News Commentary, Vintage Photography

Photograph Your Namesake

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For me it was James Dean. It was 1955 and my mom loved him. So like today, baby names tend to follow what’s popular at the time, whether inspired from movies or musical artists. I did not know a lot about him, nor have I seen a lot of his movies. I just know he died young at the age of 24, in 1955 the year I was born. What I did know, was that he liked to take photographs, something I would like to explore more.But here, thanks to Vintag.es website there are several photos of him with camera, and stories he was a good photographer. Anyway, this is my brush with celebrity.Need to explore more. What’s your story?

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News Commentary, Vintage Photography

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie?

film-canistersI admit that I am not a professional photographer, just one who enjoys the art and creating it. However, it was 1982 that I acquired my first camera from a professional photographer friend who owned a camera store. He recommended I buy the Canon AE-1 Program. He always use to say “Buy your second camera first”. I think it was because we would accelerate in our growth of photography and we would want to keep buying cameras. The thing is, at that time all we had was film, so upgrading every two years wasn’t necessary. Today, new cameras with more megapixels are sold to us every year, creating an envy for the new stuff with all the new features. Wow, can you image a camera that has both Wifi and Bluetooth, and GPS built in. Articulating screen or not? Nikon or Canon, Sony or Fuji or Olympus, DSLR, Mirrorless or Micro four thirds (I still can’t wrap my head around that one). One thing is for sure, no matter how many megapixels is in your camera, the cost to shoot one frame is FREE compared to the cost of film. I have purchased 35mm film, taken pictures and had it developed and scanned the negatives onto a disc. The result is, that the quality is never what I can get out of my DSLR. And then add in the post processing, I have a beautiful image to print. With all the news about film making a comeback, does it really have to? I do not get enjoyment from spending money on 24-36 images (if I am lucky). My bet is that some people will rush to eBay to buy a used film camera for nostalgia sake or to try it out for the very first time. That’s fine. It was expensive for me back in 1982 and it still is today. What do you think?

Camera Gear, Photography, Vintage Photography

My Dream Camera

img_2424I remember as a young boy wanting to get into photography, but just could not afford the cost of a new Nikon or Canon SLR. We often face those dilemmas in real life, cost vs. value or quality. What do we concentrate on? Well for a long time when I was 13-14, I used to look in the back of Popular Photography ¬†or Modern Photography magazine and browse the ads for cheap cameras, or lower cost cameras I should say. I would scour the ads from Cambridge Photo or 42nd St. Photo every month drooling over the cameras, lenses and anything photography related.. There was something magical, yet educational in reading those ads. That’s how I learned. By reading ads.Even to this day I will still read ads to see what was being advertised then look up more information about the item. What lenses were being advertised and for what purpose. Why was a 50mm 1.4 better than a 1.8 and so on. Remember Spiratone lenses? I never bought one, but always wanted one. I settled on a Hanimex Praktica to be my first camera. Because it was cheaper than all the others. I still couldn’t muster the few hundred dollars to buy one. But many years later I did see one on Ebay , and bought it. Only to be disappointed that it didn’t work. It seemed the shutter didn’t work properly and it was a fairly common thing with those cameras.I bought the camera because it reminded me of an innocent time in my youth. And I just wanted to be there again. Sadly we move on from broken things, but just can’t seem to part with the idea of what we thought we could do with them. But we still hope.

Photography

Back in the Saddle Again

tugblueAfter a very long absence from writing, I am trying to get back in focus (no pun intended) to what really matters to me…..shooting stuff. This picture was taken with my brand new Canon 10-18mm lens and post processed in Lightroom and Photomatix.I know some of the HDR stuff is not for all lovers of photography, and some even say this style of HDR covers a myriad of errors and imperfections. I agree, but I also can’t stop loving some of these images that Photomatix produces. Yes it may seem that inexperienced and immature photographers post process this way, but I make no excuse. I love the way this image is enhanced. Shot on Irondequoit Bay when I went to break in the new lens I just received. The beauty of this lens was to keep something close in foreground while shooting across an expanse. Lucky for me a US Coast Guard boat was coming by and snapped this awesome shot. The post process in Lightroom secured the color and an HDR process in Photomatix from a single image (instead of 3) produced the final enhancement. Shot in the Sea Breeze section of Irondequoit Bay with temporary bridge in view.