Saturday, May 12, 2012
Food photography is an art form, one that I have never tried to master. I'm just too impulsive, I work too fast to set up elaborate lights; not to mention that I like food so much that I would probably eat it before the shot. However, there are times when the simplest and fasted methods do the job. This pasta ai frutti di mare was shot at the Bouillabaisse Restaurant in Brooklyn. The shot, and I mean the shot, took no time. The lens was the Canon 23-105 F 4 L. I did not like to bother the other patrons with my flash. Not to be immodest, but this shot works. The food looks good enough to eat. And let me tell you it was very good considering that the fish were not from the Mediterranean.
Friday, May 11, 2012
LEICA HAS ANNOUNCED THE NEW L MONOCHROM
Here's the press release:
Here's the press release:
Solms Germany (May 10, 2012) - Leica Camera AG presents the Leica M Monochrom, the world’s first digital camera exclusively for full-frame, 35 mm black-and-white photography. Featuring a sensor designed specifically for this purpose, the new addition to the Leica portfolio enables photographers to capture images in outstanding black-and-white quality, setting entirely new standards. The latest camera in the flagship Leica M-System, the Leica M Monochrom continues the successful story of the Leica rangefinder system, which has written numerous chapters in the history of innovative photography.
“Black-and-white photography is more popular than ever before. Even today, it has lost none of its fascination as an expressive medium, not even for younger generations of photographers. This is confirmed by the numerous monochrome images shown by members of the M-Community, who we are in constant contact with,” said Jesko von Oeynhausen, Product Manager for the M-System at Leica Camera AG. “For the first time ever, we are offering an opportunity to consistently and authentically explore black-and-white photography with the M Monochrom, a tool that is unique in the digital world. The camera’s exclusively black-and-white sensor brings an enormous technical benefit that is reflected in the amazing imaging quality it delivers.”
The 18 MP image sensor of the M Monochrom is perfectly matched to the unique properties of the Leica M-System and the superior performance of Leica M-Lenses. As the sensor does not ‘see’ colors, every pixel records true luminance values – as a result, it delivers ‘true’ black-and-white images that are significantly sharper than comparable exposures from a camera with a color-sensitive sensor.
To allow precise control of tonal values, the Leica M Monochrom offers a raw data histogram display to exhibit original, unprocessed and unmodified raw data. This, combined with a configurable clipping display, allows precise correction or optimization of exposures.
At the touch of a button, images captured by the M Monochrom can be converted with characteristic toning effects from black-and-white film photography (sepia, cold or selenium toning). All users need to do is save the image in JPEG format and select the desired toning effect – simply and conveniently, with no need for post-processing.
The classic, iconic design of the Leica M-cameras is carried forward by the Leica M Monochrom. The matte-black finish of the chromed top deck allows the camera to be an unobtrusive tool. Only an engraved script on the accessory shoe reveals the product name. The camera features particularly soft leather trim with ideal grip that perfectly complements the camera’s discreet character. The camera package also includes a genuine leather carrying strap in premium full-grain cowhide.Our question is what is the future of this unique camera in the marketplace in view of the fact that there's really no sound way to print images in black and white with current printers. Not to mention all the software programs that convert images from color to black and white. We shall see.
Shot on the first day of spring, we had an early spring this year. at my favorite place the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This is a true gem and one of the many places that make New York such a great place to live. I hope that my followers do not get tired of these type of photos because I will post them again as often as I can. I just love this place.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Photo courtesy of Leica
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Free GIMP Version 2.8 Brings New Interface and MoreFor those who need it and can afford it, Adobe CS6 is in the stores now and it's new pricing model that comes with Creative Cloud, it's more affordable than ever. Of course, if you prefer free software, there's an alternative.
GIMP, is also known GNU Image Manipulation Program, is a free image editing software that can provide you as much functionality as possible for a free product. free. Did you say free?
Naturally, don't expect GIMP to do everything that Photoshop does, and it's not in the same league with CS6, but it gives you a lot of functionality for the price. The latest update to the program brings has new interface updates, some new features and the ability to process images in 16 and 32 bit modes.
Go to the GIMP website for the free download. Did you say free?
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Photo courtesy of Novoflex
Monday, May 7, 2012
I remember fondly all those meet and greets back in the summer of 1977 while working for the Mayoral campaign of Mario Cuomo, This candid shot was taken with the Nikkor 105 F 2.5 on Tri-X. I just love this image. It had power and great virility. A nice photo of a great man.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Photo courtesy of DP Review