What Was New in 2000?
Sunday, December 31, 2000
Happy New Year!
Please note that I will be off-line until January 9, and therefore will not be able to respond to emails, Forum messages or critique submissions until then.
Friday, December 29, 2000
Guest contributor James Chow has provided a beautiful large format study of Oxbow Bend on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park. This is a fascinating example of how the same location can provide two totally different images as a consequence of the light and weather. In fact, some say that landscape photographers don't really photograph places at all, but that these are simply backgrounds for whatever light and weather is present.
Thursday, December 28, 2000
There's a lot of misinformation bandied about on Internet newsgroups. One of the most common falsehoods on the printer forums is regarding CMYK printing and inkjet printers. I've now updated my FAQ on this topic.
Usually I find APERTURE magazine to be too pretentious and self-indulgent. Issue #161, currently on larger newsstands everywhere, features a very well done monograph on one of the inventors of photography, Fox Talbot. If the early history of photography is of interest to you I highly recommend it.
Wednesday, December 27, 2000
The December, 2000 Critique Contest has now closed and the winner of a one year subscription to The Luminous Landscape Video Journal is Dai Rhys. Congratulations Dai!
Tuesday, December 26, 2000
I have added a second photograph this month to my Featured Image section. These are images which I believe stand above my usual output and which have therefore earned a place as part of my permanent portfolio. This new entry is of Agathla Butte near Monument Valley, AZ.
Saturday, December 23, 2000
The October 2001 Fall Color in Great Smoky National Park & The Blue Ridge Parkway workshop has now sold out. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for future workshops please fill in the registration form.
Friday, December 22, 2000
I'm just beginning to explore doing macro photography after an absence of many years. The technology has changed considerably and I review Canon's latest macro gear.
Thursday, December 21, 2000
I'm pleased to publicly announce my next available landscape photography workshop ‹ Fall Color in Great Smoky National Park & The Blue Ridge Parkway. This will take place from October 18 - 22, 2001. Of the 9 available spots as of today there are only 3 places left. (The first 6 positions went to people on the waiting list).
Registrations are first-come-first-served so if you're interested you'll need to act right away.
Monday, December 18, 2000
A review of Epson's 13" X 33 foot long Premium Luster Photo Paper is now online. If you shoot and print panoramic photographs this paper will be of considerable interest.
A brief essay with some thought on the true cost of high-end equipment has also just been published.
Friday, December 15, 2000
I've been using a high-end LCD monitor since late '99 and wouldn't change back to a CRT for anything. I love the crisp image, the lack of heat and the lack of radiation. I also find it much easier on my eyes than any CRT that I've ever used.
My friend and highly talented Arizona-based landscape photographer Alain Briot has recently purchased the exciting Apple Cinema Display and his review is now available.
Since I'm a Canon user when working in 35mm, I never get to personally test Nikon gear. Nikon expert user Moose Peterson now has a review of the new Nikon 80-400f4.5-5.6AF VR lens as well as the Nikon 14f2.8D AF ED RF Aspherical ultra-wide-angle on his web site.
Thursday, December 14, 2000
I'm pleased to mention that one of my more popular recent photographs, Mono Lake Sunrise, has been given an Honorable Mention in the 7th Annual International Picture Contest sponsored by Popular Photography magazine. It's found on Page 94 of the January 2001 issue. This same image was featured in my recent portfolio sale done through Photo Techniques magazine.
If you've already visited my new Indian Country portfolio you might be interested in revisiting it as I have added a number of new photographs in the past couple of days.
Wednesday, December 13, 2000
My friend and talented Arizona-based landscape photographer Alain Briot has contributed a brief essay on the nature of Rock Art. Anyone interested in Southwestern petroglyphs and pictographs, as illustrated in my new portfolio, may find it of interest.
Tuesday, December 12, 2000
A major new portfolio from my recent trip to Indian Country in Northern Arizona has been published today. It contains sections on Canyon de Chelly, Monument Valley, the Bisti Badlands, Lower Antelope Canyon, the Grand Canyon and some Lesser Known Locations. Links to each of these sections are found on the portfolio's main page.
This was a somewhat unique shoot for me since I exclusively used the new digital Canon EOS D30 camera rather than the medium format equipment that I usually work with when doing a landscape project. The results were uniformly excellent.
Monday, December 11, 2000
I have received quite a bit of email regarding my forthcoming Workshop plans. Here's an update. There will be two landscape workshops in 2001. The first is an invitation-only Master-Class that will be taking place in April on a houseboat on Lake Powell. Participation has been finalized.
The next will likely be a fall colour workshop that will take place in Great Smoky National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway in October, 2001. As soon as details are firmed-up they will be announced here and anyone on the waiting list will be advised first via email.
Thursday, December 7, 2000
My Indian Country portfolio is still in preparation but one image has stood out during my review and it can now be found as my Featured Image for December.
To those that have made submissions to this month's Critique Contest, please be patient until early next week, as my ability to post them has been delayed by various travel commitments .
Wednesday, December 6, 2000
I've just returned from a week-long photographic trip to Indian Country ‹ mostly northern Arizona. We covered some 1,800 miles in 7 days and visited Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, the Bisti Badlands, Lower Antelope Canyon and the Grand Canyon. Whew!
Over the next several weeks I'll be publishing here comprehensive portfolios and travel guides from each of these locations. Check back here regularly for updates.
Monday, November 27, 2000
Until December 6 I will be traveling on a shooting assignment in central and northern Arizona. Anyone following the evolving saga of the new digital Canon EOS-D30 may be interested to learn that I intend on using it almost exclusively on this shoot. Of course there will be a portfolio and extensive travel guide online here once I return.
The November Critique Contest is now closed. Because of travel and shooting commitments over the next 10 days or so I will be unable to accept new submissions for December's contest until about December 8. This month's winner has been declared and it is Thilo Folesky of Berlin, Germany. Congratulations!
Sunday, November 26, 2000
If you have not yet upgraded to Photoshop 6 you'll find that the new colour management alone is sufficient reason and Ian's tutorial makes it all comprehensible.
Friday, November 24, 2000
Friday, November 17, 2000
A new tutorial on applying a traditional Contrast Masking technique within Photoshop has been added. This technique is very exciting because it is one of the easiest ways I've yet seen for mastering blocked-up highlights and murky shadows.
Thursday, November 16, 2000
If you're dissatisfied with colour saturation when printing with the Epson 2000P on Archival Matte paper try changing the Color Management setting in the printer driver to PhotoEnhance4 and set Tone to Vivid. I know, I know, you're using ICM profiles. Fugetabout it. Try my suggestions. Rich saturated colours and solid blacks. Bizarre.
Wednesday, November 15, 2000
Several final animal portraits from the Toronto zoo, this time taken with the Canon 100~400mm f/5.6 zoom on a sunny day.
If you're not totally bored by the surfeit of recent Canon D30 coverage here, you may be interested in a finalized review by Imaging Resources. "Overall, the D30 delivered exceptionally high quality images, with excellent detail, excellent color, excellent tonal range, and very good noise performance. Look out world, Canon's on a roll, and the digital photography landscape is changing yet again... For the better! Highly recommended!"
Tuesday, November 14, 2000
A new photo essay titled Captive Wildlife will be of interest to anyone interested in wildlife or zoo photography, long lens technique and the new Canon D30 camera.
Sunday, November 12, 2000
There is a major trade show next weekend, November 18‹20, called Print Ontario 2000. It is taking place in Toronto, Canada. I mention it because not only will it be displaying the latest medium to large format printers but also because Vistek, one of Canada's largest digital imaging equipment dealers, will be displaying a number of my Canon EOS-D30 photographs as poster-sized prints at their booth. The Epson 9000 and 7500 will be be used to make these prints. My recent D30 Jaguar photograph will be displayed as a 4' X 6' print! I'll be wandering the show on Monday morning, Nov 20, if you'd like to get together and say hello.
Enroute Software the publishers of PowerStitch, a remarkably powerful image stitching program, have announced that the product is being discontinued. This is a shame, and it means that if you would like to purchase a copy of this exceptional software you'd better do so soon, since I know of no comparable alternative.
Saturday, November 11, 2000
A preliminary review of the ultra-wide Sigma 14mm f/2.8 lens as used with the digital Canon D30 SLR.
Friday, November 10, 2000
A gray rainy day at the Toronto Zoo with the new Canon D30 and the superb Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS lens. The photographs are really amazing.
Thursday, November 9, 2000
Current and prospective Canon D30 owners may be interested in The Digital Wallet, a flawed but still useful product.
Wednesday, November 8, 2000
I'm pleased to announce that Professional-Photography.com has written "...due to the outstanding design and content of your site, our editors have designated your site to receive an "Impact Award". Please be aware that less than 2% of our submissions win this award, and even if we do say so ourselves, it's quite an honor."
Tuesday, November 7, 2000
A new sample photograph taken with the Canon D30 is now available. What is interesting about this one is that it's a wonderful example of the colour accuracy and luminosity that I find so striking, and to be the hallmark of the D30. As well, I have an offer to email a 2.6MB version to anyone that wishes to have a copy.
Byte.com has an excellent article by David Em on Epson's latest generation of printers, papers and inks, and the problems that they're having. You can read it here.
The first week of November has seen a huge increase in submissions to the Critique Contest. There have been 24 accepted in the past seven days, many of them excellent. You'll enjoy reviewing them. See what you think.
Sunday, November 5, 2000
If you work in Black & White and utilize digital image processing techniques you'll be interested in my new tutorial ‹ Better B&W. It explains how to use PhotoShop's Channel Mixer to emulate the use of coloured filters in black and white.
Rob Galbraith at robgalbraith.com has now published his hands-on review of the D30 from the perspective of a photojournalist. He has great admiration for the camera's image quality, though some reservations about autofocus and shooting speed.
Friday, November 3, 2000
The flurry of world-wide interest in the Canon D30 has lead to numerous inquiries regarding my article Instant PhotoShop. This has now been updated to include digital camera output.
Thursday, November 2, 2000
Wednesday, November 1, 2000
A new portfolio has been started. Appalachian Autumn features photographs taken in Great Smoky National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina two weeks ago during the peak of fall colour. More images will be added in the days ahead.
Contributor Jack Zyberk of Ottawa, Canada, has provided us with an informative review of the Mamiya 7II rangefinder medium format camera.
Tuesday, October 31, 2000
For those of you of the Goblinish persuasion, Happy Halloween. Please drive carefully this evening.
If you are interested in purchasing an archival print of one of my photographs, as offered in my special portfolio sale from Photo Techniques magazine, note that today is the last day to submit your order.
Monday, October 30, 2000
My Canon D30 review and its conclusion that D30 images can exceed film in final print quality continues to create controversy. Harold Merklinger, a well regarded expert in the field of optics, and author of several books on the subject, has weighed in with his opinion on this debate.
I have added a new section to that review called Gripes & Grumbles. The titles speaks for itself.
Another new section called A D30 Portfolio will feature various photographs taken with this system that are not part of major portfolios.
Sunday, October 29, 2000
Last night, on my 6th day with the new Canon EOS-D30 I was fortunate enough to photograph an Aurora Borealis at my cottage in Muskoka, Ontario. A very exciting opportunity with some interesting results.
I have been disturbed by several private as well as public comments that I've received from people who are under the impression that a digital image, whether from a scan or a camera such as the Canon D30, should be regarded as an end in itself. I've therefore written an article entitled Digital is Not Polaroid.
Brian Tao of Toronto has visited the dealer where I bought my D30 and has evaluated the prints, and compared them with my conclusions. Brian has published his comments here.
The only thing that I would add to what Brian and others see at Vistek is that these prints are roughly 12 X 16" images on 13 X 19" paper. If you look at 7 X 10" prints the D30 is visibly superior, even under a loupe. What we're loosing in the larger prints is inevitable no matter how good a job Genuine Fractals does in ressing-up a file. Next year's 6 Megapixel camera with the Canon's CMOS chip and electronics will definitively push digital over the top.
Saturday, October 28, 2000
Steve at Steve's DigiCams has just published his review of the Canon EOS-D30. His admiration for it is comparable to mine ‹ for much the same reasons.
Friday, October 27, 2000
I have added an editorial commentary to my D30 Vs. Film page. The email that I've received the past few days has been staggering, and this is an attempt to further clarify my current position.
I'm taking a long-weekend to relax in the country and get away from the computer. This has been a hectic week. (I still haven't even looked at my 20 rolls shot at Great Smoky National Park last week).
If you haven't already seen it, the latest issue of (Nov/Dec 2000) issue of PHOTO Techniques USA magazine features two articles written by me ‹ a review of the Epson 2000P and one on how to create a web photo gallery. The magazine is currently on newsstands everywhere in the USA and Canada.
One final D30 write-up for this week ‹ a commentary on Custom Function 12, which allows instant alteration of the ISO speed of the camera without use of the rear CRT. Very handy.
Thursday, October 26, 2000
Managing huge scanned files is enough of a problem. A digital SLR producing hundreds of 3MB files in a day is another. Here's an article on Managing Megabytes and a brief review of Canon's provided Zoombrowser software.
After the first 3 days without it, I now have the BG-ED3 vertical grip for the Canon D30 and have produced a commentary and recommendation on it. I also have on the page a link to a new large-sized photograph that shows what the camera can do at ISO 400.
Uwe Steinmeuller at Digital Outback Photo is a long-time Nikon D1 owner. He now has a Canon D30 and has started his on-going review. "I am really amazed about the detail shown in these photos. For me they are somehow more three dimensional than my D1 photos. Very film like and just wonderful."
Wednesday, October 25, 2000
Part of my ongoing review of the exciting new digital Canon EOS-D30 has been a comparison between the D30 and Provia 100F shot in an EOS 1V. In part because of the controversial nature of this report and also because Phil Askey's at Digital Photography Review posted a link to this write-up, that page has had more than 7,500 visitors in under 24 hours! Since my entire site usually gets about a thousand visitors a day this is pretty overwhelming.
Also, Phil drew to my attention that my RAW Vs. JPG comparison was probably flawed. I've now redone the test and indeed have found that the D30's JPG files are almost as sharp as RAW mode images. Sorry for any confusion.
Tuesday, October 24, 2000
My on-going testing and review of the Canon EOS-D30 has been expanded. The results are astonishing, particularly the comparison between the D30 and Provia 100F shot in an EOS 1V. There is as well a comparative test of RAW mode Vs. compressed JPG, and also an ISO sensitivity comparison at ISO 100 Vs. 400.
Monday, October 23, 2000
I have now begun my testing and use of the just-released Canon D30 digital SLR. I am fortunate to have received one of the first production cameras released in North America. I will be updating the review page quite frequently over the next few days as I gain experience with this system. Please check there frequently if you'd like to learn more about this exciting camera. I will be noting the time of updates there as they are made so you'll easily know when there's something new.
Sunday, October 22, 2000
My Canon EOS D30 digital SLR has finally arrived and I am eager to begin testing. You can expect to see some initial comments and sample images over the next few days. Check back here often for links. Of course a full review will follow early in November.
I also have a review of the Corel Knockout software package in preparation and a you can expect a review within a couple of weeks.
Saturday, October 21, 2000
I am currently on my way back home after completing my 6 week Southeastern sojourn. I just completed a final shoot last week at Great Smoky National Park during the peak of Fall colour. It was quite a beautiful show, and I hope to start putting up a portfolio within a few days.
The new issue of Photo Techniques magazine contains two articles written by me; a review of the Epson 2000P printer, and also an article on creating a Web Photo Gallery. This latter article can also now be found online on the Photo Techniques web site. (Click on the Articles link at the bottom of their home page.) My original on-line Epson 2000P review is, of course, available here.
Monday, October 16, 2000
From now until about Tuesday, Oct. 24, I will be completing my trip to the U.S. southeast, including a final 3 days in Great Smoky National Park. I'll only be able to check my email and Forum messages from time to time, but I will respond to everyone upon my return.
By the time I'm home in Toronto next week the exciting new Canon EOS D30 should be available. I'll have a hands-on review available here as soon as possible.
Saturday, October 14, 2000
I have updated my essay of a couple of weeks ago, Same Old Shot Different Day with some new comparative photographs. The essay considers the advantages of revisiting worthwhile locations Vs. always seeking out the new.
It often isn't clear, even to ourselves, why we pursue our art and craft with such passion. I have a new essay online called On Photography which explores one recent occasion when I learned something about my motivations, and myself.
Friday, October 13, 2000
A brief return visit yesterday to the mountains of northern Georgia produced several new photographs. These include two images of a moon-set from Brasstown Bald and another bucolic image from Wolf Pen Gap. (More to come tomorrow.)
If you haven't yet visited my Appalachian Adventure portfolio you might be interested in exploring it. It exhibits an ongoing series of photographs taken in Georgia, Tennessee and North Caroline during this September and October.
Thursday, October 12, 2000
My mail system appears to be operational again and you can once again send mail to my usual accounts. Sorry for any inconvenience.
My primary email provider, Canada's Rogers-@-Home (otherwise know as the gang that couldn't shoot straight) still is unable to provide me with reliable email service. Since all my mail, including that from Luminous-Landscape is funneled through this account, I have no idea how many of you may have written and had your emails disappear.
For the time-being please send your emails to email@example.com, and if you've written during the past week and not received a response from me, please resend to the above address.
Tuesday, October 10, 2000
Please note that I have been experiencing email reception difficulties for the past few days. If you have sent me mail during the past week or so and I have not yet replied please assume that I never received it and kindly resend them to me.
Many Canon lens owners have been eagerly awaiting the Canon EOS D30 digital SLR. It looks like our wait is just about over. The latest news is that dealers will have their first shipments before the end of October.
In the meantime Digital Photography Review has published a very comprehensive review of a production version of the camera; a first. I'm still digesting it, but Phil has outdone himself this time. Everything you're likely to want to know about the D30 is covered.
I'm expecting to receive my D30 within the next couple of weeks and plan to inaugurate it on a major shoot in Arizona in late November. I'll be posting my own first impressions and photographs as soon as possible.
Friday, October 6, 2000
One of the black holes in many photographer's knowledge is regarding the use of camera movements. Since tilt and shift lenses are available for various 35mm and medium format cameras an easy-to-understand tutorial on camera movements has been long overdue.
Thursday, October 5, 2000
A new section of Frequently Asked Questions on photography and digital image processing has been added. It will continue to grow as time permits. If there are any questions of a general nature that you would like to see addressed, please let me know.
I have just finished re-reading essayist Susan Sontag's excellent book, On Photography. If you care about photography in both its historical and contemporary context then this slim and inexpensive collection of essays is a must-read.
Wednesday, October 4, 2000
An essay considering the advantages of revisiting worthwhile locations Vs. always seeking out the new, called Same Old Shot Different Day.
Tuesday, October 3, 2000
Last weekend I returned to Great Smokey National Park for a second visit. I have now posted four new photographs taken at Clingmans Dome, and one from the Oconaluftee River. One of the Clingmans Dome images has also been posted as my Featured Image for September. It has quite an instructive story behind it.
A second new section with photographs from the Blue Ridge Parkway has been begun, and several recent photographs from Amicalola State Park and Woody Gap were added to the section on the mountains of Northern Georgia.
Editorial Comment: A couple of weeks ago I criticized Shutterbug magazine for not reporting on the Epson 2000P's green cast (metamerism) problem. I now see that Outdoor Photographer & PC Photo Magazine (same review) have also quietly ignored the problem.
What's wrong with these publishers? Is the power of advertising revenue so strong that they turn a blind eye to product faults? Or, are the reviews simply becoming advertorials, the way they have been for years in Petersons Photographic?
Monday, October 2, 2000
Large-format landscape photographer Bill Glickman is one of those rare individuals who owns his own drum scanner. He has kindly written a review for us describing the in-and-outs of using one of these highly specialized tools.
I haven't gotten my hands on any yet but Charles Glatzer over at Nature Photographers Online has some initial comments on the just released Provia 400F. I should have my own review shortly.
Sunday, October 1, 2000
The winner of September's Critique Contest and a one year subscription to the forthcoming Luminous Landscape Video Journal is Peter Jarver of Australia. Congratulations Peter. Wonderful shot.
If you're interested in a summary of the latest digital imaging products from the bi-annual Photokina show just ended last week in Cologne, Germany, have a look at Robert Galbraith's excellent report.
Thursday, September 28, 2000
A brief 24-hour return visit to the mountains of northern Georgia has produced some new additions to my Appalachian Adventure portfolio. These include the relatively unknown but lovely Minnihaha Falls, and three Hasselblad XPan panoramics of a spectacular sunrise at Brasstown Bald, the highest mountain in Georgia.
And for a bit of whimsy there's always Apple Bobbing.
For those looking for a less expensive scanner than the Imacon FlexTight Photo for medium format you'll be interested to hear that Polaroid previewed the SprintScan 120, a 4,000-dpi, 14-bit scanner that handles 35mm film and most 120 formats (up to 6 by 9cm) at last week's Photokina show in Germany. Featuring an optical density of 3.9 Dmax, the SprintScan 120 features SCSI-2 and FireWire interfaces. It will be available in the U.S. next year; Polaroid did not provide pricing.
Wednesday, September 27, 2000
My friend, Arizona-based landscape photographer Alain Briot has contributed his advise on how he handles Storage and Archiving a very large image collection in a Mac environment. This is a follow-up to yesterday's featured article.
Tuesday, September 26, 2000
After receiving a number of queries about how best to store, index and archive digital image file I have now written a brief tutorial called Storage and Archiving. The article also contains a brief review of an excellent tape back-up system from OnStream.
Monday, September 25, 2000
A discussion forum dedicated to the Epson 2000P has recently been formed and looks to be a worthwhile venue for finding out the latest news about this printer, its promise and its problems. If you haven't already seen it, our review of the 2000P can be found here. Don't forget to come back after visiting off-site pages.
Thursday, September 21, 2000
I have add the final new image from last week's shoot to my ongoing Appalachian Adventure portfolio and have reorganized the material into discrete pages. I'll be returning to the mountains of northern Georgia next week and to Great Smoky next weekend so there'll be lots more to come toward the end of the month.
I am bringing to task Shutterbug magazine for their review of the Epson 2000P and I also provide a link to a site that has a well done description of the nature of that printer's green cast (metamerism) problem.
Wednesday, September 20, 2000
A full review of the Noblex 150UX camera is now online. This swing lens panoramic camera offer a 135 degree horizontal angle of coverage on 120 roll film, and a very unique perspective indeed for landscape photography.
Tuesday, September 19, 2000
Today begins an experiment in online photographic journalism. As I photograph the Appalachian region of the southeastern United States this fall, including Great Smoky Mountains National Park, I will be regularly posting a comprehensive travel guide and portfolio.
The section is called An Appalachian Adventure and each week between now and the end of October will see new images and travel information placed online. What will make this project unique for this site is that I will be posting significantly more content than usual ‹ a running journal if you will. Please check the Appalachian Portfolio update notice on the Home Page for an advisory of new content as its posted.
Eventually when the Fall season is over I will pare the section down to something more selective and concentrated. But for now it will be a work-in-progress and you're invited to watch it develop. Your comments are welcome as always.
Friday, September 15, 2000
Regular readers may be aware that I am now traveling in the Southeastern U.S. until late October. I need temporary scans from my medium format film for image evaluation while on the road, and I have found that the very inexpensive Epson Perfection 1200U Photo scanner does a decent job for the money. It's also a fine scanner for someone getting into medium format digital on a tight budget.
Thursday, September 14, 2000
PCWorld.com has an article on the Epson orange fade problem that you may find of interest if you're an 870 or 1270 owner. My original review of these printers, and ongoing information on this problem can be found here.
Tuesday, September 12, 2000
If you've been following the emerging information on Canon's forthcoming digital SLR, the D30, you'll be very pleased to learn that Canon France and Canon Germany have announced their MSRP at the equivalent of about USD $2,500. The includes each country's VAT. (Thanks to dpreview.com for this information).
This price is significantly lower that early forecasts and leads me to believe that the final U.S. retail price will be under $2,000. Given that early comparison tests are showing the camera to be very competitive in image quality with Nikon's D1 we have the makings of a very exciting marketplace.
Monday, September 11, 2000
Fuji Film (enter 400F as a search term on the Fuji site) in the United States has quietly introduced the long rumoured Provia 400F. It isn't yet available from either Calumet or B&H, but should be arriving at retailers soon. Reports from Japan have shown this film to be the finest grained, lowest contrast ISO 400 slide film yet. I'll have a full test as soon as it becomes available. (For my review of ISO 400 slide films click here).
Two new contributions to our Submission Contest are online today, both are from readers down-under in Australia and New Zealand.
Saturday, September 9, 2000
Contributor Bill Glickman, a Las Vegas based large format landscape photographer has provided us with a hands-on review of the remarkable Seitz Roundshot 220VR panoramic camera.
Bruce Frazer, a journalist, book author and one of the industry's leading experts on colour calibration has published an open letter to Epson in MacWEEK.com regarding the orange fade problem with the 1270 printer. If you have not already seen it, you will find my full review of the 1270 as well as ongoing commentary here.
Sunday, September 3, 2000
Between now and early November I will be away from my home in Toronto a great deal. Atlanta, GA will be my main base for the next two months and I plan on doing a great deal of shooting in Georgia and Tennessee, especially during October for fall colours. Great Smokey National Park is a primary target location.
This also means though that I will be away from my "darkroom" and the ability to test and review products. But, I will be shooting extensively and online daily with updates to this site, news and commentary.
By the way, if you live in the Atlanta and do landscape work in this area I'd love to hear from you. You can write to me at this address.
Friday, September 1, 2000
As some of you may know, I've been keenly following the development announcements on the forthcoming Canon digital SLR. Canon has now placed online sample pictures taken with a production quality D30. There are also complete final specs and photos of the camera. Load one of the photos (try the still-life of the bowl of fruit). Do a right-click Copy then load PhotoShop, open a New window and Paste it in. Try a small amount of Unsharp Mask.
As an experiment I used Genuine Fractals 2.0 Pro to res-up the file to 10" X 15" at 240 dpi and made a print on Archival Matt paper with the Epson 2000P. If someone had told me that the shot had been taken with a fine grained 35mm colour film I would not have been surprised. I don't know about you, but I'm really impressed!
Thursday, August 31, 2000
With the introduction in early 2000 of Canon's new flagship camera, the EOS-1V, the EOS-1n has started to fade into history. But, it has been such a stalwart of the pro and advanced amateur market that it could be many years indeed until the last of them are retired from service.
Jim Erhardt, publisher of the excellent web site nature photographers.net has contributed a review which should help newcomers to the marque become familiar with the 1n's features and capabilities. My first-look review of the new EOS-1V can be found here.
I have long recommended a subscription to George Lepp's excellent newsletter The Natural Image. He has just announced a new one called, naturally enough, The Digital Image. Do have a look at the web page announcement. This could become (along with The Luminous Landscape of course) one of the best resources on the subject.
Wednesday, August 30, 2000
A review of the just released ES-E1 software which provides digital camera type record keeping and Custom Function control for Canon's flagship SLR, the EOS-1V.
Tuesday, August 29, 2000
A new portfolio of photographs taken over 4 consecutive days last week in Muskoka, Ontario is now online. Called Four Mornings, it contains images that capture the beauty of Canada's northern pine forests and lakes in late summer.
One of these, Cormorant Sunrise, is the new Featured Image for August.
Monday, August 28, 2000
I've spent the past week shooting in Northern Ontario, more than 125 miles from the nearest E6 lab. I mention this because if ever there was a time to have wanted one of the new digital SLRs, this would be it. I'd love to be able to review my work each day rather than having to wait till I return to civilization.
Soon enough though. Nikon lens users have had the Nikon D1 for the past year and they now have the additional choice of the Fuji S1 which began shipping this week. Canon users (like me) will have to wait about another 60 days because the Canon D30, which was to have shipped shortly has now been delayed until at least the end of October.
Of course the big question is, how will these three sub-$5,000 cameras compare? The Imaging Resources web site now has a comparison of these "Titans" and the results are quite surprising. (Hint ‹ the D30 does very well indeed!)
A test of a late pre-production D30 by Imaging Resources is also available here.
For more links to Canon D30 information visit my EOS Digital preview page.
Friday, August 25, 2000
My review of the Hasselblad XPan camera system that appeared in the July / August issue of Photo Techniques USA magazine is now off the newsstands and so I'm pleased to republish it here on my site. The review is based on my original manuscript but has been expanded and has as well additional illustrative photographs.
And now for something really arcane ‹ a description of the Hasselblad ArcBody's camera inverter for falling-front applications. Hey, some people find this stuff useful :-)
Thursday, August 24, 2000
While my personal use of image processing software (PhotoShop) is almost exclusively for tasks similar to those previously done in the darkroom, many people use such tools extensively to create original art. Guest contributor Gregory Georges has produced a fascinating tutorial on turning photographs into a watercolored pen & ink drawings.
Wednesday, August 23, 2000
Potential Polaroid 4000 scanner owners should note that my colleague Ian Lyons of Computer Darkroom has written a comprehensive 4 part tutorial on using LaserSoft's SilverFast AI5 scanning software which now comes bundled with the scanner. My original Polaroid 4000 review can be found here.
Tuesday, August 22, 2000
After a recent discussion with an informed Epson representative I now have updated information on both the 2000P green cast issue and the 870/1270 orange fade problem. In both cases it appears that the problems have been understood and admitted to (finally).
Sunday, August 20, 2000
I am proud to announce that the current (Sept/Oct 2000) issue of PHOTO Techniques USA magazine features a special portfolio of 4 prints from my recent work in the American Southwest. These are available though the magazine at a very special price.
The magazine is currently on newsstands everywhere in the USA and Canada. If you can't find one, you can view and order from the announcement page here.
Thursday, August 17, 2000
A staffer for USA Today has been testing a pre-production Canon D30 at the Democratic National Convention and has some quite positive feedback.
Two new submissions are on display on our Critiques section.
Wednesday, August 16, 2000
A link is provided on my Epson 1270 review page to a major U.K. magazine's criticism of Epson for their "hidden" refund policy. Now, if only Epson even had a policy ‹ any policy, regarding the 2000P green shift problem!
Friday, August 11, 2000
The Luminous Landscape is expanding! We are looking for authors and contributors to provide us with test reports, product reviews and tutorials on every aspect of photography, darkroom work or digital image processing. Whether you're an experienced journalist, or would like to try your hand at it for the first time ‹ here's your opportunity. Click here for more information on how to make an editorial contribution.
The new Archival Matt and Premium Semigloss papers introduced with the Epson 2000P printer will be of particular interest to Epson 870/ 1270 owners as well. I have tested them and found that they work very will indeed.
Thursday, August 10, 2000
Though I enjoy producing and publishing product reviews, (and based on your emails I know you enjoy reading them) ultimately our common interest is all about photography ‹ both doing it and viewing it. I'd like to draw your attention to the current issue of Communication Arts magazine; Photography Annual #41. You should be able to find it right now at any large bookstore's magazine section.
It contains some of the finest advertising, editorial and fine-art photography produced this year. I can't imagine a better way to spend an afternoon than studying this wonderful collection of photographs.
A little closer to home, in the past few days there have been several new submissions to our Critique section which you may find of interest.
Wednesday, August 9, 2000
I've received an interesting email from a reader with some observations on the possible cause of the Epson 2000P green cast problem, and also spoken with a couple of dealers about their experiences with this product over the past couple of weeks.
Tuesday, August 8, 2000
Owners of Nikon lenses who are awaiting shipment of the Fuji S1 digital SLR will be interested in Phil Askey's comprehensive review of a production camera at Digital Photography Review. Those of us with Canon lenses will await a similar review of the D30, which should be available next month. The days ahead are going to be quite interesting.
Saturday, August 5, 2000
The Canon D30 digital SLR is getting closer to production and shipping. Here is a link to test reports in both Japanese and English along with sample images.
Friday, August 4, 2000
Another thoughtful reader, Daniel Bliss, has contributed his informed speculation on the nature of the 2000P green shift.
Thursday, August 3, 2000
The British magazine Professional Photographer has a review of the Epson 2000P in their August issue and they discuss the green cast issue. I have added a summary and my own comments here.
A reader, Lawrence Beck, has provided an interesting speculation on the possible origins of this problem. His letter is reproduced here. Another reader, Greg Governale, takes issue with blaming Epson for what he sees as a broader problem.
Tuesday, August 1, 2000
Several new very fine submissions have been posted to the Critique section.
A link to a wonderful book of interviews with Life Magazine's top photographers called, What They Saw.
A new section on my Epson 2000P review page with clippings from some of the technical discussions taking place on ListServes and Newsgroups around the net.
Monday, July 31, 2000
Over the weekend I posted a Closing Comment about the green cast problem seen on some prints made with the Epson 2000P archival printer. I have removed this because after another couple of days of testing and discussion with other users I now believe the problem to be more serious than I at first thought. If this topic interests you have a look at my new Closing Comment.
Sunday, July 30, 2000
Saturday, July 29, 2000
Contributor Ron Harris has added his observations of the new Epson 2000P when used as a Black & White printer.
Friday, July 28, 2000
There is now a lengthy write up on Canon's forthcoming digital SLR, the D30, at robgalbraith.com. While not the high-end camera that many of us have been waiting for, (this is likely coming next summer) it certainly sounds better than some had feared. For other links and information on the forthcoming D30 check here.
I have now changed my fine-art print sales from LightJet 5000 prints made on Fuji Crystal Archive paper to ones made with the new super-archival inks and papers on the Epson 2000P. Consequently, because I now have total control over the entire print making process and no longer require an outside service bureau, I am able to make my prints available at a substantially reduced price. Click here for more information on purchasing prints.
Canadians interested in the new Epson 2000P printer should note that Vistek in Toronto now has substantial inventory on this printer. Unfortunately inks are in short supply and the new archival papers are not yet in stock (!?)
Thursday, July 27, 2000
An excellent plugin for PhotoShop called nik Sharpener Pro! solves many of the problems associated with Unsharp Masking. A hands-on review is now online.
Epson in the US appears to be offering customers refunds for any orange faded prints made with 1270 printers. You can read more about it here.
The Epson 2000P Green Cast: Reports from the U.K. about a green cast to Epson 2000P prints have been a puzzle. I believe that I now understand why some people see them and some don't.
Wednesday, July 26, 2000
My long-awaited review of the Epson Stylus Photo 2000P is now online. This archival inkjet printer produces prints with up to a 200 year life span and glorious image quality. If you are a photographer who sells or exhibits your work you must read this review.
Today saw excellent new submissions to the Critique section. I'm pleased that these were contributions by two Europeans; Raphaël Zeiher of France and Rene Tielenburg of The Netherlands. This site has a considerable international audience though it is based in Canada. The Internet is a great place because it makes the world smaller in ways like this.
Saturday, July 22, 2000
Contax has finally announced the rumored Contax-N1, a new autofocus 35mm camera system. The N1 utilizes a new lens mount that appears not to be compatible with the previous Contax mount. Interestingly it does allow lenses from the Contax 645 to be used with all functions available.
Friday, July 21, 2000
Ian Lyons of Computer Darkroom recently had an opportunity to spend a few hours with a 2000P and has posted his preliminary impressions. As for me, Epson has let me down, having promised a review sample as much as two weeks ago. I'll keep waiting. (What information I do have is available here).
The first submissions for the new Critique section are now online.
Chi Cheung, a member of my Spring Monument Valley Workshop now has his portfolio (finally) online.
Thursday, July 20, 2000
A new section offering an opportunity to have your photography critiqued on-line by Michael Reichmann as well as by readers of this site has been opened. Accepted submissions will be displayed along with Michael's critique. A Critique Section on our Discussion Forum will be open to all readers who wish to enter their own opinions and observations of the work submitted.
One photograph each month that is judged to be of the greatest appeal and of the highest quality will be awarded a complimentary 1-year subscription the Luminous Landscape Video Journal, valued at $69.95.
What are you waiting for? The monthly Critique & Contest is now open.
Tuesday, July 18, 2000
About a year earlier than I expected to see it, news of a 6 Megapixel SLR for well under $10,000 U.S. has just come out of Japan. Kyocera has announced the Contax N-Digital using a full-frame sized imaging sensor. More details can be found at the always up-to-date Digital Photography Review.
Sunday, July 16, 2000
A Tutorial on Blended Exposures has just been published. This describes how to use PhotoShop to create images with an 8-10 stop dynamic range. It utilizes separate highlight and shadow exposures and is a useful technique when split neutral density filters can't be used.
Saturday, July 15, 2000
Field of View numbers for various focal lengths and formats as well as a link to an online FOV calculator have been added to the recently published PowerStitch review. Knowing this number for the lens used is a requirement for accurate alignment and compositing.
Friday, July 14, 2000
A feature hands-on review of the unique Hasselblad Arcbody is now online. This pocket-sized viewcamera has not yet been reviewed anywhere else on the Net. Read about how it can solve a number of specialized problems for landscape photographers.
Thursday, July 13, 2000
An additional example photograph, created with the recently reviewed PowerStitch software by contributor Jonathan Sachs, has been added.
Wednesday, July 12, 2000
A collection of new photographs called A Muskoka Portfolio is now online. Taken in Ontario on Lake Muskoka they include some wildlife as well as several classic style up-north landscape images.
Tuesday, July 11, 2000
Panoramic photography is one of my passions, as is the use of the best available tools for digital image processing. PowerStitch is a software package that permits the digital stitching together of panels of photographs to create panoramas as well as multidimensional composites without distortion and with exceptional quality.
A rebuttal to my favourable review of the Sekonic L508 light meter by contributor Jonathan Sachs has been added.
Sunday, July 9, 2000
A review of the Sekonic L508 II meter has been added. This is quite possible the ultimate lightmeter. If you need a spotmeter, incident meter or flashmeter it should be on your must consider list.
A tutorial on using incident light metering is another new article which should be of particular interest to newcomers to photography.
Saturday, July 8, 2000
The summer doldrums may be here, but not at The Luminous Landscape. Several reviews are in preparation, including the Web's first full-scale review of the unique Hasselblad ArcBody. This should be online within a week.
Other product reviews as well as several major travel articles and portfolios are in the works, so check back often.
Saturday, July 2, 2000
Wednesday, June 28, 2000
A small portfolio from a recent trip to Hawaii has been added. These were taken with the Hasselblad XPan.
Monday, June 26, 2000
The July / August 2000 issue of PHOTO Techniques magazine, currently on newsstands, features a review written by me of the Hasselblad XPan. Once this issue is off the newsstands in mid-August the article will be added to my brief write-up on the XPan which can already be found here.
I'm also pleased to announce that four of my prints will be featured in the September / October 2000 issue of PHOTO Techniques magazine as part of their Collector Print Series. This will be an opportunity for you to purchase several of my best and most recent images for a very special price. That issue of PHOTO Techniques should be on newsstands in mid-August.
Tuesday, June 20, 2000
Steve Kossack and I did some wildlife shooting together in Muskoka, Ontario a couple of weeks ago. It's informative to see how two photographers can shoot the same subject, with almost identical equipment within seconds of each other and end up with such completely different, yet excellent results. Michael's photograph. Steve's photograph.
Sunday, June 18, 2000
If you've looked at last month's Grand Canyon rafting trip portfolio you might be interested in a couple of new photographs that have turned up On Second Thought.
Information and a link regarding wide-spread reports of premature fading of Epson 870 and 1270 prints made on Epson Premium Glossy Photo Paper can be found here. This link to a .PDF file also contains additional information about Epson 2000P inks and papers.
Saturday, June 17, 2000
I have created a new section called Featured Image. This will highlight one of the recent photographs from my portfolio and will provide extensive detail about how the photograph was made. The current featured image is called Muskoka Heron #1.
Thursday, June 15, 2000
One of our U.K. readers has posted a first look at the new Epson 2000P archival inkjet photo printer.
Wednesday, June 14, 2000
This site's Home Page has been abbreviated as well as updated with navigation windows for Locations, Reviews and Tutorials. This should make finding content quicker and more convenient.
Tuesday, June 13, 2000
A few days ago Appleinsider.com had a comprehensive review online of a beta release of Photoshop 6 which is due out some time later this year. I placed a link to it here but apparently yesterday, Adobe's legal department forced Appleinsider.com to remove it. Regardless, we now know that a major update of PhotoShop is on the way, and that's always something to look forward to.
Wednesday, June 7, 2000
Details are starting to become clearer on the Next Generation of Epson archival printers. There are 3 models, the 7500, 9500 and 2000P. This article details what's currently known.
Friday, June 2, 2000
A Grand Canyon portfolio by southwest photographer Steve Kossack is now online. Steve and I shot together on this trip for 8 days. It's remarkable how 2 people in the same place at the same time can produce such different images.
Thursday, June 1, 2000
Today is the 1st anniversary of The Luminous Landscape. I want to thank the more than 45,000 visitors to the site during the past year for your interest and support. There's lots more to come in the months ahead. Stay tuned.
Wednesday, May 31, 2000
My Grand Canyon portfolio is now essentially complete. If you haven't seen it in a couple of days, several new images have been added. These include Green Falls, Triple Falls, Saddle Canyon Falls, Cactus Cliffs and Redwall Canyon.
Some recommended reading on rafting the Grand Canyon has also been added.
I'd like to recommend a stunning new book of landscape photography. It's called Daybreak 2000 and is well worth your attention.
Tuesday, May 30, 2000
While I was away last week Epson made an extremely exciting product announcement. They have announced the Stylus Photo 2000P, similar to the new 1270 but utilizing pigment based inks and papers, with a claimed 200+ year life span under normal display conditions. You can read the full press announcement here.
Monday, May 29, 2000
The new portfolio from the Grand Canyon rafting trip continues to expand. I have divided it into 6 subsections to help categorize subject matter and to allow faster page loading.
Saturday, May 27, 2000
I've just returned from my 8-day rafting trip on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. It was a remarkable experience. I have now started to post images and text to this new portfolio but it will be quite a while till this new section is complete. If this subject interests you, check back here often for new material.
I'm also pleased to announce that the site, Nature Photographers.net is currently exhibiting my work as one of their Featured Guests.
Wednesday, May 17, 2000
I'm rushing to begin my trip but couldn't resist posting the announcement today of Canon's new digital SLR, the EOS-D30. Click here for a page that contains links to Canon's announcement page and also to an excellent first impressions review by Phil Askey at Digital Photography Review.
Tuesday, May 16, 2000
Please note that I will be participating in a whitewater rafting and photography trip down the Colorado River though the Grand Canyon over the next 10 days. There will therefore be no new content added during that time and I will not be able to respond to either email or Discussion Forum messages until May 27th.
Monument Valley workshop member Steve Chan's portfolio is now complete and on-line.
Monday, May 15, 2000
The introduction of Provia 100F in late 1999 lead to an upset in the film-speed Vs. grain and resolution sweepstakes. Contributor Jonathan Sachs compares these contenders with an eye toward which is best for scanning and digital image processing in a test entitled Velvia Vs. Provia 100F ‹ a Digital Perspective.
Since my article titled Instant Photoshop first appeared a couple of weeks ago several readers commented that a tutorial on how to use Curves would be welcome. Contributor Miles Hecker has kindly done an excellent job in A Photoshop Curves Command Primer.
Monday, May 8, 2000
There are several PalmPilot software tools currently available that are of particular interest to photographers. These include a program for calculating depth of field for any of your lenses ‹ in any format. Another displays moon phases, and a third that provides the rise and set times for both the sun and moon for anywhere in the world on any date. Don't leave home without them.
Wednesday, May 3, 2000
Contributor Nick Rains has provided a user review of the unique Italian-manufactured Silvestri SLV camera system.
Lee Carney, who attended my Monument Valley Workshop last month now has a portfolio from the trip as well as a write-up on his web site regarding his experiences.
Tuesday, May 2, 2000
Friday, April 28, 2000
Instant Photoshop is a major new Feature Article just placed on-line. It is designed to assist photographers in climbing the steep Photoshop learning curve and becoming proficient with this program with the least amount of effort and wasted time.
The exciting new 24" wide Epson 7000 series of printers using truly archival pigment-based inks are now more than rumours. Read this exciting first-look.
Thursday, April 27, 2000
The Eastern Sierra Fall Colour Workshop has now sold out. Thank you to everyone who expressed an interest in attending.
Monday, April 24, 2000
Additional photographs from Monument Valley have been added and the portfolio has been split into two separate pages.
Sunday, April 23, 2000
Monument Valley workshop co-instructor Steve Kossack's portfolio from our recent trip is now on-line.
Several new images have been added to my recent portfolio from Monument Valley.
Saturday, April 22, 2000
First images from a portfolio taken in Monument Valley during my recent landscape workshop are now on-line. Check back there daily for new additions as well as for photographs by workshop attendees.
Friday, April 21, 2000
This is an announcement for my next landscape photography workshop. It will take place in the Eastern Sierra in October, 2000 ‹ hopefully during the peak of fall colours. There are only 4 of 6 places left as of today, so if interested you should move quickly to reserve a spot.
Thursday, April 13, 2000
An unexpected snowfall left Toronto frosted with icing sugar on Wednesday morning. This provided an opportunity to do some photography with the brand-new Canon EOS-1V, and the following portfolio resulted.
Tuesday, April 11, 2000
Monday, April 10, 2000
Thursday, April 6, 2000
Some early tests doing monochrome printing with the new Epson 1270 using their archival Heavyweight Matt Paper are producing excellent results.
Wednesday, April 5, 2000
A review of the long awaited Epson 1270 Photo printer and its associated archival papers and inks. As you might expect image quality is outstanding, but installation was not without its problems.
A final photograph from my recent rural Quebec portfolio has been added.
Saturday, April 1, 2000
An additional photograph from Mt. Tremblant Provincial Park in Quebec has been added to my portfolio of last week. If you're interested in what can be done with the extremely popular Canon 100~400mm IS lens this portfolio will be of interest.
Friday, March 31, 2000
The Cokin Blue / Yellow polarizer is a little-know filter than can be remarkably useful for some types of landscape work. Read a hands-on field review.
Imacon has just updated their PC ColorFlex scanning software to V1.9, which raises the PC edition to essentially the same capability level as the current Mac version of the software. Excellent news indeed for Imacon FlexTight scanner owners.
Thursday, March 30, 2000
A new portfolio of images from Sandbanks Provincial Park in Ontario and from the Laurentian Mountain area of Quebec province are now found on the page Rural 2000.
A review of the Horseman SW612 Pro camera, by Thomas Lehman, has also been added. This continues our expanding coverage of wide format and panoramic cameras.
Wednesday, March 22, 2000
For anyone doing high volume printing with Epson printers, or for someone experimenting with various ink types, a new product from Continuous Inking Systems appears to have great promise. While I have no personal experience with this product I'm hoping that readers who do will provide some feedback on this fascinating development.
Sunday, March 19, 2000
Anyone observing the evolution of digital SLRs might be interested in the experiences and impressions of a couple of pros who have been using the Nikon D1. Here is a link to two such reviews.
Wednesday, March 15, 2000
An essay entitled What Photography Isn't has just been published. If you've given thought to the issue of how photography differs from painting, or have concerns over the ethical issues raised by digital image manipulation, you may find this brief article of interest.
Monday, March 13, 2000
The new Epson 870 / 1270 printers represent the current state-of-the-art in photo-quality ink jet printers. Unfortunately, they are not yet available in the U.S. or Canada. Luckily, Ian Lyons who lives in the U.K., where they are now shipping, has produced a preliminary review which will have to hold us until they hit the stores on this side of the Atlantic.
Saturday, March 11, 2000
I have become aware of a recently re-published review of the XPan by British journalist David Kilpatrick. It contains some interesting information about the system that I had not encountered elsewhere. David also confirms the rumour, which I have heard as well ‹ from a reliable source, that Hasselblad will announce a 135mm lens for the XPan some time this year.
If you're interested in rangefinder cameras you may also wish to read David's excellent review of the new Hexar RF, a just-released Leica-M compatible camera and lens line.
Sunday, March 5, 2000
I have just returned from a 2 week trip to Asia, which included a week in Bali, Indonesia. I have created a small portfolio of photographs from Bali which features quite a few taken with the new 30mm ultra-wide lens for the Hasselblad XPan. Like my review which appeared a few weeks ago, these are the first published photographs taken with this new lens.
Friday, February 18, 2000
A final panoramic photograph from my January shoot in Southern Utah has been added. What makes this interesting is that I have also added what I believe to be the Web's largest on-line image of a fine-art photograph ‹ a 5" high by 18" wide version. Let me know if you'd like to see more like this.
Thursday, February 17, 2000
The long-awaited 30mm ultra-wide angle lens for the Hasselblad XPan has finally arrived ‹ just in time for my forthcoming trip to Asia. Here are my initial hands-on impressions. This is the first review of this product to appear in print anywhere in the world.
Wednesday, February 16, 2000
Anyone awaiting the release of the recently announced Canon EOS-1V may be interested in a series of Web pages that covers this new camera in considerable detail. I have one on order and will be conducting a full field test and review this spring.
Tuesday, February 15, 2000
My Southern Utah portfolio has been sub-divided into two sections ‹ with a separate portfolio of panoramic XPan photographs. All three portfolios from January's Utah shoot, Michael's, Alain's, and Steve's, have new photographs as well.
Monday, February 14, 2000
In late January, 2000, landscape photographers Michael Reichmann, Alain Briot and Steve Kossack spent 4 days shooting together in the national parks region in Southern Utah. Alain, whose work has been published here previously, has just had his new portfolio placed on-line today. You may now view Michael's, Alain's, and Steve's work from this trip and compare their styles and approaches to the same subject matter. Each of us will continue to add new material over the next little while, so do check back here every few days.
Michael's work on this trip was predominantly with medium format and 24X65mm panoramic, while Alain's was done with a mix of medium format, large format and 617 panoramic. Steve shot 35mm exclusively on this trip.
Sunday, February 13, 2000
The new Epson Photo printers are now available in the U.K. and Ian Lyons has produced a very useful preliminary review. Another very promising product is a new line of Cibachrome-like high quality archival inks and papers from Xtreme Gamut. (I intend on testing and reviewing these as soon as they become available for the Epson 1200). If these and Epson's new-generation supplies live up to their hype then the days of traditional photochemical papers and chemistry are indeed numbered.
Tuesday, February 8, 2000
Steve Kossack has added some additional photographs from last month's shoot in Southern Utah to his new portfolio.
Monday, February 7, 2000
Sunday, February 6, 2000
Saturday, February 5, 2000
Canon, as anticipated, has announced both its new flagship camera the EOS-1V and the Digital EOS SLR. I have created pages which feature all of the currently available information, and as time passes these will contain reviews and updates.
Epson U.S. has finally announced their latest generation 870 and 1270 Photo printers. A link to the announcement can be found here. The big news, in addition to higher print quality, is the release of special inks and paper with significantly enhanced archival capabilities.
If you use the AOL browser and have problems viewing photographs on this and other sites, here's how to fix the problem.
Tuesday, February 1, 2000
I have just returned from a week-long shoot in the National Parks in Southern Utah ‹ Arches and Canyonlands. It will take me several days to review the 30-odd rolls shot, scan, and then upload selected images. But when I do they will be found on a new Gallery page entitled Canyonlands & Arches. A formal announcement of this new portfolio will be made when completed.
A reader has pointed out in the Discussion Forum that my review of Genuine Fractals 2.0 back in late December '99 was unfair, because the program is designed for use with large digital files, rather than the small ones I was testing with. Since then I have used the program with larger digital files and find the results to be excellent. The review has therefore been updated.
Saturday, January 22, 2000
One of the most frequent equipment questions that I get asked is about tripods ‹ their use and choice. Here is an essay on tripods and their various components and accessories. It's a complex topic.
Thursday, January 20, 2000
A return visit to Joshua Tree National Park has produced a new portfolio. This is my most frequently revisited park. I never tire of it. I have also added another photograph taken with the new Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS at the Salton Sea.
The wrong photograph was displayed as part of Alain Briot's essay on using the 617 panoramic format and it has now been replaced with the correct one. Finally, I have been using Genuine Fractals to res-up some high quality scans and now have a renewed respect for this program's capabilities.
Wednesday, January 19, 2000
Three new articles have been added today. These are a review of the new Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS lens and the Wimberley Sidekick gimbal mount for large telephoto lenses, as well as a visit to the Salton Sea in Southern California to photograph migratory birds.
Monday, January 17, 2000
I have just returned from a shooting trip to Joshua Tree National Park and the Salton Sea. New portfolios and articles will be appearing here later in the week. In the meantime Guest Photographer Alain Briot has added a wonderful portfolio of panoramic photographs of the Southwest and also an essay on the use of the Fuji 617 panoramic camera system.
The well respected firm Scitex has announced a 6.6 Megapixel chip that could transform 35mm cameras into high-end digital imaging systems. The full press announcement is found here.
Sunday, January 9, 2000
I receive a great deal of correspondence about my choice of formats, particularly my preference for medium format. By way of explanation, here is a brief essay on Why I Prefer Medium Format, but still shoot a lot of 35mm.
Friday, January 7, 2000
The rumoured Canon S20, the first consumer digital camera with a 3.34 Megapixel chip has been officially announced. Click here for a link to sites with additional information.
Tuesday, January 4, 2000
I have just completed a major test of colour transparency films rated at ISO 400. The surprise winner is out of left field!
Monday, January 3, 2000
Epson's next-generation ink-jet photo printers have now started to appear outside of Japan. Read more about them here, along with a link to Epson's Hong Kong web site where full details can be found.
If you are interested in What's New from 1999,
our first year of publication,