Laurent Baig – The Wild Light

November 8, 2010

Tucson Open Studios Tour

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I’m pleased to announce that I will be opening the doors to my humble home during Tucson Open Studios, Fall 2010, an event put on by the Tucson Pima Arts Council. This November 13 and 14, I will be displaying new and old images and sharing stories of how I came to find the scenes that I photograph.  Join me and the participating artists of Tucson and choose your own art adventure!

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October 18, 2010

Ponderosas

Ponderosas, Kaibab National Forest

I’m always fascinated with the reds of Ponderosa pines. As I was driving in the Kaibab national forest, I found several areas where the pines had the rich red bark which I’ve always wanted to make an image of.  I was on my way to Fire Point, when the light changed on me and made the colors come alive with a soft glow.  It happened right at this scene and I immediately pulled over and took a quick digisnap on my Canon G9 to check composition and rendering.  It looked good, so I pulled out the 4×5 to make this image.

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January 31, 2010

Two iPhone Apps

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I was just discussing today with a friend how we both loved our iPhones.  It’s intuitive, it’s fun, it has the power of a computer (it is a computer) in the palm of your hand.  The maps application keeps me from getting lost when I’m driving someplace new.  I use the web browser checking for weather updates from NOAA while I’m out “image collecting,” aka photographing.  Pay my bills, etc. This is a great tool.

There are two new iPhone apps authored by Dan Baumbach available at the iTunes store for a modest price of $4.99 each – one is for Yosemite National Park, the other for Arches National Park (in conjunction with Bret Edge) that tell you where to go, give maps of the park, include detailed trail descriptions, give great suggestions for sunrise and sunset locations, and include a trove of inspiring images to fuel your creative juice.

Not a photographer?  No problem, photography guides often make the best hiking guides as they describe things you might otherwise not notice.  So, if you are heading to Yosemite or to Arches, consider these applications. They’re fun, easy to use, and an iPhone (or iPod Touch) is so much lighter to carry than those traditional heavy books.

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October 22, 2009

Tucson Open Studio Tour

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I’m taking part in the 2009 Fall Tucson Open Studio Tour.  If you are in the area, please take part in visiting artists at their studios.  My studio, which is also my home, will be open to visitors Nov 14-15 from 11-4pm.  The tour is open through 5pm, however, I have classes that I’m trying to miss as little as possible, so I’m cutting my hours down a small bit.   Please do try to attend and come by to see some of my latest work in print.

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July 6, 2009

Now this guy is a hero

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A friend linked an article on facebook that I found absolutely inspiring.  I have no talent for growing things, but the fact that this guy is pushing to grow and sell locally grown foods is in my mind one of the most important movements in the world today. America’s diet has become more commercially controlled and more unhealthy.  It’s time to take that power back.  I really hope more people follow in this path and that everyone around starts supporting locally grown food.  It’s economical, it’s environmental, it’s simply so much better for you.

My girlfriend started a garden in the backyard.  We’ve been having corn, green beans, squash, peppers, onions, basil, among other things. And it has been phenomenal.  Go to a farmer’s market, buy some real food. Your body will thank you.

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June 17, 2009

Elemental Artistry

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A few months ago, for something different, I photographed some fire spinners.  I made a couple posts from that work.  Recently, I discovered they had their website, Elemental Artistry,  up and it’s chock full of images from yours truly.  I’m flattered that they liked the images – I think they turned out well too.  These girls were a pleasure to work with and were both fun and professional.  If you have an event that could use a “spark,”  consider them as they are all phenomenal performers.

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June 1, 2009

Badlands

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Badlands

Badlands

This would be one of six first attempts at a black and white image.  Keep in mind, I’m just learning this skill. I exposed this image just north of Lake Powell on Ilford FP4 and developed the image in a HP Combiplan tank.  I have to use icepacks to cool down the cold tap water to 73 degrees.  Would you believe my cold water is about 83-4 degrees?

I’ve always been fascinated with badlands.  I had the luck of having some smeary clouds midday, and while I never make color images in open midday light, I thought the light to be appropriate for black and white.  I like the way this turned out, though there are mistakes.  For one, the edges where less exposed than the middle.  For another, I didn’t turn the tank while the fixer was in, so I got a queer line through the image.  I repaired it in photoshop on this image, but it’s unfixable in some of the other images.

I’m somewhat amused by my desire to work “backwards” from the digital age. I’m looking forward to this journey I’m embarking on and seeing what images I create from this process.

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May 20, 2009

Colors of Salome Canyon

Salome Creek 2

Salome Creek 2

And descending through a granite slot canyon such is this, you’re bound to find some areas where the light filters in and colors the wall.  Every time I go into Salome, I enjoy the challenge of trying to photograph it in different ways.  This is one of my favorite canyons, indeed.

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May 19, 2009

The Prep…The Jump

This is how you descend Salome Creek, aka the Jug in the Salome Wilderness in Tonto National Forest…

First you breathe and get ready…

Scott Gets Ready

Scott Gets Ready

Then you splash into the water…

Jumping In

Jumping In

How much fun is that???  Especially when it’s over 90 degrees ambient temperature!

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May 13, 2009

Red Spotted Purple Butterfly

Astyanax, Red spotted purple butterfly

Astyanax, Red spotted purple butterfly

I got one shot only at this butterfly.  I came upon it without realizing he was there and it must have been snoozing to let me get this close.  I raised my camera, set my exposure and tripped the shutter…then he flew off.  As far as I can tell, I’ve identified this critter correctly, but I’m no butterfly expert.  I used this link to identify the butterfly.

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