Articles Tagged with: Kodak Tri-X
Shanghai | The Bund

Never one for landscapes, cityscapes or even city at night shots, I did manage to get lucky with this shot in Shanghai about a block away from The Bund.

The night’s drizzle helped make the city lights luminous. Held on a windowsill and exposure was about a half second.

The Bund, Shanghai, shot with Leica M6 TTL 0.58, 35mm summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

The Bund, Shanghai, shot with Leica M6 TTL 0.58, 35mm summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim


Portrait | Jon T. Howard

I was hired by a record company to shoot the album cover for Jon T. Howard in Los Angeles and we started the day off with some portraits in a friend’s house in Reseda. Never one for the studio or set up shots even though that’s where you earn bigger money, the shots with the strobes and my assistant were flat and dead and lifeless.

It was only at the end of the day when we moved to the street and I shot on the street with natural light that things began to groove. Being on my feet, moving fast with little gear is my comfort zone. It was a good time and shooting that luscious Fuji NPZ 800 pulled a stop and a half is always a joy.

That alley is the last great urban alley in downtown Los Angeles and it has been featured in hundreds of shows and films. I’ve shot there numerous times but this day, there was literally shit on the brick walls. Who takes time to smear their shit on a wall? The stench was powerful. Jon T. was a trooper for taking it as my assistant refused to even step off the sidewalk to enter the alley.

Jon T. Howard, shot with a Mamiya Pro II, 85mm lens, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Jon T. Howard, shot with a Mamiya Pro II, 85mm lens, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Jon T. Howard, shot with a Leica M6 TTL 0.58, 35mm summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Jon T. Howard, shot with a Leica M6 TTL 0.58, 35mm summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Jon T. Howard, shot with a Mamiya Pro II, 85mm lens, Fuji NPZ 800 © Doug Kim

Jon T. Howard, shot with a Mamiya Pro II, 85mm lens, Fuji NPZ 800 © Doug Kim


San Diego | Helene & Preston

Helene is one of my good friends in San Diego, a great dancer, an even greater photographer. Last June, she got hitched to Preston and their wedding was truly a spectacle.

A traditional Jewish ceremony and a warehouse party / reception the following night with circus performers, contortionists, a fire dancing team, Regaton beats by the groom, a Brazilian band, a ceremony with an African priestess, acrobats swinging from the ceiling and more and more and more.

If you think you’ve been to a cool wedding, trust me; you haven’t, unless  you were at Helene and Preston’s (or at Aaliyah and Patrick’s).

Good stuff.

Nikon F5, 28-70mm, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Nikon F5, 28-70mm, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Helene

Helene, Nikon F5, 85mm, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Helene & Preston at the Pearl, Nikon F5, 85mm, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Helene & Preston at the Pearl, Nikon F5, 85mm, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Ilya & Dave, Nikon D300, 28-70mm © Doug Kim

Ilya & Dave, Nikon D300, 28-70mm © Doug Kim

Nikon D300, 28-70mm © Doug Kim

Nikon D300, 28-70mm © Doug Kim

Everyone was worried about her hair...well except the guys; Nikon D300, 12-24mm © Doug Kim

Everyone was worried about her hair...well except the guys; Nikon D300, 12-24mm © Doug Kim

Nikon D300, 28-70mm © Doug Kim

Nikon D300, 28-70mm © Doug Kim

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Connemara | Peat Bog

I normally do not shoot landscapes because I don’t care about landscapes and am horrible at creating them. Not that this is any great shot but I like this image because this particular peat bog in Connemara in western Ireland was a striking place. This was taken in late morning and the entire vista was empty and very still.

There is a dark mood in the image with the low, oppressive sky and the black waters of the bog. It was a beautiful morning there, with that threatening sky, the desolate landscape, and the still black waters.

Shot with a Nikon F5, 35-70mm Nikkor, Kodak Tri-X.

Peat bog, Connemara, Ireland © Doug Kim

Peat bog, Connemara, Ireland © Doug Kim


Merce Cunningham Dance Company | River to River Festival

Shot with a Leica M6 TTL, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X.

Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Rockefeller Park © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Rockefeller Park © Doug Kim


Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Rockefeller Park © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Rockefeller Park © Doug Kim


Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Rockefeller Park © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Rockefeller Park © Doug Kim


Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Rockefeller Park © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Rockefeller Park © Doug Kim


Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Rockefeller Park © Doug Kim

Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Rockefeller Park © 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.


Los Angeles | Museum of Contemporary Art

At my best, when I am shooting B&W, my images are all about light and the way it interacts with the world. I will often shoot the source light itself, the sun or a bank of windows, all blown out and creating an area of dead space.

With film also, metering when shooting the source light is tricky because the range of exposure stops within the image is large. I tend to point the Lecia at the area that will have the proper exposure for the figure in the light, such as the floor, and then reframe. Another great metering tip with the Leica in tricky situations is to take a reading off of your hand when in the same light as the subject, the hand being the greatest gray card.

In this instance, shooting these two standing in front of an installation at MOCA, I metered the room and opened up three stops. I neither wanted the bodies completely silhouetted in black nor the light source completely blown out. I got exactly what I wanted which is a half and half mixture of luck and experience.

Shot with a Leica M6 TTL, 35mm summicron, and Kodak Tri-X 400.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles © Doug Kim