Friday, August 31, 2007
There is a list of what's in his bag including a Swiss Army knife with a tool he says that could service a nuclear submarine!
Calumet's new digital shutter releases are announced all priced £18.99 and there's an article by Andy Johnson, Calumet's National Digital Sales Manager on recovery software and travel solutions.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Leigh Green's splashes. Leigh says:
Friday, August 24, 2007
He was Guardian Photographer of the Year.
Sometimes I get the odd hankering but as I cycle home from work at Calumet, unless it is raining particularly heavily, on balance I'm happy with my lot. I leave at 5.30pm that's it. Still enjoy photography as my regular readers will note.
Leigh tells on his website of a dodge used recently to capture celeb pics at a wedding which was guarded by ex-Israeli security. He and a fellow photographer rubbed suntan lotion into each other's backs and pretended to be gay, the guards ignored them hey presto pics in the bag.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Straight from Nikon's website here's the gen: (Expect price to be around that of D2XS.)
- Nikon's original FX-format CMOS image sensor with 36.0 (H) x 23.9 (V) mm image size; 12.1 effective megapixels
- Compatible with three image-sensor formats – FX format (36 x 24), 5:4 (30 x 24) and DX format (24 x 16)
- Sensitivity range ISO 200 to 6400 at normal setting for exceptionally high-quality images; can be set to ISO-equivalent 25,600
- Incorporates Nikon's original EXPEED digital image processing concept
- Nikon's original Scene Recognition system, utilizing the 1,005-pixel RGB sensor, greatly improves autofocus, auto exposure and auto white balance performance
- New 51-point autofocus system features 15 cross-type sensors that maximize the potential of lenses with apertures as small as f/5.6
- High-speed continuous shooting at approx. 9 frames per second [FX format (36 x 24)/5:4 (30 x 24)]/approx. 11 fps [DX format (24 x 16)] *1
- Newly employed Picture Control System enables creation of desired picture with preferred tones
- Accurate focal-plane contrast AF*2 available with built-in Liveview mode
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
"I've been a journalist, staff and freelance, here and abroad, for over 30 years. I've always thought it mad that reporters could not take pictures, particularly mug shots of people they were interviewing, if they had the skills, which modern equipment has made much less demanding. I suspect that photographers are in such a lather (about the Drogheda Agreement) because they know that while most writers could easily master a modern digital camera, and take good pictures, most press photographers are not 'photojournalists' but stupid, unprincipled, oppournist snappers who can't string a sentance together."
Let alone copy out his ridiculous letter word for word and reproduce it on their blog.
As you can imagine I have replied to this letter, next installment coming soon........
This year’s competition is now open, with thousands of pounds worth of prizes up for grabs.A panel of high-profile industry professionals, including Clive Nichols andAndrew Lawson, will judge the competition and the top 100 photographs willbe exhibited at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London from May toSeptember 2008.Closing date for submissions: 31st January 2008.For entry details visit www.gpoty.org (http://www.gpoty.org/) .
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Log on to: www.ngkids.co.uk for details of how to enter and for full terms and conditions. There are three categories: portraits, scenes and animals.
I thought everyone used PCMCIA cards or card readers to download photos.
So here's a picture of our own Calumet 18 in One card reader writer, it is excellent value at £10.98!
This 18 in 1 media reader/writer is compatible with the following memory cards: CF type I & II, Microdrive, MagicStor, SM, MS Pro, MS, MS Pro Duo, MS Duo, SD, MiniSD, TransFlash (micro SD), MMC 4.0 (MMC Plus), MMC, RSMMC, RSMMC 4.0 (MMC Mobile), xD, and SDHC.
However, it still only sports 6.1 mega pixels whith Nikon for £10 (after Nikon's cashback offer) more the D40X has 10 mega Pixels and is considerably lighter.
Unlike the Nikon though it is possible to use any K-mount lens. Since the end of cameras like the ME Super K-mount lenses are cheap as chips.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
This post is prompted by a local restaurant menu which we picked up on Saturday evening.
On it are such well known delicacies as Oxtail gateau, I used to think it was good in a stew. Wild turbot fillet with pistachio crust, I genuinely did not know that farmed turbot was an option. There was also plenty of jus available with Scotish beef fillet main course, what's wrong with gravy?
In deserts was crispy shredded dough with smooth rhubarb compote, if that was not enough in the same dish it's possible to enjoy the flavour of Perth strawberries and raspberry thyme sorbet. A nice bit of strawberries and sorbet would do!
Friday, August 17, 2007
Finishing price today was 11.5p (-14.81%), shareholders who snapped up at the launch price of £1.55 in 2004 and clung on must be hoping for a miracle. Back in the family owned days when there were about 75 shops in the chain it was not such a wild ride. Certainly spending £3m on "revamping" the brand is perhaps not as good as employing some knowledgeable sales staff. One of my customers (Regular readers will know I now work for the competition) was with his wife, returning a camera recently and a member of staff tried to force a lens onto a camera for which it was not intended - result broken lens!
When old man Jessop was in control this person would never have been offered a job in the first place - one of the criteria was that staff were passionate photographers. I had worked as a photojournalist for five years when I rejoined Jessops, my manager then (in 2003) warned me that it was not the same company for which I worked in the mid-1990s. Now the firm prefers a good salesman to an enthusiast.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Sure anyone can take a good snap with a pocket digital. However, to get great snaps as many students from my courses will testify takes more skill if only in "managing" the subject to capture the a perfect pic.
Back in the days when I worked for a newspaper I knew what picture I wanted and how to capture it. Notice the little sparkle in Sean Bean's eyes from fill-in flash. What's that I hear most reporter's saying - that's what seperates "stupid, unprincipalled, opportunist snappers" (according to Nick Hart in the British Journal of Photography) from top photographers.
Photo from Lowepros Website
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
But not as much as firstname.lastname@example.org who emailed me some photos he has on photobucket.com, the link was interminable as it tried to download something I think I don't want. Perhaps that's what an embedded widget is, or am I just showing my lack of knowledge?
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
He has captured 130 comics on celluloid since 1995 in a body of work now recognised as an important archive for the medium.
Andy's photographs are included in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, Rotherham City Gallery & the Picture House Centre for Photography.
His work has been published in the Independent, The Big Issue, Daily Express, Practical Photography, the Journal of the Royal Photographic Society and Photo Technique.
He has spent the last year producing work at the Comedy Store in Manchester photographing visiting stars such as John Thomson, Peter Kay, Rich Hall, Paul Merton, Greg Proops and Tony Slattery. This work was featured in a recent exhibition as part of that city's Comedy Festival.
Andy can be contacted at email@example.com
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
George aims to conquer the world's seven highest summits before the age of 21. The record is currently held by British climber Jake Meyer who climbed all seven by the age of 21.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
This is the logo for Cameratiks & Camerabase located at:
122, Morningside Rd, Edinburgh, EH10 4BX.
Opening HoursMonday - Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The knowledgeable staff Nigel on the front counter and Patrick in repairs offer great service and can fix most broken cameras and lenses. My Nikon 180mm f2.8 would not focus and made horrible gritty noises - the repair cost £56.00 much better than £350+ for a good used one.
Friday, August 03, 2007
Yellow Jersey: Contador in the middle of the peloton as it hurtles around the Champs Elysee cobbles in Paris last Sunday, looking like a shoal of tropical fish. For the technically minded: Manual mode 1/60th sec f9 105mm lens + fill-in flash from Vivitar 283 manual adapter -3 stops