PHOTOGRAPHY

I have been enjoying photography since the early 1970’s. My first new camera was a Mamiya Sekor 35mm single lens reflex. I shot a lot of black & white film with it. I bought a used Yashica twin lens reflex camera that shot 120 film. A little later I came across a Graflex Speed Graphic camera that shot 2-1/4”x3-1/4” negatives that were held in individual film holders. This camera was actually a military issued camera that was produced during World War II. It came in its original wooden case with a few small accessories and the original manual. Besides giving basic instructions for the use of the camera, the manual had detailed instructions on how to destroy the camera in case of imminent enemy capture. I spent a lot of time in the darkroom. Back then I would only process black &white film and prints. Any color negative or slide film was sent off for processing. Contact me if you are interested in any of the images you see here for pricing.

PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY

I have been enjoying photography since the early 1970’s. My first new camera was a Mamiya Sekor 35mm single lens reflex. I shot a lot of black & white film with it. I bought a used Yashica twin lens reflex camera that shot 120 film. A little later I came across a Graflex Speed Graphic camera that shot 2-1/4”x3-1/4” negatives that were held in individual film holders. This camera was actually a military issued camera that was produced during World War II. It came in its original wooden case with a few small accessories and the original manual. Besides giving basic instructions for the use of the camera, the manual had detailed instructions on how to destroy the camera in case of imminent enemy capture. I spent a lot of time in the darkroom. Back then I would only process black &white film and prints. Any color negative or slide film was sent off for processing. Contact me if you are interested in any of the images you see here for pricing.

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Anthony Ray Contreras Photography Springerville Arizona 85938

Learning photography for me was a matter of reading everything I could get my hands on, talking with photographers I got acquainted with and shooting a lot of film. Back then there was no Google or YouTube to look up the questions I had about how to do something.

I got my first digital camera in 2001. The most amazing thing to me about the camera was there would be no more shooting 24 or 36 pictures at a time. I could shoot hundreds of pictures at a time, which was a blessing and a curse, I now have around 6 TB of images stored. It also meant no more waiting to develop the film or worse, waiting for the film to come back from the photo processing company. As quick as I got it to the computer, I could see what I had, which of course meant I could go out and shot hundreds of more pictures. With film you shot as carefully as you could to conserve film. With digital you shoot the best you can to conserve hard drives!

Although I really enjoyed the time I spent in the darkroom, I am really enjoying the possibilities of the current digital software. I used to think that I should be learning to shoot like Ansel Adams, the perfect picture captured in the camera. I picked up a book on Ansel Adams, “The Ansel Adams Guide” book 1, “Basics Technics of Photography” by John P. Schaefer at a yard sale a while back. In it, Ansel is quoted as saying “You should strive to remember the visualization – what you saw and felt – at the moment of making the exposure.” Mr. Shaefer goes on to say, “Ansel was fond of remarking that the negative corresponds to the score in music, and the print to its performance.” I think Ansel would have been over the Moon (rise, Hernandez, New Mexico) to work with a program like Photoshop. Going beyond cropping, burning, dodging and exposure in the old styled darkroom to the tools of the new electronic darkroom of today opens so many more possibilities in imaging.

I hope you enjoy what you see here. Please contact me if find something you like and would like to consider purchasing a print.

Anthony Ray Contreras Photography Springerville Arizona 85938
Anthony Ray Contreras Photography Springerville Arizona 85938

Learning photography for me was a matter of reading everything I could get my hands on, talking with photographers I got acquainted with and shooting a lot of film. Back then there was no Google or YouTube to look up the questions I had about how to do something.

I got my first digital camera in 2001. The most amazing thing to me about the camera was there would be no more shooting 24 or 36 pictures at a time. I could shoot hundreds of pictures at a time, which was a blessing and a curse, I now have around 6 TB of images stored. It also meant no more waiting to develop the film or worse, waiting for the film to come back from the photo processing company. As quick as I got it to the computer, I could see what I had, which of course meant I could go out and shot hundreds of more pictures. With film you shot as carefully as you could to conserve film. With digital you shoot the best you can to conserve hard drives!

Although I really enjoyed the time I spent in the darkroom, I am really enjoying the possibilities of the current digital software. I used to think that I should be learning to shoot like Ansel Adams, the perfect picture captured in the camera. I picked up a book on Ansel Adams, “The Ansel Adams Guide” book 1, “Basics Technics of Photography” by John P. Schaefer at a yard sale a while back. In it, Ansel is quoted as saying “You should strive to remember the visualization – what you saw and felt – at the moment of making the exposure.” Mr. Shaefer goes on to say, “Ansel was fond of remarking that the negative corresponds to the score in music, and the print to its performance.” I think Ansel would have been over the Moon (rise, Hernandez, New Mexico) to work with a program like Photoshop. Going beyond cropping, burning, dodging and exposure in the old styled darkroom to the tools of the new electronic darkroom of today opens so many more possibilities in imaging.

I hope you enjoy what you see here. Please contact me if find something you like and would like to consider purchasing a print.

Anthony Ray Contreras Photography Springerville Arizona 85938