Please tell Chuck McKern to keep writing articles on lighting and
especially on macro photography. It's something I'm really
interested in but I rarely see articles on it.
Ummm, We're Not Sure
Could you pass that this way when you're done?
Acting Sensibly in Our National Parks
I agree with Moose. When people see wild animals they stop
thinking. But then again maybe Darwin had a point...
Enjoyed the articles, especially liked the article by Moose. I look
forward to the next issue.
I've just discovered your "webazine", it's great! Thank God
for the Moose Petersons of the world. His article was really "on
target", and having witnessed some of the same, I couldn't agree
more. Keep up the great work!
OK you did dogs when is the article on cats?
God the PC police are even into cats and dogs! Rose it seems that pets are a popular subject so we'll probably do another article on pet photography at some point. We'll even try and work in a cat.
Black & White Prints from Color
You need only look at the work of folks like Moose Peterson and Galen Rowell to see how good color images can be, or to look at the great body of work of a publication like National Geographic to see the impact that photos can have on the world. By the way the article didn't suggest that color photography was better then black and white. Rather it showed how black and white images can sometimes have an advantage of color and how you can use that to your advantage. Now could someone please pass Yves some Prozac?
Outstanding Review and black and white film.
God when I was in college did I hate black and white! But it
seemed that was all we were allowed to shoot. The really funny
thing is that as much as I hated it then I like to shoot it sometimes
now but I never have black and white film when the mood hits me.
Your article makes it easier to do. After reading your article I
tried it with a portrait of my daughter and I loved the
The example in "Never buy Black & White Film Again" is
simply too bad and all that is written there has no value, I think. Even
the digi image has no light in the face, eyes are empty, no light,
nothing. To change such a sadness into b&w is a waste of time. You
could compare it only with a similar shot on b&w film and the difference
would be visible for everybody at once!!! A photographer would have focused
only on the face for better contrast to the useless background, e.g. f
2,8 with a 85 or 100 mm lens. To mention Photoshop is another error,
with IrfanView (Freeware) this could be done within 5-6 seconds, incl.
the second it needs to load. What I saw here was an example how NOT to
The example image shown was cropped out of a larger image to deliberately create an photo where the background would detract from the subject (we pointed this out). The idea was to show that color can itself become the focal point and that a black and white version of the image would therefore allow the viewer to focus on the subject without a distracting background. There are no catch lights in the eyes because the subject is looking away from the camera - a subject does not have to be staring into the camera for an image to have impact. The fact that he is looking away helps to convey a mood in and of itself.
As noted in the article the image was shot with a 28-105mm zoom lens. If my foggy memory serves me this image was shot at the 105mm end of the zoom. 100mm is considered a standard portrait length.
I wouldn't consider using PhotoShop an error. I have found it to be an amazingly powerful package, as have hundreds of thousands of graphics professionals worldwide. I have no experience with IrfanView so I can't comment on it's abilities.
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