Category: Portraits

April News

April 26th, 2012 Permalink

So I guess I haven’t posted to the blog for a while – there’s been plenty going on that is post-worthy, but I’ve been working on an epic web project for a client and it has been taking up a lot of my time. The site prototype looks great and should be complete sometime next […]


So I guess I haven’t posted to the blog for a while – there’s been plenty going on that is post-worthy, but I’ve been working on an epic web project for a client and it has been taking up a lot of my time. The site prototype looks great and should be complete sometime next month.

The biggest news I have is that Amelia has started her own blog and has been reviewing restaurants in the Ventura and Los Angeles areas. You can see her blog at ispygoodfood.wordpress.com. Definitely worth checking out. I took some portraits for the site which was pretty exciting for me because it’s pretty rare that I can get her to sit still long enough to have her picture taken.

Amelia Aparicio - Fillmore's food critic at large!

Amelia Aparicio - Fillmore's food critic at large!

Speaking of photography, Amelia got me an X-Rite Color Checker Passport for my birthday last month. The X-Rite Color Checker Passport is an invaluable color calibration tool for the photographer. It’s basically a Pantone-calibrated color chart that come with some super-cool software to create camera profiles in Lightroom. I shoot a close up of the subject holding the chart before or after the shoot, create the profile and voila! Awesome color in Lightroom. This is really cool for people like me who shoot with the otherwise super-awesome Panasonic Lumix GH2. I love my Lumix – it’s a great camera, the lenses are superbe, but sometimes the stock color profile leaves me a little uninspired. Taking a little extra time and using this tool has pretty much erased any dissatisfactory color issues that I may have experienced with my Lumix. Thanks, Amelia!

The Xrite Color Checker Passport

 

My Freekmagnet books are coming along. I made a slight improvement with the binding by adding a layer of bookbinder’s cheese cloth in the gluing process. I think it add a lot of strength to the final product. My next step is to make improve the way that the spine is attached to the cover. I’d like a little of the glue to wrap around to the first and last page of the book. I’ve been looking at other perfect-bound books and they seem to follow this design. I think that this will be more of an esthetic choice as opposed to a structural advantage. In the end I think that the trick will be to get the glue to wrap around consistently.

I do have three copies of Freekmagnet for sale. They will be sold for $85 and for now, can be ordered from me directly. I will have some nice images of the final books posted soon.

Freekmagnet binding method.

Lastly, in a effort to begin working on my own new website, I’ve taken on the challenge if scripting HTML5 Canvas backgrounds. Not having the skills of a super genius web engineer, I’ve been playing around with paper.js. Paper is a pretty cool little script library for knuckleheads like me to work in HTML5 Canvas. So far, I’ve managed to modify some of the demo scripts to my liking. I have a little sample here to post until I finish something else.

paper test

New Freekmagnet Site

January 7th, 2012 Permalink

The new Freekmagnet site is here. The interface has be completely designed and all of the Flash heinousness has been removed. There’s a couple of new images in the series that I shot at about the same period of time. Freekmagnet is a collection of images I put together in 2002-2005. At the time, I […]

freekmagnet.com - photos by Jeremy Kirsch

The new Freekmagnet site is here. The interface has be completely designed and all of the Flash heinousness has been removed. There’s a couple of new images in the series that I shot at about the same period of time.

Freekmagnet is a collection of images I put together in 2002-2005. At the time, I was obsessed with the works of such photographers as Lewis Carroll and Julia Margaret Cameron and I spent most of my time reading Victorian adventure novels for inspiration. Most of the images were shot in my warehouse in Emeryville, CA. I lit the place with a pair of 750w fresnel lights and a couple of halogen work lights. I used a Kiev 88CM and an old Speed Graphic for cameras. The models were friends and acquaintances from around my neighborhood. I made the props myself.

In 2005, I collected the works and published a book using rubber stamps and an inkjet printer. The collection was exhibited at a small art gallery in Oakland, CA.

I must confess that this announcement comes a little late as it has been a while since I finished the new site. This blog appeared mere days after the freekmagnet.com site was finished and I’d completely forgotten about the update.