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Week Ender 91

One of Canon USA’s Explorer of Light, Stephen Wilkes finished a project called NYC Day to Night. Photographer Wilkes stayed put in one location for hours to shoot the frames needed to do a proper composite of New York city turning, well, from day to night. Looks and sounds easy but imagine the hours and hours of shooting and then shifting through hundreds of frames of photos just to choose the proper exposure for 1 composite image.

As Wilkes puts it: “I imagined changing time in a single photograph. Using this new technology, I’ve been able to express this fascination through a new series of photographs: “Day to Night”. I photograph from a fixed camera angle continuously for up to 15 hours, throughout the “Day to Night”. A select group of images are then digitally blended into one photograph, capturing the changing of time in a single frame.” -from Gizmodo.

The photographs will be on view in New York City’s Clamp Art Gallery from September 8th to October 29th.

Good stuff! Go to Stephen Wilkes site and head on over to the fine art link for more of Day to Night and other beautiful photographs, particularly like his China-Old and New series.


Times Square by Stephen WIlkes


Park Avenue by Stephen Wilkes

Week Ender 90

Here’s something fun to start off the week.

Just the Two of Us (and Ken Jeong)

When you and your bodacious girlfriend (who, if you’re lucky, looks like Kate Upton) jet off for a summer romp, pack a bag full of slimmed-down cords—and not much else. You’ll look sexy, and she’ll keep those starry eyes locked on you—even if you get photo-bombed by funnyman Ken Jeong

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Photographs by Peggy Sirota

August 2011
Read More at GQ

Week Ender 89

There are just too many features in a piece of gear to commit to memory. Lugging around some manuals aren’t the obvious answer either. Memorizing them is even more far fetched. I’ve even experienced pro shooters who did not know some basic features of a Speedlite. Be a better photog and learn the features of your gear the easy way.


Quickguide to the new Speedlite 320 EX

The last time I wrote about Canon Quick Guides was in June of o ten. One year forward and there are more quick guides added in to the mix. There are currently 19 PDF files ready to download for print so you can stick it in your gear bag. Old and new shooters alike will benefit from these and you can download them at the Canon Digital Learning Center.


One other article that caught my attention is, A New Concept: Canon’s Zoom Fisheye Lens by Rudy Winston, a 14 year veteran of Canon USA’s Pro Products team. It’s a piece on the new EF 8-16 f/4L USM that replaces the old EF 15mm f/2.8 fisheye. The EF 8-16 is designed to work with all the sensor sizes (full frame, 1.3x and 1.6x) to get the extreme view just in case you have the EOS 5D MK II, EOS 7D and EOS 1Ds. From some of what I’ve read from photogs who have the new fisheye this is one fun expensive lens to have.

Update: August 10, 2011

From forums around the web Lion looks like it is creating much trouble for some folks. I have not upgraded yet and yes, work files are all backed up twice over. I just don’t want to be on the other end of unnecessary Apple trouble. The best way to avoid the ongoing Lion upgrade fiasco is to wait and see if Apple does anything. By far the worst problems I’ve read are the SMART errors on hard drives that many Mac users are getting before even installing Lion.

More links for your reading pleasure.

  1. SMART error-Apple support forums
  2. Michael Willems- Is Lion Really A Chihuahau?
  3. Lion Recovery Disk Assistant

Week Ender 88

Roar… Mac OS X Lion 10.7.0 has finally been released. Since July 20 it has already sold over 1 million copies and one of the biggest upgrades for Mac users. Is it worth the trouble of downloading a 3.5 GB file from the App store at USD39.99 (PHP1720.00) with some third-party software compatability is still question?

Based on many reviews already populating the net, Lion, is a good but not a necessary update. Photographers running on Snow Leopard with hundred if not thousands of dollars worth of post processing software should have a look first if installed software are compatible. On a personal note, can not imagine the mess an update like this would do to a photography work flow with incompatible software installed. Though it is safe to assume that all major software giants have updated their software with downloadable packs waiting a few weeks for bug fixes isn’t a bad idea. Adobe has already updated CS5 (an easy to do update that was under 3 hours for me). Canon DSLR and related software also works with the Lion. If your Mac purchase was after June 6, 2011 you are eliggable for a free upgrade to Lion with OS X Lion Up to Date program.

A compilation of links below to make sure that you have updated all software before upgrade to Lion.

  1. Apple: How to upgrade
  2. Adobe
  3. Bootable copy DVD
  4. Bootable copy USB
  5. Canon DSLR
  6. Canon Australia
  7. Canon Printers
  8. DxO Labs
  9. List from
  10. List from
  11. Mac Rumors
  12. Nikon
  13. Photomatix
  14. Rob Galbraith: Canon Testing Software For Lion
  15. Various Printers

The best way to ensure a painless upgrade to roar… Lion would be to first update whatever software you have. If you don’t want to download, Apple will be releasing a flash drive version of Lion for US$69.99 in the coming months.

Week Ender 87

The timelapse of Polish photographer Patryk Kizny at LookyCreative features his work in a compilation, Timelapse Cinematography Showreel.

Not very often do you see smooth movement of the camera in timelapse aided by some type of mechanical boom. The editing can only be done with hours and hours (understatment-of course) of photos. Look closely and there are parts that have a subtle HDR treatment. Maybe some of his mastery will rub off on me. These timelapse vids are tedious to work on having tried a few times.

In Mr. Kinzy’s Showreel there are snippets of gear being used inserted throughout the timelapse. Take a look and head on over to his site for the full version of each video.

Week Ender 86

Using filters on lenses is not a bad thing. All my lens caps sit in storage so that lenses are ready to go anytime. All of them either have clear or UV filters as front element.

There are many schools of thought on using filters and it’s just better to make up ones mind on usage. Take a look at my last post (Real World Use of Kenko CPL) filter.


The well protected lens. Photo

From, comes some photography fun. The guys rent out camera gear to the general populace in the US. As with many lenses, there are many filters as well. So much so the guys decided to do a little review on using 50 UV filters stacked together on a Canon lens. Found it last week and would make a fun and informative read. Not all techie topics related to photography should be so serious. Good on for poking some fun on filtering filters.

And from Vincent Laforet‘s post: What camera did I use to make this still picture?

The photo is ready to view at very large size. The colors are naturally beautiful and facial details very sharp. The photo was shot in available light with a video cam. Yes, a video cam and the photo is a screen grab! But it is not just any video cam but the RED EPIC M digital cinema camera that is worth a whopping US$58,000. That kind of moneys to get me both Canon and Nikon gear and still have change left over for the tiny new 2011 Kia Picanto and still have enough dough to take the wife on a vacation to the Cayman Islands. Then asking the missus for a Red Epic M for Christmas, she asked how much it was and looked at me like she was about to leave me…

Do click on the photo below to get to Mr. Laforet’s blog to see the BIG version-beautifully amazing to say the least.


Photo credit: Vincent Laforet


The US$58,000 Red Epic M digital cinema camera and it comes with the custom Pelican case. For that price it should come with a few lenses...

Week-Ender 85

The night before a big shoot, sitting around searching the net for beautiful photos to feast ones eyes upon is relaxing and an easy thing to do.

Stumbling on to a few guys going all out to capture the US Navy’s decaying fleet is something else. Call it daring, call it selfish or is it just trying to record a lost time? Take a look at Inside the Ghost Ships of the Mothball Fleet post by Scott Haefner and judge for yourselves. More often than not, making great photography is more getting there and setting up rather than just clicking the shutter.

Stay on Haefner’s site as there are much to ogle at especially the aerial photos captured using a kite. Clicking on any of the photos below will take you there.


Photography by Scott Haefner

I frequently shoot in places that most people choose not to venture. Photographing abandoned buildings and other forgotten places, often under the cover of darkness, is what captivates me the most. Documenting our history and creating art in locations that might soon be destroyed in favor of new strip malls inspires a level of urgency not typically found in other forms of photography.Scott Haefner

fleet-40 by Scott Haefner

Photography by Scott Haefner

fleet-30 by Scott Haefner

Photography by Scott Haefner

On another front, never before published photos of the Beatles on Yahoo! News. Now that’s a bit of very cool black and whites from the 1960’s.

Photographer Mike Mitchell stands by some of his photographs of The Beatles where they are being exhibited at a hotel in London, Friday, June 10, 2011. The previously unseen photographs by US photographer Mike Mitchell were taken during the 1964 visit to America. The collection of 50 pictures entitled 'Beatles Illuminated' is expected to realise 100,000 US Dollars (61,500 pounds) when they are auctioned in New York on July 20. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Week-Ender 84

Here’s a PDF downloadable guide from Yosuke Bando on how to take apart a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II. Not to say you’d want to disassemble it but if something goes wrong- like dropping it in water or say the kids use it as a utensil on food this guide will definitely be useful.

Clicking Yosuke Bando’s link will automatically get the download for the PDF guide.

disassembly_EF 50mm f/1.8

Photo credit: Yosuke Bando's Disassembly Guide

1000 Cameras

Ever wonder what it’s like to collect cameras? Well, TM Wong from Hong Kong has set a new Guiness World Record by having the most cameras in the world. All 1024 of it and he is holding a few back just in case someone comes along with even more! I am so ignorant to think my local shop has the most cams to look at. Check out the Gizmodo post- Please, Someone Send Help to the Wife of the Man Who Owns Over 1,000 Instant Cameras by Kat Hannaford.


Photo credit: gingerely *ahem* borrowed from

[TM Wong via Pixel Análogo via PetaPixel via Gizmodo]

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