Saturday, March 3, 2012

Made in the USA; I'll drink to that.

Delkin Announces a 700X Compact Flash Card Made in the U.S.

Delkin-Made-in-USA.jpgThe latest cards from Delkin are all about giving performance to photographers and cinematographers that need it, but there's more to them than just performance. Unlike most cards, they're made in the U.S.A.

The new cards were engineered and built in Poway, California and feature, as Delkin puts it, "carefully controlled components and design." In addition to U.S. based manufacturing, you'll get U.S. based tech support.

Delkin's 700X cards have max transfer rates of 105MB/s and write at 67MB/s. The cards ship out today in sized of 16BG ($54.99), 32GB ($99.99) and 64GB ($224.99). Visit Delkin's website for more details.

My favorite building

The Flat Iron building has fascinated photographers since it was erected. It is an architectural gem. This was hot with the E PL-2 and the 15mm Voigtlander in Leica M mount.
The frontal view show how it resembles a flat iron.

Breaking News

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Pro HDSLR Announced

Long-awaited successor to groundbreaking Canon 5D Mark II
March 2, 2012
Following up on the industry standard-setting success of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III will offer 22 megapixel resolution, ISO 25600 (expandable to ISO 104,200), improved metering and autofocus, and much more.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III, which was announced at  the stroke of midnight last night, is an HDSLR that builds on the unprecedented success of its predecessor, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. The 5DMII broke new ground in the world of HD video, offering true high-resolution, cinema-quality video capture for the first time in a DSLR. It started a revolution in cinematography that continues to this day. Now, the 22-megapixel Canon EOS 5D Mark III, with its ability to capture 1080p video, and sophisticated new sensor, focusing, and metering systems, promises to take this still photography and cinematic legacy to new heights.
We  shall see if this is really an improvement  Not an increase in mega pixell as in the Nikon D 800. It may actually be good news.

St. Patrick's Day is almost here

Dedicated to the IRISH, the people I like the most, after Sicilians, of course. St Patrick's Day is almost here and this means that spring will also be here  . Nice, real nice.

Friday, March 2, 2012

At the MET

Another photo in the series "I love this city." Just went to the Met to see the incredible wxhibit on Renaissance portraits. Wonderful. This image caught my eye. The camera was the ubiquitous E PL-2 that is fast becoming my favorite camera.
Along with the new Radio controller the XTR 3 you can now use TTL flash with full radio control. I have the XTR 2 and because it is infra red it is limited to line of sight and distsnce. This should go a long way to make Canon flashes more competitive with Nikon who still appear to have the edge when used as fill flash units outdoor.

Finally, radio controlled flash from Canon


 The Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT features wireless radio connectivity.

For all photo historic photo fans

New York Times Launches a Tumblr Site to Display Photo Archive

New York Times - Lively-Morgue.jpgThe New York Times has an incredible history of incredible stories and remarkable photographs. The new Tumblr site launched by the storied newspaper lets you experience both.

The site is known as The Lively Morgue, in reference to the paper's photo archive which is known simply as The Morgue. They'll be updating the site weekly with new pictures and a bit of context for the picture.

Commenting on the archive, the David W. Dunlap of the New York Times said that there are at least five or six million prints and plenty more negatives and contact sheets for an estimated 10 million photos. "The picture archive also includes 13,500 DVDs, each storing about 4.7 gigabytes worth of imagery," he writes. That comes out to around 63,000 gigabytes worth of data.

The Lively Morgue

Happy Friday / Buon venerdi

Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend.

I just love this city

 Madison Square Park is just magical. there are great photos possibilities in any direction.

I used the Olympus E PL-2 with the Voigtlander 15mm Leica mount lens. A nice combination.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Big plans for a small camera.

All the major camera makers have embarked on large sensor small - point and shoot - cameras. The Nikon along with the Pentax offerings are the smallest and most portable. It remains to be seen if they can really compete with the established four thirds format that is popular and capable of great image quality. We shall see.

New Nikon 1 V1 Custom Grip

This grip is designed specifically for comfort and safety when handling heft of Nikon V1, especially when coupled with FT-1 adapter and heavy lenses. The grip does not obstruct battery/card door and preserves original location of tripod socket on centerline of the lens. Once applied the grip becomes an integral part of V1. The grip is individually machined from high grade aluminum alloy, glass bead blasted then anodized for durability. It attaches to the V1 with clear transfer VHB tape known for ultimate bonding power.

Happy March

I know, beware the ides of march, but the word alone implies winter's death and this cannot be too soon. ENJOY

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I love this island / Canon FT

Sicily, the most wonderful place on Earth. It's history alone makes it so. This Kodachrome 64 slide [ISO of 64] and hand held - I really was steady then - was shot at Agrigento's valle dei templi. The valley of the temples. Way back in 1972, you could drive right next to the temples day or night and could even bring a box lunch. Things have changed with the throngs of tourists visiting now and with the Unesco designation. It's all controlled but very disorganized as almost all things are in Italy. Nevertheless, it's a wonderful place. I  have posted this one before but I'm very proud of it. No manipulation at all. It was hard taking good pictures then. Digital has made it all so easy that I really do not enjoy photography as much. All silly tech nonsense.

Have a wonderful day / Buona giornata / Canon 5D

Thanks for visiting

I love this city

Shot with the Canon 30 D and the 10-35 F 2.8 L lens.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

One amazing camera

'Act of Valor' Utilizes Canon EOS 5D Mark II Cameras for "Physics Defying" Shots

Act of Valor.jpgThe movie 'Act of Valor,' which stars active-duty Navy SEALs, is one of the increasing number of films that utilizes HDSLRs for getting shots that normal cameras can't. The smaller, lighter camera gives filmmakers a new kind of freedom in shooting.

"Because the Canon 5D Mark II is so light weight," says the film's co-director Scott Waugh, "we were able to defy conventional motion picture camera physics and capture a high-quality cinematic image, which ultimately looked incredible on a 100-foot theatrical screen."

'Act of Valor' isn't the first film to take the HDSLR approach to action - many of the Marvel movies including 'Captain America' and 'Iron Man 2' opted to shirk tradition in favor of the new technique.

Have a wonderful day / Buona giornata

Thanks for visiting

Alley / Nikon D-300

Back alleys are very common in small Pennsylvania towns. This is in Milford and was shot in May of 2008. The lens was the Nikkor 17-55 F 2.8.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Have a wonderful day / Buona giornata

Classic porch / E P:-2

There's something fascinating about classic American architecture. This porch in Honesdale, PA next door to Day's bakery has always interested me. I just love it's balance.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Happy Sunday / Buona domenica

Beautiful American farm / E PL-2

I am always fascinated by this classic farm. it is located on the PA 590 near Honesdale.  With a dusting of snow it proved irresistible.