn't just an infrared trip, Bruce Byers will be exercising a Phase One digital back as well. Basically, as the trip promotion says ...
Laurie will help you find unique ways to capture the feelings, sights and sounds of a culture different then ours at home, through method acting, taping into your inner creative voice and having fun.

Bruce will help you capture the streets and the motion with in the frame. The culture is all around. He will help you tell the Cuban story with your camera.

[September 5th: Only one place left ...]