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If you take a good look at older photographs made with that almost forgotten technology (silver halide emulsions and chemical processing), you may note a peculiar characteristic. The classical pictures show an involved interest and a careful way of looking, that is absent from current digital images. When you have only 36 pictures at your disposal, there is an adrenaline rush that forces you to capture the now-or-never moment, as you have only one chance.
—Erwin Puts, Frugality and the art of looking at Tao of Leica.
We will be rolling out the fresh features to the entire Flickr audience in the coming weeks, but why wait? The new photo experience is available for signed-in members to preview now. To opt-in, visit any photo page and follow the directions on top of the image.
—Josh Nguyen, A New Photo Experience: Your Photos, Happier on Flickr Blog.
Took them years to add a 'view on black' option — well, better late than never.
Saul Leiter must be the last of pure breed bohemians. Watch his story at International Center of Photography's Lecture Series Online web site.
Cannot link to content — God, I hate how it so often happens that Flash web sites epitomize terrible usability! — you need to go to Video → 2009 → Leiter Saul: Life Lessons → press the red dot.
Entry no.: 1032
23 Mar 2010, 9:42 AM
Dig for your 3D glasses and have a look at Jacques Dequeker’s 3D Story for The KRTL Collective.
One thing the Noctilux has plenty of is bokeh. That beautiful background blur that some lenses get so right while others get so wrong. The Noctilux has the most gorgeous out of focus rendering I have ever seen. Ever. Period. End of story.
—Steve Huff in his The Leica 50 Noctilux F 0.95 Lens Review.
Entry no.: 873
29 Oct 2009, 10:00 AM
"He studied with Mr. Brodovitch in Philadelphia as a young man and came to New York in 1937 as his unpaid design assistant at Harper’s Bazaar, the most provocative fashion magazine of the day. But it was under Mr. Liberman, at Vogue, that Mr. Penn forged his career as a photographer."
Michael Reichmann reviews The Leica M9 in Paris:
A Nikon D3x or a Canon 1Ds MKIII can be used as a point and shoot. For all of their sophistication and complexity, with these and similar cameras one can completely remove oneself from the process and just press the shutter.
With an M9 that is not the case. Because it is resolutely manual focus the camera demands that you become involved in the photographic process. This is another aspect of the Zen of Leica M Photography. There's no slacking off. There's no fully auto-everything mode. You must at least manually choose an aperture and you must always focus by eye.
A lengthy yet insightful review worth reading if interested in Leica M cameras in general and the M9 in special.
Maurice Sikkink via e-mail:
We at Rollip.com have developed a new site that lets you give any digital photo the classic look and feel of a vintage or Polaroid picture. [...] We've put extra effort into giving users more options for customization and better quality effects.
Go try Rollip. You might like it.
DPReview — Leica M9 and hands-on preview: Leica has officially revealed the M9 — a full frame version of its M-mount rangefinder. The Leica M9, with its 24 × 36mm, 18 megapixel sensor is, according to the company, "the world's smallest full-frame system camera."
DPReview — Leica X1 and brief hands-on: X1, a compact camera with a large APS-C sensor and a fixed 35mm equivalent field-of-view F2.8 autofocus lens.
Don't miss the Leica Solms Factory Tour feature.
Entry no.: 815
4 Sep 2009, 6:39 PM
"Adjustments of color or gray scale should be limited to those minimally necessary for clear and accurate reproduction, analogous to the “burning” and “dodging” that formerly took place in darkroom processing of images."
No cloning, no senseless HDR.
"A year with a single Leica and a single lens, looking at light and ignoring color, will teach you as much about actually seeing photographs as three years in any photo school, and as much as ten or fifteen years (or more) of mucking about buying and selling and shopping for gear like the average hobbyist."
—Mike Johnston, The Leica as Teacher.
Except that after a year you might not want to go back. I know I don't.
Get a DSLR. Take pictures. "Process" them a bit, you know—recover lost highlight and shadow detail, work your mouse with a bit of dodge and burn, clone out the unwanted, add in a little texture here and there, miraculously enhance the contrast.
Or, if you're really blatantly shameless, go for the full scam: HDR!
Did you learn some photography? Hell no! You learned some damn Photoshop trickery.
Why is it that NYTimes is among the few that constantly come up with this kind of great features? Now really, why?
Some web/publishing people, while too dull and lazy to get 'web 1.0' done right, blabber copiously about 'web 2.0'—let the fucking user do the heavy lifting, let the 'community' come up with the content, give the suckers means to keep each-other entertained!
Thanks, Mr. Mendoza aus Berlin.
Entry no.: 668
15 Dec 2008, 10:02 AM
Schools of thought regarding magazines asking for free pictures:
Via Tom Coates.
"It's fun and gratifying to appreciate the industrial design and the exquisite machining of old Rolleis and Leicas and so forth, and to hold other cameras up to those standards to see how they compare. [...]
But I just haven't felt that way about polycarbonate cameras. To me they're not aesthetically pleasing objects, not objects to love. [...] The best ones are... okay. Are any of them beautiful? I guess I don't think so."
"Avoid making a commotion, just as you wouldn’t stir up the water before fishing. Don’t use a flash out of respect for the natural lighting, even when there isn’t any. If these rules aren’t followed, the photographer becomes unbearably obstrusive."