Don Dudenbostel Photography

Don Dudenbostel Photography Official page of noted Tennessee Commercial and Fine Art Photographer Don Dudenbostel. Representing commercial, documentary, colloidal (wetplate), and x-ray photography.
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While on assignment for the University of Tennessee Beacon newspaper in 1969, Don photographed a student hidden in the bushes behind a row of riot police. That photograph eventually made its way into a 1970 issue of Esquire magazine which also became one of Esquire's top photos of the year. Don was also published in Newsweek as well as other national publications. While in college, he was featured in two solo exhibitions of his photography at the University of Tennessee. After his college years, Don was involved with a small group of photographers interested in photography as an art form. They were known as the Tangent Photography Group. Their goal was to broaden their vision as art photographers. As a result of their efforts, they procured numerous group exhibitions in various major cities throughout the Southeastern United States. In 1975 he was extremely fortunate to study directly with Ansel Adams at his home in Yosemite National Park. Don was now well into his professional career and had entered regional and national competitions and received numerous awards includuing three Kodak Gallery Awards. A number of these award winning images were included in international touring exhibitions. He received his Tennessee Professional Certification in 1981 as well as his Master of Photography degree through the Professional Photographers of America in 1985. Don's photography is available through Martin Gallery in Charleston, SC, Thomas Dean Gallery in Atlanta, GA, Bennett Galleries in Nashville, TN, River Gallery in Chattanooga, TN, and Winter Works on Paper in New York City, NY.

Operating as usual

It's been a while since posting but to bring everyone up to date I'm still actively working and planning to do so for so...
02/16/2016
Voices – VIDA

It's been a while since posting but to bring everyone up to date I'm still actively working and planning to do so for some time to come. There have been some new developments since the last post. Both my documentary and x-ray art have taken off especially the x-ray work.

Since posting one of the companies I have contracted with, 4 Walls.com, has been very successful marketing my work in the form of custom murals. 4 Walls distributes through interior design firms for commercial installations and through Sherwin Williams stores for the retail market. They're taking my images and producing custom images that can span huge areas and are used in medical facilities as well as corporate offices.

The second group is the Wendover Group and they're producing decorative images for institutions such as hotels and corporate offices.

Most recently I was contacted by Vida ( http://shopvida.com/collections/voices/don-dudenbostel-1 ). Vida produces custom clothing featuring the images and art from international artists. I'm in the early stages of working with them but have submitted 6 designs / x-rays for ladies clothing. Please take a look at the above link and let me know what you think and please feel free to order :~)

PRE-ORDER MY DESIGNS & VIDA WILL MAKE THEM All designs produced and shipped within 30 days. Some designs may require minimum pre-orders.

12/05/2013

You just never know what assignment is around the corner. This one was really fun. I got to work with my old friend and great art director from the Whittle days, Lisa Horstman and had my lovely wife Cynthia assisting.

My wife snapped photo of the passenger pigeon in it's case. Credit, photo of DD making photo, Lisa Horstman, others Cynt...
12/05/2013

My wife snapped photo of the passenger pigeon in it's case.

Credit, photo of DD making photo, Lisa Horstman, others Cynthia D.

Exposing the plate. When on location it's necessary to carry a potable darkroom. From the time I coat the plate and sens...
12/05/2013

Exposing the plate.

When on location it's necessary to carry a potable darkroom. From the time I coat the plate and sensitize it I have about ten minutes before it has to be developer. If the plate dries out it's ruined.

Fixing the plate after development.
12/05/2013

Fixing the plate after development.

Pouring the sandarac varnish.
12/05/2013

Pouring the sandarac varnish.

part of the collodion process, varnishing the ambrotype with sandarac resin and lavender oil. Smells great!
12/05/2013

part of the collodion process, varnishing the ambrotype with sandarac resin and lavender oil. Smells great!

Passenger pigeon / collodion wet plate ambrotype for a magazine cover I shot yesterday.
12/05/2013

Passenger pigeon / collodion wet plate ambrotype for a magazine cover I shot yesterday.

A couple of images from a magazine shoot yesterday. The article is on the 100 year anniversary of the extinction of the ...
12/05/2013

A couple of images from a magazine shoot yesterday. The article is on the 100 year anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon.

11/14/2013

The photo below is from the UT riots in 1969. Ed Boling was appointed president of UT to replace retiring Andy Holt. You might say the students were un happy with the decision. There were a number of arrests and thousands of students protested for several days.

Check out todays Metropulse. My long time friend Tom Jester have gotten together again and come up with a continuing ser...
11/14/2013

Check out todays Metropulse. My long time friend Tom Jester have gotten together again and come up with a continuing series of images and short articles for Metropulse. Each week there will be a new photo of the region dating back to my first images in 1955 up to the 80's or possibly up to the 2000's. Anyway the images will give insight to the folks who didn't grow up her as to how we lived in Appalachia and what our history is in the Knoxville area.

Keep an eye out each week and let us know what you think.

Celebrate the day with me. By all standards I'm a senior today. 65 candles and wouldn't go back to my 20's for anything....
11/06/2013

Celebrate the day with me. By all standards I'm a senior today. 65 candles and wouldn't go back to my 20's for anything. Tomorrow I start the next 65.

I often wonder what happened to the people I photographed. This sassy little thing was playing with the pigs with an old...
10/28/2013

I often wonder what happened to the people I photographed. This sassy little thing was playing with the pigs with an old piece of rubber hose when I came upon her. She was telling me I couldn't make her picture when I snapped a series of images. It was near Monteagle mountain in middle Tennessee in 1969 while visiting a good friend. We were driving the back roads and came across this young lady. She must be around fifty years old now.

How would you describe this image? Is it a pear of pears or a pear?
10/28/2013

How would you describe this image? Is it a pear of pears or a pear?

This is one of the paintings in Cynthia's show at the River Gallery in Chattanooga. It is the Muse Urania juggling plane...
10/28/2013

This is one of the paintings in Cynthia's show at the River Gallery in Chattanooga. It is the Muse Urania juggling planets. And an apple.

Live artist at work.
10/26/2013

Live artist at work.

Remember today is Cynthia's talk at River Gallery. Stop in if you're in the area.
10/26/2013

Remember today is Cynthia's talk at River Gallery. Stop in if you're in the area.

Well today wasn't quite as much fun as the Phil Show yesterday. It consisted of delivering work and picking up two loads...
10/25/2013

Well today wasn't quite as much fun as the Phil Show yesterday. It consisted of delivering work and picking up two loads or river rock for my front yard. What fun! Anyway I pulled an image from the archive that is fun. It was part of the 90th anniversary Philco Magnavox catalog I shot with local model Tracy Bise. Tracy was always a joy to work with. If memory is correct it was around 1978 or 79 that we shot this.

Hope you were able to tune into the Phil Show today. I've known Phil for about thirty years and worked with him all over...
10/25/2013

Hope you were able to tune into the Phil Show today. I've known Phil for about thirty years and worked with him all over the country. It's always a pleasure to get together with him and talk.

Here's a little departure from the local color. this image was in St Roch cemetery in New Orleans. Really a strange place. These are relics left by the living who had ailments cured by God. The relics represent that ailment.

Check out the Phil Show. We're live till 5:00 today.
10/24/2013

Check out the Phil Show. We're live till 5:00 today.

Another that I really like, callas.
10/24/2013

Another that I really like, callas.

Here's another exotic lily. Can't remember the name so if you know please let me know.
10/24/2013

Here's another exotic lily. Can't remember the name so if you know please let me know.

One of my favorite images the columbine.
10/24/2013

One of my favorite images the columbine.

It's been a while since I posted any X-rays so here are a couple I haven't posted. This image is a night blooming cereus...
10/24/2013

It's been a while since I posted any X-rays so here are a couple I haven't posted.

This image is a night blooming cereus. It's found in the Sonoran desert and is related to a cactus. It really looks like a dead vine more than a cactus and most of us would walk right by it.

The plant blooms only once a year and only at night. The blossom opens quickly and closes quickly and the flower is open for only an hour or so and then it dies. It opens and closes so quickly you can see it move.

A friend brought the plant to me with three unopened blooms. It took a couple of months for it to get to the point it would open. One bloom fell off and the other two opened one during one night and the other the next night.

My first attempt at making an X-ray exposure failed. The plant was moving during the 7 minute exposure and was blurred. The next night I had a good idea of when the flower would be totally open and before it would start to close. The second blossom yielded this image.

The blossom is very large and complex in structure. The center was bright orange/yellow and the fragrance filled my three story house. The fragrance was so strong that it almost irritated my throat. It was a very pleasant but strong smell.

Google night blooming cereus and see a photo of the flower.

" juggin " Popcorn's whiskey.
10/22/2013

" juggin " Popcorn's whiskey.

Some folks think he's still alive and hiding in the mountains. I don't think this is likely since the coroner dis an aut...
10/22/2013

Some folks think he's still alive and hiding in the mountains. I don't think this is likely since the coroner dis an autopsy at UT Hospital. The autopsy wouldn't have been faked.

For giggles I thought it would be fun to post sightings on a website of Bigfoot, Elvis and Popcorn.

Let's start some rumors, "I saw Popcorn at the ______ last night."

I describe Popcorn as the Marilyn Monroe of moonshine. Tom Jester says he's the col. Sanders of moonshine.
10/22/2013

I describe Popcorn as the Marilyn Monroe of moonshine. Tom Jester says he's the col. Sanders of moonshine.

Tune in on Thursday to the Phil Williams show at 4:07pm.  Tom Jester and I will be on for an hour talking about who know...
10/22/2013

Tune in on Thursday to the Phil Williams show at 4:07pm. Tom Jester and I will be on for an hour talking about who knows what. We'll probably talk about moonshine, serpent handling in church, the kkk and neo nazis in East Tennessee.

It's always fun when we get together with Phil on 98.7 fm.

I'll make a couple of photos while were on the air and post them.

Next Saturday the 26th Cynthia will be doing a talk on her art at the River Gallery in Chattanooga. It starts around 2:0...
10/20/2013

Next Saturday the 26th Cynthia will be doing a talk on her art at the River Gallery in Chattanooga. It starts around 2:00 and ends at 4:00.

Come see the live artist :

Some of the most tedious and demanding shoots are food. This is a very good example. The light was from hmm modeling lig...
10/17/2013

Some of the most tedious and demanding shoots are food.

This is a very good example. The light was from hmm modeling lights in my strobes using silk diffusing panels and grids on the lights. The silks diffuse the light but the grids allow directional control. The other source of light was from candle illumination. Yes I said candles.

Trends change. Shallow depth of focus is in and every detail sharp is out. The overhead photo of salsa and this image we...
10/17/2013

Trends change. Shallow depth of focus is in and every detail sharp is out. The overhead photo of salsa and this image were shot digitally. This was shot using an 85mm tilt shift lens tilted to minimize depth of focus and wide open.

I used a Nikon D800 for this and the salsa photo. The beauty of this camera vs other digital cameras and film is the extreme dynamic / contrast range that it will capture.

Ektachrome transparency film could handle around 6 to 7 stops of contrast and many digital cameras will capture around 9 stops of contrast. The D800 captures 14.4 stops of contrast allowing much greater contrast in the subject and lighting. This allows more detail in highlights and shadows and looks more brilliant to the eye.

10/17/2013

How would you make a cup of coffee look hot or steaming hot food look fresh from the oven? Steam is made two ways, a drop of titanium tetra chloride will produce curling white smoke that looks like steam or a small quantity of calcium chips with a drop of water on them. Place the chemical in a small container that won't react with the chemical behind the subject. Steam will rise and will appear to come from the food.

Both chemicals are dangerous and require great care in use. Calcium can react violently with water and generated a great deal of heat and titanium tetra chloride can cause pulmonary failure.

Do not try this at home!

A question for the aspiring photographers. Could you shoot the three food shots with no retouching? There was no retouch...
10/17/2013

A question for the aspiring photographers. Could you shoot the three food shots with no retouching?

There was no retouching on any of the three.

A little tip, look at the glowing red hot charcoal under the kabobs. It's not charcoal at all or even hot. It's red aluminum foil in the bottom Of the grill reflecting light. Just of the fun tricks in the business.

10/17/2013

Photos like the bread were not retouched. Photoshop and personal computers didn't exist. It had to be perfect at the time we shot it. Retouching was very expensive and complex at the time.

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