Articles Tagged with: Fuji Pro 800Z
Space X | Elon Musk

It is one of those rare things when you land a gig that gets you incredibly excited just to be a part of something. Such is the case when I was shooting for Space X a few years ago, when they only had a dozen or so rocket engineers and a test engine. Rocket engineers. I mean, c’mon.

It was a true start up: lean and mean with everyone pitching in, the constant buzz of knowing that they were changing the game. Elon did not have many publicity shots of himself so I found myself in my most uncomfortable shooting scenario: camera stuck on a tripod, lights and cables, sandbags and assistants.

Who cares? It was damn cool to shoot for Space X until their Falcon rocket reached the launch pad for the first time and then seasoned space exploration photographers who had shot for NASA for decades stepped in. Can’t blame them as some of these photographers were legends and had seen it all.

It is the end of May 2012 and the first private space vehicle from Space X has been docked to the International Space Station for two days. Congrats, Elon and Marybeth!

Shot sometime in 2005 for Space X in Hawthorne, CA at the Space X Hangar. Mamiya Pro II 67 and FUJI Pro 800Z, rated at 400. Two Dynalites and a big ass hunk of metal.

Elon Musk, Space X facility at Hawthorne; Mamiya Pro II 67, Fuji Pro 800Z, sometime in 2005 © Doug Kim

Elon Musk, Space X facility at Hawthorne; Mamiya Pro II 67, Fuji Pro 800Z, sometime in 2005 © Doug Kim


World Pillow Fight Day 2008 | Los Angeles

Someone pointed out to me the similarity between the Times Square snowball fight photos and the pillow fight photos I took almost two years ago in downtown Los Angeles.

It’s true, of course, and maybe a bit obvious, but revisiting these images, I really enjoy how each person’s expression is completely genuine and in the moment. There’s a military term for the combat soldier’s mental state of mind called the “dictatorship of the present”, where there are no thoughts of yesterday or tomorrow, only of what is immediately around you in the moment.

Bullets, snowballs, pillows. It just pays to be alert.

And yes, I did get hit in the face shooting the pillow fight.

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Pillowfight, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Shot with a Nikon F5, 12-24mm Nikkor, 35-70mm Nikkor, Fuji NPZ800, and Kodak Tri-X 400.


Portrait | Cheryl Daro

Shot with a Leica M6 TTL, 35mm Summicron, Mamiya 67 Pro II, Agfa APX 400 and Fuji NPZ 800.

Cheryl, Pepperdine, Malibu © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Pepperdine, Malibu © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl & Perry, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim


NASA | Los Angeles Wildfires

Poor LA, burning again.

<i>The Station Fire</i>, mid-morning on Aug. 30

The Station Fire, mid-morning on Aug. 30

From the NASA website:

This image was acquired mid-morning on Aug. 30 by the backward (northward)-viewing camera of the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite. The image is shown in an approximate perspective view at an angle of 46 degrees off of vertical. The area covered by the image is 245 kilometers (152 miles) wide. Several pyrocumulus clouds, created by the Station Fire, are visible above the smoke plumes rising from the San Gabriel Mountains north of Los Angeles in the left-center of the image. Smoke from the Station fire is seen covering the interior valleys along the south side of the San Gabriel Mountains, along with parts of the City of Los Angeles and Orange County, and can be seen drifting for hundreds of kilometers to the east over the Mojave Desert.

Four years ago, I was shooting a wedding in Westlake Village, about an hour north of Los Angeles. The wedding was directly downwind from the raging Simi Valley fire at the time. It was like shooting during the apocalypse with the sky on fire, ash raining down and it was so dark even in the middle of the day, that I had to push all of my film. As a friend said when looking at the photo below,

Where was the reception? In Hell?

Heather & Chris, 2005; Simi Valley wildfire

Heather & Chris, 2005; Simi Valley wildfire; Nikon F5, 35-70mm, Fuji Pro NPZ © Doug Kim


Fuji Pro 800Z

I rarely shoot color because I always visualize things first in black and white. If I do have to shoot color, it will almost always be Fuji Pro 800Z, formerly NPZ. It is a lush, saturated film with good mid-tones, and fine grain especially for its high speed.

It is not a subdued, restrained film which was the dominant look before the rise of digital. It has a painterly feel and a riotous palette. I normally pull it a full stop, sometimes under exposing it a quarter stop.

Click on the images below to see larger scans from the negs.

Yum.

pillow fight, LA 2008

pillow fight, LA 2008 © Doug Kim

wren & xique, huntington gardens, pasadena

wren & xique, huntington gardens, pasadena © Doug Kim

cheryl, downtown LA

cheryl, downtown LA © Doug Kim