Famous Photographer Quote 0334

Henri Cartier-Bresson

“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Fashion Model on Melrose, Hollywood

Fashion Model on Melrose, Hollywood

Fashion Model on Melrose, Hollywood

One of my favorite haunts for fashion shoots on the street is Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. There’s plenty of funky walls for backgrounds, and even if you’re blocking the sidewalk with your camera and lights pedestrians seem to not even notice. The models name is Deli.

Copyright 2017, O. Bisogno Scotti, All Rights Reserved

Nikon N6006 SLR AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D lens,  Kodak Ektachrome 100 Professional film, exposure, not recorded, handheld, scanned on Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai 35 mm film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner software 

Famous Photographer Quote #0332

Frederick Sommer

“Some speak of a return to nature. I wonder where they could have been.”

Frederick Sommer

Cheeseboro Canyon Trail

Cheeseboro Canyon Trail - Agoura, California

Cheeseboro Canyon Trail – Agoura, California

~ view larger ~

For me personally, “Cheeseboro Canyon Trail” is an important image. I was on my way to South Korea and had bought 8 bricks (a package of 20 rolls of 35mm film) for the trip. I had 5 bricks of Kodachrome 64 Professional, 2 bricks of Kodachrome 25 Professional, and 2 bricks of Kodak Ektachrome Lumiere 100X purchased from Samy’s Camera in Hollywood. I wanted to test the film before leaving so I drove out to Cheeseboro Canyon, in Agoura Hills and shot a roll of each type of film. When the film was developed, the Kodachrome 64 was defective. Samy’s exchanged the 5 bricks for new ones and off I went to try again at the same location. That’s when I captured the image above in the frondescence of spring.

When I got back from Korea, one of the images won an award from the Photographic Council of the United Nations and I was suddenly a full time photographer. I’m sure glad I did a film test before leaving!

Copyright 2017, O. Bisogno Scotti, All Rights Reserved

Nikon N90 SLR AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, Kodak Kodachrome 64 color transparency film, exposure not recorded, Nikon L37C, program mode: Aperture Priority, M-up Mode, Manfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3047 studio headNikon MC-20 remote cablePlustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai, 35 mm film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 

Famous Photographer Quote #0333

Ansel Adams

“It is hard to accept defeat, especially when a possible fine image is concerned. But defeat comes occasionally to all photographers, as to all politicians, and there is no use moaning about it.”

Ansel Adams

Great Blue Heron – McGrath State Beach

Great Blue Heron-McGrath State Beach

Great Blue Heron – McGrath State Beach

~ view larger ~

The minimum focal length for photographing birds is considered 400mm, and my longest lens is a Nikkor 80-200 zoom which makes it difficult to make the bird appear large enough within the frame. My workaround is to think peaceful thoughts as I take one slow, quiet, pacifistic step after another towards my subject. If the bird becomes alarmed, I stop and wait until it is comfortable again, then proceed. It’s time consuming, the upside being you get to look at magnificent birds like Great Blue Herons (39″-52″ tall) for 15 minutes or more.

Copyright 2016, O. Bisogno Scotti, All Rights Reserved

Nikon N90S SLRAF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200 mm f/2.8D EDfocal length: 200mm, exposure: not recorded, Kodak E100S Professional color transparency film,  program mode: Aperture Priority, handheld, Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai, 35 mm film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner software.

Famous Photographer Quote #0331

Sarah Moon

“The curve of the neck, the balance of the hips, the gesture of the hand. It’s not always the face that dictates.”

Sarah Moon

Model In White – Melrose Ave.

Model In White - Melrose Ave.

Model In White – Melrose Ave.

I was doing a catalog shoot and the company I was shooting for decided they were going to need one more model. I suggested a female vocalist who had recently auditioned for my band and they gave her the job. She turned out to be my favorite because the singer didn’t have modeling down pat, but had a free spirit. She hadn’t even figured out what her best side was yet. I love that!

Copyright 2016, O. Bisogno Scotti, All Rights Reserved

Nikon N6006 SLR Nikkor AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f-2.8D EDexposure: not recorded, program mode: Aperture Priority, film: Kodak Lumiere 100 35mm reversal film, handheld, Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai, 35 mm film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner software

Famous Art Critic Quote #0330

John Berger

“What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.”

John Berger

Kum Ryong Sunset – South Korea

Kum Ryong Sunset-South Korea

Kum Ryong Sunset – South Korea

~ view larger ~

After driving due north from Seoul and climbing to the mountaintop where Kum Ryong Temple is located, half the day was already gone. I spent hours shooting the temple and its surrounds so as I repacked my photo  equipment into my backpack, it was already getting dark quickly. Shots had been fired on the 38th parallel that day which made me hasten my pace, but after a few hundred yards or so I saw this sunset. I had to capture it.

Copyright 2016, O. Bisogno Scotti, All Rights Reserved

You may also like Buddhas at Kum Ryong 

Nikon N6006 SLR Nikkor AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f-2.8D EDexposure: not recorded, program mode: Aperture Priority, film: Kodak Lumiere 100 35mm reversal film, Mup mode, Manfrotto 3221 with Manfrotto 3265 pistol grip ball head,  Nikon MC-20 remote cable,  Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai, 35 mm film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner software

%d bloggers like this: