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Subject: [Leica] IMG: Losing my self...
From: ric at (RicCarter)
Date: Mon, 2 Dec 2013 22:59:26 -0500
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that is what i was looking for
i wondered if you had devised an ice capture device
so much could be transilluminated
i understand and appreciate your method


On Dec 2, 2013, at 12:45 PM, George Lottermoser <george.imagist at> wrote:

> On Dec 1, 2013, at 6:15 PM, RicCarter wrote:
>> look forward to each of them
>> you have an apparatus for feeding this vision?
>> On Dec 1, 2013, at 12:07 PM, George Lottermoser <george.imagist at 
>>> wrote:
>>> c & c always welcome and appreciated
>>> <>
> glad to hear you enjoy them Ric.
> not sure I understand your question.
> apparatus used:
> Leica cameras and lenses
> Right angle finders (extremely helpful)
> Gitzo tripods
> Foba Superball head w/ RRS quick release
> or
> Leitz table top tripod and ball head
> Dense foam cushions for kneeling 
> and/or
> 5 gallon bucket for sitting
> A year or two ago i tried a few experiments using the freezer to "create" 
> subjects.
> Didn't like anything that came from that "artificial" approach.
> Also tried some strobe light in soft boxes on occasion.
> Didn't like any of those either.
> "Finding" situations in nature (puddles, ponds, river, stream or lake 
> edges)
> and under the natural light found on the scene
> seems a prerequisite to the 'visions.'
> The slightest camera movements totally change the lighting effects
> when dealing with subjects which are at the same time:
> reflective
> transparent
> and translucent.
> And there in lies the magic - the search - the loss of self - the 
> meditation
> the ah hah
> often - only the increasingly sore back
> and freezing hands bring me out of the visual search;
> rather seeking warmth and a straight back.
> Occasionally a 'vision' has been 'found' in things like
> a dog's water bowl or an old wheel barrow.
> I used to venture "out onto the ice" a lot more.
> With every year of aging my confidence decreases
> and I venture out onto ice less and less.
> Amazing how in my youth I almost never considered the possibilities.
> While now the stories of rescues bring ever more serious consideration;
> as I work or even walk near cold water; whether in solid or liquid form.
> As the ice edges move out away from the shorelines
> I'm considering taking my ancient ice chopper
> and a rake or hoe to pull them in to me.
> I'm not sure at what point such "adjustments" may
> begin to feel too manipulative of the natural state of things.
> Within the next month the "ice" will become very thick
> and present a whole different "vision."
> This is a specific sort of magic time of overnight freezes with daytime 
> thaws
> and all the fallen leaves and seeds floating and freezing and floating and 
> freezing;
> within thin layers.
> Regards,
> George Lottermoser 
> george at
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