Long ago – in another lifetime and a different career – I worked in the multi-image industry, as part of a small, seven-person company that won many of the top awards in world-wide international competition. The image above was one of the stills that we crafted for a 1983 presentation we created for Comdial Corporation, a telephone manufacturing company that was based in Charlottesville, Virginia. For this image, I created all of the line work, the many Rubylith overlays (one for each element), shot and processed the numerous positive and negative 8×10 Kodalith mask films (two for each element) – which were then shot on 35mm slide film as individual elements with a FOROX rostrum camera and combined in-camera for the final completed image. A lot of time, effort, and work for just one image – and all done before computer graphics had arrived on the scene.
Photo info: Still from a presentation created for Comdial Corporation Slidemaker Productions Richmond, Virginia 1983 Kodak Ektachrome 100 film Nikon 50/2.0 lens FOROX rostrum camera and animation stand
Lest anyone think that in the recent rush of photography and video from the Florida Keys I forgot about posting one of my paintings to keep everything balanced… here you go – a watercolor of the American West. More specifically, the valley leading down from Ophir Pass in southwest Colorado, just south of the posh ski town of Telluride. This is a studio painting I created from a panorama of four images I captured many years ago as we were hiking around Ophir Pass and taking in the magnificent sights.
Southwestern Colorado remains one of my favorite places to visit for the ruggedness and spectacular views.
Painting info: The view down Ophir Valley Near the summit of Ophir Pass Ophir, Colorado April 2019 Schmincke Horadam Aquarell watercolors Fluid 100 100% cotton 140 lb cold press paper 4”x6”
Photo info: The view down Ophir Valley Near the summit of Ophir Pass Ophir, Colorado July 2004 Canon PowerShot G3 digicam