Cedric the Photographer at Doors Open Toronto

You may have seen him in our store chatting with Jim, drinking coffee in the kitchen with Colleen, or with his laptop open and sitting with Walter. He pops in here frequently – introducing Cedric the Photographer, a freelance photographer and POCP certified assistant based in Toronto.

He began on his path into photography when he quit his job, bought a digital camera and plane ticket to Chile (when 3.3 megapixels cost $1000). He started with landscape photography because, as he likes to say, “landscapes don’t talk back.” His next big step into the world photography was when he accepted a job as a portrait photographer with Heirloom Portraits. Traveling throughout Canada’s remote northern communities taking school photos and family portraits was his day job for months on end. This interesting job also provided him with many opportunities over the years to continue with his landscape work. He has since worked in a wide range of photographic areas, with his focus on studio portraiture. Visit www.cedricswaneck.com for more information.

We set Cedric up with a Cambo Wide RS camera, a Shcneider Apo-Digital 47mm f/5.6 copal 0, and the Phase One IQ160 digital back for the Doors Open Toronto weekend.

(all images are copyright Cedric Swaneck)

Please visit Cedric’s blog where he outlines his recent experience with this technical equipment supplied by B3K Digital and to see more of his photographs from Doors Open Toronto.

 

 

Sandy and the Animals

One of our favourite photographers, Sandy Nicholson, has been shooting some very cute and cuddly subjects of late. Sandy’s been working on a small book of animals with the resident mammals, lizards, birds, (and others) from Hands on Exotics.

Shooting with a Phase One IQ160 digital back and a selection of lenses, and extension rings, and lit with the Broncolor Scoro A4S & Pulso G heads, Sandy has managed to capture the unique personalities of some very sweet animals.

Meet Penelope the Pig, she can open doors with her nose, likes to sit at your feet during meal time, and is house trained (she also likes to be brushed with a broom)…someone forgot to tell her she’s not a dog!

  

This curious little guy is Doug the chameleon, seems he wants right inside the camera.

…and the opossum goes by the name of Tula.

Take a look at this great video from a previous animal shoot – the flamingo in a duffle bag is particularly cute.

You can see more of Sandy’s work on his website www.sandynicholson.com and read more about the animals, and services of Hands on Exotics here

*all images copyright Sandy Nicholson

Phase One announces new IQ2 Digital Backs

Based on the original IQ series backs, Phase One has just announced the new IQ2 digital backs available in 60 megapixels (IQ260), 80 megapixels (IQ280) and an achromatic IQ260 with 60 megapixels – all with full frame CCD sensors.

The newest versions of the IQ backs boast 16-bit CCD Sensor+ with a whopping 13 stops of dynamic range. The IQ260 can deliver long exposures of up to one hour and produce 60 megapixel captures that are virtually noise free. The Achromatic version offers pure black and white images, no filters or interpolation applied. With no IR cut-off filter mounted on the sensor, the opportunities to create distinct images using a wide array of lens-mounted filters on the market – both artistic and scientific – are endless.

You now have several options for image capture, whether shooting to a memory card, tethered using USB 3.0 or FireWire 800, these backs are designed to give you fast and continuous capture. They now also offer the option to connect your iPad or iPhone wirelessly to an IQ2 digital back. When connected wirelessly, you can control image captures remotely and incoming or stored images can be reviewed and rated.

Just like their predecessors, the new IQ2 backs are built to last, combing functional design with rugged build quality. Made from 100% aircraft grade aluminum with all ports protected with automatic retracting hatches or rubber covers, they’ll work even in the toughest shooting environments.

 You can check out the newest generation of the Phase One backs this month in Montreal (contact Photo Service for details) March 21st, and in Toronto March 22nd , here at B3K Digital.