Photography at the Intersection of Art and Science with José Francisco Salgado
Dates: Monday July 29-Friday August 2, 8:30am-noon with optional open studio time in the afternoons
There is so much to see in the world with our eyes, but what about seeing the world beyond what our eyes are capable of seeing? Changes in landscape, the night sky, slowing down processes to capture a moment that happens too quickly for our brains to process, these are all things we can now see using photography. Emmy-nominated astronomer and artist José Francisco Salgado will introduce you to the techniques he has developed to extend how we can experience the world. Experiment with time-lapse photography on field trips to the beach and forest, play with high-speed flash while smashing objects like water balloons and wine glasses to catch the moment they shatter into a thousand pieces, capture a drop as it falls into a bowl of liquid, venture into the realm of infrared technology, photograph Alaskan wildlife including bears and eagles, and more. Explore and adventure through the wilds of Sitka with new eyes and new perspective.
José Francisco Salgado is an Emmy-nominated astronomer (BS in Physics, Univ. of Puerto Rico; PhD in Astronomy, Univ. of Michigan), experimental photographer, visual artist, and public speaker who creates multimedia works that communicate science in engaging ways. As the Executive Director and co-founder of KV 265, a non-profit science and arts education organization, Dr. Salgado collaborates with orchestras, composers, and musicians to present films that provoke curiosity and a sense of wonder about the Earth and the Universe. As an experimental photographer, Salgado has visited more than 30 scientific sites in remote places including the Atacama desert, the French Pyrenees, and the South African Karoo, and has contributed visuals to documentaries produced for the History, Discovery, BBC, and National Geographic channels. As a public speaker, he has given lectures in all seven continents, including a presentation at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. josefrancisco.org
- DSLR with all accessories & memory cards or Smartphone Camera
- If using a smartphone to take time-lapse then bring a phone tripod adapter. Many smartphones come with a built-in time-lapse feature (for ex, iPhone camera app). Otherwise, you can purchase an app for a few dollars.
- Laptop with Lightroom (computers available if students don't have this)
- Would be good if possible:
- Shutter release cable: Great for long exposures. Some are even programmable to take time-lapse sequences. Important if your camera cannot be programmed internally.
- Circular polarizer
- Infrared filters (good brand names include Breakthrough Photography, Hoya, and B+W) which block visible light and let only IR pass. These will depend on the lens diameter and should only be bought if your camera can capture IR light. A quick google search will answer that.
- Neutral Density filters (6 or 10 stops, brand names above recommended) to take long exposures in plain daylight. Those depend on the lens diameter (67 mm, 77 mm, etc).