Bruce Couch

Thanks to a busy holiday season, our abstract contest ran for two months, which helped it collect some incredible photos. Judging the images and picking a winner is a difficult task for such a theme, but the one picture all judges agreed on was the above pinhole photo of an escalator by Bruce Couch. Interesting light, strong lines, and mist-like motion blur make for an image that is impossible to ignore. Congrats to Bruce, and be sure to read on to find out how he made this great photograph.

Please tell us a little about yourself. What kind of photographer are you?

I am a commercial photographer who stopped shooting all together in 1992 to start a design firm. I I didn’t really start shooting again till 2009 when I bought a DSLR. Quickly I realized that most of what I was shooting was crap and realized what I was missing was the thought process that went into shooting when I shot film. So along with continuing to shoot my DSLR, I started shooting 2 1/4 and 4×5 film. I found that it changed my behavior to a process that was better suited for my style of shooting and my images started to show that improvement. I still own my design firm Bodie Group Inc, and occasionally sell my work to my company for use in some of our clients’ work (we produce high end corporate presentations). Aside from that I do not actively sell my work. I find that my work is much more enjoyable when I do it just for myself.

Tell us a little about the image and how you shot it: time of day, location, your plan, technique, gear used, etc.

This image was shot with a custom built, wood 6×9 pinhole camera (built by Portland photographer and amazing woodworker, Don Pyle) on Fuji Provia 100 film.  The camera uses a laser cut ƒ120 aperture. I exposed for about 30 seconds.

The image was shot while I was on a corporate event project at the San Diego Convention Center in June of 2012.

What was the post-production process for this image? What software did you use or what adjustments did you make (if any)?

Other than spotting out the dust in photoshop and a few very minor exposure adjustments in LR5, it’s as it came out of the camera.

Where can people go to see more of your work?

Most of my work can be seen here.

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