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Category Archives: Digital

Where Are The Aesthetic Choices in a Digital Age?

I remember having strong feelings about the Olympus “Art Filters” when they were first introduced to their DSLRs. They seemed like a cheap gimmick, a non-reversible and overdone effects filter producing ugly jpegs –  a very unserious form of photography. I now believe Olympus should have been applauded for at least attempting to address a […]

My Film/Digital Schizophrenia, Part I

Film Me: Man, film – you’ve got to love it. So physical, tactile, chemical, magical. Not to mention archival. I’m just going to shoot film for a while. Digital Me: You mean: fiddly, messy, temperamental? Digital is clean, sharp, infinitely controllable, infinitely reproducible, instant. I think I’m going to shoot digital and leave the past […]

Quick take on the new Nikon 1 system

Huzzah! A brace of new camera announcements! Nay – a whole new camera system announcement. Plus lenses. And accessories. Take your pick of the major digicam news sites for the details (dpreview is my favoured definitive source). Nikon has bestowed upon us the V1 and the J1. My sentiment? Mild to medium disappointment, with growing flecks […]

Authenticity and an aperture chameleon

Not usually my thing, this. It’s a bit heavy handed, a bit over the top, but I was playing with the Silver Efex Pro photoshop plugin and found a variation on the ‘Antique Plate II’ setting really suited the rendering and content of this image, because it appears plausibly authentic.  Or does it? It’s not […]

Leica M8 firmware update 2.whoopdedoo.014

New firmware for the M8?  Excitement!  Miracle. Total listed improvements: Support of the new lens “Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm/f3.4” Optimization of internal processes Wow.  A new lookup for a $2k lens I’ll never own to correct for corner shading. If Leica can’t expand on ‘optimization of internal processes’, I’m guessing nobody else will have a clue […]