The Archer. A bow. An arrow. The target. Draw back the bow to your eye, take aim and loose. Sounds simple enough. I used to think so. I had already been taking pictures for several years, thought I knew something until I found out I knew nothing. But that moment was my beginning into something.
My name is Kale Taylor, and I’m a photographer.
One of the first challenges any photographer needs to get over is to realize no camera, film, digital or whatever will come in the future, will ever be able to “see” as well as our own eyes. This is sort of ironic because in order to make memorable photos you need to have a good eye, but no camera will see as good as your eye. (more…)
It has been too long for a blog. Whoa. Anyway. Stuff going on. Left Guangzhou, China after 2 years. Crazy place. Good and bad all mixed in like a soup. (more…)
You are driving alone in your car on a picturesque bit of road. There are no other cars. There are also no posted speed limits. The choice is up to you, how will you make your journey? (more…)
In my continuing study of Zone System exposure and development and a clarifying of my own personal photographic style, I find I tend to shoot most films at a lower ISO speed than what is marked on the box. There are several reasons for this. One, by shooting at a full stop slower you are giving the film more light, and therefore will achieve greater shadow detail. Couple this with reduced development to control highlight density you should come out with a balanced negative. This is also referred to as pull process. (more…)
One of best things about being an expat photographer in China is pretty much everything you see is like nothing you’ve seen before. I grew up in Miramichi, New Brunswick which is a very small town that didn’t have any Chinese people. We had Chinese restaurants, but the food was anything but authentic Chinese (was run by a Vietnamese family I believe…great food, not Chinese).
Lately, I’ve been experimenting with Push and Pull exposure/processing techniques as it applies to black and white film. My film choice is the Chinese made, LUCKY SHD 100. This is an inexpensive local film for both 35mm and 120 and when used correctly produces very good results. (more…)
When you’re talking film photography, there is nothing quite like black and white film. All film is wonderful, of course and I occasionally love to put a roll of Fuji Provia 400 slide or Fuji Pro colour negative through my 6×6 when the location or moment calls for it. When you’re talking colour, the Fuji line of colour film is outstanding, and in the right hands real magic can come from it. But as good as all those colour films are none of them, in my opinion, can do what black and white film can do. None of them can really be pushed or pulled. (more…)
I am very excited today, because it is the official launch of Clear Photography. You may notice there are a few Blog entries and such, however this Blog entry is the first one since the launching of Clear Photography.com. Before I go on, I want to extend a big thanks to Javi Miqueleiz for his tireless support and technical assistance. (more…)
Most of the time I shoot alone. I don’t own a lot of fancy electronic lights and don’t usually require the assistance of a second set of hands. However, I do like to head out into the bustling streets of Guangzhou with other photographers and see what we can see. (more…)
Over the Christmas holidays, the family and I were lucky enough to travel to Australia. This has been something we’ve wanted to do for several years and I would be very happy to return again. One evening while we were staying in Bondi, a famous beach area of Sydney, I met a local photographer. (more…)