Camera Deals

There are some exceptional camera deals going on right now. Amazon has the Fujifilm X100 for $999. They also have the Olympus XZ-1 for $199.

Over on ebay, Cameta has the refurbished Olympus E-PL1 for $120 in their ebay store. That's body-only, but it's a lot of camera for the money. Comes with a 1 year warranty.


Hasselblad Lunar

When the rumor sites leaked that Hasselblad was coming out with a new mirrorless camera for Photokina, a lot of fanboy sites started saying thing like "Squeeeeeeee!!! Digital X-pan!" I know I can be a little pessimistic. My first thought was "this better not be a rebadged Fuji X-Pro 1." But it's even worse, it's a Sony Nex-7 wrapped in the dashboard from my mom's old 1979 Ford Thunderbird.


Kale Friesen: Lensbaby Fashion

I don't think I've ever seen fashion/people photography shot this well with a Lensbaby. I may have to give the Edge 80 another look.

Seen at Lensbaby Blog.


Trailer for Joel-Peter Witkin: An Objective Eye

I've been a fan of Joel-Peter Witkin's work since my friend August introduced me to one of his books when we were both art students back in the '90s.

Seen at Feature Shoot.


Near Equal Moriyama Daido

I've seen bits and pieces of this before, but it's great to finally watch the whole thing. Running time 01:24:16.



CPRAM 2012

MGCCC'S Alonzo Lawrence (15) intercepts a pass intended for Hinds receiver Qauntavius Leslie in the Bulldogs' 35-26 win over Hinds Oct. 29.

I just won First Place in the Sports Photography category at CPRAM this year. That's Alonzo Lawrence making that interception by the way. He just signed with the Detroit Lions.



Primitive Portraits

More RSS serendipity. First, a behind the scenes looks at Photobooth, currently the worlds only tintype portrait photography studio. Seen at Feature Shoot.


Next, another behind the scenes video of instant portrait photography. One of only two remaining Afghan street portraitists. Seen at Fstoppers.



Life Library of Photography

I love reference books. And photography. So it should be no surprise that I'm fond of the "Life Library of Photography." It doesn't hurt that I'm frugal and these books are both common and cheap at thrift stores.

There are at least two different versions of these books, and my collection is a mixed bag. The older versions are slightly larger and have silver covers, while the smaller, newer versions have black cloth covers. The later books seem to be a little better built. Either way it's a great set of books that doesn't take up a lot of shelf space. Some of the technical information is dated, but you'll never get tired of looking at things like Walker Evans' "Love Before Breakfast."

Since I've put my collection together piecemeal over the years from various secondhand stores, I'm missing a few volumes - notably, the Index. I think however, that I've put together a list of what a complete set would contain.

  • Index
  • Documentary Photography
  • Photography as a Tool
  • Caring for Photographs
  • The Art of Photography
  • The Print
  • Photographing Nature
  • Color
  • Light and Film
  • Photojournalism
  • The Camera
  • Special Problems
  • Great Photographers
  • The Studio
  • Photographing Children
  • Travel Photography
  • Frontiers of Photography
  • The Great Themes
  • Photography Year 1973
  • Photography Year 1974
  • Photography Year 1975
  • Photography Year 1976
  • Photography Year 1977
  • Photography Year 1978
  • Photography Year 1979
  • Photography Year 1980
  • Photography Year 1981
  • Photography Year 1982/83
  • Photography Year 1996
  • Photography Year 1997
  • Photography Year 2000

Since I don't own the Index, I'm not sure if these go in any particular order, but I think the list is complete - 17 books and 13 yearbooks, plus the Index. If someone has an Index and would like to chime in, feel free.

I also own an older copy of "Photography" by B. London,J. Upton,J. Stone, a popular textbook which was originally adapted from this series of books.


Trailer for TIME ZERO: the last year of Polaroid film

TIME ZERO Trailer, originally uploaded by TIMEZEROmovie.

I definitely want to see this movie. Netflix carries a lot of documentaries, so here's hoping it shows up there eventually.

Seen at Pop Photo.


Daido Moriyama: Memories of a Dog

I've watched this video many times, but it's always worth another look. Watch Daido Moriyama wander around Shinjuku, and then talk a bit about his thought process. Co-starring a Ricoh GR1v.


Adobe Lightroom On Sale

Amazon has Lightroom 3 as their Gold Box Deal of the Day today. It's on sale for $89.99 and I think that's the cheapest I've ever seen it, by about 1 penny.

Amazon Link:

Lightroon 3 Gold Box Deal


Google Reader Serendipity

004_R1174718, originally uploaded by infrar3d. Unrelated to the post other than being 4:3.

Kirk Tuck's weekly article at The Online Photographer this week was about aspect ratios, and how his preference is for the square. I think Mr. Tuck's article may have been at least partially prompted by his recent purchase of a Panasonic GH2, which has an actual multi-format sensor, although 1:1 is still a crop. I hope we see more sensors made this way.

Mike Johnston later posted a small follow-up on his preference for rectangles. In between these two articles, I also saw this post about proportions as they relate to comic book frames by Frank Santoro, via Austin Kleon. Here's a quote.

Finding the squares on a given proportion is what one's mind does instinctively.

He goes on to compare the square to whole notes in music. It's interesting when the feed reader gets lucky that way.

Me? I'm still getting used to 4:3 with my GRD2. I shot with it in 3:2 mode when I first got it, but I'm warming back up to 4:3. It's essentially the same proportion as my old peel-apart Polaroids and quarter-plate Speed Graphic.


Digital Black & White Printing Services

I've just found out today that Adoramapix stopped offering Ilford Multigrade Express RC as an option a few months ago. Guess I should print more often. I spent some time today looking around for another printer that uses this paper, so far I've come up with Mpix.com, Fromex.com, and digitalsilverimaging.com.

I ordered some prints from Mpix today, even though they only carry matte finish and I'd really prefer glossy. I talked to Mpix customer service and they just have one machine dedicated to black and white, so no prospect of getting glossy paper in the future. At least they're fast. I already got the confirmation email that my order has shipped.

I'll probably try Digital Silver Imaging next. They've got their own printing application you install, and that seems interesting.


ebay Find: Kodak 760M

There's a Kodak 760M on ebay right now. These don't show up very often, and I'm betting it's going to get pretty high. Maybe over five grand? With over nine days left to go it's already jumped up over $1000 dollars.

That seems like a lot for a six megapixel camera that what? ten years old? But, this is one of the very few true monochrome digital cameras ever made. I'd love to have one to play with, but that's just out of my league for a toy.

Update: It went for $2,130.00.