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"I am thrilled with the quality of the book and the images.
Presentation I thought was superb and the binding as fine as one could hope for."
October 24, 2002
Have you ever needed to put a lens from one brand of camera on another? How about putting a medium format lens on a 35mm camera? Does the idea of havingtilt and shiftcapability intrigue you, even if your camera maker doesn’t offer a lens with this capability? In that case you need to know aboutZÃƒÂ¶rk.
No, notZorkthe computer adventure game, but ZÃƒÂ¶rk the German manufacturer of weird and wonderful adaptors.My reviewof theirPanorama Shift AdaptorandPro Shift Adapteris now online.
A reminder that there are still a few places left on my early Februarywildlife workshop in Costa Rica. This is a unique 10 trip, designed for photographers and their spouses. It is done in conjunction with one of the world’s leading naturalists. If you want to have a luxury winter vacationandimmerse yourself in the incredible wildlife and landscape of Costa Rica, this trip is for you.
October 18, 2002
PhotoPlus Expotakes place in New York in 2 weeks. I will be in New York and attending the show on opening day,Thursday October 31st. If any regular readers would like to get together for dinner and drinks that evening I’d enjoy meeting you. Pleasedrop me a lineand I’ll keep you informed of plans as they firm up.
Since my article on photography in Iceland was published a few months ago it has proven to be one of my most popular travel pieces, and a surprising number of photographers have written to say that they’d like to join my planned workshop there in 2004. In the meantime I now have onlinea new pageabout an worthwhile Geographic style magazine that has just started publication in Iceland, and also about a campaign to prevent a major corporate ecological rape in that country that needs your support.
NewCritique Competitionsubmissions for this month have also been added.
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October 17, 2002
Most serious landscape photographers usesplit neutral density filters(grads) to tame the extreme contrast range that sometimes is encountered in nature. But these can be expensive to purchase as well as slow to use. If you shoot with a digital SLR then there’s now a better way. My new tutorial titledDigital Blendingconsists of three seperatePhotoshoptechniques that allow you to expand dynamic range when shooting with a digital camera. One of them will be just right for you.
Video Journalsubscribers please note that this topic will be theFeatured TutorialinIssue #6— which you will receive in November. If you’re not yet a subscriber, why notfind out moreabout how to subscribe. Don’t miss an issue.
October 15, 2002
MyYellowstone & Grand Tetonwildlife and landscape portfolio is now online. It contains several images from the trip and a detailed discussion on both the locations, and how the images were made. Additional images from that prolific shoot will appear as illustrations in another article later in the week.
October 13, 2002
Because I was traveling last week Mike Johnston’sSunday Morningcolumn forOctober 6thdidn’t appear. It is now online. In it Mike describes the importance of editing, something that I can relate to right now as I have just spent the past 48 hours reviewing the 1,800 frames that I shot last week inYellowstoneandGrand TetonNational Parks. My portfolio from that trip will appear here tomorrow.
Miles Heckerhas now updated hisDigital Qualityarticle with preliminary statistics for theCanon 1DsandKodak 14ncameras.
October 11, 2002
I have just returned from a week-long wildlife and landscape shoot inYellowstoneandGrand Teton National Parks. We were very fortunate as the Fall colours were are their peak and we had ideal weather. I will have a full write-up and portfolio online within the week.
I reported earlier today that an e-mail had arrived from a reader in Japan informing me that theCanon 1Dsis now on sale there, and that the price at one of Tokyo’s largest camera retailers was ¥ 650,000 — aboutU.S. $5,280. This information turns out to have been in error. I apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. The best information that I have right now (from sources in both Japan and the U.S.) is that shipments will start on a small scale in late November and that the price will be about $6,000. Time will tell.
We today begin what is going to be a steady stream of exciting new articles, tutorials and product reviews in the coming weeks with a photographic guide toBryce Canyon National Park, by contributorBruce Wilson.
October 4, 2002
I am now offline untilFriday, October 11th. I am on a Fall wildlife shoot inYellowstoneandGrand Teton National Parks. Any e-mails sent to me during the coming week will be responded to upon my return. Order processing forThe Video Journalis automated and therefore will not be affected in any way. Lots of great new articles and reviews are coming up later this month. Have a great week.
October 3, 2002
Part 5, the concluding segment to my multi-part field test of the just-announcedCanon EOS 1Ds, is now online. This has been a very enjoyable, but exhausting week. The camera has been a great pleasure to use but a challenge to test appropriately. Fortunately I had another photographer working alongside me for the last two days helping to conduct the review — someone with some considerable expertise in digital imaging —Thomas Knoll, the original author ofPhotoshop. I hope that you have enjoyed reading the report this past week as much as I did writing it.
October 2, 2002
I have just returned from a 2 day shoot in north central Ontario, concluding my field test of a pre-productionCanon EOS-1Ds.Part 5, the final segment of the report, will appear online tomorrow.
A photograph taken with the 1Ds last week in Florida is now myFeatured Imagefor September.
The winner of the SeptemberCritique CompetitionisJason Clarkof Mesa, Arizona. Congratulations! Jim wins a copy of the current issue ofThe Video Journal. There were many fine entries this month and so choosing a winner was very difficult. Also, due to travel and workload I was unable to include a great many interesting submissions that were received in the second half of the month. These will be carried over and considered for inclusion as part of the October competition.
What’s Newlisting for prior years are also available…