On our recent excursion to Storm King Art Center, Michael was discussing the sculpture – Untitled by American abstract artist and sculpture, David von Schlegell with George Feldman & Sarah McGovern, two of our photographers. It reminded Michael of an album cover, Tubular Bells with the “tube” being suspended in space. He explained how von Schlegell needed a way to secure the sculpture to the ground, however Michael pre-visualized his photograph with the sculpture suspended in space.
When he printed out his “Tubular Bells” I was WOWED! The color, the clarity, the depth – I asked if it was the Nikon D850 that made the print so great and of course, for any of you that know Michael he said “it’s the content that makes it great” the camera just enables you to do more.
As many of you know, I am a proponent of it’s not about the camera it’s about the photographer and their creative eye that creates the amazing photographs. However, a camera can have amazing features and the D850 does.
Michael explained how the dynamic range and level of details that the NEF (RAW) file produced for the final print is superior. He explained that it has a higher burst rate and superior focusing abilities compared to other cameras he has.
The D850 is built for the handling a professional photographer can dish out and doesn’t need to be treated with kit gloves. Another feature he went on about is that they got rid of the pop-up flash – it was annoying and he never used it!
As I am working on putting his thoughts down, his creative, non stop brain went off to find the album cover of Tubular Bells, he interrupted me to inform me it was the debut album by English musician Mike Oldfield. He had to show me the cover, and played the introduction to part one, which was chosen to feature in the film The Exorcist, 1973.
Then he kept researching, sharing and interrupting and excuse my French I told him to “Shut the F**k Up – Did he want me to get this written, or listen to him?”
Michael discovered that Mike Oldfield and David von Schlegell are of the same generation, however never had any knowledge of the other. The sculpture – Untitled was created in 1972 and the Tubular Bells album was released in 1973. Michael was all of eight and nine years old when these artist created their pieces.
Music of all genres was always playing in Michael’s parents home. Tex, his dad would toke up with friends and listen to the Tubular Bells album and it stayed in Michael’s subconscious. It took until 2017 for it to all come together and for Michael to create his own “Tubular Bells”.
Was it a result of the new Nikon D850? Not totally. It was a result of an amazing wealth of knowledge, some so deep he didn’t even know it’s there until it manifested into this large format print.
Remember it’s not necessarily about the camera, however high quality resolution, superior dynamic range, high burst rates and focusing abilities doesn’t hurt.
Michael, dog Leica & I are renting a Teardrop trailer for two weeks and heading for Texas, west Texas!!! Big Country with amazing landscapes and wide open spaces. Leica and I are looking forward to relaxing, I like to drive – Michael is looking forward to using his D850 to create amazing photographs (prints) of the iconic locations we experience in Texas!
A journey of creative exploration…