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Thursday, 25 June 2009

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I've seen that arch (currently labeled as Grosvenor Arch), and the nearby Kodachrome Basin. Beautiful country.

(This is not a great shot - I was still getting used to my just-bought camera - but it gives some sense of the country there.)

Would be nice to shoot the last roll of Kodachrome that gets developed....... I wonder if Dwayne's will auction that honour off ?

That McCurry book really is quite wonderful. I hate the binding orientation, but the images and reproductions are gorgeous.

Just two more famous old guys have to die before I do and I get to shoot the last run of Super-XX....

I loved it and hated it for being a stop too slow for me on the average. Then PKL came along
and I shot a boodle of it. It was a different animal in many ways, but I loved it for what it was not... I liked the grain, the acutance,
the muted colors that still had the Kodachrome feel. Ah well... I can hear it now "But I have a plug-in for this that looks the same! And look how much more control you have!"

I wonder if Steve McCurry is a fan of Australian band The Church http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Church_(band) their 1981 single 'The Unguarded Moment' from the album 'Of Skins and Heart' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Of_Skins_and_Heart is a rather fine track.

Voltz

Not that it really matters, but does anyone know what gear he used for the 'Afghan Girl'?

This is purely out of useless academic interest, as I'm fully aware that it was not the gear that made this photograph so good (almost any camera with a half decent short telephoto lens would have been good tools).

The Nikon F3, FM and FM2 models have been suggested, and someone cited Nikon as saying the lens was a 105mm f/2.5. Can anyone confirm this?

Also, given that the photo was captured by available light inside a tent, and on slow transparency film to boot, I guess the shutter speed must have been slow. And I've been wondering how he steadied the camera (he surely hadn't set up a tripod, had he?).

Having received this book just last week, I just want to state that for me it is a wonderful teacher about the essentials of photographic images.
Having brooded too much and too long about noise and sharpness in my own images, this book again showed me that the substance can be way beyond those nitty-gritty details. McCurry captured the vibes of the moment, and though especially the older images in the book are way beyond what is regarded as acceptable by the fine art photographers/printers, an abundance of substance is transported here.
Thanks for the recommendation.

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