Robert Mann Photography | I have had to change some of my equipment, and how I work ...

I have had to change some of my equipment, and how I work ...

November 15, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Well, I have had to rethink some of the equipment I use.  Due to health reasons, I just can't haul the large camera on all of my outings.  I have changed to a lighter, smaller large format camera system.  I now am using a wood field 8x10 camera made here is the USA by Keith Canham.  It is about 2/3's the weight of the camera equipment I had been using and is slightly smaller.  Also, I have added a converted baby carriage to help me with moving the camera, tripod and film gear. I still prefer my large film cameras, and use them often, if I can drive close to where I am shooting.  But, on those occasions when I can't easily drive, I have been using a digital camera and from the digital files I make a negative on transparent film using a digital inkjet printer.  I still prefer the image quality I can achieve with film, however I am impressed with the results I have been able to get using a digital negative.  So, my current work is a mixture using either large format film or digital files converted to transparent digital negatives.  

The New York City gallery are all images that I have made using a digital camera and digital negatives.  Most of these were made on a visit to the High Line Park, which is the old elevated railroad on the West Side of Manhattan.  I decided to use a digital camera on this trip because it would not have been physically possible for me to get my regular film equipment up to the park.  Also, because it is a quite popular park with fairly narrow walkways, there are restrictions about blocking the pathways with a camera and tripod.  I loved the park itself, a mixture of old industrial 20th century structures - current Manhattan city life - and a park with grass, flowers and trees and the occasional art installation.  Certainly worth a visit if you are visiting New York. 


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