Thursday, June 25, 2009

Goodbye Kodachrome

All good things must come to an end. This one just took 74 years. Later this year, Kodak is discontinuing production of its original color film - Kodachrome. At EI 25, it was the slowest and best slide film I ever shot. Unfortunately, there were few places to get it processed. Right now it's down to just one.

I can still see work shot by my dad in the forties and fifties that looks great and still has great color. It's hard to say that about most other films.

Nice to know that our digital files will still look just as good 75 years from now. I just wonder what they will be stored on by then - probably something the size of a pin head.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New Nikons coming???

According to the Nikon Rumors blog, there's a new version of my favorite, the Nikon D300 due out sometime soon. It will be the D300S. A screen shot of the new LCD screen seems to suggest it will have dual card support, for SD cards as well as the present Compact Flash. In another article on the site, it also suggests that there will be selectable histograms, for user selected parts of the image. That would certainly be most helpful. Can't wait to see it.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Parade the Circle 2009

CLEVELAND, OH -- Each year the Cleveland Art Museum sponsors a celebration of performing art called Parade the Circle. Performers start at the museum and parade around University Circle. This years event was a feast for the photographic eye and I have added some of my favorite performers here for your viewing pleasure. (Click on SLIDESHOW in the upper right of the page for easiest viewing.)

When shooting parades, I like to get down low and shoot up at the performers, or get a high vantage point and shoot down. I noticed the official Cleveland Art Museum photographer brought out a 10' foot step ladder and got all his shots from this comfortable "above-the-crowd" perch.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Free three-part webinar

liveBooks Inc. announced a free, three-part webinar series about composition with nature photographer Art Wolfe. In the "Art on Art" series, Wolfe will share insights from his 30-year career as a photographer and discuss points of view, focal lengths and lighting on June 10 at 11 a.m. PT, July 6 at 3 p.m. PT and Aug. 4 at 11 a.m. PT, respectively. There is no fee associated with the webinars; participants are asked to register by visiting liveBooks' webinar calendar and selecting the session they would like to attend.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Add a point of interest

CLEVELAND, OH -- I was recently in the Arcade with my point and shoot camera in my pocket. Realizing I didn't have any current pictures of this historic building, I decided to spend a couple minutes taking some shots. On looking at the shoot later on, I realized that my first shot was so typical of what many beginners would likely do....walk in the front door, pull out a camera and try to take as much in as possible with one shot.

Unfortunately, from my point of view, while it's a good shot from the point of symmetry, it doesn't tell much about the building's abundant use of brass everywhere. For that, you need a closeup.

By moving off to the side, and recomposing the shot, I was able to feature one of the beautiful brass light posts. You'll also notice that I'm up close enough where you can actually see much of the detail in the post.

From my perspective, I think this tells a much more compelling story of what this historic building is all about.

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