A new shirt design is now available at the shop. Five’s is printed on American Apparel Coffee Tri-blend and available in Men’s and Women’s sizes.
So after years of being goaded by my friends I finally took the plunge and went to Burning Man. I figured it would be a good idea to bring a camera but I had heard that the dust could wreak havoc on the delicate inner-workings of a DSLR so I decided to leave the D80 at home and bring my little SD780 Elph. It ended up working out great, that little thing surprised me every time I used it. But this being my first time, I wanted to focus more on the experience and not be worrying about getting shots the whole time. Consequently, I didn’t come home with a whole lot of material, but I was really happy with what I did manage to get. Next year I am definitely going to bring the D80 (or whatever I’m shooting with at that time) and focus more on shooting, the place is a photographer’s dream.
Above are some examples of the shots I did get; all have been post-processed and most are multiple-exposures. As you can see, the place was downright otherworldly in terms of aesthetics; the beauty of the desert (a place I’ve spent very little time in my life) was absolutely breathtaking. The texture of the sand (which was extremely fine, almost like talcum powder) seemed like what I’d imagine the moon to be like. As the images above will attest, I was somewhat preoccupied with the sun, but you’ll have to forgive me as the sunrises and sunsets were some of the most beautiful I’ve ever witnessed. Some of the photos are available for purchase as prints at the ISO50 Photographic site.
As for the experience itself, I could go on and on but I’ll spare you the details and just say that is was without question a high point for me. The music, people, and artwork were all incredible. I brought with me a lot of preconceived notions about what Burning Man is and the kind of people who go there, but within the first hour or so of being out there in the desert with 50,000 people, every one of those notions were proven to be completely wrong. Try to make it out there if you have the opportunity, it’s really something special to be a part of.
Edit: I’ve discussed the process of creating these images a little in the comments.
Edit: ZX asked in the comments if I could post an unprocessed image, the example below is the raw output from the camera. After processing it became the top-most image above (this one). I really had a great time working with these images and I think I am closer than ever to becoming a Canon convert with my next DSLR purchase.
The highlight reel from the recent FITC event here in San Francisco is out and it’s excellent as usual. Stock Archive did a great job shooting and pulling all the footage together — they even used a Tycho track for good measure. Also check out the reel from Toronto. If I recall, they were using a 5D MK2 for the Toronto stuff so I’m assuming that’s what most of this was shot with as well. If anyone from SA is reading, how did you get the aerials? Cool stuff.
In case you missed the latest newsletter (sign up here), there are two new prints available at the shop. First is the Dusty Brown poster featuring artwork from their This City is Killing Me EP. It’s a limited edition giclee available in four formats. More info / purchase here.
There’s also a very limited run of prints from the Ghostly 10 year show at Seattle Decibel Fest. This edition is limited to 200 pieces, 11×17″, $15. More info / purchase here.
As part of FITC SF (which I’ll also be speaking at) I’ll be playing a live Tycho set with the new band. It’s a private party for the conference but FITC has given me a handful of guest list spots to give out (all FITC attendees already get it, so don’t enter if you already have a pass for the conference). The show will be the night of August 18th, here in San Francisco. If you’d like to go, email email@example.com with “FITC Party” in the subject. We’ll pick some addresses and let you know if you won. Good luck!
ISO50 Playlist #9 is up! Enjoy the summer…
The Morning Benders – Cold War
Rollerskaters – Sleep Tight
Via Tania – Fields
Tame Impala – Alter Ego
Best Coast – Boyfriend
Memoryhouse – Lately (Deuxième)
The Hundred In The Hands – Sleepwalkers
School Of Seven Bells – Babelonia
Dusty Brown – Back to Back
Lorn – Cherry Moon
Wax Stag – Folk Rock
Baths – Maximalist
Flying Lotus – Zodiac S**t
Tycho – From Home (Mux Mool Remix)
The Samps – Yellow Jacket
Onra – Long Distance (Instrumental)
The Beat Broker – Deep Sleep
ceo – come with me
Delorean – Infinite desert
Korallreven – The Truest Faith
Phoenix – Lisztomania (Classixx Version)
The Whitest Boy Alive – Intentions
The Swiss – Bubble Bath
Com Truise – Slow Peels
Computer Magic – Electronic Fences
Oneohtrix Point Never – Zones Without People
Odd Nosdam – Up In Flames
Fur – Lackadaisical
Ducktails – Mirrorimage
Medications – Brasil ’07
Red House Painters – Dragonflies
Say Hi – November Was White, December W
Gravenhurst – Hourglass
You can always listen to previous Playlists in The Playlist Archive
A couple updates from The ISO50 Shop for you. First up, a new shirt is now available. The summer edition of the Syv shirt in white on American Apparel 50/50 is now available. The 50/50 is a light, flexible cotton/poly blend which is nice and breathable for the hot summer months ahead. It has a very tailored fit with a perfect length. Get your size while they last here.
We’re also having a 20% Summer Sale going on now at the shop. Take 20% off most items in the shop (excludes giclee prints). The discount will be reflected in your checkout total, not on the individual pages. The sale runs for a limited time only so get on it!