David Aimone Photography: Blog http://www.davidaimone.com/blog en-us (C) David Aimone Photography david@aimonephoto.com (David Aimone Photography) Tue, 27 Aug 2013 21:22:00 GMT Tue, 27 Aug 2013 21:22:00 GMT http://www.davidaimone.com/img/s/v-5/u441662673-o951022246-50.jpg David Aimone Photography: Blog http://www.davidaimone.com/blog 96 120 3-Day iPhone Photography Immersion Workshop in Rockland, Maine over Columbus Day Weekend http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2013/8/3-day-iphone-photography-immersion-workshop-in-rockland-maine-over-columbus-day-weekend Use the link below if this page is difficult to read...

Link to more information and registration page.


iPhone Photography Intensive Workshop

Rockland, Maine

6pm October 11 through noon October 14th, 2013



Early Registration Ends this Saturday 8/31/13 

This three-day workshop offers the beginning to intermediate iPhone user an intense immersion into the expressive potential of iPhone photography. You’ll explore materials, methods, and expressive approaches through a series of guided, hands-on challenges designed to increase your technical ability and visual awareness. Take part in classroom exercises, studio sessions and field work in stunning locations in beautiful midcoast Maine.  The workshop will include lecture, interactive discussions and projects, and an independent project you’ll design and execute yourself under the guidance and encouragement of the instructor. Class size limited to 14, so register early.

Click here for Course Objectives and Requirements




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$295 —Register before September 1st


$375 — If registering September 1st or later



Refund policy:

Before 9/15: refund payment minus $100

On or after 9/15: no refund unless we can fill your space.

About the Instructor

David Aimone is currently exploring a range of very traditional printing methods including platinum/palladium and Van Dyke prints on hand-coated papers. For him, these prints blend the origins of photography with modern techniques, blurring the lines between photography and other visual media. He continues exploring methods of creating images that present his subjects in personally captivating ways. His recent works have been the subject of several solo exhibitions and included in numerous group exhibitions throughout the region. 
In addition to traditional film and digital processes, Aimone has become enamored by the quality of the images that emerge from the iPhone.  This camera is now an accepted mainstay in the photographer's toolbox, and it is at the forefront of explorations in contemporary photography.  The iPhone democratizes the art form, making it accessible to so very many. Although anyone can do it, it is just a tool like any other. Knowledge of how to apply the tool, and experience in using the various applications, are essential to getting the most expressive satisfaction out of this capable device.




david@aimonephoto.com (David Aimone Photography) http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2013/8/3-day-iphone-photography-immersion-workshop-in-rockland-maine-over-columbus-day-weekend Tue, 27 Aug 2013 21:22:03 GMT
New "Pitch" Page http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2013/6/new-pitch-page David_Chamonix









david@aimonephoto.com (David Aimone Photography) http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2013/6/new-pitch-page Thu, 13 Jun 2013 18:08:23 GMT
Stacey: a Photographic Book http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2013/1/stacey-a-photographic-book New Book!

Stacey: a Photographic Book

by David Aimone

From five sessions with model extraordinaire Stacey Scott, this little photo book represents a wide variety of photos taken by the photographer David Aimone.  This is a 7x7 book with 38 pages: softcover $22.95; hardcover $32.95.  You can view the entire book in preview mode below.



david@aimonephoto.com (David Aimone Photography) Blurb David Aimone Stacey Scott book digital fashion film individual model http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2013/1/stacey-a-photographic-book Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:00:25 GMT
Upcoming Shows & Projects http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2012/11/upcoming-shows Shows:

Saratoga Arts: Annual Member Show

320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs

November 17th through December 31st

Opening Reception: 6-8pm December 1st

First Night: December 31st

Broadway Art Center, Albany: Captured Image Guild Group Show

488 Broadway, Albany, NY

December 1st through December 31st

Opening Reception: First Friday, December 7th from 5-9pm

Laffer Gallery: Upstate Artists Juried Group Show

96 Broad Street, Schuylerville, NY

December 8th through January 20th

Opening Reception & Jury Awards: Saturday, December 8th from 5-8pm


Platinum/Paladium Printing

Austin Falls

I have been spending a lot of time in the "semi" dark room working on my printing technique with Platinum and Palladium solutions.  While the process itself is not difficult, there are a lot of factors to balance, and each of those factors drastically affects the final print.  Chemistry, paper selection, light exposure source, technique used for apply the emulsion, technique for both humidifying and drying the paper, the source negative etc.  The process is as follows (somewhat simplified):

  1. Choose a negative that you think would look good in platinum/palladium.
  2. Determine the proper chemistry combination, and measure droplets of each component into a shot glass.
  3. Pick a suitable watercolor paper, one of the right finish and high quality, able to withstand being soaked in water for a long period of time.
  4. Brush the emulsion from the shot glass onto the paper and let dry.  Finish drying carefully with hair dryer on medium.
  5. Place negative on paper and into a contact printing frame (the final print will be the same size as the negative).
  6. Expose to a source of UV light for the optimal amount of time (sunlight or artificial UV light source).
  7. Pour developer over exposed paper (after removing it from the contact print frame and the negative) and agitate for 1-2 minutes.  Collect developer for reuse.
  8. Rinse print in water for a few minutes.
  9. Put print through 3 baths of clearing agent for five minutes each.
  10. Wash print in water for 15 minutes.
  11. Let print air dry over night, or speed process with hair dryer on medium or in microwave.
  12. Evaluate print.  Redo print and make adjustments to steps 1-6 as necessary to achieve the print you want.

These photos will soon be available printed at 4x5" negative size, framed to 8x10.  In the future, these contact prints will be available in larger sizes as well.


Photo Sessions with Models:


Marissa Stearns; atmospheric photos with natural and studio lighting (first session working together)



Izebel; human figure and form on film (3rd session working together)

izebel (color)

Stacey Scott: general atmospheric photos in digital and on film (3rd session working together)Stacey Scott

January (tentative):

Monique: human figure and form on film (2nd session working together)Monique #1

david@aimonephoto.com (David Aimone Photography) http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2012/11/upcoming-shows Fri, 23 Nov 2012 18:00:11 GMT
Return from Ireland http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2012/10/return-from-ireland We just returned from 10 nights in Ireland, and have been posting photos to this page.  If slideshow doesn't begin, click here to go to the blog page with slideshows.  Enjoy!


Also, I've begun to scan film from the trip and those photos will be added here:

david@aimonephoto.com (David Aimone Photography) David Aimone Ireland Photos Ireland Trip digital film http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2012/10/return-from-ireland Fri, 26 Oct 2012 14:18:04 GMT
Beekman Street Art Fair, Monhegan, Palladium Prints and Lumen Prints... http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2012/6/beekman-street-art-fair-monhegan

The day was a lot of fun.  Met a lot of people and had great conversations about photography.  I'm not sure this was a good venue for selling art, as I don't think much was sold anywhere, including by me, but probably a great place for promotion.  I even had a couple of people ask about photography workshops.  I'm hoping to do a few this autumn with another photographer.

On another note, I'm working my way through the rolls and sheets of film taken on Monhegan Island.  Just developing and scanning all this film is quite an undertaking.  I think I'm a little more than halfway done.  This year, I shot a lot of pinhole and zone plate images, in addition to the view camera and medium format camera.  Here are examples of pinhole, zone plate, view camera and medium format (in that order) from the Monhegan photos I've processed so far:

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The next major thing coming up is a Palladium Printing Workshop in July with Craig Barber at the Center for Photography in Woodstock.  Platinum/Palladium printing is a time-honored type of printing that in many ways is superior to silver gelatin printing (the type of printing most people do in the darkroom).  Silver gelatin printing became the norm as it was easier and cheaper.  Platinum/Palladium printing, however, has a richness yet delicacy that silver gelatin (and digital images?) don't have.

Palladium printing is accomplished by combining a chemical mixture in a shot glass, then coating paper with the mixture (often using watercolor paper) and allowing this to dry.  Then, a negative is placed on top of the paper and exposed to a UV light source (or the sun) until a faint image appears.  Then it is processed in a variety of chemicals to develop and fix.

While it's hard to describe the difference, or to see it on a computer screen, here is a google search for "palladium prints" to give a good variety.  Here are some famous photographers who used this process:

Major photographers using the technique

Finally, I've been dabbling in one-off "Lumen Prints".  These prints are created by taking silver gelatin photo paper (the kind used in the darkroom), placing plant material on top of the paper and glass on top of that.  Then this assembly is left in the sunlight for hours.  The resulting image is then chemically fixed and you have an image like the one below:


Thanks for looking!
david@aimonephoto.com (David Aimone Photography) http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2012/6/beekman-street-art-fair-monhegan Sun, 17 Jun 2012 13:37:00 GMT
Back from Monhegan, Now to the Saratoga Arts Festival! http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2012/6/back-from-monhegan-now-to-saratoga-arts
Pinhole Image on 4x5 film

View Camera image, antique soft focus meniscus lens, 4x5 film

Pinhole image on 4x5 film

I shot a LOT of film, but have developed very few negatives so far.  That's because I'm trying to get ready for the Beekman Street Arts Fair on Sunday, June 10th.  It's part of the Saratoga Arts Festival weekend.  This is a first for me--a juried art show ala tents set up on a closed street with all kinds of artists, music and food.  I thought I'd give it a try.

If you're in the area, I really hope you can stop by.  I'll have my view camera out and taking portraits.  There will be a variety of photos on display, with a lot of very different views of Saratoga through pinhole and zone plate cameras.

Here are a few photos that will be on display at the Arts Fest...

Historic Carousel, Saratoga Springs, Pinhole Camera, 4x5" film

Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Zone Plate Image, 4x5" film

david@aimonephoto.com (David Aimone Photography) http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2012/6/back-from-monhegan-now-to-saratoga-arts Tue, 05 Jun 2012 18:20:00 GMT
So Much! http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2012/4/so-much 6919101307_b87e4116ab

"So Much" seemed to sum up my thoughts.  Not only, Thank You "So Much" for your support, but "So Much" is going on in my little world of photography.  Almost too much, but a lot of little things--experimenting, new technologies, new photographers as friends.  Good things.  But also makes it hard to update here...but I'll give it a try!

I have three photos ready for a group show at the Saratoga Arts Center Gallery in May.  It's an eclectic group of photographers from the Captured Image Guild to which I belong.  I am also submitting an eclectic three photos.  One is a monochrome pinhole image on large format film; the second is a color large format photo taken with a view camera; and the third is a digital image from Monhegan in color.

Recently, I have been taking a lot of pinhole photos in large format, and putting together a kind of collection of "Saratoga" based pinhole photos.  I may add some non-pinhole images in monochrome to the mix.  I am doing this as I will be one artist in a juried show on June 10th during the Saratoga Arts Festival. The images I submitted were all in this genre... now I need to get me a tent!  And a lot of matting and framing to do!

So, the "pinhole" camera that I am using has both "pinhole" and "zone plate" options.  The pinhole is pretty self-explanatory.  A tiny pinhole.  Not as sharp as a good lens, but not bad.  Everything is in focus though.  The zone plate is a tiny version of this kind of pattern:


Just like the size of the pinhole affects the image quality, the number of rings and spacing affect the size.  This zone plate is only really visible under a magnifying glass, so it's pretty small.

The first images here are pinhole images:




And these are zone plate images:




Here's a slideshow of more pinhole photos taken recently:

So, there are other things happening as well, but I'll save those for another post....
david@aimonephoto.com (David Aimone Photography) http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2012/4/so-much Tue, 10 Apr 2012 17:43:00 GMT
Color Slide Film http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2012/2/color-slide-film

While this one looks even more striking in its glorious color in print than on the screen, this gives you and idea of what Fuji Velvia film is all about.  Big, bold colors.

The difficulty arises in the fact that this film is expensive and costs more than $8 per photo in just film and developing costs.  (Fortunately I don't work in 8x10" format!)

I know I show a lot of black and white, but I thought it was time to share something different.  VERY different from the pinhole camera images in the previous post!!!

Anyway, here are some more examples of photos taken with this lovely film...





By the way, this film isn't particularly good for skin tones. Fuji has its Astia film for that, and its Provia for the middle of the road.
david@aimonephoto.com (David Aimone Photography) http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2012/2/color-slide-film Mon, 06 Feb 2012 18:25:00 GMT
What Can You Fit Through A Pin Hole? http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2012/1/what-can-you-fit-through-pin-hole
This camera is 25mm for 4x5 inch format (about 8mm in regular photo aperture).  By adding additional frames and deepening the camera, you can add 25mm for each frame.  I have the camera and two additional frames; thereby having 25mm, 50mm and 75mm focal lengths.  One advantage of a pinhole camera is that everything is in focus, near or far.

These photos are four of the first eight exposures taken and developed.  I was nicely surprised at the outcome, and I consider these to be a result of "educated serendipity".  All four were taken at 25mm, very wide angle and very close.  Working with a pinhole camera is going to be fun!





david@aimonephoto.com (David Aimone Photography) http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2012/1/what-can-you-fit-through-pin-hole Wed, 11 Jan 2012 19:05:00 GMT
Three of Four Entries Accepted in the Best of 2011 Show at the PhotoCenter in Troy http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2012/1/three-of-four-entries-accepted-in-best

The show will run from January 20th through February 19th.  Opening reception from 5:00pm-9:00pm on Friday, January 27th.  The Photocenter is located at 404 River Street in Troy, NY.  I hope to see you at the reception!
david@aimonephoto.com (David Aimone Photography) http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2012/1/three-of-four-entries-accepted-in-best Tue, 03 Jan 2012 17:30:00 GMT
Some Forest Photos http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2011/11/just-some-forest-photos
In the meantime,  I took a walk through the woods the other afternoon with the old 1937 Weltur 6x6 camera.  Enjoy!




And two digital infrared shots from the same location:


david@aimonephoto.com (David Aimone Photography) http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2011/11/just-some-forest-photos Sat, 12 Nov 2011 18:29:00 GMT
Scenes from Rockland Maine http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2011/10/scenes-from-rockland-maine
The "Beach"

Owls Head in full color!

Yes, this was the evening dusk colors:
The lighthouse...
Some rocks:
A sail...
and a Rose...
Don't forget to check in at David Aimone Photography...
david@aimonephoto.com (David Aimone Photography) http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2011/10/scenes-from-rockland-maine Sat, 22 Oct 2011 16:41:00 GMT
Martha's Vineyard — On Film http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2011/10/marthas-vineyard-on-film





And now to the trusty antique 6x6 Weltur camera...



Have a great week!  Thanks for viewing...
david@aimonephoto.com (David Aimone Photography) http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2011/10/marthas-vineyard-on-film Fri, 07 Oct 2011 09:15:00 GMT
Martha's Vineyard was Beautiful http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2011/9/marthas-vineyard-was-beautiful This one wasn't particularly colorful, but the light just before sunset on the mist created from the crashing waves was glorious!

Abel's Hill Beach, Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

You can see a larger version here by clicking on the photo.

I also used large and medium format film cameras and will be processing those over the next few weeks.

Here is a photo of the 4x5" film camera on the same beach, same evening:


More will be posted on the website, and you can view the most recent images on Flickr and Facebook as well.

As always, ALL images are printed either in the darkroom or on the highest quality printer by myself, the artist--and are offered in limited edition, archival quality prints.
david@aimonephoto.com (David Aimone Photography) http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2011/9/marthas-vineyard-was-beautiful Sun, 25 Sep 2011 18:14:00 GMT
New Studio Work Horse http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2011/8/new-studio-work-horse

It's big, you can't tell from the photo, but the box it was in was delivered on a palette and I had to unpack it to get it through the door from the garage.  High quality papers and inks mean I can generate excellent color and black and white prints up to 17" x unlimited.  This is also a necessary tool to do any kind of commercial production, portraits or events.
david@aimonephoto.com (David Aimone Photography) http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2011/8/new-studio-work-horse Sat, 27 Aug 2011 07:09:00 GMT
Members Show at the Capital District Photography Center in Troy http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2011/8/members-show-at-capital-district
Earth & Sea (Large format film):

Figure on Stone Table (Digital):

The show runs from tonight 8/26/11 through October 2nd. For directions and hours, go to their website.
david@aimonephoto.com (David Aimone Photography) http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2011/8/members-show-at-capital-district Fri, 26 Aug 2011 09:07:00 GMT
A few quick notes... http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2011/8/few-quick-notes




So, I'm in a kind of in-between land, which is good for a while.

I'll be getting ready for a small show at the Shenendehowa Community Center in October through early December. It will be a mix of old and new images as well.

Latest news...I'm investing in a brand new, professional quality, large format photo printer. There was a promotion by Epson just too good to pass up. I will have to find a place to rest this 115 pound printer!

And finally, two photos in the 2011 juried Members Show at the PhotoCenter of the Capital District in Troy, NY. The opening reception is next Friday, the 26th, if anyone is in the area. Should be a very nice assortment of photographers. I have a LARGE darkroom print from my large format camera in the show, taken on Monhegan in May.

Photocenter info here:
david@aimonephoto.com (David Aimone Photography) http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2011/8/few-quick-notes Thu, 18 Aug 2011 17:11:00 GMT
Digital Infrared!!! http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2011/7/digital-infrared

At a recent workshop (see the previous post), the instructor, Elizabeth Opalenik, has worked a lot in infrared--both film and now digital. She mentioned a company that converts the sensor in digital cameras to the infrared spectrum. This essentially lets your camera see a different representation of color than your eyes can see. The photos come out color, but very different. However, digitally on the computer you can convert to black and white, yet still control tones in the photo selectively by the original colors in the photo. So, since skies are a different color than trees in infrared, you can adjust each separately. Blue skies tend to be darker, green leaves tend to be almost white.

I had a Nikon D40 body that I wasn't using much anymore, so I decided to do the conversion to a color infrared sensor filter. Now, the humble D40 can have a custom set white balance, which infrared really needs. But, if I shoot a RAW file (instead of JPEG), I can set the white balance on the computer before I edit.

So, here's an example of an infrared photograph as a RAW file:


Now, after adjusting the white balance on the computer to bring out more of the colors, it looks like this:


Finally, after switching the red and blue channels (and leaving the green channel as is), desaturating the photo, and then changing the strength of the underlying colors, this is one possible result:

david@aimonephoto.com (David Aimone Photography) http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2011/7/digital-infrared Tue, 26 Jul 2011 17:16:00 GMT
What a great workshop! http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2011/7/what-great-workshop
Here are some photos from the workshop:



Here's one with a more infrared look:


An example of one with motion:


And an experiment with fabric:


I'll be putting this new knowledge to work with both digital and film. I'm so excited!
david@aimonephoto.com (David Aimone Photography) http://www.davidaimone.com/blog/2011/7/what-great-workshop Sat, 23 Jul 2011 12:26:00 GMT