Voice of the 99% Gallery Added

In 2011 and 2012, I went to photograph the Occupy Wall Street protests and the Occupy Oakland protests and the police responses. Some of my favorite images are now at the gallery.

Panoramic Images

I love panoramic images, so much that I have a 617 view camera and an XPan. Really glad that there is a panoramic display plugin for WordPress. NOTE: you can scroll horizontally with the images to see the full width! Hopefully now I can post panoramic images and not have them crop or otherwise being display in funky ways.

richardman.photo Is Live!

The website was getting a bit stale and in need of a redesign. Thanks to the amazing web designer at Fantastic Realities, this is now a WordPress powered site. I have been blogging on the new site for a couple months now, and tonight the old URL http://richardmanphoto.com redirects to this site http://richardman.photo. You can still contact me at richard@richardmanphoto.com. Meanwhile, please enjoy this sunset photo of the Oakland cranes, rumored to be the inspiration for the Star Wars “At-At” Imperial walkers. 

Qi of the Brush

“Way of the Dancing Brush” Yes, I know this is a photography blog 🙂 However, I am also a Chinese calligrapher. My speciality is large scale calligraphy – words that are 3 feet or larger. They look great at your home, in yoga studios, martial arts schools etc. More details on my work and how to purchase forthcoming.

Cards For Sale

Go over here to buy cards! Perfect for the holidays! http://richardman.photo/photogallery/gallery1/

Jeremie Posing for “Hearts on Our Sleeves”

Jeremie, posing for another portrait for the Heart on Our Sleeves project, portraits of transgender people on 4×5 large format film. They ballet dance for fun, and we tried a couple poses. This one comes out nicely.

Medium Format Film Shootout, Part I

This and the follow-up posts are the results and observations of comparing four slow/medium speed 120 B&W films: Rollei RPX-25, Ilford Pan F+ 50, Rollei Retro 80S, and Fuji Acros 100. The number at the end of each name is the ISO speed of the film (so called box speed). These are some of the slowest general purpose B&W films available today (Acros has been discontinued in early 2018 but still can be purchased at a few online places). I used 4 different film backs on my Hasselblad 203FE with a sturdy FLM tripod so I can take four images […]

Slow/Medium Film Testing Soon

I love my 4×5 for portrait and landscape work. Nevertheless, it is without questions that medium format is more flexible. To see how far I can push medium format, I borrowed 2 film backs, in addition to my 2 backs, I will be doing some testing on some slow and medium speed film: Rollei RPX25, Ilford Pan F+ 50, Rollei Retro 80S, and Fuji Acros 100 (sadly discontinued earlier this year) Be back in a few days with some results! #ishootfilm #filmisnotdead #hasselblad #hasselblad203fe

Soft Focus Lens: Congo 150mm/F4.5

One nice thing about using a large format camera is that you have access to the best lens ever made most of the time for a very good price (e.g. a standard $200 150mm Plasmat lens is as perfect as they get). Azreal and the Queen of the Damned, taken on a Fuji 150mm $200 lens. It looks great even printed 6 feet wide (!) On the other end of spectrum are the soft focus lenses. I have a couple hundred years old Cooke soft focus lens which I will write about later. Today I want to talk about the […]

Five Years with View Cameras

Yesterday, Facebook asked me to share an old memory from five years ago, which happens to me with my first view camera: The handsome Shenhao PTB617 It was quite a change from using rangefinders and SLRs. I am used to manual focus and not relying too much on automation, but still, there is no auto-exposure, no autofocus, no auto-anything  with a view camera. Not only do you need to use a dark cloth (which is sort of cool in its ways), the biggest block is to remember removing and inserting the dark slide from the back between exposures (a dark […]