This is an excellent article, posted today on The Online Photographer:
Advice for Aspiring Photographers
I’ve added a couple of links over on the sidebar, to sites which I end up checking pretty much every day. They are both excellent, informative, interesting and useful, so you should take a look. They are The Online Photographer (actually the blog on the Online Photographer site), and ByThom, by photographer and Nikon expert Thom Hogan. Again, I’d rate these both in the “essential reading” category.
(I originally posted this on my Flickr profile page a couple of months ago…but I think I’m going to just move all the updates on that profile over to here. I’ll put today’s date, since I don’t want to get into the confusion of retroactive posting.)
Update 8/15/09 – Hmmm. This profile seems to be turning into a pseudo-blog of sorts. Hopefully that’s an acceptable use under the Flickr TOS. :)
I lost a contact today. No idea who it was. I just know that this morning I had 128, now I have 127. It bothers me when contacts just randomly disappear. Were they deleted? Did they just get tired of Flickr? Have I been blocked for some unknowable reason? No way to tell, most of the time.
In better news, an old favorite photo that I thought had been removed from Flickr has, it turns out, not been removed, it was just hidden for a while. Here it is. That pic was Explored all over the place a couple of years ago, back when Explore actually meant something. It’s one of my all-time Flickr faves, which, for some unfathomable reason, I actually forgot to mark as a favorite back when I first saw it. Huh. Weird. Well, I have faved it now, so there. :)
Photography update: I am still shooting, but have gotten involved on another project that is taking quite a while to finish. I’ve been needing to do it for quite some time, but was never able to make much headway on it with my old computer, which just didn’t have the horsepower for it. Well, my new one does, so now is the time. I was originally hoping to get it done by the end of August, but now it’s looking like Labor Day or even mid-September. Anyway, it means the post-processing side of my photography equation is on hold for the time being.
The Nikon D90 has finally been officially announced. And it’s looking like a pretty sweet machine. :)
So now the choice gets tough for me, since I can’t really afford to buy any new equipment at all right now. But if I were going to consider a new camera body, there’d be this new model, or the D80, which should be available for a while yet, or a D200 if I could find one. I believe those can still be found.
Probably I’ll be stuck with the D40 for a while yet, though, and by the time I can afford to upgrade, the D90 and D300 will be reaching the end of their respective product lifetimes, which would mean being able to pick one of those up for less than what they cost now.
First, I do need to think of a new title for this blog. “My Pics” is cute, but something nicer would be, uh, nice. :) I had a great idea a few days ago as I was falling asleep, but now I can’t remember what it was!! I hate that.
I still haven’t decided yet how I’m going to handle this blog (although I have some interesting ideas mulling around in my head), but the desire is there to do something photography-related, which also includes samples of my more satisfactory photos. But also, why not post other stuff that’s related to the subject, and potentially of interest?
So, in that light, this article is an interesting read:
State-of-the-Art 35mm Digital Vs. Medium Format Film
The author sets up a resolution test between a medium format Pentax camera, shooting Fuji Velvia, and a Canon IDs. Mind you, this isn’t the current flagship Canon DSLR (IDs Mark III? I admit I have trouble keeping track of Canon’s model designations, since I’m not a Canon shooter myself), but an earlier, 11 megapixel version. The results are rather surprising, and somewhat counterintuitive. How can a 6×7 camera be capable of producing larger prints, but still end up showing lower resolution when compared with the Canon? And yet, that’s exactly what seems to be happening.