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Tollie
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« on: June 01, 2008, 05:21:03 PM »
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I have been really taken with the work of Robert Farber. Now out of print his book By The Sea is a wonderful collection of dream scape images. Today I pulled out an older file and worked on it to see if I could produce an image which had the look and feel of some of his seascapes.

The original frame was taken with a Nikon, 55-200 and was tack sharp. The day was crisp and clear with brilliant blue skies and blue green water.

My intent was to produce an otherworldly, dream like image... like a half remembered long ago memory.

I would appreciate any comments if you know Farber's work or not.

Thanks for looking.

Todd


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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2008, 06:00:09 AM »
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Hi Todd

I was given a free hardback copy of Robert Farber's book 'By The Sea' by a lab about 12 years ago. They were just handing them out to regular customers!  I too was really impressed by the style and decided to have a go myself.  We live on the Hampshire coast near Bournemouth and I set off regularly with my Nikon FM2 loaded with Fuji Superia 400 film.
I seem to remember that Robert used fast slide film to get the grainy effect, but I relied on a couple of Cokin diffusers to give the dreamy feeling.  Most of my shots were in sunshine and looked quite good with deep blue skies and vivid colours.
Once I tried printing the pictures by placing a thick sheet of glass on top of the paper, then laying a PVC album sleeve on top.  This gave a lovely grainy effect!

Of course it would all be much easier now with digital.

Jim
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2008, 09:34:59 AM »
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Hi Jim,

Thanks for looking.

I took a workshop with Farber and was struck by his manner. Quiet and gentlemanly. He has the sensibility of an artist or painter rather than a technologist. I was taken by his work because of his emphasis on  softer beauty rather than harder glamor. I think as lens design has progressed and especially now in the digital era we are enamored with the technology of photography and, in my view, over valuation the importance of resolution, sharpness of our images.

Cheers,

Todd




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Hi Todd

I was given a free hardback copy of Robert Farber's book 'By The Sea' by a lab about 12 years ago. They were just handing them out to regular customers!  I too was really impressed by the style and decided to have a go myself.  We live on the Hampshire coast near Bournemouth and I set off regularly with my Nikon FM2 loaded with Fuji Superia 400 film.
I seem to remember that Robert used fast slide film to get the grainy effect, but I relied on a couple of Cokin diffusers to give the dreamy feeling.  Most of my shots were in sunshine and looked quite good with deep blue skies and vivid colours.
Once I tried printing the pictures by placing a thick sheet of glass on top of the paper, then laying a PVC album sleeve on top.  This gave a lovely grainy effect!

Of course it would all be much easier now with digital.

Jim
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