• Talk about developing a style quickly...Aaron Hobson first picked up a camera only a little more than a year ago, and he's already coined a workable keyword for his work ("Cinemascapes") and created a recognizable style that's gotten him published in magazines around the globe (including a feature in French PHOTO coming up in November). His first New York show opens at the end of the month. (Note also that he uses modest equipment—an Olympus E-300 and 14–45mm lens. His panoramas are stitched together from multiple frames.)
• photo.net, an enthusiast site with more than 600,000 registered members (and for which I wrote for a while) has been sold, to a company called NameMedia. "As the owner of one of the largest portfolios of domain names, NameMedia is focused on acquiring, developing and selling digital real estate." photo.net began in 1993 as the personal home page of Philip Greenspun of M.I.T.
• Kodak has reformulated T-Max 400 film, which they now tout as the "World's Sharpest." I was one of the original beta testers for TMY—I was sent a precious roll from the very first batch ever released—and liked it so little that I refrained from writing about it. That was not a team-player move on my part, and my contact at Kodak (long gone from there now) did not very often darken my door thereafter. Nice to see they're still working on getting it right, anyway.
• A friend wrote to say, "That was quite a nice cookie Pierce tossed you in his October Nuts & Bolts column," and indeed it is. Thanks, Pierce (Pierce, given name Bill, prefers to be called only by his last name). If perhaps you're here looking for the article he mentioned, "Creative Livings," it was published on September 9th, 2007.
• Bojidar Dmitrov's excellent Pentax K-Mount equipment site turned ten years old on October 12th. Traditional Pentax fans have very good resources on the web, thanks in no small part to Boz's extensive, outstanding, and very complete information pages. Plus, there can't be very many such sites with such a long, continuous record. Happy Anniversary to Boz!
• Paul Worthington has posted a long interview with Adobe about computational photography (among other things) at 6sightblog.com.
• Harman Technology Ltd., which owns Ilford, has purchased Kentmere, the British photo paper manufacturer. Kentmere was formerly imported into the U.S. by Luminos, until Luminos was bought by Hahnemühle, which quickly closed down the photo paper arm to concentrate on inkjet products. Kentmere and Ilford will continue as separate brands, but with improved marketing and distribution synergies.
• Michelle Martin (who was responsible for the famous ad of the Optio camera in the Altoids tin) tells me that Ned Bunnell (right) has just been promoted to President of Pentax Imaging in the U.S. The Imaging Division is in charge of "digital SLR and compact cameras, lenses, flash units, binoculars, scopes, eyepieces, continuous form and mobile printers, and scanners." Ned, who is unusual in that he's an enthusiastic photographer himself and participates on Pentax forums, will report to Pentax of America President Ko Torigoe. Congratulations to Ned!
• Ever wanted stats on your own shooting? Now you can have it with ExposurePlot.
• 4-3system.com has linked to some early samples from the new Olympus E-3 here, here, and here. The latter pages include ISO 800 and focus-tracking samples. Also, Ian Burley has published a hands-on report at dpnow.com. And incidentally, whoever was responsible for the official U.S. E-3 flash site did an outstanding job—it's a slick, robust, and informative set of web pages—and I appreciate the product photos being posted right out in the open where I can find 'em. Speaking of the official website, has anyone noticed that Olympus seems to have launched its own version of NPS and CPS for pro users? Check out the "Elite Club" at the E-3 site.
• The East Village Collective and the Woodstock Film Festival are apparently having a show of Al Satterwhite's portraits of the late Hunter S. Thompson ...somewhere. If you can figure out where the show is from the show announcement page, you're more gonzo than I am. Try showing up in the East Village, dropping a few tabs of windowpane and wandering around.
The East Village Collective is actually in Woodstock, New York, so even the acid wouldn't help if you were in the East Village. Thanks to several readers for this information. I still say it should be on the show announcement page.
Mike (Thanks to Eamon Hickey, Kent Phelan, Albano Garcia, and especially Oren Grad)
Featured Comment by Pierce: "Mike—The reason everybody calls me Pierce, by my last name rather than my first, is that all the male members of the family are named Bill. Don't ask me why, but I'm something like the seventeenth one. And if you break the tradition, aunts and grandparents peck you to death. So there was Big Bill, Little Bill, Bill Jr., Billy. All the Bills were used up; so, I was Pierce. It's a name that causes much less confusion at family reunions."