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June 24, 2014

(video) Surf Photographer Clark Little on Staring Down Shorebreak to Get the Perfect Shot

Filed under: Photography • jf — Jeff Fenske @ 11:24 pm

Surf Photographer Clark Little on Staring Down Shorebreak to Get the Perfect Shot

The Inertia | Published on Apr 25, 2014

The Inertia: Surfing’s Definitive Community // http://www.theinertia.com

Getting tossed around by shorebreak and slammed into the sand day after day is a rough go; Clark Little wouldn’t have it any other way. In fact, for the North Shore local, it’s all in a good day’s work. But the Waimea addict didn’t grow up snapping shots with his father’s camera like so many photographers do. He instead set out to capture his longtime stomping grounds when his wife came home with a framed photograph of Waimea shorebreak, an image he figured he would be able to easily replicate. Having never owned a camera, he threw a cheap “waterproof” casing over a cheaper point-and-shoot and headed out to the beach. Since that first attempt, Clark has not only emulated his wife’s purchased wall art, but — with a gallery in Haleiwa and international recognition — has become a heavily respected fixture of wave photography.

Special thanks to Tom Servais and Clark Little archives for the gorgeous imagery, and check out Clark’s new, 160-page coffee table book, Shorebreak, to see more of his work.

See Clark’s portfolio of beautiful shorebreak images here.

May 25, 2014

Color Not Compromised for ISO – The Phase One IQ250 Camera

Filed under: Personal • jf,Photography • jf — Jeff Fenske @ 5:32 am

I’ve spent thousands of hours researching various aspects of photography, but still, every once in awhile, I’ll see something that blows away what I’ve thought for many years. This is one of those very exciting, eureka-moment articles that has blown away my previous paradigm, so I thought I’d share.

Color used to be determined by the film companies, mainly Kodak, and then Fuji. But then came digital, so now the camera companies are in complete control of what color their cameras can capture. I’ve thought that Nikon and Canon would never compromise color for anything, until I read this article a few months ago.

Apparently, they’re compromising color in order to get higher ISO, low light sensitivity, which isn’t good news for me, since I go to great lengths to get the best color I can, but can’t afford to switch from full-frame Canon to medium format, at this time, where color has not been compromised for ISO.

Here is the scoop. Apparently, most photographers are completely unaware of this. So far, every pro I’ve mentioned this to didn’t know. Very interesting how marketing works. Sometimes high ISO is more important than color, for shooting the northern lights and night photography, for example, but for most of what I photograph, I’d rather have the best color possible.

It would be nice if Canon and Nikon offered two versions of their higher end cameras: one tweaked for ISO (current models) and the other for color.

Note: apparently, this is the first time a medium format camera is using the CMOS sensor, which is the current standard in 35mm cameras, such as Nikon and Canon.

From: Luminous Landscape

The Phase One IQ250 CMOS Fully Realized
by Doug Peterson

Prerequisite Reading

If you haven’t heard about the IQ250 yet, I’d suggest before you read this article you read this site’s preliminary review and Digital Transitions’ 11 Things to Know About the Phase One IQ250

[…]

…Color. Color. Color.

…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. Copenhagen, We Are Go / No Go For Color

This sort of mentality is blissfully lacking in the R+D at Phase One. …color and image quality were far more important than a marginal improvement in ISO. …

Niels [Niels V. Knudsen] has the informal title “Image Professor,” and is best known inside Phase One as the dark wizard of color. He is responsible for the fine tuned profiles made for all the cameras that Capture One supports.

This has meant that for over a decade he has produced color profiles for every major CMOS camera. He has come to know CMOS color from dSLRS like a friend or perhaps like a frenemy. As he describes it, “I am always fighting with profiling CMOS dSLRs to control accuracy while allowing for subtlety and robustness. Every time I fix one color another color jumps out and bites. These cameras’ color response is brittle.”

Entire Article Here

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

Related:

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

from 

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 - vimeo.com/shawnreeder/onenessnewzealand

My Website: ShawnReeder.com
Email: info at shawnreeder dot com
Facebook Personal Page: Facebook.com/ShawnReeder
Facebook Visual Artist Page: Facebook.com/ShawnReederVisualArtist
Twitter: Twitter.com/ShawnReeder
Instagram: instagram.com/shawnreeder

Related:

[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, ONEcanhappen.wordpress.com]:

OSR 016: Nature Timelapse With Shawn Reeder

Related:

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

[timelapse video] Shawn Reeder: Magical New Zealand

ShawnReeder.net

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: http://wp.me/p2AUoK-1tI

Related:

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

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