In our large format class, we use Calumet view cameras. One of their unique properties is the ability to tilt, swing or slide their lens and film planes. This is called Scheimpfluging and allows for very interesting shifts of the focal plane in images.
Below are pictures of a cube. The middle one shows the plane of focus over the whole cube. The one on the left has the focus only on the top of the cube. The right one’s focus intersects the middle of the cube (click on image to view full size).
The image below of the Caterpillar tractor is an example of trying to apply this principle in order to alter perception of a image and control the point of focus. The focus here cuts through the center of the tractor and behind it, leaving things on either side out of focus (click on image to view full size).
© Eric Waters 2011
For our Spring Portrait class, we were assigned to find an image by another photographer that we liked and to try to recreate it or copy its style. I choose this image of Audrey Hepburn by Yousuf Karsh. Thanks to the wonderful model Laura Smearman and to Molly Mullin for rocking the make-up on this shoot. This was shot on medium format film and scanned from the negative.
Eric Waters ©2011
For my Spring Portfolio, I constructed a paper-mache dress/sculpture which made the model wearing it taller than normal. I envisioned it as a piece in a slightly surreal fashion-style shoot.
These first images are from the party when some very helpful friends and I made the dress while enjoying a sunny Spring afternoon. Thank y’all!
These are three digital shots taken while testing the lights and getting ready during the shoot.
Here are three digital outtakes of the amazing (and patient) model who wore the dress, Ms. Brittany Snider.
Finally, here is the diptych that was used for my portfolio. These were shot on medium format film and scanned here from negatives.
Thanks again to Brittany and also to the most excellent Walker Anderson for modeling and being an amazing assistant on the set!
All Images – Eric Waters ©2011
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Here are 3 of the 5 images from my Spring Portfolio for Design Class. These were scanned from medium format b&w film negatives.
©Eric Waters 2011
Laura Smearman, Durham, NC 2010 – ©Eric Waters
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