More Photography Today

Today’s article is about one of my two favorite subjects, photography/ photographers of today.  My other favorite subject?  Photography/photographers of yesterday.

A while back I wrote about what equipment I believed was important to spend the big money on, and what equipment I would save my hard-earned dollars on. My belief is to always spend your money on what makes for better pictures, and save on the equipment that has no effect on quality imagery.  Lenses help you make better pictures.  Having said that, at least one reader of this blog was surprised when I wrote that in addition to camera manufacture’s lenses, Tamron’s and Sigma’s top line lenses are excellent.  I learned that through experience with those brands. They have served me well despite the fact that my camera bags were always filled with Nikon or Canon lenses as well.  That doesn’t mean that if you can afford all Nikon, Canon, Pentax etc. that you shouldn’t do it, only that you don’t necessarily have to.  Keeping all that in mind I spotted a question in a photography forum that asked why Mike Moats, arguably the best known macro shooter today, attaches mostly Tamron lenses to his Nikon bodies.  The one to ask of course would be Mike, but if I might offer a guess.  Suppose he began with Tamron to save money, found them to be very good, and continues to use Tamron because it pays to be different.  Nikon or Canon could care less about another well-known shooter who uses their equipment.  Tamron and Sigma however love letting the public know about top photographers who use their lenses. In other words, it makes great sense for a rising star to attach themselves to a company who will at the least help them when he needs it, and at  best compensate him for his loyalty.

For those of you landscape photographers, who ever since the digital revolution have wanted to purchase a true medium format digital super mega pixel camera, maybe you would be interested in the Hasselblad  HSD-200-MS.  It lists for a meager $42,995.00.  You read it right!  Just sell both cars and cash in that 401K.

We have had cameras with interchangeable lenses for ions.  I have owned cameras with interchangeable viewfinders and film backs.  Nikon has filed a patent for a camera with an interchangeable sensor.  Serious or a gimmick?  Theoretically you could swap a sensor with a 1 to 1 lens ratio for lens sizes, for one with a 1.5 to 1 factor, while in the field.  There are many other differences in various sensors.   Thank you to Steve Berardi for that info.

At 62 is Art Wolfe finally getting old?  Despite his Facebook comment below, I am betting not really. There are 22 year olds out there who would be a little weary after the time he recently spent on the road.  Want to bet that before long he will be on the road again?

Art Wolfe  “I am back home safe again in West Seattle. Seven weeks on the road is a long time to be away, it was both hot and dry and then extremely wet while I was gone and my garden is suffering for it. I feel a bit like the little monkey in this shot, overwhelmed. This week will be a lot of time spent getting the yard back into shape as fall takes hold and moves on into winter. I think shorter trips may be in order for the future, it’s hard to even believe the adventures with the whales were part of this same trip.”

British wildlife photographer Richard Steel’s imagery is worth a look (500 pix.com) in my opinion. I believe that Richard is an amateur but of course that is irrelevant as to the quality of his work.  Be it feathers or fur he is a passionate wildlife artist.

Sometimes I think those of us here in the states don’t realize how many great nature photographers there are in the world. I have included the link to the winner’s gallery of German nature photographers in 2013.  Winner’s Gallery.

Jon Cornforth is a photographer that I am connected to on both Flickr Photos and Facebook. Jon is a landscape and wildlife photographer but I am particularly taken with the pictures he makes around the water. Those images are made both above and below the surface and my favorites are the Sea Turtles underwater. He posts them frequently on Facebook and they are both beautiful and interesting.

One top nature photographer who I have inadvertently ignored for many years is Michigan’s Rod Planck.  Rod followed in the footsteps of the grandfather of all Michigan nature photographers Larry West, as well as the legendary John Shaw and one of nature photography’s greatest teams ever John and Barb Gerlach.  Rod has long been considered the best seminar speaker in nature photography. His workshops are very successful, as his teaching ability is at the top of the heap.  Rod is highly regarded for his ethics both as a photographer and a naturalist. 

I hope you enjoy this type of post.  Sharing info about the world of photography and other photographers is one of my favorite things to do.  When you get a chance, take a look at the images and lives of some of these great artists.

There’s nothing quite like a storm around the hours of sunrise or sunset.  The atmosphere created both by storms and sunrise/sunset, is moody and powerful.  Combing them together is awe-inspiring.  These were made one glorious morning on Wisconsin’s Wolfe Lake.Bong 727 013Bong 727 016

Have a great day,                                                                                                                                  Wayne

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