The Kunhardt family, known for their acclaimed historic TV productions such as “The American President” and “Lincoln,” have dug into their personal collection of historic photos to create “Freedom: A History of US,” a series starting January 12 on PBS.
Remember dry film processing? Place an exposed 35mm roll into a kiosk, return in five minutes, retrieve dye-sub prints and “digital negatives” (a.k.a. a CD).This eco-friendly processing system seemed pie-in-the-sky when we reported on it in prototype form in 2000.
Eliot Porter (1901-1990) was a rebel—he championed color photography while everyone else was stubbornly black-and-white; and, like his contemporary, Ansel Adams, he believed in protecting the natural wonders he captured on film. Now his legacy is on display in “Eliot Porter:
You never know what you may find in your attic: an antique hat rack, some vintage clothes from the ’70s, or maybe even a box of about 300 proofs by the legendary photographer Ansel Adams! Few are as lucky as Sarah Sage McAlpin’s (David Hunter McAlpin’s wife) heirs, who rummaged through her attic after her death in 2001,and found photos of Adams’ month-long camping trip with friends David Hunter McAlpin and artist Georgia O’Keeffe in the Southwest in l937.
“I expect to be published every 50 years in POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY,” quips Bernie Kessler. In August 1952, POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY published a photo this psychologist and lifetime photo enthusiast took in the Bronx Zoo, in a column called “Pictures From our Readers.”
Sony Cybershot DSC-F717: 5X Zeiss Vario Sonnar lens, 5 megapixels, and more...
Sony Cybershot DSC-F717
When it comes to taking great still photos, Sony digital cameras have come a long way from its earliest models, which were designed around video sensors. The new Cyber-Shot DSC-F717 ($1,000, street price) is a prime example. Following in the footsteps of last year's DSC F707, the new F717 boasts the same 5MP CCD (4.9MP effective, 2560x1920 pixels), pivoting 5X zoom lens, and unique Hologram AF system that made its predecessor so popular.
Here are two computer programs that let you rescue photos...one’s $85, the other $600. Can both do the job?
Just about everyone has had the experience of finding a wonderful family heirloom photograph—ruined with scratches, embedded dust, rips, and stains. Once upon a time, your only hope was to go to a professional restorer, who would charge you hundreds of dollars to fix just one image.
Your carry-on luggage with film can’t weigh over 13 lbs when flying economy class
British Airways is one of my | favorite airlines. Their tourist class food is amazingly good. (You thought maybe I went first or business class like big-shot publishers, editors, and photographers of fame?) If you fly British Airways exclusively to Europe, the airline often offers great packages that include ultralow rates at famous hotels in London.
In the many years I’ve been lugging around SLRs and a kit of lenses, trying to cover all possibilities when I travel, I’ve changed my optical menu many a time, my next to latest being 18-35mm, 24-105mm, and 100-300mm. All are variable aperture because constant f/2.8 aperture lenses would probably break my back.
Want to frame your digital photos but 1 ) you don’t have the time, or 2) making prints is too much of a hassle? Then frame them digitally! Pacific Digital’s MemoryFrame, ($300, street price) lets you display your digital photos in seconds, and is designed for easy use even by the family klutz.
"The new title obsoletes the debate...it encompasses all imaging activities"
Tour response to editor Jason Schneider’s announcement in our November 2002 issue that our name was changing to POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY & IMAGING (“The word is convergence,” page 30) was immediate and strong— on both sides. Here are some samples.
Digital sex appeal: The very coollooking Rollei d530 flex is billed as the only German-manufactured digital camera in the world and should be appearing at U.S. dealers as you read this. The 5MP SLR (and yes, it’s a genuine optical reflex, not an electronic viewfinder) uses a PCMCIA Type II interface, which means you can use a variety of storage media via an adapter:
Hands on: Considerably larger and heavier than average 50mm lenses, Canon's rotund, mostly matte-black 50mm f/1.0 is well-finished in a rubberlike material patterned to resemble leather. Its amply sized, red-accented manual focusing ring is smoothturning and finished in finger-friendly, ribbed rubber.
Hands on: High-speed and constant-aperture design have made Sigma's 20-40mm f/2.8 DG impressive in both girth and length. The lens is lighter than it looks and balances very well on 35mm or digital SLRs of all sizes. Nicely finished in matte black with tiny gold flecks, it has very wide rubberized zoom and manualfocus collars that are ribbed for excellent grippability.
We’ve said it before, but we continue to be astonished by the technical and aesthetic excellence of the images submitted by our readers, and that makes choosing a few score of the best ones to display in this Contest Issue a daunting task. Of course, the sheer number of entries in the Annual International Picture Contest—over 67,000 this time, up from 63,000—has something to do with it too.
Bert Brochey, who freelances for the Niagara Falls Gazette and Winston Cup Scene magazine, took this incredible scene of a sea of flags at a Winston Cup auto race on September 23,2001, at the Dover International Speedway in Delaware—one of the first major sporting events to take place after the events of 9/1 I. Brochey tells us that all fans received a small American flag upon entering the grandstands.
Silver bells and bracelets are an important part of Zhou Xiang Yang’s heritage. In this stunning portrait, which he titled “Inheritance,” his young daughter is wearing two of the bracelets around her wrists and one around her ankle, fascinated with the shiny jewelry.
Think this image is of a delicate flower? Think again! When he was 17, John Broski would lie in his bed and admire the “hills and dales” on the surface of his velour blanket. And that’s all the inspiration he needed: He photographed the blanket—all those years ago—with a Minolta SRT-100 and 50mm f/1.8 Rokkor lens (exposure, unrecorded; film, Kodak Tri-X), then printed the image in his bedroom-closetturned-darkroom.
ANIMALS IRVING J. OLSON AKRON, OH You talkin’ to me? Irving J. Olson of Tucson, Arizona, was strolling by a pond where he spied this openmouthed carp, seemingly standing up and begging for a snack. He photographed the little beggar with a Nikon DI and 80—400mm f/4.5-5.6 Nikkor lens, exposing for 1/500 sec at f/16.
Talk about a grab shot! Diane Chenault was visiting Katmai National Park in Alaska when she spied this bear cub trying to catch salmon. After about half an hour, the cub finally nabbed his fish and Chenault netted the results with her Nikon F5 and 80-200mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens.
I’ve been noticing white mold growing on various surfaces in the room where I keep my photographic equipment— it’s even on an unused camera bag. So far, the mold seems confined to surfaces near the forced-air vent. My equipment, photographs, and negatives are on the opposite side of the room in storage cabinets.
The glamorous winter-clad model on our January ’53 cover was photographed by veteran pro Hal Reiff while on a fashion shoot. He placed a 250-watt spot below her to maintain the “candlelit” effect, and took the picture with an 8x10 Deardorff view camera with a 12-inch f/6.5 Kodak Ektar lens.
Photographer Zheng Xiao Yao was just hanging around in his hometown city of Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China, when he happened upon these window cleaners working on the facade of an office building.The juxtaposition of the workers and the impressionistic reflections of the city made it seem like, as Zheng put it,“They were painting a giant city landscape mural.”