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Great Masters: Prokudin-Gorskii's color images

Usually pioneers come first, then masters come later. Russian photographer Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii was both a pioneer and a master of early color photography. By "early", I mean over 100 years ago. Some of the basic concepts involved in color photography were sorted out in the late 19th century and there were other photographers taking color photos; but it doesn't become easy until the release of Kodak Kodacolor film in 1941. So Prokudin-Gorskii was way ahead of the curve.

At that time, serious photography of any kind involved work, typically involving large cameras on large wooden tripods exposing on glass plates. Prokudin-Gorskii's method involved taking three exposures in a row, using blue, green and red filters. He was then able to combine the plates to generate a color image that could be projected as a slide. The images have now been digitally recombined. Even with the help of computers it's an arduous process. You can read about it on the Library of Congre…

Reichmann on where things are now

Terrific piece by Luminous Landscape's Michael Reichmann, talking about where the innovation is in the camera industry right now, which new ideas are good and which new ideas are not so good.

Nobody Knows Anything (Michael Reichmann at Luminous Landscape)

This article lines up almost perfectly with the way I have been seeing things go for the last several years. And the way I've been watching things develop explains why I didn't go with Canon or Nikon when I left film for digital, why after a couple of years I abandoned Pentax for Sony, and why I'm now shooting with an Olympus OM-D E-M1.

My early years with digital cameras

A long, long time ago, back in high school and college, I mostly used Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex cameras. My first SLR (a gift from my immigrant grandfather) was an outstanding Exakta made in Germany. Later, I owned SLRs made by Ricoh and then Nikon.
But I'm not here to talk about any of those cameras. This is a quick review of my first ten years with digital cameras, from 1998 to about 2008.
1998: Kodak The first digital camera I can remember using was a little Kodak point-and-shoot. Here's a picture I took in November 1998, hiking the Grand Canyon with my wife and some friends.

I probably took it on that trip because it was light and I didn't want to risk damaging my film SLR. I don't remember for sure, but I think that little camera cost several hundred dollars. It didn't encourage me to expect much from digital in the future.

2001: Olympus C3000 In April 2001, my wife and I traveled to China to adopt our third daughter, Catherine. Although I had given up on t…

Photographer as clueless jerk

Sad. But funny.

From the YouTube feed of "DSLR GEAR NO IDEA".