In celebration of this year’s 9/16 tuplet birthday I am nearing completion of my Sibelius transcriptions for iPad of his Well Tempered Clavier, Books 1 & 2. So far this year I have completed The Art of the Fuge and the Goldberg Variations. Today I will complete both No. 16 Prelude & Fugues in G Minor.
A difficult to play Contrapunctus from Die Kunst der Fuge by Johann Sebastian Bach. It has taken a long time to approach playing this work because some of the finger assignments for the three voices are impossible for two hands. Transcribing Bach’s works into Sibelius helps me to ponder the work measure by measure, note by note.
A Fugue from Book 1 of the Well Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach. This post is the first Sibelius transcription in my project to make trackable scores of both books of Sebastian Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier. I hope to improve my understanding of Bach’s contrapuntal harmony.
I live in a rural area that is part of the Salmon Creek Watershed about seven miles from the Pacific Ocean. Every year Salmon migrate to spawn. Our property connects directly with the creek. Every Winter the ground becomes saturated with the migration of rain water to the creek. As a result we have an engineered septic system. Having a traditional darkroom for processing film and prints is really not practical.
This does not mean that film photography is totally out of the question for me. In the past, my whole approach to film was an attempt to maximize tonal range in the negative by coordinating exposure in the camera with custom development of the film in the darkroom. With today’s software tools it is possible to create a hybrid (analog/digital) workflow. Commercial photo labs are used to develop film allowing the use of older film cameras. You can have them digitize the film with a film scanner, or you can do it yourself. I chose the latter because it gives me the most flexibility to control the tonal range of the negative similar to development in the darkroom. Scanning the film yourself also gives you control over dust, scratches, and imperfections when using good software such as SilverFast Archive Studio 8. Finally, the darkroom printing stage is replaced by image editing software such as Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom. I’ve been using Photoshop since 1990 so the choice is a no brainer for me.
Here is my first example of the hybrid process. It illustrates the three steps in recovering a damaged Ektachrome slide from 1974. The image shows my grandfather, Everett Vinyard, on his 1943 2-cylinder John Deere tractor working a 40-acre field of beans backlit by the morning sun. There is a large spider web damage in the emulsion above his shoulder. Combined with an Epson V850 scanner, the SilverFast software allows for an additional IR channel scan to identify dust and scratches. This imperfection is a true test. Enough of the imperfection was removed through the IR channel that I was able to retouch the remainder quite easily in Photoshop.
In my previous post I showed my recently purchased used 1961 Leica M3 35mm camera and my soon to be sold Nikon Perspective control lenses. It is important for me to return to film photography for a number of reasons, but ease of use may not seem to be one compared to today’s digital cameras.
Edward Steichen once said, “No photographer is as good as the simplest camera.” I interpret that to mean that image content is and should be independent of the camera. The photograph is a representation of the interaction of subject and object. The negative is the verb representing whether it is transitive (experienced) or intransitive (observed) event.
The question is, “Which is the subject and which is the object?” Grammar would say, I (subject) photographed (verb) the scene (object); i.e., the object is the entity acted upon. It seems to me that the very need to take a photograph represents the other acting on the photographer. We can experience our world completely our entire life and never take a photograph. I know people who take photographs with their digital phones and rarely, if ever, look at them again. These are important photographs because they demonstrate that something in the environment has caught the attention of the one taking the photo. In other words, the photographer is the entity being acted upon through their experience of the world around them.
I would also argue that Photography as Art is more along the lines of the grammatical photographer as subject. The intent of their photography is the photograph as object to be consumed as point of view—a purposeful object to represent an idea or experience to be shaped to that idea.
Digital differs from film in that there is no intermediate physical negative component.
(To be continued)
My Back To The Future Moment.