Tidbits: This makes me laugh, and I'm not even sure it's true, but it sure seems to me that dogs are more curious about the Panasonic GF1 than they are about DSLRs. Is it because it's a small box I'm holding out in front of me in both hands? They act like they think there might be something in it for them, like it's a box of treats or something. This (obviously failed) picture is Greta, the neighbors' new Rottie, who replaced the late and much-missed Guenter. My son used to be afraid of Guenter, a big male Rottie—the boys would sprint down the alley past his yard, especially after dark—but he was a big sweetheart, poor old fella. Greta is purebred, but a rescue. She was nearly starved when her new owners got her. Aside from some lingering stomach problems, she appears to be adapting wonderfully, a calm and affectionate puppy.
The interest of dogs in the GF1 kind of reminds me of something Richard Lynch mentioned to me last summer. He said when one of his kids does something adorable, he can usually only get off one shot of it, because immediately after he takes the picture the kids come running over wanting to see it! Maybe Greta just wanted to see herself on the viewing screen.
He's just sayin': George Schaub, in the current issue of Shutterbug, says that to get the full advantage of Sony's DRO (dynamic range optimizer) mode, which applies even to raw files, you need to first use the supplied Sony Image Data and Raw Converter software and then port the image over to Photoshop (or Lightroom or whatever you use) later. That's from his A550 review.
...And I'm just sayin': Frank McLaughlin of Kodak once famously pronounced that one lifetime is not long enough to master both photography and dye transfer printing. Is it possible that we're heading for a state in which one lifetime is not long enough to master both photography and all the features of any given full-featured digital SLR? Or, more to the point, that the lifetime of the DSLR isn't long enough for anyone to truly master it? I didn't even try DRO mode when I had the A850 here. (Note to self: never try new cameras in wintertime.)
Just added: Above is the newest addition to my fledgling photography collection. It's an original print of a picture by Peter Turnley, "Gare de Lyon, Paris, 1978." You can see a JPEG sans reflections at Peter's website, under "Fine Art Prints." Cost: nothing (or rather the cost of the frame), as it was a (generous) gift from Peter. (Thanks again, Peter.)
I've acquired about ten prints since I last talked about this, but I haven't made up my mind about any of the others. I'm having a hard time with some of the inkjets I've acquired. Just not sure I like some of them very well. The next official addition to the collection is an inkjet, though—it's at the framer's now. I'll write about that one in a few days.
Because of the Turnley "Gare de Lyon" picture's large size (image area approx. 12 x 18"), I assumed it would "carry the room," and originally placed it in an inaccessible position on a far wall. Wrong. Turns out that for this picture to communicate, you have to be able to easily see the train passenger's eyes, which are small in the print despite the large overall size. I've now relocated it to a corner of the living room right next to an entryway, where I naturally see it from much closer. Funny; even though it's a large print, it looks best from no more than 18 inches (45 cm) away.
The print—which was made by the man who printed for Cartier-Bresson for more than three decades, by the way—more about him in a future post—had a lot of spotting on the train window. Interestingly, I think what was spotted out weren't actually spots, but the image of actual dirt on the train window. The spotting is visible on the print but invisible once it's under glass.
Upcoming on TOP: I can't give any details just yet, but behind the scenes here we're in the final stages of putting together a really outstanding print offer for later this month. (Nope, nothing to do with the item above, although that's a good guess.) It arose from some recent discussions here and, I think, will represent a truly golden opportunity. (Golden? No, even more precious than gold.) Stay tuned.
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