Jackson Ball

Hi all. I am a 60 something year old living in California and the Caribbean. I've been in the heat transfer system manufacturing business for 25 plus years. I continue a long history of product and industrial system photography from small items the size of a chair to systems the size of a bus. But of course, nature and wilderness are my passion.

For over a decade in the studio and the field I relied on my trusty 4x5 view camera, sturdy tripod, two nice Schneider lenses and four 1500 watt strobe heads with umbrellas and soft boxes. And always shot 100 ISO Fuji transparencies for ultra sharpness and color saturation when PMT scanning. I experimented with early generation digital backs, but found they could not compare with sheet film in sharpness and detail.... until recently.

So we did a complete digital system upgrade from 35mm to Medium and Large Format. New cameras, lenses and accessories. Painful but necessary. Our main system uses Rodenstock HR lenses on a Cambo body and Leaf Aptus 80 megapixel 16-bit, 12-stop digital back. For Medium Format hand-held images we chose the Leica S2/006 and three of the most marvelous Leica lenses I have ever used. I feel like I'm learning all over again. I learned that 16 bits of depth and 12 stops of dynamic range make a huge difference in the feel of the printed image, not just resolution and detail. All of the nuances in color, texture and gradation are there. It just feels more realistic in a purely human kind of way. No 35mm camera could create this realism needed in large prints.

Now I travel around the world for business and pleasure and am constantly developing ever deeper photographic and composition skills, and great patience for airlines security and small overhead bins.

Seek, find and create beauty everywhere and experience it's essence and presence always. As with life and Spirit, we love things expansive and things very small for the beauty they reveal, both in creation and in expression. Pure living. You make it impossible if you try, but inevitable if you just simply are. This little saying applies to many dimensions of life, and includes the artistic expression we find in images that capture things grand and things minute.

It is time in the wild, seeking, finding, enjoying and capturing beauty in the most diverse and obscure places that this merging of singleness of being, the multiplicity of nature and creative purpose most readily celebrate.

Celebrate beauty everywhere!

Love and Honor...

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