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April 17, 2014

Photographer reveals the secret of the Windows XP desktop image

Filed under: Photography • jf — Jeff Fenske @ 6:55 am

Charles O’Rear is the photographer who took Bliss, the image that became the desktop of every single Windows XP computer in the world. Billions saw it and probably think the photo is so perfect and colorful that it is computer generated—or at least Photoshopped. O’Rear reveals the origin of the photo in this video.

Article and Video Here

March 16, 2014

Nikon & Canon compromise color in order to get higher ISO?

Filed under: Photography • jf — Jeff Fenske @ 7:22 pm

This is fairly technical and not for everybody, but this article is a eureka moment for me, because I value accurate color rendition, and marketing honesty among the Japanese camera manufacturers is hard to come by. Hopefully, Phase One, a Danish, medium format camera company will challenge Nikon and Canon into improving their color, and not just going for high ISO.

Phase One even improved the high-ISO noise to be more pleasing to the eye!

Very exciting!

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From: Luminous Landscape

…Color. Color. Color.

But Phase One is not a speed and feature obsessed company. They are a company that cares first, second, and third about image quality. So when Sony approached Phase One with an offer to build what would eventually become the IQ250 sensor there was one looming questions, could Phase One tame CMOS color?

Historically, CMOS has not had the best reputation for color rendition. But teasing apart cause and effect has been, up until now, very difficult. CMOS and CCD were being used by very different companies in very different systems. Most CMOS cameras are built for the broadest possible range of applications. They are built by consumer electronics companies with a volume sales business model, where features and price are higher priorities than image quality.

As one example, the selection of a CFA, the color pattern put in front of the sensor, is a choice between quality of color, and ISO performance. If the CFA allows each pixel to see a broader spectrum of color (e.g. for the green pixels to see a bit further into yellow) a camera’s ISO range can be modestly increased. The resulting loss in color quality is subtle – subtle variations in color are missed and a handful of specific colors become difficult to photograph. In a market where a ISO 25,600 camera has a leg up on a ISO12,800 camera, the engineers are under enormous pressure to pick the modestly increased ISO over subtle color quality. …

After several hours of talking about technical details I asked Niels [Niels V. Knudsen – Phase One’s Image Quality Professor – editor] what he has concluded from all of this work. He spoke like a proud father: “I have fought with color from CMOS cameras for many, many years. I’ve always assumed that CMOS itself was not the issue, but rather the issue was the priorities of the companies using CMOS sensors. Getting to test that thesis was very satisfying. When we first started this project we were not sure we could take a CMOS sensor and craft the color our customers expect from Phase One.” His gaze drifted, as if taking in the totality of the journey he has been through – or perhaps his eyes are just still adjusting to bright lights after entire days spent in front of a carefully calibrated Eizo monitor. His focus returned and, with a reassuring nod, he concluded, “But now we know: yes we can. We can make CMOS sing.”

Entire Article Here


The World’s First CMOS Medium Format Back: An Interview and First Tests A more pleasing noise is mentioned, making 6400 ISO very useable

March 8, 2014

[timelapse video] Shawn Reeder: Magical New Zealand

Filed under: Fun–or–AMAZING Stuff!,Photography • jf — Jeff Fenske @ 12:41 am

Magical New Zealand


I have always wanted to travel to New Zealand for as long as I can remember, and so when I decided to move out of my home of 10 years and start pursuing film making around the world, I knew the time had come. It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made to leave my beloved home, but I was more ready than ever to embrace the unknown and explore the world. I spent 3 months in New Zealand traveling in a Camper Van having one of the most incredible times of my life. I enjoyed countless nights under the stars, towering mountains, magical rainforest, stunning ocean, and meeting people from all over the world. It changed my life forever, and I know I’ll never be the same.

Magical New Zealand is comprised of 8640 individual images from over 150,000 that were taken as I traveled around New Zealand for 3 months last spring. The inspirational music of Shaun Diaz is the perfect complement to this magical landscape. If you enjoy, please share!

This piece and footage clips from it are available for licensing at 4k and 1080p.

I originally created this piece with beautiful spoken poetry accompanying it. Recently I prepared this without the spoken word for my stock agency and since it has such a different feel I want to share it here as well. You can see the original piece here:
Oneness New Zealand -

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[timelapse video] Shawn Reeder: Yosemite Range of Light — Features our Milky Way Galaxy!!!

Shawn Reeder, Timelapse Pioneer/Master: “MY MISSION in life is to SPREAD LOVE to others” – “My path is to SHARE THIS BEAUTY with others” — “If we never take RISKS we’re never going to achieve our HIGHEST VISION of who we are” • “With the right, perfect balance of being IN THE FLOW and working hard, and having a vision, OUR DREAMS CAN COME TRUE!”

March 7, 2014

Shawn Reeder, Timelapse Pioneer/Master: “MY MISSION in life is to SPREAD LOVE to others” – “My path is to SHARE THIS BEAUTY with others” — “If we never take RISKS we’re never going to achieve our HIGHEST VISION of who we are” • “With the right, perfect balance of being IN THE FLOW and working hard, and having a vision, OUR DREAMS CAN COME TRUE!”

Filed under: Fun–or–AMAZING Stuff!,Photography • jf — Jeff Fenske @ 11:48 pm

The inspiring attitude behind Shawn’s magnificent and inspiring work!

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“My mission in life is to spread love to others.”

“Something hit me…that my path was to share this beauty with others.”

“By following my own passion, by following my  heart, it’s actually enabling me to make a living by just living. … That’s something we can all do. … And it takes hard work. … By being true to our heart, by being true to our truest essence that there is this synchronicity that comes with it all, that helps everything just flow. And that by tapping into that flow, with the right, perfect balance of being in the flow and working hard, and having a vision, that our dreams can come true.”

“If we never take risks we’re never going to achieve our highest vision of who we are, because that takes stepping outside of our comfort zone. It’s so easy just to stay in this little comfort zone of what we know. But I feel like whenever we step outside of our comfort zone, when we take a risk, that the potential for something beyond what we ever could have imagined is there waiting there for us.”

“I haven’t felt nervous at all; I just feel like I’m on my path. I’m living the life that I’ve come here to live.”

“When you are thankful in advance….”

“The character traits that we develop by facing those challenges….”

– Shawn Reeder

Transcribed by Jeff Fenske from this podcast [Note: For the record, I have a different idea of what oneness should be, which I explain in my spiritual blog,]:

OSR 016: Nature Timelapse With Shawn Reeder


[timelapse video] Shawn Reeder: Yosemite Range of Light — Features our Milky Way Galaxy!!!

[timelapse video] Shawn Reeder: Magical New Zealand

January 30, 2014

(photos) 2 Months Later, This Toddler Is Still Napping With His Puppy

Filed under: Fun–or–AMAZING Stuff!,Photography • jf — Jeff Fenske @ 8:29 am

Super cute!

Click Here

January 11, 2014

(video) Husband & Wife team help each other create great photographs — Varina & Jay Patel

Filed under: Photography • jf — Jeff Fenske @ 3:37 am

Wonderful to hear Varina explain at minute-10 how she and Jay help each other photograph at a higher level!

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Minute-10:Interview with Varina & Jay Patel after their Australian Landscape Workshop

F Stop Lounge F Stop Lounge | Published on Jan 9, 2014

Hear what its like to attend a Jay & Varina Photography Workshop as F Stop Lounge co-founder Leigh Diprose, interviews some of the participants from the recent Australian workshop.

For more information about this story visit:


(video) Landscape Photography with Varina and Jay Patel — Really FUN interview! Amazing stories!!

January 4, 2014

(video) Photographer Patrick DiFruscia: STAY STRONG & LIVE WITH PASSION

Filed under: Photography • jf — Jeff Fenske @ 11:31 am

Watch the whole thing for the blessing.


December 24, 2013

My Art showing in Anchorage

Filed under: Personal • jf,Photography • jf,Photos • jf — Jeff Fenske @ 9:10 am

I just wrote this at ToBeFree and ONEcanhappen:

I’ve had to minimize time spent on my blogs lately, as I’ve been swamped and dumbfounded by massive, multiple (actual fact), mysterious technical difficulties, one of which still isn’t fully solved after 7 weeks. But I’m pressing through, and made a new print yesterday. Hopefully, soon it will be full speed ahead, being able to present my new work until January 31 in this beautiful coffee shop just blocks from where I live.

kaladi first

I’ve spent more time on the phone during these seven weeks, troubleshooting, than maybe in the last seven years — seriously. Some of my story is here:

My Art At Jewel Lake Kaladi Brothers 12/13 – Part 1

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