Mustang Air to Air: The Sequel
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Jeff W.
Registered: Feb 09, 2008
Total Posts: 2444
Country: United States

For Christmas my sweetheart presented me with a terrific book titled "BEHIND PHOTOGRAPHS - Archiving Photographic Legends" by Tim Mantoani. The book is a result of Mantoani's personal quest to document and preserve noted photographers together with their favorite images. Says Mantoani, “We have come to a point in history where we are losing both photographic recording mediums and iconic photographers. While many people are familiar with iconic photographs, the general public has no idea of who created them. This book became a means to do that, the photographer and their photograph in one image.” All images in the book were photographed with a 20x24 view camera using Polaroid film. After each photograph was taken and the Polaroid "peeled", the iconic photographer (i.e. subject) would write at the bottom of the Polaroid his or her thoughts about their favorite photograph - great insights.

This is a large hardbound book (11.3 x 14.2 inches, 208 pages & 5 pounds) with excellent printing and binding. You can get copies via Amazon in the $40 range, which is pleasantly less than the $60 listed price. More details can be found on Mr. Mantoani's website - http://behindphotographs.com

Be advised, this book has nothing to do with aviation photography. That being said, if you love photography, I believe you'll enjoy this book.

For example, here is one insight from the book that I found extremely interesting. Jeff Widener is the photographer that took the iconic image in 1989 of a lone man confronting a column of tanks in Tiananmen Square. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for this photograph. He was shooting from the 5th floor of the Beijiing Hotel after smuggling his camera gear past Chinese security. As he framed the line of tanks up perfectly with his 300mm lens, a man walked into the frame. Widener's first thought was, "Get out of my shot, you are going to ruin the composition." Apparently, he thought he was being photo-bombed



Go4Long
Registered: Sep 04, 2005
Total Posts: 2012
Country: Canada

Well...I went and fell behind again. Work is driving me to have no time of my own lately. Lots of stellar imagery over the last several pages...and Jim, the idea of your already stellar work as seen through the sensor of a Phase is a thought that borders on mind numbing.

Ah well...

I sold my 400mm 2.8 a while back (to another FM member actually), and for about the first six months I can say I didn't regret it. But recently had an opportunity to do some shooting that really warranted the 400 being around and must say I missed it.

As much as it was a pain in the posterior to travel with, I actually started working the math on what the rental of a big lens would cost me if I were to do 4 shoots a year with it, and realized that the amount of value that a big lens loses in a year is actually less than what it costs to rent (whether you buy new or used seems to make very little difference to the calculation).

Well, that was my rambling thoughts of the day. :P In conclusion I think I'll be looking long and hard at something in the 400 - 600mm range come bonus time this year.



FlyingPhotog
Registered: May 09, 2008
Total Posts: 4775
Country: United States

Go Round or Go Home



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 19260
Country: United States

Welcome back Steven! Thanks Buddy, we'll see how that all shakes out. I don't think I'll be faced with an immediate decision, because no one has called me back in two weeks at the local level to answer some of my questions. As we said a little earlier, if they aren't all over you at the time of the sale, they certainly won't be around when something goes south. Disappointing to some degree, but I'd rather know now.

Sorry you are missing your 400, that's a beautiful lens and you're great with it. You might look at the 500 II if you don't mind an extra 100mm.

Stay warm up there, loved your Christmas portrait! Hope to see you this year at some point.

JW



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 19260
Country: United States

Jay! Jay.............! There's magic in your eyes and hands my friend.



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 19260
Country: United States

January is proving to be a bit of a challenge. Not due to lack of work, but an abundance of weather. Temps have come back up to the mid 40's, but as I write this, the boys in the tower would be calling it about 300 and a quarter. I had the biggest month since November '08 all lined up as the year clicked over, but a bunch of it has shifted to February. That'll be interesting, because February was cram packed already.

Had a meeting with a fairly new client this morning. When I sat down at the boardroom table they grinned and handed me three pages, single spaced, all projects they would like me to capture in 2014. Certainly the largest single block of work I have ever received. Whew........................



Go4Long
Registered: Sep 04, 2005
Total Posts: 2012
Country: Canada

JWilsonphoto wrote:
Welcome back Steven! Thanks Buddy, we'll see how that all shakes out. I don't think I'll be faced with an immediate decision, because no one has called me back in two weeks at the local level to answer some of my questions. As we said a little earlier, if they aren't all over you at the time of the sale, they certainly won't be around when something goes south. Disappointing to some degree, but I'd rather know now.

Sorry you are missing your 400, that's a beautiful lens and you're great with it. You might look at the 500 II if you don't mind an extra 100mm.

Stay warm up there, loved your Christmas portrait! Hope to see you this year at some point.

JW


Thanks Jim...I'm looking at the 500 pretty seriously, just gotta see what the wife will let me get away with.

On the topic of warmth it's been a bizarre winter up here, we've had more major temperature fluctuations than I can remember in the 20 years that I've lived here. We had a day last week that was -40 (which incidentally is the same in either Fahrenheit or Celsius), and then 2 days later it was above freezing for a few days in a row, followed by another dip well in to the minus double digits, and today was a balmy 5 degrees (41 Fahrenheit, which is practically t-shirt weather), all in the course of a week...we've also had near record snow falls to the point that I can't clear the bottom part of my driveway as the snow on the street it so high that it would cause a ridge that my wife's car wouldn't be able to get over.



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 19260
Country: United States

We're pretty used to wild temperature swings here in North Texas, but it's been a little crazy even for us. We had 17 the other morning and Sunday is forecast to hit 70. Sunday's wind is going to be 25G35, so there's another front coming through Sunday night I'm sure.

I won't even open the hangar door these days, don't want to subject the Cub to it. Looking at the forecast, I might get the biplane fuselage tubing sprayed on Saturday, that'd be a big step in the right direction.



msalvetti
Registered: Dec 20, 2003
Total Posts: 3167
Country: United States

Jeff W. wrote:
Be advised, this book has nothing to do with aviation photography. That being said, if you love photography, I believe you'll enjoy this book.

For example, here is one insight from the book that I found extremely interesting. Jeff Widener is the photographer that took the iconic image in 1989 of a lone man confronting a column of tanks in Tiananmen Square. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for this photograph. He was shooting from the 5th floor of the Beijiing Hotel after smuggling his camera gear past Chinese security. As he framed the line of tanks up perfectly with his 300mm lens, a man walked into the frame. Widener's first thought was, "Get out of my shot, you are going to ruin the composition." Apparently, he thought he was being photo-bombed


Jeff, you might also enjoy reading this fascinating behind-the-scenes account of that day, and specifically that photograph:
Behind the Scenes: Tank Man of Tiananmen

Mark



Aero_70
Registered: Sep 24, 2011
Total Posts: 90
Country: United States

msalvetti wrote:
Jeff W. wrote:
Be advised, this book has nothing to do with aviation photography. That being said, if you love photography, I believe you'll enjoy this book.

For example, here is one insight from the book that I found extremely interesting. Jeff Widener is the photographer that took the iconic image in 1989 of a lone man confronting a column of tanks in Tiananmen Square. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for this photograph. He was shooting from the 5th floor of the Beijiing Hotel after smuggling his camera gear past Chinese security. As he framed the line of tanks up perfectly with his 300mm lens, a man walked into the frame. Widener's first thought was, "Get out of my shot, you are going to ruin the composition." Apparently, he thought he was being photo-bombed


Jeff, you might also enjoy reading this fascinating behind-the-scenes account of that day, and specifically that photograph:
Behind the Scenes: Tank Man of Tiananmen


Mark



Wow.. great read.



Jeff W.
Registered: Feb 09, 2008
Total Posts: 2444
Country: United States

msalvetti wrote:
Jeff, you might also enjoy reading this fascinating behind-the-scenes account of that day, and specifically that photograph:
Behind the Scenes: Tank Man of Tiananmen

Mark


Mark - very interesting insight. I never knew there was more than one image; much less what each photographer was thinking. Thanks so much for sharing.



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 19260
Country: United States

Does it give anyone else pause that those are the folks holding a huge portion of our national debt? Politics does indeed make strange bedfellows.....and I guess being flat broke does as well.



MMcGrath
Registered: Apr 15, 2006
Total Posts: 2649
Country: United Kingdom

Interesting development today.

UK's biggest online camera retailer (WEX) launched an up to £400 additional trade in offer on the Canon 1DX. Both WEX and Calumet UK had been offering £500 additional trade in on the D4. Calumet have now upped their D4 trade in offer to an additional £600 + a QXD card & reader valued at £200.

The D4 retails for around £4200, with the 1DX retailing at around £4850 in the UK.

Either Canon is trying to match Nikon's trade in offer for a limited time, or they also have something in the pipeline and are also trying to clear out stock of the 1DX.



MMcGrath
Registered: Apr 15, 2006
Total Posts: 2649
Country: United Kingdom

JWilsonphoto wrote:
Does it give anyone else pause that those are the folks holding a huge portion of our national debt? Politics does indeed make strange bedfellows.....and I guess being flat broke does as well.


Jim,

I believe that the situation in China is vastly improved to what it was in 1989, which should be welcomed by most.
One of the reasons that consumer goods are cheaper now than they were back then (taking into account inflation) is because of the opening up of China.

Mark



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 19260
Country: United States

Interesting news on the Canon front Mark. Who knows what they are thinking. It would raise my opinion of them if scenario number two became reality, but I think it's more likely they are just trying to match Nikon's offer, given their previous performance.

Of course you are right on the subject of China, and where would we be without them. Just makes me a little queasy when a partner has a history of human rights violations on the scale of the regime there. Going to be interesting in February when the national debt can our congress kicked down the street, again and again, explodes. We cannot keep printing money like this, and we can't keep pushing responsible decisions off every 90 days. Something will eventually give. My disdain is bipartisan on this subject.



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 19260
Country: United States

I just ordered a third D800 body today. Given the workload I'm putting on my 800's I feel more comfortable having an additional back up, to my back up. Doesn't seem like anyone is going to be popping out a new version of that camera any time soon. Probably going to order an additional set of three Elinchrom RX 600's to bring my total up to nine. The Elinchroms have proven to be one of the best photographic choices I've made in the last few years.



MMcGrath
Registered: Apr 15, 2006
Total Posts: 2649
Country: United Kingdom

Jim,

The other thing I saw on the camera front was on Canon Rumors a few days ago. Seemed to suggest that Canon want their next new toy available for the World Cup in Brazil starting in June, while Nikon were aiming for the Winter Olympics with theirs.

Like all these things it's a wait & see game.



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 19260
Country: United States

I just recommended a new 70D to my nephew and his wife. The advance in focus technology in that camera is supposed to be spectacular, in both still and video modes. Canon tells me that they will be incorporating it into all their top of the line gear as well.

I'm sitting down right now to do the firmware upgrade on all three of my 1DX bodies. I skipped the previous one, but this one looks like it's worth doing.



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 19260
Country: United States

Found a great R/C shop on 35 in Dallas. Spent a half hour talking with the owner (and buying parts ) Chandler talked his Mom into ordering him a 182 from Nitroplanes, we put it together last night. I think he's learning because he suggested we fly the heck out of the Cub before we launch his 182 The T28 rebuild parts should be in in a few weeks, I think that one might sit on a shelf for a while as well. Maybe if we can fly the Cub in our sleep, we'll be able to move on without major damage.........but from what I read, I'm not 100% certain of that.



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4082
Country: United States

A newspaper photographer had his hand slapped by the FAA for posting video from a Phantom/GoPro on the paper's website, citing the agency's prohibition of using UAV's for commercial purposes.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2014/jan/10/shawn-vestal-photographers-birds-eye-has-wings/


Over on ISAP's FB page, Hayman Tam and I had this to say:

Hayman Tam: So it would have been okay to use a big kite instead?
about an hour ago via mobile · Like

Steve Zimmermann: Yeah, but an unmanned party balloon would be a no-no.
14 minutes ago · Like



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