Digital Still Sucks
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 This blog is the creation of photographer and printer Keith Snyder.
Until all great films and papers are taken away and we are marched in lock step into the hell of pixels and pigments, I will continue to make images and prints by hand with light, chemicals, precious metals, and water instead of glorified photocopiers and super computers.
I print platinum, palladium, cyanotype, and of course, gelatin silver.
I also do custom processing of films of all types.
My studio is located in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn and I can be reached by phone at 347.763.1501 or 646.250.3144. My email is kpsartless@gmail.com
It is of utmost importance to approach any of the writing on this blog with a sense of humor and an understanding of sarcasm.
lewis gaffney,  2014
photographed in Boulder, Colorado on January 11, 2014.

lewis gaffney,  2014

photographed in Boulder, Colorado on January 11, 2014.

These two images are now over 13 years old. I first started making portraits in this style at the end of 1999.

These two are my mother and father. I made these negatives on New Years Day, 2000. My intention was to photograph the people around me at the beginning of the decade and then again in 2010.

That didn’t happen. Perhaps I’ll just wait until 2020 and shoot mom and dad again then. Right now after more than a decade they barely look much different and perhaps even a bit younger.

willie oxley, jingle cross, 2013
Met this kid in Iowa City at Jingle Cross. He built his own ‘cross bike. He’s ridden RAGBRAI in the past. And he’s 16. Pretty cool.

willie oxley, jingle cross, 2013

Met this kid in Iowa City at Jingle Cross. He built his own ‘cross bike. He’s ridden RAGBRAI in the past. And he’s 16. Pretty cool.

I don’t have a title for this one yet.
I’m considering double-fisted, double ghost-ride track stand with handle bar mustache.
But that would not include those socks or the bloody knee.
Unbelievable as this is, I just happened to be walking by with my F4 in my hands at the end of the days racing in Boulder over the Nationals weekend.
Ilford HP-5 developed in PMK Pyro. Shitty old Epson scanners don’t quite know how to deal with staining developers I’ve found. Scans of the negs like this are pretty sad.
But I’m sure someone has an “app” for PMK.
Yeah, right. Good luck with that.

I don’t have a title for this one yet.

I’m considering double-fisted, double ghost-ride track stand with handle bar mustache.

But that would not include those socks or the bloody knee.

Unbelievable as this is, I just happened to be walking by with my F4 in my hands at the end of the days racing in Boulder over the Nationals weekend.

Ilford HP-5 developed in PMK Pyro. Shitty old Epson scanners don’t quite know how to deal with staining developers I’ve found. Scans of the negs like this are pretty sad.

But I’m sure someone has an “app” for PMK.

Yeah, right. Good luck with that.

oh canada,  2013
Mike Garrigan photographed in Rhode Island on December 8, 2013.
The series of portraits is about American ‘Cross but that doesn’t mean it’s limited to strictly American riders. While Mike might hold a Canadian passport, he’s been a big presence in the racing scene in the US and as shown by the nifty kit in this picture, races with the New Jersey based Van Dessel Team.
I’ve learned a bit doing these location shoots. Last year I made a portrait of Anthony Clark at almost the very same time of day and in almost the same light. That negative is lost a ton of the effect I wanted.
Fast forward to this year when I switched a few things like exposure and development and I made the light do what I wanted rather than just settle for what nature gave me.
I think there was dome guy named Adams a while back that wrote a bit about that. I think it had something to do with “making great photographs” instead of just “taking” them.
One day I might actually figure out this whole photography thing.
Kodak TX400 exposed at 400ASA and developed in home brew D-76 for 14 minutes at 68F.

oh canada,  2013

Mike Garrigan photographed in Rhode Island on December 8, 2013.

The series of portraits is about American ‘Cross but that doesn’t mean it’s limited to strictly American riders. While Mike might hold a Canadian passport, he’s been a big presence in the racing scene in the US and as shown by the nifty kit in this picture, races with the New Jersey based Van Dessel Team.

I’ve learned a bit doing these location shoots. Last year I made a portrait of Anthony Clark at almost the very same time of day and in almost the same light. That negative is lost a ton of the effect I wanted.

Fast forward to this year when I switched a few things like exposure and development and I made the light do what I wanted rather than just settle for what nature gave me.

I think there was dome guy named Adams a while back that wrote a bit about that. I think it had something to do with “making great photographs” instead of just “taking” them.

One day I might actually figure out this whole photography thing.

Kodak TX400 exposed at 400ASA and developed in home brew D-76 for 14 minutes at 68F.

arley kemmerer, warick, rhode island, 2013
Shivering in the stupid cold that was NBX this year and gracious enough to allow me to make this image, Arley Kemmerer wonders “where is my coat?”
Ms. Kemmerer just got word she’s going to Hoogerheide for the big show.
Not bad for a lawyer with a full time job.

UPDATE: So this has been re-blogged a few times with one comment coming from the re-blogger that reads the following:
"I don’t know who took this shot, but it’s an excellent portrait."
Thanks.
But how does this person not know who the fuck made this image?
Okay, let’s review. There is a an INFO button on the top of the blog. It is kinda hard to miss. Or so I thought. There one can see my name, and pretty much every last way to contact me. But for those who cannot find their way to that section, here are the details:
This blog is the creation of photographer and printer Keith Snyder. Unless otherwise noted with some long drawn out explanation posted along with an image, the photographs are mine.
There is even a ask section so if you’re having any trouble with any of this rather simple platform, you can use that.
And in response to another commenter I can confirm that yes, Ms. Kemmerer is a badass.

arley kemmerer, warick, rhode island, 2013

Shivering in the stupid cold that was NBX this year and gracious enough to allow me to make this image, Arley Kemmerer wonders “where is my coat?”

Ms. Kemmerer just got word she’s going to Hoogerheide for the big show.

Not bad for a lawyer with a full time job.

UPDATE: So this has been re-blogged a few times with one comment coming from the re-blogger that reads the following:

"I don’t know who took this shot, but it’s an excellent portrait."

Thanks.

But how does this person not know who the fuck made this image?

Okay, let’s review. There is a an INFO button on the top of the blog. It is kinda hard to miss. Or so I thought. There one can see my name, and pretty much every last way to contact me. But for those who cannot find their way to that section, here are the details:

This blog is the creation of photographer and printer Keith Snyder. Unless otherwise noted with some long drawn out explanation posted along with an image, the photographs are mine.

There is even a ask section so if you’re having any trouble with any of this rather simple platform, you can use that.

And in response to another commenter I can confirm that yes, Ms. Kemmerer is a badass.

david  2014
Photographed at Cyclo-Cross Nationals on Saturday, January 11 in Boulder, Colorado after the Men’s 30-34 race.
Boulder was a particularly difficult venue in which to work. Wind gusts of near 40-50 mph tore down huge professional team tents and left me often unable to use my background. This image was one of the first to be processed in light of that since I had to put my brain to work to get the image and wasn’t quite sure my ad hock back drop (this is actually the vinyl side of an officials tent) was gonna yield the result I wanted.
Sometimes I get it right.
Tech: Hasselblad 503CX  120mm F4 lens. I exposed Kodak TX400 at 200  for 1/250  F5.6. Film was then developed in my home brew of D-76 to enhance the sharpness and blast out the back drop while holding the shadows which on occasion go straight to hell shooting this way.
This is a scan of the original negative. And since I’ve noticed a small “all the rage” thing lately on the interwebs I’ll join the bandwagon and state:
No photoshop needed.
But then you already knew that cause digital still sucks.

david  2014

Photographed at Cyclo-Cross Nationals on Saturday, January 11 in Boulder, Colorado after the Men’s 30-34 race.

Boulder was a particularly difficult venue in which to work. Wind gusts of near 40-50 mph tore down huge professional team tents and left me often unable to use my background. This image was one of the first to be processed in light of that since I had to put my brain to work to get the image and wasn’t quite sure my ad hock back drop (this is actually the vinyl side of an officials tent) was gonna yield the result I wanted.

Sometimes I get it right.

Tech: Hasselblad 503CX  120mm F4 lens. I exposed Kodak TX400 at 200  for 1/250  F5.6. Film was then developed in my home brew of D-76 to enhance the sharpness and blast out the back drop while holding the shadows which on occasion go straight to hell shooting this way.

This is a scan of the original negative. And since I’ve noticed a small “all the rage” thing lately on the interwebs I’ll join the bandwagon and state:

No photoshop needed.

But then you already knew that cause digital still sucks.

Peloton Photo Annual

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Peloton has a preview video of the Photo Annual. I’m taking part this year.

Click the image to go to the video.

Not sure just yet which images made the print edition but the video rolls by a few images from the cyclo-cross portrait series out takes of which have been posted here over the last couple years.

Just looking at the video I can tell I’m in with some very talented people.

Next week I head to Boulder for nationals to continue the series. January and February should see a whole slew of new pics from this Fall and Winter.

If you plan to be in Boulder whether racing or spectating, drop by and say hi. I’m easy to spot as I’m usually fighting mother nature’s wind, rain, and whatever else with a giant white backdrop. I’m always looking for new victims subjects.

bilenky junkyard cross, 2013
Jerseys? We don’t need no stinking jerseys. This race winner also needed no pants as he raced in a pair of black Calvin Klein briefs. In 30F weather.

bilenky junkyard cross, 2013

Jerseys? We don’t need no stinking jerseys. This race winner also needed no pants as he raced in a pair of black Calvin Klein briefs. In 30F weather.

adam and jeremy, iowa city, november 16, 2013
post race, late afternoon sun, hasselblad, 80mm lens.
For the film geeks: developed in a modified D-76 that substitutes phenidone in place of metol and ascorbic acid along with about 5 times the borax as usual. The negatives were overdeveloped by 1-2 stops. This formula needs a bit of tweaking but has potential. Either reduced time (the recommendation was “same as regular D-76”) or possible alter the borax which seemed like overkill.

adam and jeremy, iowa city, november 16, 2013

post race, late afternoon sun, hasselblad, 80mm lens.

For the film geeks: developed in a modified D-76 that substitutes phenidone in place of metol and ascorbic acid along with about 5 times the borax as usual. The negatives were overdeveloped by 1-2 stops. This formula needs a bit of tweaking but has potential. Either reduced time (the recommendation was “same as regular D-76”) or possible alter the borax which seemed like overkill.

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