Photography

If you’re anywhere near 2nd Avenue and 2nd Street today, you should stop by for the premier of ‘Ghost Birds’, a documentary making its debut at the ‘Birds at Anthology Film Archives’ (Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave @ 2nd St.). This film is about the fabled Ivory-billed Woodpecker, a rather large and possibly extinct woodpecker that was supposedly sighted in the swamps of Brinkley, Arkansas.

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As compact, interchangeable-lens camera systems go, the Samsung NX10 is noticeably smaller than most entry-level DSLRs and size-wise is on par with Micro 4/3-format digicams. And it can be easily mistaken as a sub-compact member of either tribe. But it’s not until you peek behind the body cap where the NX10 makes you go ‘whoa’.

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 Until the early 90s photography and computing managed to work together using a scanner to digitize prints. My first electronic still camera, the Canon Xapshot (left), wasn’t digital but it did record 50 images to a 2-inch disk. I'd view them on my TV, but I needed a capture board to transfer them to a computer. My first erasable shots were of retired San Francisco trolleys returned to active service one Labor Day weekend.

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In my parent's house are boxes of family photos stored in closets, cupboards, and desks. The pictures are loose, in albums, and some still in the sleeves they came back from the photomat in. From time to time when I still lived at home I'd pull the boxes out and sort through all the memories of my childhood, and from the years before I was born: photos of my parent's when they were dating, their childhoods, their parents and their childhoods. A visual family history. Some might call this clutter - but I prefer to think of these boxes as tangible memories.

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The Nikon Coolpix P100 is the 3rd generation P-series bridge camera produced by Nikon, and it has certainly learned a few tricks along the way. The P100's 26x zoom lens (26 - 678mm equivalent) stretches the camera’s optical range; and with a burst-rate of up to 10 full-res frames-per-second, it way outruns the P80 and P90. Now we get to the really cool stuff.

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The definition of a 'compact camera' has changed somewhat since the days of glass plates and tintypes, though the criteria for choosing a sensibly-designed and easy-to-use camera rings familiar. The following tips on choosing a good 'hand' camera were offered by Townsend T Stith back at the turn of the last century in Chapter II of his wonderful book ,'The Photographic Instruction Book' (1903, Sears Roebuck & Company).

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During the Great Depression President Roosevelt's New Deal brought about many work and aid programs meant to help the American people recover from the greatest economic crisis in our nation's history. The New Deal begat the Works Progress Administration which gave birth to what was first called the Resettlement Administration and later called the Farm Securities Administration. The FSA employed many talented photographers, such as Dorthea Lange and Walker Evans, who were given the duty to document the daily lives of impoverished farmers in the rural parts of the US and the out of work and struggling in the nation's cities. Given our current economic crisis I've been wondering what would happen if the United States brought back such programs. How would the photo world change today if photographers were employed again by the government for such widespread documentation?

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Come April showers, street sweepers will clean better, umbrella salesman will clean up, and outdoor photographers will fret. That's when attaching a specialized umbrella to the tripod socket of your camera can be as vital as doing what your mother always said: if it's going to rain, take an umbrella! The Omega Probella Portable Protective Umbrella is made from water-repellant nylon. With slide bar, it weighs only 4.5 ounces.

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Help fight obesity in America by putting down that camera, please!

When the three scientists largely responsible for inventing digital photography and fiber optic transmission received the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physics, they might have considered the mess they’ve created on photo-sharing sites and in recipients' email boxes. I speak of the scourge of food photos. It seems like every other photo I’m emailed are close-ups of what people consumed during their vacations.

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 There was a terrific article in the New York Times recently (3/22/10) about the U-2 spy plane, and how it’s still going strong after 50-plus years of service. Designed by Lockheed Corporation’s fabled ‘Skunk Works’ division and placed in service in 1956, the U-2 was our airborne spy-in-the-sky on the then-growing Soviet menace. While reading about how 32 out of the original 86 U-2s produced by the military are still in active service, I couldn’t help thinking about the Leica M3, a camera introduced 2 years earlier that like the U-2, still delivers the goods in a package that - at least on the surface - appears little changed over the course of 5 decades. But nothing could be further from the truth.

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Memory card maker SanDisk has begun shipping a 32-Gigabyte microSDHC card, which the company claims to be the highest-capacity card available in a form factor so tiny that it fits on a dime. The card's storage is double the capacity of SanDisk's 16GB microSDHC version. The 32GB card comes with a 5-year limited warranty and will carry a suggested retail price of $199.99. It is expected to be available from B&H in April.

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Got a hankering to go on a safari in Africa? If so, check out Shutterstock's 2010 Photo Safari Contest. Co-sponsored by Shutterstock, B&H Photo, and zozi. The winner of this contest will win bragging rights to a week in South Africa photographing wildlife more exotic than the species that skirt the tracks on the 'F' Line in Manhattan. It's easy to enter, open to all, and if you win they'll even let you take your significant other.

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I'm always on the lookout for digicams that stand out from the crowd, and considering how crowded the marketplace is, most digicams tend to blend into the masses rather than stand out. An exception to this sad situation is Nikon's CoolPix S8000, a little hottie I've had an opportunity to tool around with for the past week or so. Clad in a brushed - but not brash-looking - red aluminum housing, the S8000 passes muster on several counts. First off, the camera features a 5.4 - 54mm/3.5-5.6 ED VR zoom lens that takes in the equivalent field-of-view of a 30-300mm lens.  Anybody looking for a good pocket-sized travel camera?

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Though solid-state memory rules today, it wasn’t always that way. Removable discs for audio recorders and electronic still cameras were state-of-the-art during the decade before last. Such legacy technologies often go the way of the dodo bird, but if you thought you had to travel to Japan to scratch your ancient itch, guess again. B&H continues to offer MiniDisc devices including the portable Sony MZ-M200 Hi-MD Recorder, two Tascam rack-mount models, and MiniDisc media.

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Hey indie filmmakers! If your next flick calls for a wild dream sequence or soft focus under-the-influence, you should check out this little ditty from Lomographic. The Diana F+ Lens Adapter allows you to use the sweet, plastic-y goodness of a Diana lens on your video-enabled DSLR. Popular with fine art photographers and students, Diana glass plastic is bringing a new look to the moving image.

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