Why Hasselblad Cameras Are So Expensive
Yes I shoot a camera system that costs as much as a new car. And it is my favorite!
A Conversation With Me
This was great fun! Click on it to watch. Other Photo Conversations presented by John Cornicello include some of the most well known photographers of our time.
Photo Conversation With Me
Coming up on Monday August 31 at 10am PST, very fun to be a guest on John Cornicello’s “Photo Conversations“. It is exciting to be included in an ongoing series that has featured photo industry luminaries such as John Paul Caponigro, Seth Resnick, Kevin Raber, Jack Reznicki, Lee Varis, Michael Newler, Benjamin Von Wong, Jeff Schewe, Jeff Dunas, Mac Holbert, Greg Gorman and more.
It is all free, so please join in and register in advance at https://cornicello.com/zoom It will also be on Facebook Live and YouTube. Thanks!
Coming Up Tuesday
Chatting With Sherri With Me
My third “appearance” with “Chatting With Sherri”. Some of her broadcasts reach over one million downloads! August 11th at 1:00pm at http://tobtr.com/11788122 Thanks!
Chatting With Sherri welcomes back multi-talented photographer; Ian L. Sitren!
Ian L Sitren is a multi-talented photographer. He creates amazing pictures of athletes, models, actors and aircraft! “As a little boy I used to build military aircraft models and hang them from the ceiling in my room. Now I get to photograph them and fly in historic and military airplanes from World War II and many others.”
“My project about the Yiddish Theatre has it’s beginning with my own family. Uncle Izzy as he was known in our family, was one of the pioneers of the Yiddish Theatre along 2nd Avenue in New York City along with the famous Maurice Schwartz. The impact of the Yiddish Theatre through the Century and today reaches from Edward G. Robinson, Irving Berlin, and even Marlon Brando and so very much more. Indeed without the Yiddish Theatre even “Apocalypse Now” may never have been the motion picture it became.”
“Photo excursions started out a few years ago with me just looking for interesting shoot locations. Then a couple of my friends wanted to come along so they became road trips for the purpose of finding the odd and unusual. One of the guys in our group does paintings from his photographs and is now in galleries here in Southern California and Montana and has been in number of prestigious art shows. Another of our group has also been successful in art shows with his photographs, here and abroad. Art Patron Magazine last year did a story about our photo excursions.”
The Leica Film Look
Going a different direction for some of my photography. Will be shooting some film in a Leica lllf camera. This camera was manufactured in 1952 or 1953. All manual and not even a light meter. I always loved the look of film shot in Leica cameras.
Fujifilm Velvia has been one of my favorite films. Even when I shoot my Fujifilm X-Series digital cameras, I shoot RAW and Velvia film emulation. It was because of the photographs in this book that got me into it. I like the saturated colors and high contrast. And I will be shooting the film again too.
Walter Iooss is a long time photographer for Sports Illustrated. And the man who shot the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition for years.
I always liked shooting film. Dwayne’s was the only film lab left still processing Kodachrome. I like many photographers saved our last rolls to get into Dwayne’s to be a small part of photography history.
Now in these changing times, I am going back to shooting some film for a change of pace and for the idea of going back to the history of photography. There is no more Kodachrome or Kodachrome processing but many films are in production and have been brought back in to production.
Lomo Need Some Film
Sometimes I forget what I have. Have to get some film, I have not one roll left!
National Camera Day
Today is National Camera Day so I decided to celebrate by dressing up.
One of the reasons I shoot Hasselblad; the history…
Hasselblad Masters Passion
Published in 2008, I finally got a copy. I was one of the original subscribers to the extraordinary Hasselblad publication “Victor By Hasselblad” and collected the biennial Hasselblad Masters series. However Hasselblad Masters Vol. 1 “Passion” long out of print was not available. Until recently…
A search found Gregor Halenda, who is one of the photographers featured in that very first volume. He had a few new copies in original packaging for sale. I immediately purchased one and Gregor was kind enough to autograph it. An example of his feature in the book is here.
I am a huge fan of Hasselblad and it’s place in history. So on a personal level this is very exciting for me. And photographers are all fans of incredible photography.
Hasselblad H1 Introduction
I have always been a fan of Hasselblad because of it’s place in history with the exploration of outer space. This is an ad from July/August 2005 in Picture Magazine, but it appeared in many magazines. I remember very well the introduction of the H1D when Hasselblad held a day long special event at the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica. It was led by none other than the then President of Hasselblad.
I was there, and as I usually would do, spent a couple of days staying at the Loew’s for other business. Holding that camera and looking through that viewfinder was a total revelation. It shamed other cameras with its huge bright view. The camera so very ergonomic and solid. Everyone was just amazed with it and it’s features and future.
Indeed that held with me when finally I bought my own H4D system some years later. Hasselblad always had some great huge events. Other companies have done so along the way too. I hope to see more. I think it is good marketing although sometimes immediate results are not seen.
Leica Freedom Train
At the beginnings of Nazi Germany, Ernst Leitz II, son of the founder and then director of the company manufacturing Leica cameras conceived a plan to evacuate Jews from the Nazis. Saving perhaps thousands, it became known as the Leica Freedom Train.
My selection of cameras is not just based on megapixels or price. It reflects the place in history of the camera company and the personal support of my business for which I am ever so grateful. Thank You!
Palm Springs Photo Festival XV
Coming up is the 15th year of the Palm Springs Photo Festival. This is a must attend if you are a photographer. I have been going since day one and the last two years hosted workshops at the Palm Springs Air Museum. I know it seems early but it will sneak up fast. Take a look here for more info…. http://2020.palmspringsphotofestival.com
Copyright Law Enforcement
Copyright enforcement for photographers has been a huge issue, especially since social media. Flagrant violations have become common place. Enforcement and litigation for the average photographer difficult, costly and all but impossible. This seeks to remedy that injustice. Perhaps finally a good step forward.
“Professional Photographers of America and its partners in the creative community are celebrating the passage of H.R. 2426, the Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement Act (CASE Act), marking the biggest step yet in improving copyright protection under the law for small creators. The bill sailed through the House to an overwhelmingly bipartisan success with a vote of 410-6.
The CASE Act creates a small claims process for creators whose work is infringed and represents a rare bipartisan, bicameral effort on Capitol Hill. PPA has been activating its 30,000-member base to call or email their representatives in support of the bill. The bill’s central conceit is the establishment of a Copyright Claims Board that would hear and rule on small-claims copyright infringement cases worth less than $15,000. The bill is co-sponsored by 151 members including Representatives Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), who introduced the bill, and ranking member Doug Collins (R-GA), along with original co-sponsors, Representatives Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Hank Johnson (D-GA), Martha Roby (R-AL), Judy Chu (D-CA), Ben Cline (R-VA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA).
“This was a big victory,” says PPA CEO David Trust. “And an incredibly hard-fought one. It’s without question the largest grassroots campaign in the history of professional photography. But we aren’t done. So let’s take a day to celebrate, and then we’ll make preparations for the last hurdle — the Senate.”
It said I needed a headshot for it…
The Lamborghini System Costs More
The camera system on the Lamborghini was much more expensive! At Cine Gear Expo on Friday at Paramount Studios Hollywood.