Coastal Living magazine has published an article that will be of interest to many wildlife and nature photographers: "Top 10 Wildlife Hotspots."
The article lists great spots in North America to view and photograph different wildlife, including Monarch butterflies, bears, sea turtles and elephant seals. (Though I disagree with their pick for the latter; really the best place to photograph elephant seals is California's Ano Nuevo State Preserve.)
First, Korri Wass, a photographer who lives in my hometown, has launched a website: www.KorriWass.com. It's a great design that shows of some great photo work.
Second, Mike Luongo, a good friend of mine since high school, was in the news today. Mike is preparing to compete in the national Transplant Games for the second time since receiving his new kidney in 2003. See the Norwich Bulletin article "Norwich man to participate in Transplant Games."
For astronomy buffs and nighttime photographers in the Western hemisphere, this coming Wednesday, Feb. 20, could be a good night. Stargazers on both American continents will, weather-permitting, be able to witness a full lunar eclipse between 10:01 and 10:51 Eastern Standard time.
Polaroid is abandoning the instant-photo product that made the company successful. In the digital age, this development (ha!) won't hit the consumer market that hard. But there are plenty of medium- and large-format pros who still use Polaroid film to check exposure and composition in studio shoots, and they'll have to make a major workflow adjustment. For more information, see the Boston Globe article "Polaroid shutting 2 Mass. facilities, laying off 150."
Sony, on the other hand, has a new product: a full-size 35mm image sensor with an effective resolution of almost 25 megapixels. As Sony is the sensor supplier for Nikon cameras, which I use, this is pretty cool to me; the rumor that Nikon will release a 24MP pro camera in 2008 is now looking real. See the press release at Sony's website for more info.
And speaking of Nikon, they're releasing a series of short tilt-shift lenses: A 24mm, 45mm and 85mm. These will be great options for landscape, portrait and still-life photographers who shoot with Nikon gear. Only the 24mm has been officially announced; see Nikon's press release.
Okay, I'm way behind in blogging. First I got busy with a book project, then this website moved servers and a lot of my scripts broke. But now I'm back.
I have a few items to catch up on, and I want to get started immediately. So ...
Some very historic negatives have been found after a long, long time lost. In fact, for years they've been believed destroyed.
The negatives belonged to Robert Capa, considered by many to be the father of war photography as we know it. At the very least, he did more for the genre than anyone since Matthew Brady during the U.S. Civil War.
The missing negatives were found in a suitcase in Mexico. Among the images are some priceless documentations of the Spanish Civil War.