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Rainy Days and Libraries

Capping off 2013, one of the busiest years of my career, I created images for Princeton University’s Office of Finance and Treasury’s annual report – Report of the Treasurer 2012-13, Princeton’s Libraries: Our Intellectual Endowment. That’s a mouthful but with ten libraries across campus there is a lot to cover. The project featured newly commissioned work as well as images from my previous projects.

Cover spread, Report of the Treasurer 2012-13, Princeton University. Left = back cover, right = front cover. Firestone Library. Click images to enlarge.
Covers, Report of the Treasurer 2012-13, Princeton University. Left = back cover, right = front cover. Firestone Library, Princeton, NJ. January, 2013. Click images to enlarge.
Last remaining compass floor tile, Firestone Library, Princeton University. Princeton, NJ. December, 2013.
Ted Stanley, Special Collections Conservator, repairs a damaged woodcut. Firestone Library, Princeton University. Princeton, NJ. December, 2013.
Katie Buzard, Shiyi Li, and Emma Boettcher, Mendel Music Library, Princeton University. December, 2013.
Students Katie Buzard, Shiyi Li, and Emma Boettcher, Mendel Music Library, Princeton University. Princeton, NJ. December, 2013.
Mick LeTourneaux, Rare Books Conservator, and Jessica Dagci, Marquand Special Assistant, plan the restoration of a rare Marquand Text. Firestone Library, Princeton University. December, 2013.
Mick LeTourneaux, Rare Books Conservator, and Jessica Dagci, Marquand Special Assistant, plan the restoration of a rare Marquand Text. Firestone Library, Princeton University. Princeton, NJ. December, 2013.
Engineering Library, Princeton University. Princeton, NJ. December, 2013.
Engineering Library, Princeton University. Princeton, NJ. December, 2013.

All images were captured with Canon 1D Xs. The covers were available light shot right after sunset. It was pouring rain but I just kept shooting and wiping off the camera. It was nice to still get dead on focus (along with the 1D X’s great dynamic range.) ISO 8,000 for the back cover, ISO 16,000 for the front.

For the compass and people shots I opted for my LED lights. Originally purchased for video, I find myself using these more and more on stills shoots. The compass has two Litepanels 1x1s for fill and a 3″ Litepanels Sola ENG fresnel to create the highlight raking across the floor. Ted Stanley is lit similarly with two 1x1s adding some local contrast and a 3″ fresnel highlighting his face. Katie Buzard has a 3″ fresnel on a compact stand on camera right lighting her face and three 1x1s up high filling in the background. Mick and Jessica have two 1x1s accentuating the pool of light on them. For all, the LEDs were filtered to match the existing room lights.

The Engineering Library is a composite image to capture the highlights and shadows. Ambient light and a Canon 24 TS-E 24mm II lens (tilt/shift) was used.

Additional Princeton University Library images from the blog:

Getting Gehry with It

Lewis Library, Princeton University, Designed by Frank Gehry

New York Spaces – Ivy Towers

Burning Bright

2 Comments

  1. Troy House

    Really Nice Jon. Great job.

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