One of the added enjoyments of visiting New York City’s fabulous Metropolitan Museum of Art was, in the very recent past, strolling down the broad steps outside and seeing the work of artists not yet gracing the walls of the interior. Wannabe, will be, and are artists displayed their own colorfully arrayed works for sale at reasonable prices.
Think global, shoot local! Great nature shots are in your backyard, a nearby park, even outside a hospital window.
1st ($300) Splendor on the pond: There is a timeless quality to this intricate but simple image. For inspiration, Nick Skrobola of Greensboro, North Carolina, had a brand new camera and a day off from work. He headed to the nearby botanical gardens to photograph old trees and rotting tree trunks with his new rig, but what caught his eye was this lone duck on the garden pond and the pattern of reflections in the water.
The incredible, underground German-Ukranian budget-priced 2¼ SLR connection.
All these 2¼ cameras and lenses fit each other!
With the quiet announcement that the Kiev 88 is now available with a Pentacon-type bayonet mount, the circle closes on a remarkable, largely overlooked 2¼ SLR phenomenon. Designers of the German Pentacon and Ukranian Kiev (sometimes called the Hasselnyet because it’s a knockoff of an old Hasselblad design) created a family of basic, budget-priced cameras with a common lensmount.
Light! Light! Brilliant light, glorious ruins, and the vivacious people of Greece for your camera.
The Greek Islands
The Greek Way
How do you translate the Greek prefix “photo?” It means “light,” unbelievably brilliant and clear light, vividly illuminating ancient temples with fascinating highlights and shadows, spilling seaward onto the gleaming waters of the Mediterranean and the countless picturesque islands, washing the gleaming white buildings, etching character into the faces of its friendly and lively people.
Our persnickety panel of editors praise and pan your pictures
Set-up shot that failed?
Uncontrolled chaos or beautiful randomness?
Schneider: I like the general composition; the kids are walking into the frame and leading your eye from left to right. The bad news is that the photographer took the picture on program, and as a result the background is very much out of focus and distracting.
How serious enthusiasts integrate photography into their lives.
MATULL AT A GLANCE
Cutting edge of the future
Siegfried Matull of Danville California is an amazing man. Before becoming seriously involved in photography in '1989, this German-born adventurer worked for the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, spent two years traveling around the world on a BMW motorcycle, immigrated to California with his wife Gretel, where he first worked for a VW dealership, then as a sales manager for Euro-Drive tours, and finally landed a post as General Manager for a Mercedes-Benz dealership More recently, he ran his own travel agency, helped found a bank (The Bank of San Ramon, California), and invested profitably in real estate, which he now manages.
It had to happen. Have you noticed? Camera people now simply use the term “ELPH class” to refer to a certain type of camera owing at least some derivation from Canon’s wildly popular minicam. The earmarks: tiny (always), stylish (preferably in some eyecatchingly quirky way), using APS film, usually with a 2:1 zoom or some such, and either metal or metal-look.
Hands on: About the average size and weight for a lens of this type, it’s a good match on the Samsung SR4000 body. Well finished in satin black, with rubberized bands for the focusing ring and mounting collar providing a pleasant and secure grip.
You’ve got questions? The Montizambert brothers have answers, often punctuated with their humerons antics. The tapes explain clearly how to use a meter to get on film the tonal values you want. Volume One is devoted to metering basics, demystifying how a meter thinks, and giving you a logical plus/minus system to obtain consistently good exposures.
A dozen new color films, from APS to medium format.
Kodak Advantix 200
Kodak Elite Chrome 200 slide film
Kodak Pro Ektapress PJ400
Agfacolor HDC 100 print film
Agfachrome CTprecisa 200 slide film
Agfacolor HDC 400 print film
RMS at ISO 200, pushed +1
RMS at ISO 800, pushed +3
Fujichrome MS 100/1000 (RMS) at ISO 100
Push, push, push!
Imation HP 100 print film
Use your Imation and imagination
Michael J. McNamara
After staggering through a veritable tidal wave of new color films in the past six months, more than a dozen new ones recently crashed onto these shores, making this a banner year for photographers. Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida proved to be a great location for getting a closer look at these newest films in action.
Great nature shots seldom just happen— they usually take lots of time, effort, and film
A tricky checklist
The rest was easy
The best of the bunch
Tim Davis & Renee Lynn
The billowy clouds suddenly parted, revealing Africa’s majestic peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. At the same moment, an impressive elephant with magnificent tusks stepped from the acacia-dotted landscape, a baby at her side. Our cameras readied, we made a photograph that portrayed Africa in all its glory.
Reading about the mysterious “HELP” signal on Herbert Keppler’s Minolta 7000i (“SLR,” May ’98, page 18) brought back memories of a similar experience. A few years ago while taking some pictures at my son’s wedding I, too, found myself staring at the word “HELP” on my 7000i; unlike Mr. Keppler, I found it right there in the troubleshooting guide on page 70 of the instruction book.
Paul Strand circa 1915; through Sept. 15. San Francisco Museum of Art, 151 Third St., San Francisco, CA 94105,415-357-4000. The Alameda Corridor; July-Oct. Walker Evans: New York; July 28Oct. 11. J. Paul Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-440-7300.
Eight pros show you why and now they use zoom lenses
WHY & HOW PROS USE ZOOMS
Don’t talk nonsense about being unable to take pictures like a pro because you don’t have similar posh zoom glass with f/2.8 apertures. While nearly every photo here was made with a 17or 20-35mm f/2.8 zoom, or an 80-200mm f/2.8, not one was shot at wider than f/4. And no pro used a technique you couldn’t.
Now, the world’s great photo galleries and museums are at your doorstep—no matter where you live— and they’re open 24 hours a day!
Third & Fourth Galleries
So you don’t live in or near a major metropolitan area, but you want to keep up with the latest trends in great photography and photo collecting? Good news: Many photo galleries and museums are hanging their current photo exhibitions on World Wide Web sites where you can pay a visit whenever you like and for as long as you like—provided you’ve got a computer and Web access.
How do you light a stubbornly stygian central god in a Cambodian triple tableau at Angkor? Use a reflector of course!
Baku Saito eyed the dilemma before him with puzzlement. Two huge tower god faces of Angkor’s Bayon Temple in Cambodia were bathed in sunlight but the middle one remained a total blackout. How could he get the mysterious middle one to shine? His answer: use a reflecting surface.
Here’s our 1998 chart with up-to-date specs and pricing on virtually all 35mm and Advanced Photo System SLR zoom lenses!
Where to Write
Stick a fork in it, it’s done (and ready for our readers): The 1998 edition of POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY’S annual roundup of zoom lenses for 35mm and APS SLRs. We’ve gathered most of the relevant stats and specs for zoom glass, and whether you’re buying by brand, quality, weight, filter size, price, or features, this directory can help.
An activist passion fires Annette den Ouden’s stirring images of Tibet’s struggle
A world trip leads back to Tibet
Equipment is not enough
When we recently spoke to Annette den Ouden, she was working an extra job late in her home city, Amsterdam. She was saving up for a trip. Not a vacation somewhere in the sun, though, or a lark around the continent. She was going on a work trip, to continue her photo documentary of peoples around the world—notably those struggling to preserve their culture, sometimes their very land, in the face of oppression.
Roger Ballen shows us the tattered, hidden corners of a strange and torn land.
Where no tourist travels
Equipped for fast work
The world is full of forgotten people. You needn’t go very far from wherever you call home to find a pocket of humanity that’s never been plugged in, that has no spokesperson, no media spotlight, no theme song. Roger Ballen for over a decade has documented a forgotten people of his adopted South Africa: the native white residents of the flat, arid rural areas called the platteland.
Top value for student or budgetminded enthusiast? Or Rebel without a cause?
QUICK GUIDE TO WHAT’S IMPORTANT
FEATURES AT A GLANCE
SAMSUNG SR4000 CENTERWEIGHTED METERING
SAMSUNG SR4000 SPOTMETERING
SAMSUNG SR4000 MEASURED DIMENSIONS
TEST RESULTS FROM OUR LAB
Minimal toggle trauma
What about fill flash?
Samsung, it seems, is determined to be a player in the camra game—and the major leagues, at that. Not content with producing progressively more sophisticated point-andshoot models, the Korean aerospace and electronics giant has charged onto the photo industry playing field by introducing the SR4000, an all-new interchangeable-lens single-lens reflex.
The blonde bathing beauty adorning our July ’48 cover is Pat Hall, pictured perkily under a pier at Huntington Beach, California, by glamour guru Peter Gowland, who’s still going strong. He used a handheld 4x5 Speed Graphic with 6⅜inch Optar lens, made the exposure on Ektachrome at 1/50 sec and f/7.
You have choices in 9-volt transistor batteries, too.
Performance of 9-volt Batteries On 100-Ohm Loads
The envelope please
While the most widely used photographic and consumer battery is, by a wide margin, the AA cell, other sizes are important, too. The 9-volt transistor battery is a good example. Darkroom exposure meters, radio slaves, and many other electronic devices rely on this familiar source for their power.
Tokyo, the Japanese large-format camera maker, took a good, hard look at its bestselling 4x5 field camera—the flatbed 45AII—with an eye to lowering its price. The result is the Toyo 45AX, a rugged looking, lightweight flatbed camera (5 lb, 9 oz) of aluminum alloy, but without the 45A's revolving back.
This photography learning/teaching tool is wonderfully interactive. Click on a photograph, choose an f-stop, and you’ll see how changing aperture changes the depth of field. The same with changing the shutter speed, lens focal length, film speed, or other factors.
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We’ve had no luck in finding several special-effect filters mentioned in recent articles. Who makes the dual-color polarizer, the color-intensifying filter, and the center-vanish filter that eliminates a subject that’s in the middle of the scene?