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The Dark Side

The two rolls of Ilford Delta 3200 black and white film that I shot in New York finally came back from the lab in Vancouver I sent them to.

I think I’m a little bit in love with this film. The grain, the contrast, the drama – it’s all amazing.

I’ve still got a whole lot of learning to do with this film stock, but I was happy with quite a few of the images. I think the self-portrait below was worth the cost of sending these rolls away for processing.


– Mamiya 645 1000s
– Mamiya Sekor C 80mm f/2.8
Ilford Delta 3200

Brian Furbush - October 28, 2011 - 7:31 am

This is awesome dude, LOVE the mood here.

Jesse Pafundi - October 28, 2011 - 7:47 am

Oh hell yeah. Dramatic OFee portrait. I want to see more yesterday.

Mike Olbinski - October 28, 2011 - 8:18 am


Chris Frailey - October 28, 2011 - 8:22 am

Who is the man behind the camera.

Len Saltiel - October 28, 2011 - 8:22 am

Great mood Heath.

Chris Nitz - October 28, 2011 - 8:25 am

This carries so much feel of the classic Darth Vader photos where he is barely lit in a dark room. So based on that link, you are clearly a young Darth Vader in training aren’t you!

Edith Levy - October 28, 2011 - 8:38 am

Awesome shot Heath.

Justin - October 28, 2011 - 9:21 am

A somewhat haunting image for the trick or treaters. On second thought, do you Canadians even recognize Halloween….or does it interfere with watching hockey?

Shan - October 28, 2011 - 9:26 am

Ooooh, like this one. Über dark.

Rich Williams - October 28, 2011 - 9:38 am

Dark and mysterious. Fitting for Halloween. Love it.

Chris Kenison - October 28, 2011 - 10:00 am

Very interesting shot, Heath!

A.Barlow - October 28, 2011 - 12:29 pm

I like the light on your shoulders that really frames it all up nicely.

Dave DiCello - October 30, 2011 - 8:03 am

Yeah man, definitely, that is one crackin’ SP! Awesome mood to it for sure!

Adam Allegro - October 31, 2011 - 1:50 am

Really cool shot Heath! I would love to get in to some film photography goodness eventually. Well done!

Lake Cameron

Last night I did my first bit of experimentation with luminosity masks which I’d heard of before but really had no idea what they were. Turns out, they’re a fantastic tool to help manually blend together multiple exposures for landscape photography. I didn’t do too much experimentation – just made a basic mask and applied it to two exposures to yield the result you see below…pretty sweet. If you’re looking to give it a try, this is the tutorial I used: Luminosity Masks. It was very easy to follow.

This shot is from Cameron Lake in Waterton Lakes National Park. Watching the sun rise over the mountains behind and left of the frame to illuminate the slopes on the far side of the lake was amazing. Nothing beats that golden light πŸ™‚

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
B+W 77mm 10-stop ND Filter

Mike Olbinski - October 27, 2011 - 7:17 am

It’s wonderful…colors and light are amazing.

Love the hint of misty fog over the water than you can’t see until it becomes a distant horizon. Awesome.

Brian Furbush - October 27, 2011 - 7:19 am

This is absolutely awesome Heath – get this printed out. The reflections are great, and the light diagonally illuminating the trees to the right is just stunning.

Jesse Pafundi - October 27, 2011 - 7:35 am

You just convinced me to try this out. The light on the trees to the right and bit of fog on the water is so good. Really tremendous work here.

Chris Nitz - October 27, 2011 - 7:37 am

Again with the pictures of perfect rock-skipping bodies of water. Such a good shot and thank you for the link to the Luminosity masks!

Chris DeAngelis - October 27, 2011 - 8:00 am

Fantastic! Love the colors, reflections, and drama in the clouds? Are there such things as ripples up there? All these lakes are just glass (I’m sure the ND helps a little) πŸ™‚

A.Barlow - October 27, 2011 - 9:19 am

I think it came out great man. Looks awesome!

Len Saltiel - October 27, 2011 - 9:27 am

Great reflection Heath. Great composition also. Thanks for the link. I’ll check it out

Matt Wolin - October 27, 2011 - 4:24 pm

Both fundamentally and artistically perfect.

Great use of thirds, straight horizon, reflection, interesting foreground and overall a very interesting image. Great work, Heath!

Curt Fleenor - October 27, 2011 - 6:24 pm

This is awesome Heath! Love the thin line of mist on the water and the reflection is spectacular.

Rich Williams - October 28, 2011 - 9:40 am

Oh yeah, Heath, I’m definitelty loving this one. You’re so lucky to live relatively close to views like this.

Kris Koeller - October 28, 2011 - 12:09 pm

I really like this composition with the reflection but also seeing underneath. Beautiful spot.

Jim Nix - October 31, 2011 - 7:20 am

that is one heck of a shot Heath, wonderful shot!

DUMBO Sunrise

I must seem a little schizophrenic these days…photos from New York – Hawaii – New York – Hawaii. I just had such a great time in both places, and I love sharing how I saw both locations. Soooo…back to NYC today!

The one sunrise I caught while in New York was on the morning of the epic 18 hour photowalk with the now infamous photog crew that gathered there. We began the day in an area of Brooklyn called DUMBO which offers great views of the lower Manhattan skyline along with the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. While it would have been nice to have a few clouds in the sky, we were blessed with some wonderfully warm light as the sun started to come over the horizon. I think we call came away with some sort of composition with the light spilling onto this boardwalk with the Manhattan bridge in the background – but we all saw it slightly differently. This is my take.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
B+W 77mm 10-stop ND Filter

Rich Williams - October 26, 2011 - 7:17 am

I like how the railing leads my eye straight to the bridge, and I dig the smooth water as well. Nice view of the Williamsburg Bridge in the distance, too.

Rick Louie - October 26, 2011 - 7:17 am

Nice golden sunlight! I need to get over to this bridge this week. Hopefully I can free up enough time before it starts to rain.

Dave DiCello - October 26, 2011 - 7:18 am

Wow, love the wide angle here, this is some stunning lighting man. Beautiful work.

Brian Furbush - October 26, 2011 - 7:18 am

Great shot dude, I love how the soft light illuminates even the cracks and crumbs/pebbles at your feet…gorgeous shot.

Jesse Pafundi - October 26, 2011 - 7:31 am

Dig that light coming in on the right and illumination of the boardwalk. Great morning.

Mike Olbinski - October 26, 2011 - 7:53 am

LOVE it…the light it sick nasty. Color is wonderful man.

Chris DeAngelis - October 26, 2011 - 7:58 am

Sweet shot Heath! We had some awesome light that morning! Love the lines created by the boardwalk…

Chris Frailey - October 26, 2011 - 8:07 am

Nice warm light on the boardwalk.

Scott Wyden Kivowitz - October 26, 2011 - 8:09 am

Loving the tone!

Len Saltiel - October 26, 2011 - 8:12 am

Phenomenal lines Heath. The light is beautifully soft.

Edith Levy - October 26, 2011 - 8:16 am

Wow great leading lines and composition. Awesome shot.

Victoria (Sweden) - October 26, 2011 - 8:28 am

Wow, very nice photo!

Chris Nitz - October 26, 2011 - 8:43 am

Good stuff!

Kris Koeller - October 26, 2011 - 9:41 am

That’s a great spot. Some of THE best views of Manhattan are from there.

Adam Allegro - October 27, 2011 - 4:38 am

Awesome capture Heath. The lighting is just wonderful. Well done.

Black Sand

While in Hawaii earlier this year, my wife and I drove the famous ‘Road to Hana’ – but didn’t stop and turn around upon reaching the town like most people do. We took our rental vehicle all the back around the east/south end of the island, which apparently is not recommended for rentals πŸ™‚ The road gets a bit bumpy and sketchy for a while, but it was well worth it as we found some great spots on the way back. Unfortunately I can’t remember off the top of my head if this black sand beach was before or after Hana, but I can tell you that I was absolutely amazed by it. I’d never seen a beach like this before and finding one was high on my list for our visit, so I couldn’t have been happier when we arrived here.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L

Brian Furbush - October 25, 2011 - 7:18 am

This is fantastic man – really vibrant colors and the footprints are a nice leading line.

Dave DiCello - October 25, 2011 - 7:21 am

This is just awesome man, I love the low POV and how you’ve caught the waves at the perfect moment. This is excellent.

Jesse Pafundi - October 25, 2011 - 7:37 am

Bringing back memories. I shot at this same beach. Love what you did here shooting the footprints in the sand leading right to the cliff. The bending palm tree is awesome.

Chris DeAngelis - October 25, 2011 - 7:59 am

Love the colors contrasted with the black sand! The footprints are a great addition and nice timing on that wave πŸ™‚

Mike Olbinski - October 25, 2011 - 8:26 am

Wow, sweeet shot my friend.

Kris Koeller - October 25, 2011 - 9:26 am

Amazing beach. We saw some fabulous black sand on the Big Island, but I still haven’t done the road to Hana. Nicely done.

Chris Frailey - October 25, 2011 - 9:32 am

Wow, crazy sand.

Edith Levy - October 25, 2011 - 9:49 am

So beautiful. Wonderfully composed Heath.

Len Saltiel - October 25, 2011 - 10:55 am

Great leading line and color Heath

andy gimino - October 25, 2011 - 6:52 pm

Great image heath! Love those footprints in the sand and those great clouds. Nice capture!

Rick Louie - October 26, 2011 - 7:10 am

Very cool! I remember how amazed I was the first time I saw black sand beach in Hawaii. Love the foot prints! So artistic!

Nathan Gilmer - October 28, 2011 - 6:40 am

That is freakin cool! Sweet shot too. I would love to see that someday.

Maui – I » Heath O'Fee Photography - December 14, 2011 - 5:29 pm

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The Way I Saw It: Part Deux

I thought I’d continue the series I started on Friday with another set of images I shot while I was in New York. It’s just such a great city to walk around and capture casually.

Fuji X100
BlackRapid Snapr

Rich Williams - October 24, 2011 - 7:19 am

Damn, Heath. You did it again. Great series, and that reflection shot/self portrait is pretty dang cool.

Dave DiCello - October 24, 2011 - 7:21 am

Another awesome collection of shots here Heath! Outstanding!

Brian Furbush - October 24, 2011 - 7:25 am

Great shots man – love the guitars and the weather/clouds-warm shot. x100 for the win.

Adam Allegro - October 24, 2011 - 7:26 am

Wow Heath… I feel like I just took a virtual Vacation back to New York, Thanks!!! Beautiful shots. Very cool post today!

Scott Wyden Kivowitz - October 24, 2011 - 7:28 am

Totally loving these!

Jesse Pafundi - October 24, 2011 - 7:37 am

Great stuff dude, my type of shooting. That out of focus Radio City image is the bomb.

Tobias George - October 24, 2011 - 7:37 am

Fantastic set! Liking the taxi shots.

Chris DeAngelis - October 24, 2011 - 7:50 am

Great set Heath! You have a great eye for the details of such a giant city! I agree with Jesse, that out of focus Radio City shot “is the bomb”

Chris Frailey - October 24, 2011 - 8:31 am

Digging that taxi cab shot. Nice set Heath.

Edith Levy - October 24, 2011 - 8:32 am

Wionderful series Heath. You’ve really captured the spirit of the city.

A.Barlow - October 24, 2011 - 9:11 am

That 23rd Street shot is the winner in this set for me. That one needs to be printed and hung on a wall πŸ™‚

Jose Vazquez - October 24, 2011 - 9:51 am

That guitar shop shot rocks! Another great set.

Len Saltiel - October 24, 2011 - 10:25 am

Great series of images Heath. Used to work in NYC and these bring back good memories. Nice self portrait in the reflection.

Jim Denham - October 24, 2011 - 11:05 am

Excellent set Heath. Well done!

Scott Ackerman - October 24, 2011 - 12:00 pm

DUDE! I can’t pick a favorite because I would have to choose them all!

Hans - October 24, 2011 - 7:01 pm

Great shots! This town has so much to give! Hope I can do it justice like you did!

Nathan Gilmer - October 25, 2011 - 5:09 am

You make me want to go to New York so bad! Great shots man!

Kris Koeller - October 25, 2011 - 9:25 am

Another amazing series on NYC! I like the slightly desaturated colors. Great collection. Looks like an amazing trip.

Scott Wood - October 25, 2011 - 4:33 pm

Great series of images, I enjoyed them all.

Chris Robins - October 25, 2011 - 4:58 pm

the city never sleeps, i may slow down at night, but, it never sleeps. looks like you didn’t with all the images…great stuff.

Jim Nix - October 26, 2011 - 7:49 am

awesome images Heath, just a great set all around!

Justin - October 28, 2011 - 9:19 am

More great stuff man! Do you remember that name of that guitar store? I have to visit it!

gordon - October 28, 2011 - 11:03 am

That parking structure is pretty awesome!