Musings of an “Old Man”

re-posted with permission, and written by Ken Galama

I keep thinking about a DSLR.

I keep getting confused with all the different sensors and pixels.

I miss the days before digital cameras.

Back then the debate that raged was about which medium format camera was best. (yes it was square and no it wasn’t Bronica)

When it came to 35mm it was Canon or Nikon (sorry Pentax and Minolta). kanken fjallraven soldes There really was no significant difference. lunette de soleil oakley pas cher You either liked the feel of one or the other and that was it.

Film was the real variable to understand. new balance 577 femme It was organic, with its moods. It demanded to be treated like the proverbial Goldie Locks. Not too hot, not too cold.

The lab that processed the colour film was like a maternity ward with anxious photographers waiting the delivery of their precious images. Ripping open packages, flipping through prints, negatives being examined. Ray Ban Goedkoop Each image scrutinized, some cherished others aborted.

But every photographer had religion when it came to black and white. Chaussures Nike I never met a photographer that didn’t process and print their own black and white film.

Ansel Adams was the founder of that religion yet every photographer had their own private ceremony.

After the film was dry and an image chosen for printing the photographer conjured his image from a beam of light. Dodging and burning creating a unique hand made image.

That final print was a direct link to the photons that bounced of the subject.

Get Creative


Shannon’s Gelato Creative

Written by our new Aussie friend Stuart Leslie Blain

I don’t know other photographers’ process for putting together a creative. new balance 577 femme Mine’s done paradoxically. Boutique Nike Paris Magasin On the one hand I get an idea; workshop it, put it through the KISS filter, then off & away. Nike Air Max 2017 Heren wit However, at unsuspecting moments of the day a creeping fear drips into my consciousness that prompts me to ask myself – Am I reinventing the wheel or am I remaking the same old crap I’ve seen before?

If the concept doesn’t match the ideal, then how do I bridge the gap? And finally, will it hold up to the scrutiny of other working professionals? This is my working science experiment as an assistant slowly transitioning to photog.

The breath of fresh air comes in the form of shooting the breeze with Colleen, Jim, and Walter at B3K Digital. Baskets Under Armour Pas Cher A genuine, unpretentious, uncompromising support system. chaussures nike air max pas cher Boutique Nike Cheap Nike Shoes UK Like a second family, but in photography. nike air max 2017 pas cher femme The likes of which this fish-out-of-water Aussie never experienced before. comprar mochilas kanken Abercrombie Pas Cher So imagine my lack of surprise that it’s the first port of call for Canadian image-creating heavyweights like Christopher Gentile (big fan, mentor) who introduced me to them.

My lens of choice was the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro read more at 101meds.com IS USM which is just a delight and I love the precision, even in low light. Detail and focus being paramount, I went the way of macro because I wanted to capture the beauty of (Shannon’s) my Italian-Canadian wife’s amazing juicy fruit and vodka gelato’s with mouth-watering clarity. air max pas cher Specifically so I could oscillate between some quick product shots (none of which i really liked ultimately) and these “lifestyle-y” shots. Nike Air Huarache Heren Adidas ZX 750 Heren Some concept photographs to support a new business venture to eventually make these available for public consumption.

Categories are obviously practical, but beyond that I hate pigeonholing and labelling something ethereal like art because I find, like a film review, it colours your perspective. Fjällräven Kånken Sverige So I’ll refrain from labelling my shots for you the viewer/reader and allow you to just drink it on.

This was an invaluable process for me; learning to shoot a melting object in the sun, held by a melting, sweating subject. Adidas 2017 Goedkoop Always get model release forms signed – even when shooting friends (sad but true).

Run things past the folks at B3K Digital because they are über supportive and nurturing (and it’s easy to forget, and feel pretty alone in a culture that values profit, competition and self-interest and devalues creativity), but especially because you never know where your idea/concept will lead. mochilas kanken baratas Start throwing your creative seeds out there into the universe.

Hartblei – Larger Than Life

Medium Format Quality – View Camera Movement

By Cedric Swaneck – Freelance Photographer/POCP Assistant

A couple of months ago, I was at B3k Digital chatting with Colleen and local photographer Christopher Gentile about the merits of tilt/shift lenses. Right on queue Colleen presented us with the Hartblei trio of tilt/shift SuperRotator lenses. Nike Air Max 2017 Heren rood Nike Pas Cher They offer the 40mm f/4, 80mm f/2.8 and 120mm f/4 lenses. The build quality of these lenses is impressive to say the least.

Equipped with cutting edge Carl Zeiss optics, the Hartblei line of lenses offers DSLR professionals true medium format quality glass. nike goedkoop online Not only is the quality of glass incredible, but the versatility and flexibility of the SuperRotator tilt/shift design offers the photographer more creative and technical options than ever. goedkoop nike air max 2016 You have 360 degrees of rotation and independent control of the tilt and shift movements. fjallraven kanken pas cher adidas 2017 pas cher The movement of these lenses is almost like that of a view camera. The barrel build quality is amazing. air max 2017 heren All of the elements flow smoothly and lock with military precision. mochilas kanken It’s like having a high tech tank in your hands.

The 40mm f/4 lens comes equipped with a built-in tripod mount, which you will definitely need. Nike Store The Hartblei 40 is a real big boy weighing in at 1,490 grams (1.49 kg/3.28 lbs)! I would definitely recommended using the Arca Swiss P0 tripod head with this lens. Nike Air Max 2017 schoenen A great standard lens and a great workout.

The 80mm f/2.8 was the easiest of the three lenses to maneuver. Fjallraven Kanken Like the rest of the lineup, this lens was tack sharp and the image quality was excellent. goedkoop nike air max 2017 Nike Air Max 2016 Heren groen The dimensionality of these tilt shifts can really make your subject really pop while creating a silky smooth bokeh.

I would have liked some more time with the 120mm f/4 lens to play with it’s macro capabilities. Maybe even try it out with an extension tube. The sample image below was taken straight on without tilt or shift. Super sharp and fairly easy to control lens. nike air max 2016 heren Fjallraven Kanken 16L This lens is equipped with dual focus rings helping you get closer to your subject.

Sample Images

 

(Canon 5D Mk II - Hartblei 40mm f/11 2 sec. full shift and tilt)

(Canon 5D Mk II - Hartblei 80mm f/11 1/2 sec. full shift)

(Canon 5D Mk II - Hartblei 120mm f/11 1/2 sec.)

For an in-depth review and more sample images visit Lloyd Chambers’ blog.

- http://diglloyd.com/articles/Hartblei-pub/Main.html

For more info on Hartblei and technical specs visit the Hartblei website.

- http://www.hartblei.de/en/sr40if.htm

All images are copyright Cedric Swaneck.

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. Fjallraven Kanken Sale Classic 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). kanken 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. Asics Pas Cher Traveling throughout Canada’s remote northern communities taking school photos and family portraits was his day job for months on end. nike air max This interesting job also provided him with many opportunities over the years to continue with his landscape work. nike air max pas cher He has since worked in a wide range of photographic areas, with his focus on studio portraiture.

Unique Capture and Lighting Integration from Phase One and Profoto

COPENHAGEN and STOCKHOLM, June 17, 2013 — Phase One and Profoto announced that their technical collaboration has produced an unprecedented integration of simultaneous image capture and light control.

Now photographers can link their Profoto studio light to the aperture or ISO settings of their DSLR or medium format camera system. fjallraven kanken outlet Chaussures Nike While shooting tethered in Capture One Pro, any changes to the aperture on the camera will cause the light intensity of the studio light to automatically compensate an equivalent f-stop. For example, if the photographer switches from f/8 to f/5.6, the light will drop one f-stop, so that the image is not overexposed. asics gel lyte 3 pas cher The solution lets photographers easily define which groups of lights should be included in the linking, making it a powerful and flexible work tool.

“Capture One Pro was designed to satisfy the needs of professional photographers,” said Henrik O. Nike Air Max 2017 Dames zwart Nike Air Max Sko Håkonsson, CEO & President, Phase One. nike tn 2017 femme “Our collaboration with Profoto and the success of our capture and lighting integrations offer unprecedented lighting control during capture. Goedkoop Nike Air Max 2016 This solution is especially great for portrait photographers who want to vary their depth of field; they can just turn the aperture dial and the light intensity will follow to ensure the right exposure.”

Anders Hedebark, CEO, Profoto added: “Since our initial capture and lighting integration projects with Phase One, photographers have encouraged us to do more in this area. Capture One Pro is a great platform from which to empower our customers with better tools to manage their professional light gear.”

Two years ago, the companies announced their first image capture and light control integration solution available in Capture One Pro 6. It provided remote access for wireless control of Profoto lighting equipment from within the Capture One application.

Availability and Pricing

The new image capture and lighting integration solution is available now for Mac OS. Nike Air Max 2017 Heren rood Nike Air Max Italia It requires Capture One Pro 7.1.2 or Capture One DB (digital back) 7.1.2 or later and a Profoto Studio plugin for Capture One. chaussures de foot new balance The Capture One software is available from Phase One at http://www.phaseone.com/software or from one of its authorized dealers. nike chaussures The Profoto Studio plugin download is available at http://www.profoto.com/capture-one.

The solution works with all Profoto lights with built-in Air Remote Control.

Working Together

by Colleen Smith

I sat down last night at a long table in the back of the bar at the beginning of Happy Hour and looked around at the other faces at the table. As soon as another one joined our group there were hugs and handshakes. solde adidas chaussures pas cher fjallraven kanken All 15 of us (there were, unfortunately, a few missing from the festivities) sat down, ordered drinks and food and got the night underway.

There were photographers, producers, studio managers, sales guys, rentals people, all whom I have had the pleasure, the joy of working with over the past 10+ years, and each and every one of them I consider a friend. adidas chaussures homme We get together not as frequently as we would like but when we do the night is full of laughter. nike tn 2017 femme Adidas Baratas We were by far the loudest – and quite possibly the most obnoxious – group in the place. After the initial “how’s work going?” no one talks about his or her day job. Nike Air Max 2017 Heren blauw Nike Paris This is a night to catch up with old friends and talk of things in common and reminisce. nike tn homme One shared event brought us together, but no one needed to talk about what’s going on in the industry, we all know, we’re all a part of it in one form or another.

Which brings me to the reason for writing this.

I have worked at three different companies over the last 10 or so years, all (pro) photo retail/rentals related. nike air max 2017 dames Roze Chaussures Nike 2017 I have made lasting friendships at each place of employment, people I talk to regularly.

We have all worked I suppose, at “the other guy”, some at Vistek, some at Headshots (and of course B3K Digital), and some at places that no longer exist.

This “competition” is (and I truly believe this) a falsehood, something the higher-ups have pushed and pursued believing they should be the biggest, or only player in the sandbox. Billige Nike Sko Why?

This is a relatively small industry; everyone has worked with, or for, everyone else at one time or another. Scarpe Adidas Italia Why create such a divide? I don’t understand why we can’t work with each other instead of against each other? If I can’t help a photographer with what they need why shouldn’t I pick up the phone and call a friend to see if they can help – or vise versa? Imagine this industry if we did? I’m not saying we need to forget about profit or sales or ROI. Compra Mochilas Kanken Fjallraven España Adidas Goedkoop But I am saying there is no need to be so protective or so divisive. Scarpe Nike Online Shop Outlet We all know each other here, wouldn’t it be best to just help out the guy looking for that speedring? Or the producer needing a rental quickly? Why shouldn’t I call the “competition” to find out if they have a lens in rentals and how much it rents for? If I don’t have it for a client I will do what I can to find someone who does. nike air max 2017 dames Rood Let’s just all work together to help the photographers, the producers, the studio managers, let’s get them what they need – regardless of where it comes from – so they can get their job done.

The New Generation of Conservation

Part two in the series of Conservation and Photography

by Colleen Smith

Renewed emphasis on photography-for-conservation arose at the beginning of the 21st century, primarily in response to human-caused environmental crisis. Photographers recognized that the global pattern of ecosystem degradation was not sustainable. Nike Air Max 2017 Heren zwart Modern equipment, attainable travel, the media, and now social media have all helped to bring this new discipline to the forefront of public awareness.

The modern field of conservation photography was formalized in October 2005 with the founding of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) during the 8th World Wilderness Congress held in Anchorage Alaska. This new group was established with the basic goal of enlisting the skills and expertise of some of the world’s best photographers to help advance conservation efforts around the globe. soldes nike air max 1 pas cher Working with scientists, policy makers, governmental leaders, and conservation groups, the iLCP translates conservation science into captivating visual messages. mochilas kanken baratas Years of field experience, talent, and a commitment to conserve landscapes, people and wildlife is what sets the photographers of the iLCP apart. The work of conservation photographers covers a vast range of threats to biodiversity. sac fjallraven pas cher From habitat loss to cultural erosion, from poaching to global warming, conservation photography is indeed a very important component in the conservation toolbox.

“The typical nature photograph shows a butterfly on a pretty flower. nike air max 2016 blauw The conservation photograph shows the same thing, but with a bulldozer coming at it in the background. nike tn noir femme This doesn’t mean there’s no room for beautiful pictures, in fact we need beautiful images just as much as the issues.

Photography in the Field

Part three in the series of Conservation and Photography

by Colleen Smith

Conservation photographers work with a myriad of groups, from scientists to environmentalists, religious figures to heads of state, all with the common goal of education and awareness. Kanken Rugzak Uitverkoop Fjallraven Kanken Sac à Dos Kanken Fjallraven mochilas kanken baratas To maximize their effect, conservation photographs are best employed for specific causes. Nike Air Max 2016 Goedkoop Nike Air Max 2016 Heren groen Nike Air Max 2017 Goedkoop Adidas NMD Dames Proper use of these images have the power to bring about positive change.

Jeanette, an Environmental Assessment Coordinator for the Federal Government tells us how important photographs and videos are in increasing awareness to the general public. nike air max 2017 wit nike air maxschoenen Adidas schoenen nike air max 2016 goedkoop fjallraven occasion “Seeing amazing photos of animals or landscapes that people (especially in the city) don’t see every day can really evoke a sense of wonder and a sense that wilderness or wildlife is something valuable to be protected.” But conservation photography doesn’t just deliver the message to the general public, it is also a very useful instrument used by researchers. Nike Air Max TN Homme Nike Air Max 2017 Dames wit goedkoop air max 2017 nike pas cher Nike Heren Photographs of seabird colonies can be used for counting and estimating populations, photographs of banded birds (shot with 600mm super telephoto lenses) allow researchers to read the band numbers from the photo – something that wouldn’t be visible with a set of binoculars. nike air max 2017 pas cher New Balance Baratas nike pas cher The same is said for videography. Nike Store Nike Air Max 2016 Dames Blauw fjallraven kanken mochilas For example, video is used to monitor tagged fish that move through a salmon ladder, or video used to track animal movements at a particular location i.e. nike air max goedkoop Goedkoop Nike Schoenen 2017 Fjallraven Kanken Kinderen animal use at eco-passages over highways.

Shop Local, Support Local

Ok, what gives…

I’ve spent the past two plus decades supporting and servicing the professional photographer here in Canada. There was a time when our industry had little to no competition, but today, this is not the case. Fjallraven Kanken 16L You can purchase/rent directly off the web, have equipment/product shipped from just about anywhere in the world. Nike Nettbutikk Many of you have asked me directly… gel lyte 3 to better support the industry through a variety of ways, which we’ve endeavored to do (both currently, and in the past). Asics Gel lyte 3 Pas Cher Why then, can someone please tell me, do so many continue to support firms south of the border?

I think back to the heady days of the 80′s, jobs seemed plentiful and rates high. Goedkope Nike Air Max schoenen Today, many of us in the professional imaging industry are pressured by our clients to offer “more for less” – let alone the marketing by major manufacturers implying that “you too, can capture images like the pro”.

The fact is, this is simply not true. It never was and I would challenge anyone to prove otherwise. Fjällräven Kånken Ryggsäckar Technology is more complex, the software never ending and the knowledge base and support to maintain ones self at a pro level continues to be a challenge.

A good friend and client of mine asked me why I could not compete against American large box resellers, I told him I probably could but chose to be a few dollars higher as I felt knowledge, skill and experience came at a cost (all be it a reasonable one). nike air max 2017 goedkoop You can put a face to a name; you have a number to call should something go wrong. air max pas cher pour homme Best of all, the men and women right here genuinely care about you and your success!

In turn, he expressed a similar point of view when dealing with his client over contract rates and to his surprise the client agreed to his fee… Nike Air Max 2016 Dames wit without the ubiquitous headaches of the past few years.

This is not a bitch session (though I’m sure some will say otherwise) rather it is a wake up call. nike air max 2017 heren rood Our industry is a symbiotic one, without one another we ultimately all suffer in the long run. Please, think Canadian, support your local lab, printer, retailer, rental house…

Conservation Photography – A Brief History

Part one in the series of Photography and Conservation.

by Colleen Smith

Conservation and photography appear as two distinct fields, but their combined impact can be profound. nike tn pas cher Photography has developed as a powerful medium of conservation, since the 1860’s when Carleton Watkins used his persuasive images to successfully encourage the creation of the Yosemite Grant in 1864 – the first instance of park land being set aside for preservation and public use. Nike Air Max 1 Heren nike air max pas cher nike air max 2017 wit Fjallraven Kanken Mini UK This in turn led to the creation of Yosemite National Park in 1890. fjallraven kanken Nike Heren Goedkoop Nike Air Max nike air max chaussures Armed with a mammoth plate camera that used 18”x22” glass plate negatives, and a stereoscopic camera he traveled to Yosemite and established himself as a master of landscape photography. asics homme Nike Air Max 2016 Heren blauw nike air max schoenen The 30 mammoth plate and 100 stereoscopic negatives helped influence the US Congress to pass the legislation protecting the Yosemite Valley. nike air max 1 og femme Nike Air Max Flyknit Dames nike pas cher Other photographers of the time had similar success in environmental conservation; William Henry Jackson was pivotal as a member of the Hayden Geological Survey of 1871, which led to the creation of Yellowstone National Park. Fjallraven Kanken Classic Fjallraven Kanken Classic Ansel Adams, best know for the Zone System, was primarily known as an environmentalist first, and a photographer second. cheap adidas uk hogan outlet hollister pas cher Taught to live a life guided by a social responsibility to man and nature, he received his first camera in 1916 (a Kodak Brownie) while visiting Yosemite. nike air max 2017 goedkoop Nike Sko Nettbutikk Fjallraven Kanken Baratas Kanken Big Baratas He spent that winter learning darkroom techniques, and then returned to Yosemite a year later with a better camera and a tripod. nike tn pas cher adidas Stan Smith Italia At the age of 17 he joined the Sierra Club – a group dedicated to preserving the natural world’s wonders and resources – and was a life long member, serving on the board of directors for 37 years. Nike Paris Chaussures Nike Pas Cher chaussures nike air max pas cher 2017 nike air max pas cher “I believe in beauty. nike air max 2016 zwart I believe in stones in the water, air and soil, people and their future and their fate.” He decided that the purpose of his art, whether photography or music, was to reveal that beauty to others and to inspire them to the same calling.

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