Friday, May 20, 2011

Approximately 10 years ago, a bright, creative young lady was kind enough to drive Jazz great, musician Hugh Brodie to our studio for a Photo Shoot. She then assisted me on a very intense shoot of Mr. Brodie. The young lady was Marisa Scheinfeld & she had a voracious appetite for photography.  Over the years, she's come back to me many times for advice, asking my opinion on what direction to go in, where photography is going in the future, what equipment to procure and so on. Like all other interns and assistants both JoAnne and I have an open door policy because we truly enjoy seeing them succeed. It now appears Marisa is well on her way to not only a productive career but a rewarding one as well. Please see the following link.  There is an old Italian word we use for this - Mazel tov Marisa!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tabloid City: a New Crime Novel by Pete Hamill

"Hamill (North River) forays into Dominic Dunne society crime territory before veering uncomfortably into a far-fetched terrorist plot. Just as the last ever edition of the New York World is getting put to bed, veteran editor Sam Briscoe stops the presses for a sensational murder: socialite Cynthia Harding and her personal secretary are found stabbed to death in Harding’s Manhattan town house. The story unfolds in time-stamped, you-are-there bursts that follow a large cast, including several journalists; Cynthia’s adopted daughter; a disgraced Madoff-like financier; a media blogger; the murdered secretary’s husband, a police officer assigned to a counterterrorism task force, as well as their son, a convert to radical Islam; and best of all by the weary and worldly Briscoe himself.
Hamill is at his best in the Briscoe portions, rich in print anecdotes and mournful for a passing age, but as both the initial murders and the closing of the paper play into a larger plot and the young extremist becomes the driving force of the novel, the quality slides precipitously, and, as if sensing defeat, the book is brought to a too abrupt conclusion with most of the principals gathered for a group of scenes that strain credulity. Hamill nails the dying newsroom, but gets lost on the terrorism beat." – Publishers Weekly
Most photographers will tell you they have a love-hate relationship with writers. Most writers will tell you they have a hate-hate relationship with photographers. Just joking! Pete Hamill is not only a great editor and writer, but he has the utmost respect for the photograph and for photographers. I had an opportunity to have a short visit with Pete at B.B King's and there may have been one or two drinks, but I can't recall. He is a brilliant writer, a great guy, and "Tabloid City", his new book, is a great read.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Milford Theatre

                                                                                Photo ©JoAnne Kalish

The first time I saw the Milford theater, I thought to myself, "wow, what a great place for summer stock, music, poetry readings, an author talking about their new book, or a place to show other new avant garde short films!" That was 15 years ago. Now that Jerry Beaver has purchased the Milford theater, all of these things are going to come to pass. This is probably one of the most exciting things that has happened in our little town in a long time and I'm looking forward to it. Thanks, Jerry! Can't wait for the official opening.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

PaPA Opening May 28

Ron and Yvonne Parker will be hosting their new gallery, art space, at PaPA, which stands for Parker and Parker Art on Saturday, May 28. With the decades of experience that Ron Parker brings and the beauty and talent of Yvonne Parker, this should be quite an event!

"Ronald Parker has enjoyed a varied career as a psychologist, professor, entrepreneur and artist.Throughout his adult life he enjoyed drawing and sculpting.  Over the last 15 years he created an interesting series called “Parker People”, which many have called “off center and on target”. Additionally, he found time to be a nationally syndicated columnist, author of one book and fifteen monographs and a performance artist (“Love Lessons” and “Lies”). As a psychologist and academician he practiced and taught at The Graduate Center of the City University of NY and Florida State University. His entrepreneurial interests included business in America, Europe and Africa. As past President of two NASDAQ companies, he managed dozens of art galleries and was the CEO of several major art publishing companies. Parker’s art includes drawing, painting and assemblages, which he creates from auto parts and found objects. The most enduring theme of his work has been the American flag, which he has included in his work for over 20 years. Over 200 flags have been created on almost every imaginable surface. A collection of his flags were exhibited during the summer of 2010 in a show entitled 'Old Glory, New Story' at The Columns Museum in Milford, PA. Other exhibitions include shows at Merrill Chase Gallery in Chicago, Galerie Damien in Paris, The Armory Art Center in Palm Beach and numerous other venues. He is happily married to Yvonne, an artist, with whom he resides in a converted nunnery in PA and maintains a winter residence in FL.

His current major project is developing Parker and Parker Art, 'PaPA', housed in a 33,000 sq foot historic building in White Mills, PA. 'Come to PaPA, since you no doubt have been to MoMA'."

"Yvonne’s art ranges from individual works to creating total environments for homes. The words artful living express who she is and how she lives her life. Through her art she creates a world of beauty, romance and peace. Her calling is to beautify everything she interacts with. Her work has been exhibited widely, including a recent one-woman show at The Armory Art Center in Palm Beach, Florida and her solo show “Then and Now” at The Columns Museum in Milford, PA.The studio she is working in reflects the art she is creating. In Florida, she focuses on her “Fragmented Beauty” series and in Pennsylvania on her mixed-media two dimensional works and site-specific installations. Born in Europe, where she received her art education, she later studied at the NY School of Interior Design. Antonio Gaudi and Niki de Saint Phalle have served as sources of inspiration for her art and design. Yvonne lives with her husband, Ron, (an artist) in a converted nunnery in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania and maintains a studio/winter residence in West Palm Beach, FL.

Her current major project is developing Parker and Parker Art 'PaPA', (website to be completed shortly)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Character Project

Sunday I had the pleasure of leading a photo workshop in the West Village. Before we started, I decided to take the class to the Character Project, presented by Sir Ridley Scott and Tony Scott, to see 2 short films. From the reaction of the class, they thought it was a great idea and I was extremely happy that I had an opportunity to experience the short films "Fish" and "The Fickle". "The Fickle" is a seamless 7 - 8 minute film, done in one shot. Drop-dead great! I take my beret off to the director, Bryan Poyser. 

"Character Project is an ongoing artistic initiative committed to celebrating America's characters – the interesting, dazzling, and distinctive people, from all walks of life, who make this country extraordinary.
Inspired by USA's 'Characters Welcome' brand, Character Project launched in 2009 with a focus on photography. For its second act, USA has partnered with RSA Films and Ridley and Tony Scott, to once again turn a lens on America's characters, this time through the medium of the moving image. Together, they commissioned eight talented filmmakers to each explore the theme of character from their own unique perspective. From lost loves to loyal friends, private heroes to public personalities, the subjects of these short films – some real, some fictional – show the courage, connection, humor, and hope that give shape to the American character. After all, characters are what make us USA."
Visit USA's "Character Project" webpage by following the link below: 

Friday, May 13, 2011

A Day When Everything Went Right

Manfrotto International Journalists ©2011 Joe DiMaggio
It seems like nowadays, when you pick up a newspaper, turn on the news, or even meet a friend for a drink there are so many negative stories out there and it kind of drives you crazy. However, every once in a while, you have a totally blown out great day where everything goes right - no negative stuff.That was this past Wednesday. I had the privilege of taking 22 international journalists on a photographic tour in lower Manhattan for Manfrotto. I imparted some of my photographic knowledge and they were gracious enough to bring me up to speed on world issues from many of their respective countries from Italy to China and back again. A great time was had by all. To all of my new friends I met on the walk you have a open invitation anytime to come visit us at the DiMaggio/Kalish Learning Center. Afterwards JoAnne and I were attending Manfrotto's special event by invitation only - An Evening to Imagine More and what a exciting and motivating evening that was.

My best friend and life partner, JoAnne Kalish, had a day that was equally special. Let me bring you up to speed, JoAnne did one of the finest portraits I've ever seen of a world famous artist  Will Barnet. I love the portrait so much that I asked her to make me a copy for over my desk so I could always admire it. JoAnne happened to be in Will's neighborhood on Wednesday and gave him a call to say hello. The two of them spent the afternoon sitting in beautiful Gramercy Park catching up on life, the artworld, his last few shows, recent reviews, her photography and his future retrospective in September at National Academy of Art in NYC. I will end this blog with a quote from Will Barnet - as Will was telling JoAnne that everyone loves the portraits she did of him so much (including him) and that they are being used everywhere from Farnsworth to Naples to the Montclair Museum to the National Academy of Art and for all his catalogs. He told her he had numerous photos taken of him over the years (he will be 100 years old on May 25th) by many great photographers including Arnold Newman but her photograph of him is by far better than even Arnold Newman's portraits of him. It took JoAnne very much by surprise to hear that, and certainly made her day even more special. 

All Photos © Joe DiMaggio (or JoAnne Kalish)

DiMaggio & Violante Placido

JoAnne Kalish with Marcus Samuelsson
JoAnne Kalish with Mia Moretti

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

No Duct Tape or Crazy Glue!

About a month ago, I put together a focusing ring that would allow me to turn a Singh-Ray Vari-ND and the Blue-N-Gold to change the value of light and color, without touching the filter or the camera. I used some of my favorite tools, duct tape and crazy glue.  
In a casual conversation with Carl Saieva from Sartek Industries Inc., - a world class designer and engineer. He said to send him a picture and he'd see what he could do. Well, this is what he did. He machined the parts. They're super slick, smooth, easy to assemble, and did I mention that they work really well? This is the difference between a consumate professional and a hack. My intentions are good and sometimes the end result actually works, but most of the time it looks like shit. Thank God for great friends! 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Tripods When You Need Them You Love Them

Ralph Morse behind camera with Ron Thompson looking on © Joe DiMaggio
A few days ago, I did a blog on tripods. On April 30, my blog was "Tripods: Love them or Hate them". I started to think about it a little more.  I looked over in the corner of the studio, saw that old Gitzo, and started to run the numbers. That tripod is 37 years old. It doesn't look new, but it's always worked perfectly. Pretty impressive. I looked around for a few photos and came up with a photo of the great LIFE magazine photographer Ralph Morse, an amazingly great Nikon tech-rep and good friend of mine Ron Thompson, and a very fine photographer by the name of Al Satterwhite. Ralph is alive and well and lives in Florida,  Ron sadly, went to the great dark room in the sky about 15 years ago. This photo was taken in July of 1975 at the launch of Apollo-Soyuz. For the record, I take this big bad boy out today when I want to mount 2 or 3 cameras at a time and it's still viable. But please keep in mind I adore my new Manfrotto's. They're super light, easy to pack, and work very well with the new DSLRs. Talking about that, imagine if you had a DSLR and was able to shoot HD video in July of 1975! How cool would that be? Ralph was kind enough to take a young photographer by the name of DiMaggio and teach him the ins and outs of how to photograph rocket launches. He came from the old school, and while I'm at it,  he went to DeWitt Clinton High School, which coincidentally was the same school my dad went to! Sometimes it's just a small world. 

Sunday, May 8, 2011

"Be as beneficent as the sun or the sea, but if your rights as a rational being are trenched on, die on the first inch of your territory." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Earlier this week, APA issued a statement responding to Getty Images’ proposed changes to its standard contributor agreements.  The response to our statement was overwhelming and, as expected, our members uniformly agreed that Getty Images’ proposed changes were unacceptable.  

Through our counsel, Nelson & McCulloch LLP, APA contacted Getty Images to make clear our position and to request that Getty Images stay or extend its self-imposed deadline for forcing contributors to sign these agreements.  We explained to Getty Images that APA strongly disapproved of Getty Images’ efforts to leverage its market dominance to force contributors to agree to these changes under duress. 
We also advised Getty Images that we were concerned that Getty Images may be misleading contributors into believing that their failing or refusing to sign these new agreements will result in the immediate termination of their prior agreements. 
We requested that Getty Images extend its self-imposed deadline for signing these new agreements, and make clear to all contributors that their decision not to sign a new agreement will not result in the automatic termination of their prior agreement and their imagery will not be taken off-line.  APA’s request was intended to allow a proper dialogue regarding the serious concerns that contributors have expressed regarding these changes.

Despite our efforts, Getty Images refused to respond to our inquiry and appears intent on maintaining this baseless, self-imposed deadline.  APA, therefore, must recommend that our members decline Getty Images’ invitation to agree to these unacceptable changes.
While we recognize that this is an extremely difficult situation for many contributors given Getty Images’ dominant position in the stock photography market, APA firmly believes that these changes are unacceptable and that the “solutions” that Getty Images has offered are entirely inadequate and fail to resolve even the most basic concerns.  
In fact, the various “solutions” offered by Getty Images in the contributors’ forum demonstrate that the fundamental problem with Getty Images’ proposed changes are that it presumes that all images should be licensed under the RF model and makes the photographer justify why particular images warrant special treatment. 
APA fundamentally rejects this view of stock photography licensing. 
As the creator and owner of the intellectual property, the photographer has the inherent right to determine how an image is to be licensed, including whether an image should be maintained as an RM or RF image.  Getty Images’ effort to leverage its position in the industry to undermine that fundamental right and force its contributors to relinquish control over the manner in which their creative works are licensed is completely improper.  

Perhaps more importantly, APA also is seriously concerned about the manner in which Getty Images has attempted to force these radical changes on its contributors.  Adopting baseless, self-imposed deadlines and threatening to terminate contributors who do not accept changes to their existing contracts is not acceptable.  As a community, we cannot continue to ignore Getty Images’ efforts to intimidate and strong-arm contributors, and we must not allow Getty Images to force contributors into signing these new contracts under duress.  

While each of our members ultimately must decide for itself whether to accept the new contracts being imposed by Getty Images, APA recommends that, as a community, we resist and reject the direction in which Getty Images is trying to take this industry.  Given Getty Images’ overwhelming stature in the licensing industry, it is clear that we can be heard only if we stand together and stand up for what we believe to be right and just.  

While we cannot be certain as to how Getty Images will respond, we must make clear to Getty Images that its contributors do not agree with Getty Images’ vision of the future of this industry, and we will not tolerate its efforts to coerce and intimidate its contributors.  If we send a clear message, we are hopeful that Getty Images will relent and engage in a more meaningful dialogue regarding this crucial issue.

As for those contributors who already have signed the contracts or decide to sign the contracts before tomorrow’s absurd deadline, we recognize the tremendous pressure you feel to maintain a relationship with Getty Images.  APA will make every effort to address this concern with Getty Images and advocate for a solution on your behalf.  

Again, we thank our members for their support and want to assure you that APA intends to stand up for the rights and interests of our members and all professional photographers.  If we stand together, we are confident that our voice will be heard.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Deux Presidents

Peter Poremba, a brilliant businessman and President of Dynalite, happens to be a good friend. In my opinion, Dynalite is the finest electronic flash manufacturer with the best value for your money and they make extremely durable units. By the way, Peter has a gorgeous wife Connie and a beautiful daughter Olivia - how great is that? Another good friend, Carl Saieva, is an amazing designer and engineer. Carl happens to be a master dive instructor who specializes in cave diving. Carl makes the finest, brightest, and best underwater lights money can buy. Carl also has a beautiful wife and three beautiful children - one set of twins. I've been trying to get both of them together for about 10 years, and it finally happened this week. My guess & hope is that you may be seeing a collaboration between the two of them. It could make the photographic/video family, especially the new DSLR shooters, and maybe some Hollywood shooters ecstatic. Who knows I think the combination of these two collaborating could really make some very fine products. 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Author and Friend - Jess E. Weiss

Jess Weiss with Russell Brand at Operation Warrior Wellness
I guess no one would be surprised to say you only have one mother and father but you can have numerous heroes and mentors.  I’ve had a few over the years, including John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther Kind Jr.. The question for me is how many true heroes have you met?  Author, Jess Weiss is a combination of my brother, father, Rabbi, Priest, and close friend.  He is also a true hero.  When my dad and mom passed away I went to Jess, when my brother passed away I went to Jess, and lastly when my son passed away who did I go to - Jess of course. To say jess, is a visionary or a prophet is an understatement. Jess is a man with so much love, warmth, and passion in his heart and soul and he shares it with everybody on a no charge basis.  His latest book "Warrior to Spiritual Warrior: The Soldier's Journey" is an absolute must read for everyone.

The 25th Anniversary Edition of the Original   Groundbreaking Chronicle of Near-Death Experiences.                           
              THE VESTIBULE                                     
              Jess E. Weiss
In 1972, three years before Raymond Moody’s Life after Life and twenty years before Betty J. Eadie’s Embraced by the Light, Jess E. Weiss edited and wrote the groundbreaking book that answered the age-old question, “What happens when we die?” Now Pocket Books will publish the 25th Anniversary Edition of Weiss’s THE VESTIBULE (a Pocket Books Trade Paperback).
     THE VESTIBULE was one of the first books to broach the subject of life after death and record experiences of those who died and then returned. It is a collection of remarkable stories told by men and women who were pronounced dead, only to return to their bodies and resume living.  Their reports of journeying to death are so vivid, so full of joy and peace, and so startlingly alike that they give overwhelming evidence for the survival of the spirit after life. “The purpose and motive of THE VESTIBULE is to establish with more certainty that there is an afterlife,” wrote Jess Weiss, “thereby alleviating fully or to a degree the sting of death.”
      Since publication, THE VESTIBULE has been used extensively in hospices for the terminally ill for its comforting and healing message. Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, The prominent physician and bestselling author of On Death and Dying, used Weiss’s book in her workshops to reassure dying patients and their families, and thousands of people around the world found solace in the accounts in Weiss’s book. “I cannot express on paper the feelings I felt while reading your book,” wrote one grateful reader. “Your book showed me that death is not frightening for the ill person. He welcomes it, after all that he has been through. For me, the subject of death no longer makes me tremble.”
      Forever timely, THE VESTIBULE has been, is, and will continue to be a Spiritual guidepost for every person, leading to a greater understanding of life and Death … and the afterlife.
POCKET BOOKS-A division of Simon & Schuster Inc-1972, 1997
Liz Hartman, Director of Publicity, 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Filters: Love them or Hate them

It's pretty obvious that everything in my blog is my opinion, and my opinion is not necessarily fact. I may think I'm right, but if another photographer has a totally different way of getting to the same place, then I  take my Beret off to them

So, here it goes - back in the day, when we had 52, 62, 72, 82, and 95mm threads, and shot 3 different types of black and white and color film, we had lots of filters. At the end of that era, my attitude was that any additional air glass surface that was put in-between the lens and the subject it could have a tendency of degrading the image. So, I consider less is more. Or, minimalistic filtration. I believed it, taught it, and damn well thought I was right.  I never really believed a UV filter should be used to protect the lens. Today, many people would say that with Photoshop and high-end digital photography, you don't need filters. I personally try to do almost everything in camera, with a minimal amount of Photoshop. I may have come to that decision because I'm not as proficient as others with Photoshop. Or, it just could be that's the way I was brought up in photography. When it comes to filters, I only use Singh-Ray filters- their high-intensity, Gold-N-Blue, the Vari-ND, and I am looking forward to the new Vari-ND. On a previous blog, I made a rig to use the Variable Polarizer, the Vari-ND for video. My good friend Carl Saiver, of Sartek Industries,  looked at what I made and said something to the effect of, "you have to be ___  ___ kidding!" He removed it from my camera and said that he'd have something for me in a week.  A week later what appeared was a simple, elegant design for variable focusing and changes in filtration from either the left or right side with no noise or movement, and it's super smooth. Just want to let you know about my friend Carl - he's a genius! Carl's a world-class engineer, designer, and underwater maven. I strongly recommended going to his website.  He makes some of the greatest lights in the world. Also, don't forget to check out Singh-Ray's filters you may be pleasantly surprised.   To all the ships at sea, I'm signing off.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Self-Timer: One of your Best Friends

Some of the little-known, inexpensive, non-descript, built-in accessories have been ignored for years. One of those would be the self-timer. Some of you may remember the ones that you had to crank. Then, there were ones that you had to load and press a button and you'd hear that buzzing sound. The beautiful thing about today's self-timer is that you have 2 separate settings, one for 2 seconds and one for 10 seconds. It is invariably a great tool for close-up and macro, stationary landscapes, waterscapes, table-top and catalog work, etc. No matter how great your tripod is, no matter how steady you are, no matter how fast your shutter speed is, when you put your face, your nose and your hand on a camera, there's going to be some movement. Compose, light your shot, step back, take a sip of red wine, and hit the self-timer. Okay, no red wine maybe Green tea. Okay, red wine and green tea.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Some Corporations Won't be Happy Until They Destroy Us All

APA Responds to Getty Images’ Proposed Changes to Contributor Agreements

April 2011 – Getty Images recently announced that it intends to make a number of significant changes to its standard contributor agreements.  For instance, the new agreements will allow Getty Images to include all royalty free (RF) content in any subscription products and also will eliminate the ability of contributors to prevent their content from being licensed in multimedia products. 
Getty Images also has proposed changes that will allow it to move image content across license models by “removing the ability for contributors to opt out of images moving from RM to RF.”  For editorial contributors, Getty Images also intends to make changes that will enable it “to more easily modify content use across more and new license models, products, services and selling environments, including subscriptions, high-volume customer deals and new or emerging pricing, licensing and payment models.” 
According to Getty Images, these changes are intended to allow Getty Images to more freely use content in ways that were unforeseen previously in order to meet current and future customer needs.  

Following on the heels of its Premium Access subscription product—which has eroded significantly the licensing fees being achieved for rights managed (RM) content—these modifications clearly signal that Getty Images’ top priority is expanding its own market share by whatever means necessary, irrespective of the damage it causes to the rights and interests of contributing photographers and image partners.  

It is APA’s position that these changes are unnecessary and that it is inappropriate for Getty Images to continue to leverage its position in the industry to force contributors to relinquish control over which licensing model shall apply to their creative works.  Rights managed licensing has been in existence for decades and is the preferred method of licensing high-value content. 
Allowing Getty Images to place RM content into subscription products and move content between licensing models irrespective of the author’s wishes are major departures from industry norms, and they come at too significant of a price.  If Getty Images is permitted to move imagery from the RM to the RF paradigm without the consent of and without previously informing the contributor, it becomes almost impossible to license that imagery as RM ever again. 
Moreover, because Getty Images controls both the marketing of contributor content and the parameters for prioritizing its customers’ search results with very little accountability, there is a tremendous risk in also allowing Getty Images the authority to siphon RM imagery into the new and different models.  

The erosion of the RM model also is concerning because it makes it more difficult for copyright owners to track usage of their creative works and protect their copyrights.  Getty Images obviously realizes the importance of tracking third-party usage and monitoring copyrights because it does so vigorously for its wholly-owned content.
APA is disappointed that Getty Images fails to appreciate that these same concerns also are important to its contributors and image partners.  For the stock photography industry to flourish, major distributors like Getty Images must respect the fundamental tenets of the rights managed licensing model and they must cooperate with and assist photographers in protecting their copyrights rather than consistently deferring to their customers who are infringing copyrights.  

Because APA is very concerned by the changes being proposed by Getty Images, we have retained Nelson & McCulloch LLP, a New York-based law firm which focuses its practice on copyright law and litigation (, to help us develop a response to these changes and open a dialogue with Getty Images to address this issue. 
Nelson & McCulloch have handled a number of cases and matters involving Getty Images and have served as litigation and arbitration counsel for contributors and image partners in disputes with Getty Images relating to the licensing of Rights Managed imagery.  Nelson & McCulloch thus offers APA and our membership invaluable experience and expertise in addressing this particular issue.

Please send your concerns and individual situation comments on this subject to Nelson & McCulluch. They will use them to compile and frame dialog with Getty and for other stock issues in the future.

Dan Nelson –
Kevin McCulloch –

PO Box 725146 Atlanta, GA 31139
Phone: (800) 272-6264 ext. 12 e

My Dear Friend, 
When my friend Peter B Kapland sends me a e-mail 3 to 4 times a week underneath his signature he has a quote from Henri Cartier Bresson, "Giving up rights to your photos is like taking skin from your eyeballs."

Rubber Bands or how I made Gone with the Wind

Most photographers spend their freshman years developing the basic fundamental skills necessary to make a reasonable photograph. The next sophomore and junior years, they're developing a style, a presence. They're honing their skills in composition and lighting. As they move into their master years, I think we found out the difference between something that looks good and something that looks great could be a 3-cent rubber band. At this point, I would love to take credit for coming up with this idea. Sorry, guys, not my idea. If I knew the gentleman or lady that came up with the idea, I would certainly credit them with it. You may know my good friend Lou Long, a great photographer. He spent half of his career in Europe. He is now based in Miami Beach. He showed me a little trick with the rubber band on the fluid head. Manfrotto. And the difference is night and day. Similar to the self-timer versus the manual exposure with a finger, this removes all the sound, huffing and puffing, and gives you an unbelievably smooth pan. So go buy some rubber bands, attach them to your fluid head, and make yourself "Gone with the Wind 2". It's all good.

May 1, 2011 Justice a Long Time In Coming

I lost 3,000 brothers and sisters on Sept 11,2001.  One was an extremely close friend the other a friend.  I'd like to thank all the men and women in the armed forces, CIA, Special Ops and the Navy Seals that put an end to a mass murderer.  When Osama Bin Laden attacked the World Trade Center he literally attacked all people from all countries not just Americans.

                                                © Joe DiMaggio

Sunday, May 1, 2011

1/8000 of a second, What are you, crazy?

I vaguely remember when the fastest shutter speed in a camera was 1/500 of a second. Electronic flash would sync at a 1/60 of a second, and the press 25 synched at a 1/30 of a second. Then one day, up popped 1/500th of a second, 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000, and now 1/8000. If there's one thing I do pretty well,  I'm like the Rock of Gibraltar when hand-holding a camera. In the day, I could hand hold a 500mm at a 1/500 of a second and make a reasonably sharp photograph. So why would you need 1/8000 of a second? On a recent trip to Mexico, I ran into a young man from Romania. He was the photographer for the resort we were staying in. He knew my work and asked me to look at his portfolio, which I did. Much to my pleasant surprise, his work was great. I mean damn great. Invariably, the subject of what camera he used and what lens came up. Not that I care about the brand or the focal length, but I was impressed when he told me he had one camera and one lens. Then I thought about it for a while. Why should that surprise me? I'd been telling my students one camera, one lens, 2 batteries, 2 cards, and kiss (keep it simple stupid.) This young man did it to perfection. He photographed his action sequences at 1/8000 of a second, and they were to die for. So I smiled, took a walk, moved my camera from ISO 200 to ISO 800, put it on 1/8000 of a second, and had a little bit of fun. I was surprised. There is a whole other world of high shutter speeds that I've never experienced. So for the next little while, I'd go from 1/8000 of a second to my normal shutter speed, which would be a quarter of a second. I guess I will never be too old to learn a valuable tip from a very young, and very good photographer. Thank you, Gabriel.