In this world, there are things that motivate and things that demotivate. Curiously, what motivates one person might be exactly the same thing that demotivates someone else. Case in point: exotic vacations to scenic locales. For many people, such trips stimulate an outpouring of photographic activity. But for me, the only thing they stimulate is a bout with photographic apathy. Which is why, on a recent late-winter trip to Iceland, I decided to counter my expected languor by doing the opposite of what I would usually do. I would yin every yang.
Does a song need an evolving melody in order to be called a song? Or can something else evolve in its place? Composer and sound designer, Alessandro Cortini claims the latter. And it's a claim I've just appropriated to help describe my latest photographic tendencies.
Fuji and innovation go hand-in-hand. My Hasselblad Xpan? A creation of Fuji's. My pocketable, point-and-shoot Medium Format camera? Also Fuji. My next digital camera? Well, Fuji's new X100T has certainly warranted a meticulous examination — nearly 5,000 words worth of meticulousness! So is that lump in my pocket a new Fuji X100T? Or is it the big wad of cash I saved by deciding not to purchase one? Read the article to find out.
This article is for anyone whose obsessive need to update their social media outlets has forced them to post ill-considered crap. It introduces a conceptual new product called “Whenevergram,” which will force people to post carefully-considered crap instead.
Somewhere in this meandering tale of chance encounters and philosophical philosophizing, there’s a review of the new Leica M-A camera — a camera that just might be the closest any manufacturer has yet come to that elusive quality known as “perfection.”
Grainy. Blurry. Out-of-focus. To the average photographer, these are characteristics to avoid at all cost. Fortunately, I never claimed to be "the average photographer." So for all you not-so-average photographers seeking to infuse some low-fidelity grunge into your high-fidelity world, I present the Olympus Pen EE-2 camera for your consideration.
You'd think, after a decade-and-a-half of widespread moaning, bragging, posturing, marketing and pontificating, that every conceivable angle of the film vs digital debate would have been covered ad nauseam by ten thousand bloggers and a hundred thousand forum participants. So how is it I managed to uncover a heretofore un-debated cranny?
Like telegraphs, typewriters, turntables and anvils, the Voigtlander Vito III 35mm folding camera is a relic of an earlier time. To many, that makes it obsolete. But for those who truly enjoy the act of photography, its antediluvian origins do not equate to uselessness. Distilled of all bells and whistles, it performs the same fundamental function as any current-generation digital SLR or mirrorless marvel — it takes photographs. And it does it quite nicely.
Part 2 of the Caffenolog ostensibly discusses developing Acros 100 in Caffenol-C-M. But because this is an ULTRAsomething article, that whole caffenol angle might actually be an elaborate excuse to further hone my Hasselblad XPan skills (and the word "skills," as used here, is infused with irony). Then again, it's entirely possible that both the Caffenol and Xpan threads are diversionary tactics, meant to obfuscate the true topic — my distaste for being labeled "a blogger." Likelier still, it's all of the above.
In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, I spent a tremendous number of words discussing the merits of Sigma's Foveon sensor for BW photography. In this article, I'll look specifically at the DP3 Merrill as a camera, rather than as a box that holds a Foveon sensor.
After Part 1's discussion of the theoretical advantages of Sigma's Foveon sensor for BW photography, this next installment looks at the BW process in detail, making it even nerdier than Part 1. The article includes a discussion of the tonal differences between BW photos taken with Sigma cameras vs. BW photos converted from color images taken with "traditional" digital cameras. It then segues into an examination of the BW workflow required by Sigma, including both the advantages and disadvantages of the process, plus my recommendations for improving both the process and the cameras.