Friday, April 27, 2007

Edge Of The Earth Corner Of The Sky - Book Review

Published in August 2003, with Forewords by Robert Redford and John H. Adams, Edge of the Earth/Corner of the Sky is the first landscape based photography book that Art Wolfe has produced since Light on The Land. It's subject... our earth.

Of the fifty-six books that Wolfe has produced in his thirty year career, Edge may be the most ambitious. The book is physically imposing at 11" X 14", with 130 images on 240 pages, (many double trucks), in landscape format.

The five sections, Desert, Ocean, Mountain, Forest and Polar open with a 2,000 word essay by Art Davidson. Normally the essays might keep me from getting too interested, (I'm an image guy and make no apology for my bias), however, in this case they really make the book. The slant is certainly towards environmental conservation but that's OK, they say so up front. And while I'm an image guy, I'm also a conservationist. The essays are beautifully written and not at all "preachy".

Edge of the Earth/Corner of the Sky gets 4 out of a possible 5 Stars. The book retails for $75.00 but the good news is... it's probably at your local library, that's where I found this copy!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Check Out Create Network!

Building "community" seems to be the next "half caf double latte" of the web world. This one, aimed squarely at creative professionals, comes to us via those wonderful folks who gave us Create Magazine . Click here to check it out, interesting and very well done.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Visualville Kicks It Up A Notch! (Shameless Plug)

Visualville is proud to announce the Xtreme Quad-Core Digital Darkroom! Our latest build features the Intel Pentium Quad-Core Extreme QX6700 1.66-8MB Processor currently the worlds fastest processor!

Intel Quad-Core processors are ideal for multitasking environments because there are four complete execution cores instead of one, each with an independent interface to the frontside bus. Quad-Core processors deliver the resources of four full processing cores giving you greatly increased capability to accomplish tasks with performance-intensive programs like Photoshop.

To check out all the spec's click here.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Another Great Lighting Workshop!

As I've said before, my hometown of Phoenix Arizona is home to some incredibly talented photographers and Don Giannatti proves my point. This past weekend I attended another great lighting workshop led by Don.

Over the years I've attended many workshops by some of the best our industry has to offer. Don is on that short list we refer to as "the best of the best". Seriously, if you can fly, drive or crawl to Phoenix come and experience his workshop in person, if that isn't possible, check out his latest DVD.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

LaCie Kicks It Up A Notch!

Looking for a new monitor? Check out LaCie's latest... the LaCie 526 Monitor employs a wide 25.5-inch H-IPS panel with 1920x1200 resolution for displaying two A4 pages at full size. It's wide gamut supports 95% AdobeRGB and 98.5% ISO-coated color space. Integrated circuitry features a 12-bit Look Up Table (LUT) and 16-bit processing for smooth display of color gradients.

The included LaCie blue eye pro software allows for hardware calibration in a single click, without further user involvement. Post-calibration, an extensive set of tools is available for advanced users who want more precise control. This includes manual fine-tuning of the white point, Test & Report to verify profile accuracy, and profile switching without the need to recalibrate. Users may also conduct a quick Ambient Light Analysis, which analyzes the light in the room to better understand whether an environment is ideal for color work.

The LaCie 526 Monitor will be available end of April via LaCie's specialized dealer network for $1,999 MSRP. Also available in a bundle with the LaCie blue eye pro colorimeter for $2,299 MSRP.

To learn more click here.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Check Out Jesse Young!

Ran across this site while searching for another, some very nice images many with a kind of stark, solitary almost lonely feel.

Click here to see more.

Friday, April 06, 2007

David Douglas Duncan - My Heroes (cont.)

David Douglas Duncan has covered a diverse range of subjects - from the United States Marines in three wars to the paintings of Picasso and the treasures of the Kremlin. As a photographer for Life, Duncan won the Overseas Press Club Award for picture reporting from abroad. He also won the United States Camera Gold Medal Award for This is War!.

Arguably the greatest of all war photographers.
He gave the royalties from This Is War! to the Marine Corps Fund for widows and children of the dead, and he turned over the proceeds from I Protest to the families of marines killed at Khe Sanh.To visit the David Douglas Duncan Online Archive click here.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Harry Benson - My Heroes (cont.)

In 1964 Harry Benson came to New York to photograph the Beatles and never went home. A veteran of Fleet Street, the Scottish born photographer's first U.S. assignment led to the classic image above. During the next fifty plus years Benson's images would chronicle the known and the unknown including politicians, celebrities, movie stars, athletes and artists from every discipline.

His best known images include essays for Vanity Fair and more than 100 covers for People magazine. To see some of Benson's best check out his book "Harry Benson: Fifty Years In Pictures" . To learn more about this gifted photographer check out "On The Road With Harry Benson" by David Friend at The Digital Journalist.