Saturday, November 12, 2011

Pinhole Products Available at View Camera Store

I'm excited to announce that I'm carrying the Apogeo II Pinhole Shutter and Pinhole Body Caps, handmade by Minute Aperture Imaging.  Visit the store for more information about these wonderful Pinhole Products!

Leica V-Lux 2 is sold out

For those Leica fans: the Leica V-LUX 2 (Cat. # 018-393) is sold out. I can't wait to see what Leica follows the V-Lux 2 with.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Specials on BTZS Products on View Camera Store

Are you struggling with film, paper testing, or creating negatives that print easily? Starting on 11/11/11, and continuing through the weekend, all of our BTZS products are on sale. This is a great opportunity to begin using BTZS, or stock up on BTZS testing and accessories. 

Check out our Testimonials Page to read write-ups by satisfied clients utilizing the BTZS system in their workflow, or learn why BTZS is easy

Friday, October 28, 2011

Itinerary: 2011 1st Annual Phil Davis Memorial Photo Retreat

Here's our itinerary for the 2011 1st Annual Phil Davis Memorial Photo Retreat in Death Valley this December.

We want this itinerary to be somewhat flexible in the event that the group decides that there are other locations they'd like to visit, such as the dunes.  

The locations on our itinerary are all accessible by car.  However, Laura, our guide, is open to taking photographers to other areas, such as Corkscrew Canyon and Golden Canyon, though these areas do require hiking. 

Please feel free to contact me at 408-767-7105 if you have any questions.

Drivers needed for carpooling within the park.  If you have a high clearance vehicle and would like to volunteer as a driver to help carpool other photographers so we can all travel together, please let me know.

The itinerary includes night photography.  Those locations will be determined at the photo retreat. 

Day 1 - North 
Titus Canyon: morning
Ubehebe Crater: afternoon
Bring lunch box
Dinner at Furnace Creek 

Day 2 - North
Rhyolite: morning
Rhyolite: afternoon
Lunch in Beatty, NV 
Dinner at Furnace Creek

Day 3 - Central
Dantes View: morning
Artist Drive and Palette: afternoon
Lunch and dinner at Furnace Creek

Day 4 - Central
Zabriskie Point: morning
Twenty Mule Team Canyon: afternoon
Lunch and dinner at Furnace Creek

Day 5 - East
Amargosa Hotel and Opera House: morning
Open to group: afternoon
Lunch at Amargosa Hotel

Day 6 - Central
Mesquite Sand Dunes, Stovepipe Wells: morning
Open to group: afternoon
Lunch at Stovepipe Wells

Thursday, October 20, 2011

2011 1st Annual Phil Davis Memorial Photo Retreat

2011 1st Annual Phil Davis Memorial Photo Retreat

To all Large Format Photographers doing BTZS:

The 2011 First Annual Phil Davis BTZS Memorial Photo Retreat is open to all BTZS photographers.

The location is Death Valley. This photo retreat is designed to remember our friend and mentor Phil Davis. Don't forget your incident meter – Phil loved his incident system.

Tuition-free registration is required. The other requirement for attending is a check for $100 made out to the “American Cancer Society”. The retreat is also a charity fund raiser. This is not a workshop and there are no fees.

The photo retreat dates are: Tuesday 12/6/2011 to Tuesday 12/13/2011. We will meet for dinner on the first night 12/6 and go over the schedule for the week. The retreat will end on 12/13. This will give us six days of photographing.

We will be photographing at a different location each morning and afternoon. We will also be doing night photography. Phil loved photographing at night and at all the BTZS workshops we always photographed at night.

The shooting itinerary will include breathtaking locations such as Dantes View, Zabriskie Point, Twenty Mule Team Canyon, Rhyolite, Titus Canyon, Artist Drive, and Badwater.

If you haven't done BTZS film testing now is the time to do it, so that I can help you with metering and using the expo/dev software for your exposures. We will be concentrating on incident metering and using the expo/dev software, so you can get the best possible exposures.

Since this is not a workshop, you can attend for as many days as you can. Just let me know what days you will be attending, when you register.

We will be staying at the Amargosa Opera House and Hotel. There are a limited number of rooms available and that will determine the number of attendies.

Lodging, meals and transportation are not included.

Laura Campbell will be our guide for the photo retreat. You can see her photographs of Death Valley on her blog:

If you are interested in attending, please get in touch with me to register for the photo retreat: Fred Newman at 480-767-7105 or

Fred Newman