I was horrified to discover two columns [“Protechniques” and “Tools and Techniques“] in your May issue that could be read without acrobatic page flipping and advanced detective work searching for obscure page numbers. Have you lost your skill at destroying the train of thought of an article by strategic interruption?
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC FINALLY PICKETED, headlined The New York Times June 21, 1 974. It was a first, and this made it a news story, even though it took 86 years for it to happen. It was also a first for the American Jewish Congress. Just as the Nat Geo had never been picketed before, the AJC had never picketed the National Geographic.
Here's a picture book of the four seasons that really shows them in true form
Photography’s greatest virtue is its ability to portray life and nature with extreme clarity, and its ability to make images that allow the viewer to enter the theater of operations without becoming conscious of the medium itself. Such photographs do not depend on technical virtuosity.
Are those plastic, gray 35-mm film containers from Kodak really light-tight? In other words, if I have to remove torn film from the camera, can I follow the usual procedure of opening the camera in complete darkness, remove the film from the take-up spool, and carry this film home safely in the closed plastic can for processing later on?
Studying with Ansel Adams at Yosemite: a photographer tells what it's like
What’s it like to study with Ansel Adams in his famous Yosemite workshop? You are one of perhaps 80 students enrolled in the June 12-day course. You’ve made some sacrifice to put down $300 as your tuition fee, and it cost you even more than that to make the trip across country and feed and house yourself while out there—as it did Rick Callahan, 27, of Modernage Photographic Services, Inc.
Want to record TV scenes? Try it the Ektasound way
A couple of months back—the July issue, to be specific—I covered various ways of taping TV programs with an inexpensive recorder. If you’ve tried it, I’m sure that you’ve found that you can preserve most of the contents of a vast range of programs.
New Photography: San Francisco and the Pay Area, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco (April 6-June 2) and at The Fine Arts Gallery, San Diego (July 13-Sept. 8). One of the largest exhibitions of contemporary photography to be shown on the West Coast in recent years, New Photography contained over 500 images by 23 photographers.
How you can make better pictures with available light
CORA WRIGHT KENNEDY
Where do you go next if you're an available-light-image addict? If you’ve already solved the problems of camera steadiness and focus (that I discussed in the July and September 1974 I & I columns), what else can you do to make your existing-light pictures better?
Computer animation will break shackles in both live-action and animated films
Computer animation will create a new set of realities for live-action motion pictures. There is now in existence a 4,000-line television-type system that exceeds the performance of a 35-mm motion-picture camera. In other words, you cannot see the scan lines.
Good grief! Are the Graphic and Graflex actually gone?
EATON S. LOTHROP
On January 22, 1974, The Times Union of Rochester, N.Y., bore the news that Singer Education Systems (formerly known as Graflex) had ended the production of cameras and flash equipment in December, 1973. The company announced that it had made this move to strengthen its position in the audio-visual equipment market.
The day a kid from Chad held an instant miracle in his hand
I have just swept through Africa with my new Polaroid SX-70 camera, and I’m convinced the Dark Continent will never be the same. Like a roving ambassador, I made friends everywhere. The prestige of the United States soared as my magic Polaroid whirred and clicked, grinding out color pictures of farmers, taxi-cab drivers, porters, government officials, airline stewardesses, and village children.
Hey, remember newsreels? Here's a book for you nostalgia lovers
Even if November 2 isn’t your birthday, perhaps you can still look upon it as some sort of a special day, because it was on this date in 1929 that the first newsreel theater opened. It is not duly recorded as to the exact date on which the last newsreel theater closed, but it’s safe to say that none of them survived the mid-1950s.
Positive-to-positive color prints: here's my two-cents' worth
EDWARD MEYERS I
You bet I’m impressed with Kodak's Ektaprint RD chemistry and Ektachrome 1993 color paper, with which you and I can make spectacular color prints directly from our color slides. I’m impressed not just because I've seen J. Sherwood Haswell's color prints and story, “Think Positive,” elsewhere in this issue, but because I've been making color prints with these new materials from my own slides.
About sharpness— you can boost it in the darkroom, too
In last month’s discussion about ways to boost sharpness, we covered the questions of image motion due to camera shake, film-plane integrity, focusing critically, and the over-all benefits of keeping our equipment clean. Now we’ll explore some additional sharpness factors that occur after the exposure has been made.
Carmel: Friends of Photography Gallery. Sunset Cultural Center. San Carlos at 9th. Polaroid Images, through Oct. 20. New Directions in Photography. Oct. 26-Dec. 8 Costa Mesa: Orange Coast College, Photo/Graphics (GEH). Oct. 1 5-Nov. 1 5 Cupertino: Photo-Arts "Little Gallery.
As photographic shows go, photokina remains the big one, the only truly international "world’s fair of photography." This year, a number of controversial changes have been made in its structure, with attendance to the product displays more sharply limited to the trade and professional photographers, and the cultural exhibitions physically separated from the hardware.
Leicaflex SL 2 What’s new: Improved version of present Leiceflex SL offering e three f-stop increase in sensitivity for low-light metering, completely redesigned viewfinder and mirror mechanism Specifications: As in the present Leicaflex SL, the new SL 2 offers horizontally running cloth focalplane shutter with speeds from B. 1 to 1/2,000 sec.
This prestige-class 110 exposes the day, month, and year at the upper left side of the frame, simultaneously with the tripping of the shutter. Employing the aperturepreferred method in its auto-exposure control, the metering system selects and governs the shutter speed.
Moving the data controls from the front of the body to the rear of the lens barrel, Canon has streamlined the look of this replacement of the Canodate, its previous model. The user can program the year, month, and day to be imprinted on one corner of the picture, or he can switch the data lamp off.
For RB 67 fans, past, present, and future, the new Pro S version of the camera offers several improvements. Start with a lock lever on the left-hand focusing knob, an accessory clip on the same side of the camera, new lens-barrel styling that displays all information at the top, and you have the major changes visible from the outside.
This new (under $14) camera from Polaroid accepts Type 87 Square Shooter (8-exposure) film pack and has a new. 30-sec developing black-and-white film that requires none of the messy coating commonly associated with standard Polaroid blackand-white films.
Long rumored that Japanese film manufacturers would follow a Rochester firms s lead, we now have proof that 110 film will be available in a box other than yellow and red. Color this box green, and give it the name Fujicolor F-ll. It will have an extrafine grain emulsion that will yield the standard 3½2x4½-in.
The large-format camera's special advantages are slowly being mimicked by that would-be all-purpose camera, the 35-mm SLR. One of the latest tools once thought to be the exclusive property of large-format users that has now been adopted for 35-mm SLR use is an (intentionally) soft-focus 85-mm f/4 lens from Fuji.
Almost one stop faster, but claimed to be just as well corrected, is this 28-mm f/2.8-f/22 wide-angle lens. Its construction is 7 elements in 7 groups, and it will have a minimum focusing distance of 0.3 metre. It has a breech-lock mount, 55-mm filter provision, and an automatic diaphragm.
Putting out a 45x65-degree beam of light at 5600 K through a four-way swivel head capable of plus/minus 90-degree tilt in either the horizontal or vertical position, the unit offers a guide number of 65 (in ft.) with ASA 25 film. The illuminated, color-coded calculator dial provides for film speeds of ASA 25 to 400.
Requiring only two AA cells to power the film drive and exposure control system, it sports a 9→36-mm Neovaron f/1.8 zoom lens capable of focusing on an object placed at its front surface. The reflex viewfinder has cross hairs, f-stop scale, and running light.
All three models accept the same prestriped super 8 cartridges and share the following features: two-motor drive system (a flywheel motor for driving the film over the recording head, and a drive motor for intermittently moving the film through the picture gate); 18 fps sound speed, 20 fps silent speed; plug-in microphone with remote-control switch for stopping/starting camera; 6 AA cells to power film drive, one 6-volt silver-oxide battery for audio and exposure-met er system; high-low automatic gain control; monitor recording by earphone and pulsating green LED in viewfinder; battery test using same green LED, movie-light screw mount coupled to Type A filter plus manual pushbutton; receptacles for remote control, recharging; push-button backlight compensation; auto-exposure control for ASA film speeds 25 to 160.
Kodak's Ektasound system employs two magnetic stripes on the film: one for the sound recording, and on the sprocketed side of the film a second narrower one used for thickness balance. The T60 uses this balancing stripe for the second channel with a stereo record-and-playback sound projector.
An external trip arm running up the front of the camera from the motor has its adjustable shutter-release tip set by the user the first time, then a lock is tightened, and the motor is ready for use from that point on. The motor is powered by any one of four 12-volt supplies: an 8-AA cell pack, an 8-D cell pack, a nickel-cadmium pack, and an a.c. adapter.
CREATIVE DARKROOM TECHNIQUES HOW TO MAKE PHOTOGRAMS
Making a photogram is so easy that many teachers of photography have their students do it as their first assignment. You merely position a piece of printing paper under a light source (usually the enlarger light), put an opaque or transparent object on the paper, turn on the light for a few seconds, then develop the paper.
A few years ago, even writers as macho as Hemingway used to say thing like "Obscenity you. you obscenity" in novels. Things have changed. Now everything, to use an elegant current phrase, hangs out. Anyone can and does say anything anywhere to anyone.
stalking "butterflies" with a camera “As a photographer I often feel like a hunter,” she says in her slow, delicate, sing-song Southern accent. “And when I find something visually exciting or unusual or beautiful, I’m anxious to capture it so it can be shared. Sometimes the feeling is like being a butterfly collector down in the jungle looking for new and beautiful varieties, and suddenly seeing one that’s never been seen before—stalking it, and making my ‘capture’ on film.
Inventive techniques created these images of pure light and color
Light, the basic energy source which makes photography possible, has long been a source of fascination to experimentally minded photographers as an image-creating subject in itself. One contemporary young explorer who has produced some stunningly beautiful images from this primal material is Fumiko Hibino, a Tokyo-based graphic designer and free-lance photographer.
Some months ago I started looking for an economical method of obtaining quality color prints to send along with picture-story ideas, thinking that a nice, big, tullframe 7xl0-in. print might be more impressive than a little 35-mm transparency; I might even paste up the magazine's logo on the print to give the picture editor a better idea of how it would look as a prospective cover shot.
scene Paris—the book, t his photographs with Kertész first r i u m p 200 J'Aime of photographic hs, still scene his latest dazzling Paris, and taken loves the of in Paris during the piest creative years of his life: from 1 925, when he left his native Hungary, through 1936, when he came book for all photographers—an inspiration, and a timeless treasure.
The Humane Society of the United States is seeking entries for its 1974 Animal Photography Contest. Cash prizes will be awarded in three categories: People and Pets, Domestic Animals, and Wild Animals. Entries may be black-and-white (8x10 glossies) or color (5x7 or larger prints, or slides).
A photo contest has been announced by Bicycle! magazine, with prizes up to $300 to be awarded in color and b&w categories. Subject of entries can be humorous, serious, scenic, etc., but must relate to bicycling. You may submit any number of color slides or prints, and b&w prints.
As all good students of photography know, Camera Work was the photographic quarterly which Alfred Stieglitz published from 1903 to 1917 as the official journal of the Photo Secessionists, that intrepid group of pictorialists whose members included Gertrude Käsebier, Edward Steichen, and Clarence White.
Hang ups in color I'm looking for a firm that does inexpensive, full-color, poster-type blow-ups as large as 2x3 ft. I only see ads for firms that work in b&w, not color. Carmine Caputo, South Bend, In. We haven’t run a check on prices of large color blow-ups, but a query to the various color labs that advertise in POP PHOTO and to local photofinishers will evince whether or not you can find blow-ups inexpensive enough.