Revisiting Grinnell & A Panning Blur

Last week I visited Grinnell College for the first time since December 2006, when I photographed a wedding just a few miles north of town.  A Portrait of Grinnell: The Architecture and Landscape of Grinnell College officially sold out this winter, and on the top of the agenda was to figure out what kind of demand there was for a reprint.  As it turns out, the demand is pretty strong.

The publishing company I used for the short-run of 1,000 books is no longer offering printing services, so I may go straight to the printer in Hong Kong.  This time, I’m thinking of making 2,000 copies.  Also, I’m planning to update the book slightly with a few new photos, but also to remove a couple that no longer up to my standards.  This fall I’ll make another trip out to Grinnell for a long-weekend of photography.

After several hours at Saints Rest Coffee House, I decided to give myself a tour of campus and all of its changes.  While I made a few visual “notes” (photos that are more ideas than they are good photographs), I did make a panning blur of South Campus that I was surprised to have come out so well–usually, I only make blurs of natural forms, and I wasn’t sure how it would work out with the straight lines of man-made structures.

Canon 5D Mk. II, 24-70mm f/2.8 L, exposed
Canon 5D Mk. II, 24-70mm f/2.8 L, exposed1/4 sec. @ f/13, ISO 100

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