Having thoroughly examined your "eye" issue, I find that it is quite perceptive, focuses with good depth on subjects, and was done with much foresight and vision. Dr. Jack Hill, Albion, Mich. Your issue on The Eye, especially the article by Ralph Hattersley, and to a lesser degree, that by Wallace Hanson, is to put it as kindly as I can, drivel.
I like to use Tri-X as un all-purpose film in my 35-mm SLR, so I can shoot by available light as well as outdoors. But in some outdoor situations, the light is too bright for my limit of 1/500 sec and f/16. Can you suggest some filters to use? paul Sherwood, Lyndonville, Vt.
PARIS—Let the sunshine in: First amateur movie camera to run on radiant energy is offered by Ligonie S.A. Camera stores up trickle of current in NiCad battery from solar cells that are activated by any light, including roomlight. Camera is neat, has Som Berthiot 17 85-mm zoom.
Almost a year ago I did a column that discussed some of the characteristics of different kinds of filters and why three or four filters all marked the same might look different. At the time, I commented that glass filters sometimes affect focus and sharpness, especially when used with extreme wide-angle lenses, or fast long lenses.
"Wise man is silent when saying nothing." So went a slip I saw in a Chinese fortune cookie. It's unfortunate both for my ego, and for someone else's photography, that I didn't take that slip seriously. He was a nice guy, and my friend, until he came back from Spain minus the wonderful pictures he'd been planning.
CALIFORNIA Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Blvd., Howard; A View From Space (Smith-sonian) to Apr. 5 • Fresno Arts Center, 3303 E. Yale Ave., Fresno; Professional Photographers to Apr. 12 Camera Work Gallery, 2400 Coast Hwy., New-port Beach; Photographic Studies Workshop Print Sale Apr. 2-26 M. H.
In 1838, the then-fashionable painter of sentimental historical anecdotes. Paul Delaroche, saw some of Daguerre's preliminary experiments and exclaimed in dismay, "From today, painting is dead." and the description of the daguerreotype process in 1839 began an uneasy love-hate relationship between the two media—painting and photography—that continues today.
In color photography, it becomes fun to try different films for no rational reason at all, but just to see what happens. Different manufacturers’ films look different, and the color photographer can learn to use these distinctions to create varying moods and effects.
Jacob Deschin published his last column on March I as photography editor of The New York Times, having reached that newspaper's mandatory retirement age. On March 2, he embarked on several assignments for new masters. Here, after writing about the photo industry and its personalities for nearly a quarter century, are some of his memories: So much has happened since I resumed The New York Times photography column in 1946, after a wartime hiatus, that my recollections can be little more than random.
Did you ever envy people who had their photographs mounted professionally? At times I have. Regular perpendicular cutting of cardboard, and standard print mounting, never posed real problems. But until now, some special "show-off" touches, such as beveling of inner windows (for matting photographs), or outer mount edges have been beyond my skills.
Got the home movie blahs? This disease, common to most amateur movie makers, is characterized by a faint feeling of boredom on the part of the audience and a feeling of anxiety on the part of the movie maker. Most of us suffer from it at one time or another.
Somewhere I’ve read that a really good hi-fi recording cannot be obtained by connecting across an FM receiver's speaker. Is this true? Yes. The signal across the speaker contains all the distortion of the power amplifier and peaks in the frequency response caused by the speaker.
Mine is not a perfect darkroom. There isn't a darkroom that can't be improved. As you process films and make prints, you discover many things you'd like to change, such as the position of safelights, where you dry processed negatives, the place you store mixed and unmixed chemicals.
Bauer C20 super 8 with an 8 M8-mm Neovaron f/l.8 power zoom lens has focusing crosshairs in its reflex finder, and a ±5 diopter adjustable eyepiece. Behind-the-lens CdS exposure system is fully automatic, and aperture in use shows in the finder.
Karen Tweedy-Holmes—Photographs. at Exposure, 214 E. 10th St., New York City (Jan. 3-Feb. 14). The masculine approach to figure photography has dominated the medium since its beginning, and the result has been a widespread acceptance of a one-sided and considerably limited vision of the nude human form.
Being relatively cautious by nature, I’ve long observed the old traveler's practice of never going out alone in a non-English-speaking country without my hotel's name in writing in my pocket. Getting it is easy enough—| you rip it off a piece of stationery, a brochure or a matchbook, or, lacking these, you can ask one of the desk clerks to write it out for you.
Take a hair—any hair—and trim off as short a length as possible. Next, with the aid of a magnifier and a razor blade, quarter it. Discard all but one of the pieces and view it with great respect—for this tiny snip of matter can stop the majority of built-in meters dead in their tracks.
It was enough to make a collector smile through his tears. The auction of photographica— second of its kind since 1967—wasn't 15 minutes old and someone had already bid in a single folio of prints for $5,400. Ten minutes later a two-volume set of books brought $5,200.
Last month we’d brought the name Frits Rotgans into the conversation. Nathan met him about 1959, and by 1962, he and Rotgans were good enough friends that Rotgans personally built a camera for Simon. This camera was made of wood and had loaner film magazines supplied from Rotgans’ own build up of these.
PHILADELPHIA—New products from show: Among highlights of MPDFA annual trade show is new Canonet QL 1.7. full-frame 35 with slip-on electronic flash that couples to camera's focusing system for fully automatic exposure control. Shown at Bell & Howell's booth, camera has range/viewfinder with coupled automatic parallax correction.
There's a lament heard in the land, and it is that magazines are dying. Statements to the effect that it is becoming impossible to make a living doing editorial photography for magazines echo through the membership of the ASMP like chants at the Wailing Wall.
Portable, compact, and fast, they use paper with the chemicals built in
You can turn out good prints from your negatives faster than you can make toast—in less than half-a-minute. The prints will still be a little moist, but not enough to hinder use. It is almost like having an 11x14 Polaroid Land camera without its weight.
Kid stuff? Toy stores have many tools, relays, boxes, screws, lenses, switches, and other gadgets to build the projects and egos of photo experimenters
Remember how you felt about toy stores when you were a kid? Maybe you're like I am, and still can't pass one up—especially when you’re in a strange city and you stumble onto one you’ve never seen before, crammed with toys to delight the "children" of the world.
'trying to create a new way of seeing in photography'
A photographic craftsman with a surrealistic vision might be the best way to describe 29-year-old Shig Ikeda, a Japanese-born professional who works in New York City. He picked up most of his photographic skills (but not his eye) at Los Angeles’ famed Art Center College.
For a photographer who began his career with an 8x10 view camera, Marti Felbinger has easily made the transition to 35-mm and just about everything in between. He first gained notice for the spectacular 8x10 close-ups that he and his brother did for food advertisers.
For offbeat, artistic effects, why not try putting several images on just one frame?
Camera makers have your best interest at heart when they build double exposure prevention into their instruments. But this precautionary measure can become frustrating when you reach that point in your creativity when you recognize that all multiple exposures are not necessarily mistakes.
Hand photographs are very easy to make but often disappointing. Instead of being meaningful, they may show hands as slabs of meat and bone or as disorganized "things" attached to the wrist. To make good photographs is a challenge. I'd say that the pictures here by Gunvor Joergshoim meet the challenge nicely, wouldn't you? They communicate things worthwhile and interesting.
Automatic cameras have been around for some time now, and the Canonet QL19, is one of the best of them in terms of consistency and accuracy of exposures—which was a big question among working photographers when automatic cameras first came on the market a few years ago.
LENS PERFORMANCE: Wide open at f/1.9, this lens's central performance was surprisingly good, considering that the lens is presumably intended for the amateur market. Central-zone flare was caused principally by longitudinal chromatic aberration, with a minor contribution from a small amount of under-corrected spherical aberration.
Three bellows: swings and tilts, internal diaphragm coupling, double-cable release operation
NIKON’S BELLOWS Focusing Attachment PB-4, with its front lens movements, is one of the most versatile macro systems around. The bellows' length is a generous 143-mm (about 53/4 in.); its shortest extension is 43-mm or a little less than 2 in. The front standard (with the lens) and the rear standard (holding the camera) can be moved back and forth independently.
A telephoto lens should be standard equipment on any camera safari for dramatic close-up views
Stalking big game in East Africa has a special appeal to photographers. A camera enthusiast can go into the heart of game country with almost certain knowledge that he will come home with exciting movies or slides and close-ups of exotic birds or mammals.
Fast is East and West is West, but finally the twain have met —at Expo '70. The 77 countries participating in this most international of all world's fairs have wrapped their hopes and dreams in cubes and cupolas, gleaming towers and glass walls, creating an effulgence that, like a dome of many-colored plastic, stains the white radiance of the Osaka sky.
A library of useful information is available to photographers free, thanks to the instructional literature many manufacturers offer. There are, no doubt, several booklets described here that will interest you. Just enclose 10¢ in coin or stamps to cover handling and you can circle as many choices as you wish on the coupon below.
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY'S travel department maintains a complete up-to-date world-wide listing of travel information sources—countries, states and general areas. This page has been designed to help readers plan their vacations, photo tours, and week-end trips, by making it easy for them to obtain current news about any point on the globe.
It wasn't until the photographer had left that I realized he was peeling a Polaroid print and the camera he used was a Nikon. I'd like to do this with my Nikon camera. But how? Steve Levine, Indianapolis, Ind. The man you saw making Polaroid Land prints had a Speed Magny attached to a Nikon F. This device accepts Polaroid film and comes in three versions: Model 45 (for 4x5 film packet), 3 1/4x4 1/4 RF (for roll film), and Model 100 (for 3 1/4 x4 1/4 film pack).