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Angels Fall by borda
by borda

As I have often said. Any day on dA will have images better than the year's best from National Geographic, and here is another one. Muc...

Portrait de rue by hubert61

This is so good, I immediately assumed in came from a Hollywood make up for a documentary style film. This kind of close up requires co...

2014-195 Lower Falls Footbridge by pearwood

This is a fine black and white photo, but better yet what the Argus C3 was designed for, a great photo on a budget with full control an...

2014-052 Walking the pier by pearwood

Possible the best snow photo taken as an art image with an Argus C3. The composition is correct, the framing pleasing and the image sha...


College square squares.img546, with story by harrietsfriend
College square squares.img546, with story
Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio, USA, is a midwestern college, state supported and where I graduated with my Fine Arts degree in Photography and a bit of cinematography.

In the center of the town/gown world is the four way intersection where all traffic stops to allow pedestrians to cross.  In this intersection you get a complete cross section of the students, professors and locals.  I took this image in 1967, while in my Freshman year.  The world might have been changing elsewhere, but this was my world then.  Notice almost a complete lack of blue jeans in the photo, while dresses and ties were still common and accepted.

Taken with my Zeiss Contarex with a 55mm F1.4 Planar on Kodak panchromatic 135mm film, which at the time was bulk loaded by us students, then developed as well.

Feel free to download, just give me photo credit.  Once you enlarge the image, the details of the time period make an interesting point of view.

eugene spiegel
Cyclist.img528, with story by harrietsfriend
Cyclist.img528, with story
Nothing makes a woman more attractive than a smile.

From this image, I can tell she is healthy, active, and happy.  The smile says, she accepts me and is glad to be part of my world.  It's no wonder I took this image of one of the riders on the Ohio Lung Association bicycle tour.

Taken in the early 1980s, with my Zeiss Contessa with a 45mm F2.8 Opton lens on Kodak Plus X panchromatic 135mm film.

Feel free to download, just give me photo credit.

eugene spiegel
Line of cyclists.img527, with story by harrietsfriend
Line of cyclists.img527, with story
As the roving tour mechanic for the Ohio Lung Association Tour, my job was to keep the participants up and riding.  As I always carry a camera, I could stop to document the ride for the riders as well as the sponsors.

In this image, taken in the early 1980s, the line of cyclists rode along the right shoulder of mainly country highway roads.  Back then helmets were recommended but not universally worn.

While many viewers think the riders are correctly positioned on the road, in fact they are placing themselves in more danger, not less, by riding so close to the road's edge.  

Being that close to the edge allows cars to pass them without leaving their lane.  What they should be doing is riding between two to four feet from the edge, up to the center of the lane, and by wearing a mirror, they can communicate by hand signals with the cars coming up behind them.  By positioning themselves farther from the edge, they make the cars pass by moving them out of their lane, and not forcing the riders into any road hazards possible on the edge of the road.

Taken with my pocket Zeiss Contessa with a 45mm F2.8 Opton lens on Kodak Plus X panchromatic 135mm film.

Feel free to download, just give me photo credit.

eugene spiegel
Hi-wheeler.img523, with story by harrietsfriend
Hi-wheeler.img523, with story
End of an era.  Start of a roll.

I was the roving mechanic for the Ohio Lung Association's ride, and part of my duties were to keep the riders upright on their steeds as they enjoyed the rewards of their fundraising.

This old timer on his old time Penny-Farthing Hi-Wheeler led off the beginning of the multi day ride.  As always, my camera went along with us, and as he paused to rest, I took this image, just as my camera started its roll, leaving only a partial photo.  It makes me think the film roll had a something to say as well.

Taken in the early 1980s on Kodak Plus X panchromatic film with my pocket Zeiss Contessa rangefinder.

Feel free to download, just give me photo credit.

eugene spiegel
Clouds, a mile up.img512, with story by harrietsfriend
Clouds, a mile up.img512, with story
Coming in to land in Kentucky from a visit in south Florida, USA, the clouds were bright above the ground.  If you looked carefully you can see the highway between cities, through the passenger's porthole in the airplane.

Taken with my Exakta VXIIA with a 58mm F2.0 Zeiss Biotar on Kodak Plus-X panchromatic 135mm film, during a trip my Grandfather arranged in the mid 1960s.  As always, I can easily spot images in the clouds.  Can you?

Feel free to download, just give me photo credit.

eugene spiegel
I have heard others say

     "I just don't have the time to carry a camera, and a phone."

I have heard others say

     "I don't have the time to stop and take a picture."

I have heard others say

     "Why bother, I mean who is going to see it anyway?"

The first two are easy, you just do it, but the third has been a stumbling block for many of us.

It's so easy today to take a great image, as the camera has taken 75% of the details out of our hand, automatically.  Finishing touches, as in contrast, saturation, burning, dodging, and cropping are made easy by photoshop or other computer aids to the final print, taking up another 15% of your effort.

I like to think the last 10% is the hardest, as this is taking the image to where it belongs.  

Once I am back to base I must make the decisions as to how I will finish the image.  

Then comes the presentation.  Cutting and cropping, mounting with my dry mount press, making a mat to border the image, and constructing a frame for wall display.  The next part was keeping the glass perfectly clean and removing any dust between the photo, the mat and the inner glass.  I add the backing paper, then the wire to hang the image up.

Now comes the hardest part of all, where to take the image to be seen, and then sold.  When I was free lancing as a photo journalist, this was not a problem.  I would submit a number of images, the photo editor would pick usually the worst and use this one image for their purpose.  Art, and telling a story came second to the editor's idea of what fit the magazine's ideals, and this usually meant their bottom line, in advertisers or subscribers.  This is why I took up writing the story as well as taking the photos, so they would fit together.  Damn if they didn't like my stories more than the pictures, and again chose what they wanted.

Now that I am back to art and displays, I have had to become a hustler to find where these images best belong.  Galleries, hotels, restaurants, town halls are a good choice, but this requires patience and a trip to the location.  Juried shows are nice, but most come with an entrance fee, room for usually only one image, and the attitudes of the judges, each with their own agenda.

So for me, taking the image, then making it the best I can, is so much easier than placing it to the public.

And this is why I use deviantArt, as a preliminary to assist me in choosing what to show and sometimes where to show.

I thank all who return feedback to me as this helps my selection process.

eugene spiegel


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eugene spiegel
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United States
Current Residence: Bean Blossom, Indiana, USA
Favourite genre of music: blues, jazz, great
Favourite style of art: original
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Personal Quote: The only constant is change.



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hubert61 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
merci pour les favs :)
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Thank you so much for taking the time to view my work and add some to your favourites. It really is appreciated.
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Thank you so much for all the faves and the watch.
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