1st($300) About-face in the crowd: Leave it to a kid to do what everyone else isn’t! Dinesh Khanna, a freelance photographer from New Delhi, India, was walking around the perimeter of a temple in the town of Jhunjhunu, about 150 miles from New Delhi, where throngs of people had gathered to pray.
What do you do when you win the Nobel Prize for physics? If you are a serious amateur photographer like Stanford University physics professor Douglas Osheroff, you buy the camera of your dreams—a Hasselblad 205TCC. Osheroff, along with two other scientists, garnered the $1.1 million prize for discovering super-fluidity in helium-3.
Lens flare, ghosts and light falloff: worry so me hobgoblins or technical nonsense?
WHAT FLARE AND GHOSTS LOOK LIKE
LIGHT FALLOFF: CAUSE & REMEDY
Going where no macro has dared to go before.
Elicar: To 1:1.25 and well beyond to 4:1!
Elicar: First to go beyond
Blowing up Alexander
No POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY lens test appears in print without some readers concluding that our field data damns the lens more than praises it. Flare through f/2.8 and not gone until f/4? Ghosting at all apertures? Light fall-off present at large apertures but gone by f/2.8?
When we reported on the Pentax IQZoom 115 back in November of ’93 (page 36), we were impressed with its lens and overall performance. Well, we’re here to report that the update of the 115, called the 115M, is considerably less of a camera. In size, that is.
Attentive readers may have noticed in our zoom issue last month (July ’97) that we fairly hit you over the head with the caveat that a zoom is a framing tool—not a composing tool (“SLR,” page 16, and “How pros use zooms today,” page 60). What we mean is that, by keeping your feet planted as you zoom back and forth, all you’re doing is changing the size of the frame around the same picture.
In reference to “Another face of Portraiture: Anton Corbijn,” [May ’97, page 60], we can’t help but wonder what possessed you to profile someone who doesn’t just bend the rules, but eliminates them completely—at which time you feel compelled to call it art.
What can you do with photography. Enrich your life, educate fellow humans, and save the planet.
How Serious enthusiasts integrate photography into their lives.
Call of the wild
He goes for the gusto
Robert Angel1’s long career as product manager for a leading manufacturer of marine and mining machinery doesn’t sound photographically inspiring, but it allowed him to travel extensively in far-flung, sparsely inhabited corners of the globe, whetted his appetite for the beauties of nature, and motivated him to make a personal commitment to preserve the environment.
Here’s a wordsmith who uses his pen to create pictures. The result: fresh and distinctive images.
A steal, and a bargain
Hank Gross is a guy with a technique—he calls his captivating “pen enhanced” photographs Ink Photos, a term he’s trademarked. And while there’s nothing really new about combining hand-wrought and photographic images, Hank’s pics are executed with a style and panache that allows both elements to work in graphic harmony and reinforce each other.
From satays to stiltwalkers, Bob Krist discovers the delights of Singapore
Rooms with a view
The Bugis Man
The elderly Chinese reaches across the counter and grabs my wrist. I am in Singapore’s Imperial Herbal restaurant to photograph (and eat) some Chinese health food. But I didn’t know that the process involved eating prescribed dishes after having my pulse taken by the resident herbalist.
Rollei’s latest entry is a distinctive, highend, all-metal, retro-look rangefinder 35 called the QZ 35. Its uniquely styled, titaviewfinder include f-stop, shutter speed, set distance, exposure compensation, flash ready, focus OK, and manual mode settings, which you then lock in by pushing them in again!
Had any of your film fogged by airport security X-rays recently? No? Well, neither has anyone else, to our knowledge. While many photographers still insist on hand inspection of carry-on film (and usually get it), the end of the east vs.
Yea or nay balloting for “Street Portrait” below, resulted in a close contest. Nays were emphatic in calling the picture confusing, too busy, cluttered, and needing cropping. Yeas were more varied, citing good composition, spooky quality, intense visual experience, a touch of wit, and masterful use of multiple reflections.
The perky lass leading the Lassie look-alike on our August ’47 cover was photographed by Andre de Dienes, famous for his fresh, natural approach to glamour and nudes. He used a Graflex D, a big 4x5 SLR, fitted with an 18cm lens, and exposed for 1/25 sec at f/8.
We asked four professionals to explain their distinctive approaches
"It is important to realize that all the technology in the world will not matter if your mind and attitude to the landscape itself is not in the right shape....A good photograph is a received photograph, an exchange between you and the landscape, in which there is a form of dialogue between the two of you.
HOW TO GET CUSTOM QUALITY PRINTS FROM APS NEGATIVES
Can the Advanced Photo System yield high-quality, cropped enlargements? You bet it can!
Taino Indian descendant, Robert Borrero, wearing full Indian regalia leaned forward slightly. A shaft of light caught the side of his face. Sitting across from him, I quickly slipped my Canon ELPH APS camera from my pocket and zoomed the 24-48mm f/4.5-6.2 lens out to maximum length.
Fine art with a single-use camera? Jim Vecchi uses one to create “absent” moments.
When Jim Vecchi hopped on his motorcycle and took off on a trip with his fixed-focus Kodak Instamatic camera over a decade ago, he didn’t expect to be inspired to take up photography full time. Vecchi has also since received an MFA and now teaches photography at Monterey Peninsula College and Cabrillo College, all of which is quite a change from his college years as a business major.
35mm SCREENS: Macro subject in low light (EV 2) Nikon F3 and 55mm f/3.5 lens with extension ring
LARGE FORMAT SCREENS: Scenic under bright sun (EV 16) Calumet 4x5 and 210 f/6.3 lens
Three ways to change 35mm SLR screens
You’ve seen the ads in photo magazines describing special “ultra bright” viewfinder screens. These are screens made by independent manufacturers for 35mm and 2¼ SLRs, as well as view cameras. They have names like Intenscreen, Brightscreen, and Hi-Lux.
Beach pictures look amateurish? A pro shows you how to improve them!
Think top-quality beach photos are easy to take? They aren’t. You can have the best equipment, subjects, weather, and location—and still miss the mark. Marc Romanelli, a pro shooter who specializes in outdoor people and action, seldom misses the mark when it comes to beach photography.
Hands on: Compact in length but impressively massive and heavyish; well finished in satin black with excellently placed, broad, highly grippable, adequately smooth zooming ring. Somewhat narrow but nicely turning manual focusing ring is close to the camera body but somewhat difficult to reach while supporting the lens for handheld shots.
Hands on: Solid, all-metal mechanical construction, beautifully finished in light gray enamel with highly legible, deeply engraved focusing scales (black for meters, red for footage), plus black lens-only magnification scales, red scales for 1.6X single-element closeup lens, blue scales for two-element achromat closeup lens magnification.
Summer of Love: A Pictorial Celebration; through Sept. 7. Ansel Adams Center for Photography, 250 Fourth St., San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-495-7000. Ten Photographic Visions; through Sept. 7. Mumm Napa Valley, P.O. Drawer 500, Rutherford, CA 94573, 707-942-3400.
Honest, forthright answers to your most probing questions
Are manual-focus lenses better?
Want gun, will travel
Kodak film made where?
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How good is a “pro” lens?
Is there a difference in quality between manual-focus and autofocus lenses? I want to buy a zoom for my Nikon N6000 (a manual-focus body) and have noticed that manual-focus optics cost more than their AF counterparts. Some people have advised me that even though an AF lens can be focused manually, I’d be “wasting” its auto capability if I were to get one.