Category Archives: Ides of May

Twenty Years of Picture Making

Today is my 36th birthday. Which means, 20 years ago I took my first black and white photography class in high school. Though I chose photography as career only 12 years ago, there’s something about the picture making process that has fascinated me since the beginning. I think what I like most about photography is...

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  • Tonya Love05/15/2013 - 8:01 pm

    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday! You have grown so much since I first met you in Vermont! The second picture makes it much easier to see your own father in you. Hoping you have a great day!ReplyCancel

  • Stuart Gunter05/15/2013 - 8:06 pm

    Man. That is awesome. Here’s to the next 20. Happy birthday. –SGReplyCancel

  • KW05/15/2013 - 11:14 pm

    Happy birthday LB! Great post and its pretty awesome that the 16y/o you took that pic. Here’s to to all the future rockin’!ReplyCancel

  • Antoine Naudet05/16/2013 - 4:48 am

    Happy birthday+1, Lincoln. Wish you a lot of fun and happiness with your family for the next 20 years.ReplyCancel

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Iconic Photos of Portland for the Nike Community Store

[portfolio_slideshow] Special slideshow post! Click on the photo to advance. About a month ago, I was commissioned by Instrument to shoot stills alongside a film production crew on a project highlighting the remodel of the Nike Community Store on Martin Luther King Jr Blvd in Portland, OR. But this project wasn’t just another commercial gig. There’s a great story...

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    A Local Joint – Seoul, South Korea

    A few months ago, I took a short trip to South Korea for my wife’s business Lauren Brooks Photography. If you don’t know this already, Lauren is an amazing photographer and I’ve had the pleasure of being her second shooter for the past 7 years at all her wedding gigs. I think what’s most incredible...

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      Up the Spiral

      Busy week! I’ve got some cool blog posts in the works, but for now enjoy this twirling wonder of Parisian Architecture. This spiral staircase is located at Panthéon and leads down to the crypt that is the final resting place of many French artists, politicians, scientists, and military heros. It’s a pretty amazing place. That spiral goes...

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        Flight (Diptych)

        I’ve been looking at these two photos for a while now and thought I would post them separately. They are some of my favorite shots from our trip to London last fall. I  was trying to decide which one I liked better and kept flipping back and forth between the two. Then I put them side...

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          Lady in Blue Walking Through

          One thing that is nice about shooting film, (Kodak Portra 400 in this instance) is that it is what it is. With digital, especially RAW files, you have to always tweak something. Add a little contrast, desaturate the reds, add clarity, etc. etc. True, you can tweak film scans, but the basic color and tonal...

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            X Marks the Spot

            Big images are back! I’m very excited about this latest tweak to the photoblog portion of my blog. I like the 2 column sidebar layout for my normal blog posts, but for my fine art work, I really wanted to have bigger images. It took a little fancy PHP “if this {”  and “else {”...

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              The Curved Staircase #1 & #2

              We took the Metro to the Louvre, so I didn’t see this entrance staircase until I was leaving. It’s really a pretty incredible feat of engineering. The spiral staircase floats around a column that doubles as an elevator and connects the outside courtyard to the belly of the museum. Definitely go in this way if...

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                Looking Through the Pyramid

                I finally got to visit the Louvre on our most recent trip to Paris. The museum is huge and holds an incredible collection of art, I barely scratched the surface of what’s there. I did get to see some of the famous works including the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and Winged Victory of Samothrace....

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                  Lomo and Me

                  An interesting feeling happened to me while I was in Paris. It’s a little hard to describe, but I just wasn’t feeling my camera. I was enjoying being there and the first day or two I had fun shooting. But very quickly, I realized I wasn’t enjoying lugging around a body and three pro lenses...

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                  • Josh Mitchell12/13/2011 - 4:22 pm

                    Surprised you even brought your 5D. I would have thought you would have just brought that Olympus.ReplyCancel

                    • Lincoln Barbour12/13/2011 - 4:59 pm

                      In hindsight, I wish I had. But then again, I might not have gotten the Lomo. Maybe it was fate.

                      For me, there are some functional aspects of the Olympus that prevent it from being a real replacement for a high quality compact digital camera. It’s terrible in low light, the live view is not accurate for exposure, and the model I have only has one control dial; so I can’t control aperture and shutter at the same time.

                      I’m thinking of upgrading the EP-3, but I haven’t tested it thoroughly. I also need to get some better lenses for it. Since I don’t use this camera for work shoots, it’s hard to justify dropping that much coin on all the lenses I would want.

                      For now though, the Lomo fills a nice void between my iPhone and the Olympus.ReplyCancel

                  • Jon-Marc Hatton12/13/2011 - 10:11 pm

                    Although I’m far from a professional, I understand that feeling. The camera is one of the most awesome tools to work with, but at the end of the day it can still be a tool. I’ll shoot a wedding with my DSLR and at the end of the day I’ll have some amazing shots, but I was never there; I never actually saw the wedding. I just captured a singular moment at a time through my viewfinder. It actually gets me depressed sometimes. I’m going somewhere beautiful and go to pick up my camera when it hits me like a wall APERTURE, SHUTTER SPEED, ISO, “HEAVY”… etc. I end up just taking pictures on my Iphone.ReplyCancel

                  • Mathias Tornqvist12/14/2011 - 8:48 am

                    People are sometimes surprised when I tell them that I don’t even bring a camera when I travel.
                    Photography is a lovely art, but it can only capture a fraction of the traveling experience. It’s a bit like photographing your meals.
                    Worse yet, when you get good at photography, you will utilize all your tricks to manipulate how a potential viewer should feel when looking at the picture. It all becomes a bit of a con game. And ironically, that viewer is most of the time yourself.

                    I’m toying with the idea of trying some 3D photography for my travels. But in reality it’s probably just an excuse to get a new toy.

                    For a compact (ish) fun camera that does pretty well in low light, how about the Fuji X100? Then you don’t have to worry about getting nice lenses, because you’re stuck with the (excellent) one on the camera.ReplyCancel

                    • Lincoln Barbour12/14/2011 - 9:25 am

                      The X100 is definitely appealing. It’s a little spendy for it is. Plus it’s digital. So, you still get that instant feedback. You could turn it off, but I would be too tempted to look (chimp).

                      Shooting a film camera, you stay in the moment and what you get is what you get. It’s low tech and that’s what I like about the Lomo. No AF, rangefinder, auto exposure. It’s a great street camera.ReplyCancel

                      • Mathias Tornqvist12/15/2011 - 10:23 am

                        Good point. I stopped taking travel pictures the moment I went digital.

                        Maybe that’s the key, shooting film. Sure, you’ll spend many important moments taking pictures, but it always stop at the press of the shutter.

                        Then again, what would I do with all that exposed film?
                        Maybe I’ll shoot with a non-digital camera. With no film in it.ReplyCancel

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