Saturday, September 26, 2009

Photo of the day 9-26-09 Canon 5D


North east Pennsylvania in February of 2008. The Canon 5D with the 24-85 f3.5-4.5 EF lens.
With autumn here can winter be far behind?

Friday, September 25, 2009

Heard on the web EVF's on DSLR'S

On the DP Review discussion forum [the 1d, 5D fora] someone pointed out that EVF [electronic view finders} were inevitable. I pointed out that this was not a good thing as we buy SLR's because of their pentaprisms. In a reply, I was called old school and the implication wa that I was not capable to appreciate this so called progress. The interlocutor went on to list the many advantages and then asked rethorically what were the shortcomings. My reply was:
Well as you put it there aren't any shortcomings unless you consider the photographer as part of the picture. Your ideal EVF camera can do all these wonderful things all by itself, it seems, and to the point where the person behind the camera becomes almost irrelevant. I like to pre visualize how my final photo will look like either on a monitor or as a print. When we shot film we didn't know anything until we developed and then printed the negatives. It may be old school and old fashioned but not all so called modern things are good. With all the new tech wonders can you tell me where the Anselm Adams, the Steichens, the Kertez's, the Breittenbachs, The Eugene Smiths, the Cartier Bressons etc. are? We old farts were able to take photos back then that would put all the pixel peepers to shame. Sports without AF or motor drives, for example. As I have stated, this is an art. Any attempt to make a photo a total copy of reality with all our "improvements," will kill photography. Oh yes some of us will lust over new equipment and take the same shots over and over again. Each time more "perfect" but always at the same level. One must think before one presses that shutter, it eventually becomes second nature. I'm afraid that all the gadgets do is put more distance between the photographer and the subject. They sort of get in the way. All this so called progress only increases the level of mediocrity, I'm afraid. It's my honest opinion; not meant to offend anyone or show anyone off. I may be old school but I have paid my dues.

Photo of the day Sept. 25, 2009 Olympus E 300


Back at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Early June 2005 in the rose garden with the Olympus E300 and the 14 to 45 3.5-5.6 lens.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Photo of the day Sept. 24, 2009 Canon G9


The St Anthony's Feast in Little Italy with the Canon G9. June of 2008.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Photo of the day Sept. 23, 2009 Olympus E20


Early spring 2003, in Freeport Long Island. The old water works building. Taken with the Olympus E20.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Photo of the day Sept. 22, 2009 Canon 5D


It's the Canon 5D again with the 16 to 35 f2.8 L. In North eastern Pennsylvanya. Late fall of 2008.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Photo of the day Sept. 21, 2009 Canon 5D


Once again the Canon 5D with the 24-105 f4 L lens. Its again the recent fund raiser for the Futures in Education Foundation that offers scholarships to needy children so that they can attend Catholic school.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Photo of the day 9-20-09 Nikon D300


A preview of things to come soon. Taken in north east Pennsylvania in October, 2008, with a Nikon D300 with the 17-55 f2.8 G Nikkor.