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California Road Trip

I will probably be taking a road trip between March 7 to 12, 2019 (dates are somewhat flexible), traveling mainly between San Francisco Bay Area and San Diego and back. My goal is to take photos for my projects, especially for the “Hearts on Our Sleeves – gender expansive community in America” (see project description and sample images here). For it to be successful, I need couch-surfing space (I do snore, sorry) and of course people willing to be in front of the camera. If you are interested in the project, or know someone who is, please contact me at richard@richardman.photo. […]

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. 

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 […]

My Online Encounter With Transphobia

(Originally written August 2016) “People only notice the politics in stories they disagree with.” — in a conversation between Sheila Williams and Stanley Schmidt, Worldcon 2016 They say “words have power”. With these words: “Eli will be entering college in a few days. Even when he was growing up, he had always been uncomfortable about not being able to do “boy sports” and other “boy things”. He was enrolled at a local all-girl Middle/High School in 6th grade, but finally understood at 13 that he was actually a boy…” and other similar life story short descriptions accompanying a set of photo portraits, […]

The Art of Engineering

A Review of the Gibellini ACN45 4×5 Large Format (LF) Camera, a post I wrote in 2016 on another site. Twisting and turning Large format photography is a dying breed. From its heyday as the medium of choice for the world’s great portrait, landscape, fine arts and commercial photographers such as Avedon, Adams, Mann, Misrach, Penn, and Roversi, large format photography is now but a niche market for a few remaining diehards. But for the few dedicated souls who appreciate the format, amazingly enough there are still a few companies such as Chamonix and Shen Hao making new LF cameras. It’s […]