I have just had a chance to review the very beautiful April issue of POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY and was delighted with the article by Norman Rothschild on large format cameras. In reading the text on the Koni-Omega Rapid M, I note that the 135-mm /73.5 telephoto lens for the Koni-Omega Rapid M was omitted from your listing of lenses.
Aerial camera set-up detects pollution; GEH gets new head
KINGSTON, R.I.—Aerial photos find pollution: Aerial photography is among best, quickest, and cheapest ways to locate pollution in coastal estuaries, according to University of Rhode Island's John J. Fisher, assistant professor of geology.
Ben Rose, photographic problem solver extraordinaire, was on a brand new kick when I dropped in on him at his New York City studio recently. Setting up a slide projector and screen, he showed me results of “some new effects I’m working on now,” namely, taking stroboscopic photographs of pretty girl models through moving slits in a special device to achieve a pattern similar in its mathematical perfection to the image of a snake’s skeleton—topped off with a full image of the model, of course.
The story of Wheaties boxtops and other good books
As I glance across my desk at my book shelves, I realize how many of my photography books were published within the last five years, and as I look at my checkbook stubs, I realize that 1970 was a big and expensive year for the collector of a photography library.
A famous photographer said in his book on color photography, “A photograph should look like a photograph, otherwise why use a camera. I could agree heartily with this all-encompassing statement, provided it was founded on as much logic and facts as its directness implies.
Contemporary Photographs from Sweden– TIO(The Ten), Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (Feb. 10-April 9). TIO, meaning “ten” in Swedish, is a cooperative group of prominent Swedish photographers, whose members share office and studio facilities in Stockholm but otherwise work independently throughout the world.
To tell you the truth, I’m still not sure if the visitor to the U.S.S.R. is free to wander around without supervision, to take pictures without restriction (except of military equipment, installations, and personnel), and to chat with anyone he happens to come in contact with, without fear of creating difficulties for himself or the Russian whom he engages in conversation.
Every year, I see a lot of photographs made by students and amateurs. And I’m always surprised at the number of pictures that aren’t sharp because of focusing problems. This isn t indicated by the usual polls that label camera shake as the chief cause of soft images.
The voices that you record in your own family one day will be rich documentaries in sound, full of associations; you will treasure them in the way you now cherish old photographs. So much can be recorded that seems commonplace today because you hear it all the time—but in a decade or so it will have the poignant nostalgia of memories rediscovered.
Why do several of my high-quality microphones sound distorted when used with my solid-state recorders? Most solid-state recorders have microphone input impedances between 1,000 and 10,000 ohms, rather than the “tube” impedance of 50.(XX) ohms and higher.
Storing 50-ft. home movies Small reels of home movies that you prefer not spliced together on a larger reel can be stored in a 4x6 metal index card file, available at stationery stores. Helen Woolard, Inglewood, Calif
ALABAMA__ Baptist Medical Gallery. Montclair Rd.. Birmingham; John Farmer May 1-31 CALIFORNIA__ Photosphere. 8222 Sunset Blvd.. Los Angeles; monthly exhibits • Camera Work Gallery. 2400 Coast Hwy.. Newport; monthly exhibits • Eikon Gallery, 558 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove; monthly exhibits • Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena; Photo Eye of the 20 s (MOMA) May 3-June 30 • De Young Memorial Museum.
According to the Miami Seaquarium, there’s “a whale of a tale unfolding" down there. It seems that the star of the new Whale Bowl is a two-ton male killer whale named Hugo, who performs each day in the 2,000-seat stadium. Hugo has something else on his mind when he permits his trainer’s hands and head to be placed inside his jaws, as part of his act.
I have a 35 SLR without through-lens me-tering. When I reverse a normal or wide-angle lens for close-ups and attach the lens to the camera body with an adapter, am I required to increase the exposure? And if so, by how touch? Lawrence J. Smith, Santa Barbara, Calif.
In my February column, I mentioned the use ot epoxy with glass-fiber filling to re-form the worn lips on certain types of rear lens covers. I've used this trick myself, and wanted to share it with you. But, I wasn’t able to recommend a source for the glass-filled epoxy, because the firm from which I obtained my original supply is no longer in business.
Stamp collectors and would-be stamp collectors often make the mistake of thinking that it’s a hobby from which they can become wealthy with little or no effort. They simply have to bide their time. This is not exactly a whole truth, because right now you can buy sheets of three-, four-, and five-cent commemorative stamps at less than face value in mint condition.
Sankyo Hi-Focus CME-600 super 8 incorporates new focusing and EE systems. When the lens hood is pulled back, two images appear in the viewfinder. Turning the hood merges the images, and lens is in focus throughout its 8—48-mm zoom range. The EE-Checker system permits checking the operation of the automatic exposure system, and adjustment of aperture one stop over or under the EE setting.
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At first, it was the striking poster—a large sheet spilling over with an image of the Statue of Liberty that had the famous lady upstaged by a row of rotting telephone poles steeped in debris. Then, the provocative title: The Hand of Man on America.
When it comes to lenses YOU’VE NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD!
Thanks to new coatings, MTF, computers, and crystals, today's optics are better than ever before
Anyone who watched the splashdown and recovery of the Apollo 14 spacecraft would be quick to agree that the quality of the picture was superb. Like millions of others, I sat in front of my TV and witnessed the return of the astronauts from their moon voyage, and marveled at the almost unbelievable clarity and sharpness of the picture.
Simple, inexpensive accessories for your lens can give your photographs a fresh look
HARVEY V. FONDILLER
Everybody talks about getting unusual pictures, but few photographers seem to do much about it. Breaking out of the rut is simple: get optical additives for your camera. There are many inexpensive screw-in or slip-on accessories that can broaden your horizon, enhance your vision, make you see color in a new light, or get a new slant on things.
I don’t blame you for raising your eyebrows and casting doubt on how much you can do with a handful of optical hardware—the tele-converter. But, as the old cliché goes, “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.” And the way that optical pudding is served makes all the difference.
You definitely do not need a darkroom to develop your own film. You don’t even have to stuff yourself into a hall closet or jam towels in the crack under the bathroom door to get your film loaded into a developing tank. You can develop your film just about any place where you feel comfortable—at your desk during lunch hour, at home while watching TV, while your wife is washing dishes, or while you are babysitting.
first look at Susan McCartney’s pictures of New Yorkers makes one wonder, fleetingly, why she made them in color rather than black-andwhite. After all, didn’t we see the same kind of people and backgrounds in photographs by the late Weegee and other documentary photographers of the New York scene?
The customary contemporary comment for a photographer’s work is that it makes a highly personal statement. In the case of Richard Frieman's, this actually comes close to the truth, for he lives much as he likes. Frieman, who was born in Maplewood, N.J., was graduated from Ohio University with a degree in economics, next studied law at the University of Utah— but switched to sculpturing.
Most moviemakers have at one time or another used their movie cameras in amusement parks, if only for a few souvenir scenes of the children enjoying themselves on the rides. They offer good filming possibilities, because there is so much activity and everything is moving.
At first glance, the Norita 66 camera looks similar to dozens of other SLR models—but the second glance shows up a lot of differences. For one thing, the Norita is a 120/220 reflex, and is correspondingly bigger than its 35-mm relatives; also, its prism seems to be more angular and a bit higher than we have come to think of as “average.”
Comments: As more "large-format" cameras adopt the features to which we've been accustomed on our 3 5-mm SLRs. it's interesting to see how the manufacturers cope with the problems brought on by the larger masses of those parts that must move rapidly and then halt abruptly.
THE HATTERSLEY CLASS FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY AS A SACRAMENT Photographs by Robert Lichtman
In recording family life, you'll need a humble, loving, and patient approach
The major religions regard marriage and family life as a sacrament. This means that they provide a situation in which we have a very good chance of learning the true meaning of love. The very things that make family life difficult are also what make it a spiritual opportunity. They help us see that we must learn to give up our selfishness and bow to the needs and wishes of others. The idea of a sacrament can also carry over into family photography. In fact, it really should, for anything less than a humble, loving, and patient approach to recording family life will always leave the photographer unsatisfied. The pictures by Robert Lichtman illustrate what family photography should be at its best. Never have I seen photographs more loving and tender. The people in them—Bob’s family and friends—literally radiate warmth and affection. Because like begets like, we can tell that Bob was also radiating warmth and affection to his subjects. The result of such reciprocal warmth is pictures that will live forever in the heart. I can’t tell you how to make pictures like Bob Lichtman’s, for they are a reflection of his total personality. Furthermore, he is a very accomplished professional theatrical photographer who takes family pictures only for fun. In his professional work, he uses a Hasselblad and has to work very hard to handle the egos of actors and actresses. A short time ago, he discovered the 35-mm camera and that it could be used for sheer fun. This, in part, explains the loveliness of his family pictures shown on these pages. Although I can’t tell you how to make pictures like Bob’s, I can steer you in the right direction. The first part of my advice will be technical, and the remainder devoted mostly to the problem of having the right attitudes. Regarding technique, my advice is to make your work as easy as possible for yourself, so that you are free of worry and can devote yourself to being aware of how your subjects feel, the nuances of facial expression and so on. Whatever is easiest for you, do it. Is the Polaroid Land camera your forte? Swell, go ahead and use it. Do you like using a camera with flashcubes? Whatever it is you like and feel comfortable with, stick to it. If you want free and easy pictures you have to feel comfortable about technique. Otherwise, the hassle you're going through will reflect itself in your subject’s faces. You should also feel secure about environments and backgrounds. Do you feci best while photographing in the back yard, in the family room, or in the kitchen? Or would you prefer going to the park? Don’t let yourself get uptight on the question of an esthetic environment and a well-composed picture. Concern yourself only with whether it looks natural for your subjects and that you yourself feel comfortable in it. Composition has a good habit of taking care of itself when your subjects are in the right frame of mind and you feel comfortable with them. Indoors, I recommend natural light, for it tends to flatter your subjects. Floodlights or flash on the camera aren’t as good, although you should use them if they make you feel secure. Outdoors, photographing under an overcast sky is best, for it treats figures and faces gently and beautifully. Direct sunlight is pretty rough, so avoid it. On sunny days, shoot in the shade, for it is very pictorial and especially good for portraits. Now we come to the all-important question of attitude. If your attitude is right, you’ll get pictures you like and respect; if it’s not, you won’t. It’s as simple as that. 1 think you should consciously treat the photography of family and friends as a sacrament. If you’re even the least bit religious, a simple prayer, oft repeated, would help: “Oh Lord, help me see and photograph this person with eyes of love.” If you’re an agnostic or atheist, ask your own deepest self to help you. You’d be surprised at how much more loving this can make your photography. Try putting aside your desires in favor of others. Say you would like to catch a certain silly expression on someone’s face. You know very well he would rather come out looking bright and intelligent. Will giving up your desire to make him appear foolish hurt you so very much? You should ask yourself this question even when photographing small children and babies. A positive approach is to observe your subjects carefully, looking for things you admire in them. Then try to figure out how you can use your camera to communicate to them these wonderful things you've seen. People really need this kind of help, for they seldom like themselves enough. There are certain things you should very definitely avoid. Quite advanced photographers get fascinated with the idea of using their photography to “improve” people. This can easily turn out to be a rejection of them as they really are. People very readily tumble to the fact this is what you’re up to, and it can hurt their feelings deeply. The positive approach is to mentally say to each subject, “Whoever and whatever you are, I accept you in my heart without your having to change yourself to please me.’’ With thoughts like this, you can really make your family photographs sing. You should also avoid letting your pride as a picture maker influence you too much. If all you’re concerned with is using other people to make “great pictures,’’ you may be assured you will be mistreating them. The positive approach is to consider anything they offer you great, because it represents them. It may be a pose, a gesture, or a certain expression. Accept it without asking for a change, for it is indeed an offering. Respect the fear people have of being photographed, and resist strongly any temptation to be a bully with your camera. You should especially watch for this nervousness among older friends and family members. If you can’t find a graceful way around it, in all kindness you should give up your plans for making photographs. Be on the alert for signs of how your subjects would like themselves to be seen. If Dad sticks out his chin every time a camera is turned his way, it probably means he thinks his chin is weak and he wants it to look more imposing. If Aunt Grace always offers you a right profile, respect her wishes and take a picture of it. Use good judgment in picking the time and place for pictures. Children don’t worry much about the when and where, and are usually raring to be photographed. With adults, however, it’s a different thing, for their worries and concerns leave them feeling pretty bedraggled much of the time. It isn’t good to photograph Dad right after a hard day’s work, Mom when she’s been hassled by a bill collector, and Junior after his girl has given him the brushoff. Be on the lookout for those golden hours when everything seems to be going right for everyone in the family. It may be the right time on a lazy Saturday morning after a late breakfast, or for the half hour just after the finish of the family’s favorite TV show. After finding these sweet times, make sure your approach to photographing makes them seem even sweeter. Most important of all, perhaps, is to consciously develop an optimistic philosophy concerning your desire to take pictures of people. Such a philosophy will express itself through your bearing and make you a welcome sight whenever you bring out your camera. If you photograph only in the name of love, you and your camera will be cherished by all. O
An effective portfolio is the free-lance photographer’s single most important sales aid. If you want to sell your photographs (and who doesn’t), have them published, get assignments, or land a staff job as a photographer, a strong showcase of sample work is essential.
Organize those snapshots and create a film (maybe with sound!) that makes old photos live again
Most family photo albums tend to get out of hand. As snapshots accumulate, some don’t seem to fit in any sequence, others seem repetitious when spread on a page, and still others never seem to get pasted into place. The result is often a hodge-podge of loose photos of various sizes, in both color and black-and-white.
A fairly inexpensive but reliable reflector, made from crumpled aluminum foil on a sheet of pegboard, provides more light on a subject when working in open shade. Crumpling the foil avoids hot spots. If you don’t have someone to hold it for you, it can be mounted through one of the holes in the board (enlarged if necessary) using a flat washer and a 1/4-20 nut over the tripod screw, and tilted into the desired position.
Accessory lenses for 126s Please help me locate supplementary lenses for my Kodak Instamatic 134. I saw some advertised in a Sunday magazine supplement, but it was accidentally discarded. Matthew Dullaghan, Waynesboro, Pa. Here's a partial list of manufacturers and distributors offering telephoto and wideangle lens attachments: