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Roy Kaltschmidt

Roy Kaltschmidt

Afro-Cuban dancers

Santeria African heritage dancers - Callejon de Hamel - Habana, Cuba 2019

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Color Photography Contest

2023

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Afro-Cuban dancers

Santeria African heritage dancers - Callejon de Hamel - Habana, Cuba 2019

About Artist

Roy Kaltschmidt

My visual capturing career began with motion picture - super 8mm and video tape, culminating with the editing process. In time I realized what ignited my inner fire was not the overall story told by a film of length, but the moment in time caught by a single image. I proceeded to exchange my tools - a super 8mm movie camera for a Nikkormat 35mm and enrolled in photography school in NYC. Upon graduation, I ventured west to San Francisco in 1972 and began my career as a corporate photographer working for International Paper Co. In 1977, I worked for 3 years producing visual training lessons for the US Army. In the eighties and nineties, my focus was large corporate clientele - Bank of America, Pacific Gas & Electric, Chevron, Pacific Bell (to name a few). From 2006 thru 2014 I did location freelance photography for the US Veterans Administration in San Francisco. From 1996 to 2016, I worked for the US Department of Energy as the staff photographer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, traveling the globe to document science projects such as construction of neutrino detectors in Canada and China, carbon sequestration research in the wheatfields of Oklahoma, soil and water genomic research in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, climate change research in the various microclimates of California, scientists studying the breakdown of the permafrost in the Alaskan arctic, and deployment of deep water satellite robotics from oceanographic research vessels in the Pacific Ocean to study microbiotic, iron content and climate changes. My photographic tools have varied over the years, depending on the project at hand - 35mm film format: Nikon Nikkormat, FM, FE, F2, F3, and F4 cameras. Medium format: Fuji 6X17, Linhof 6X12, Mamiya 6MF and RZ67 and Hasselblad 500CM system - Large format: Sinar X 4X5 and 8X10, Toyo field 45A II. Digital cameras: Kodak 460 (1st DSLR camera 1997, 6MP - $25K body) and Kodak 560, Canon 1Ds and 5D Mark II, Nikon D3s, D700, D750, D800E, D810, Df, Z6, Z7 and Zfc - Leica M8, M9, M240, M262, M10, SL, Q and CL with Leica, Zeiss and Voigtlander M mount lenses - Fuji X-H1, X-T2, X-T3, X-T4, X-Pro1, X-Pro2, X-Pro3, X100S, X100F cameras. My gear today is a Nikon Z6 camera using Zeiss and Voigtlander prime lenses. Currently semi-retired doing street and travel photography, selling stock images - now residing on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

Roy Kaltschmidt

Photographic Areas of Focus

Abstract, Architecture, Nature, Still Life, Street, Travel

Location

United States of America

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