A few updates on recent posts.
• In this post I mentioned that I'd ordered a print of a Francis Wolff picture of Sonny Clark from Mosaic, before the price rise. It arrived, and it's nice enough—clean, well made, on nice paper. Admittedly I have high standards, especially when it comes to black and white, but the print itself doesn't quite reach them. Too light. That means the shadow areas are nicely open, but the highlights (the keyboard, and Sonny's hand) lack detail. Although doubtless made from a scanned neg, it resembles a digital black and white print in the highlights a little too much....
Still haven't decided if I'll hang it on the wall or not.
• I did indeed receive this Canon book from B&H Photo, which I talked about in this post. It's not only still available, it's a much better book now, in its current edition, than it was when it was first published. A fine advertorial effort, sumptuously produced. I really do think it would be of interest to more than just Canon owners, although Canon owners should take advantage of one of the big advantages of being Canon owners and get it. (There's nothing like it for poor Pentax or Olympus E shooters, for example, and no, the Sony Zeiss PDF (Warning: link is a .pdf download) falls way too far on the brochure side of the brochure/book divide to qualify.) If you're not already a Canon owner, though, I have to warn you, the siren song of books like this can sometimes get you hankering to switch systems. I swear I became an Olympus shooter in '94 as a result of repeatedly drooling like a gearhead zombie over The OM System Lens Handbook, which, at the time, I perused front to back, back to front, upside down, and inside out.
• I heard from Mike Ferron, who had offered to design a new layout for my problematic kitchen. He's been inundated with real work, a.k.a. his job, and hasn't gotten around to it yet. He still says he will, and I'll still pass his thoughts on the subject along to you when I get them. (Still amazed at the response to that post.)
• Remember Nick Jbara, who photographed the Melody Gardot album cover? I wrote in this post about how he was mis-credited on the album cover as "Nick Jhara," an error we originally perpetuated. Well, apparently fed up with mix-ups like that, Nick has now changed his name—"permanently and legally"—to Nicholas LaClair. LaClair was his grandmother's maiden name, and he'd been planning the switch for a while.
Nick also writes, "I have to stop here and thank you again for posting what you did. It's by far the biggest thing out there for me (as one of your commenters wrote to tell me, I couldn't afford the advertising you've given me with that post). I'm still honored—just honored under a different name."
• Friend-of-the-site Mike Chisholm writes, "I'm having an 80-image one-man exhibition in the Fotoforum West gallery in Innsbruck, Austria—largely, I suspect (not least because of the TOP-derived quotes that Rupert Larl, the gallery director, has chosen to use on the invitations), because of my exposure on TOP's Random Excellence slot [here]. How about that?"
Pretty cool, is how about that! For those of you proximate to Austria, the gallery is at Adolf-Pichler-Platz 8, Innsbruck, and the show will run from September 11th to October 10th. Congratulations, Mike.
• Finally, also pursuant to one of the kitchen posts, my Jim Lager Leica book set drew a lot of interest, and it sold to a reader from Cambridge, Mass. I just hope I don't miss it too much. However, nobody wanted my poor hurt Schneider Super-Symmar-HM 120mm, so it's been relegated to the 'Bay, sorry to say. Lovely lens, though.