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Three Things That Are Good to Look At

'What you lookin' at?'Inge Morath, A Llama in Times Square, New York, 1957 ($2,000) 1. Llamas. Magnum is having a sale of New York prints by its members that includes Inge Morath's "A Llama in Times Square." The prints are signed and editioned, signed, or estate stamped, and prices range from $1,250 to $15,000. Included are some very famous pictures indeed: Dennis Stock's iconic (I use the word advisedly!) portrait of James Dean in the rain, Elliott Erwitt's fabulous picture of the man/bulldog...
Tags: Photography, New York, London, Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, James Dean, NICK, James Joyce, Jonas, Around The Web, Elliott Erwitt, Michael Johnston, George, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Erich

The New Nikon D6

Nikon just announced its new pro flagship, the D6. Although you probably won't see this mentioned much on the Web and in the forums, this brings to parity the number of top-end film F cameras and pro digital D cameras. There's a slight disparity in the time it took to get there: the original Nikon F was introduced in April 1959 and the F6 began shipping in 2004 and can still be purchased new (or rather, out of what's called "new old stock," NOS, with outflow regulated to a trickle by a high pri...
Tags: Photography, Maryland, FPS, Nikon, Luke Skywalker, Michael Johnston, Gretel, Don, PAUL, Luke, Michael C Johnston, Fred, Hansel, New Nikon, Hasselblads

Sunday Support Group: Roger Angell

I've been on a reading kick lately. Some while back I read a book called The Thing About Life is that One Day You'll Be Dead, by David Shields. The book is a vigorously morbid catalogue of all the possible predicaments of being trapped in a deteriorating infrastructure. The book is chock full of interesting facts about aging and the ages and stages of life. I can't say it was good to read, but it is good to have read it, turns out. Aside from being a bit of a horror show, it's very interesting a...
Tags: Photography, David, Charlotte, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Kenny, Roger, David Shields, Norm, Roger Angell, Katherine White, Sunday Support Group, Ernest Angell, Stuart Little Back

New Toy!

I've owned many Apple devices since I began writing on the original 128k Macintosh in 1984. The one that's least necessary is also the one I like the best: the iPad. I bought my iPad Air, the original one, in 2013 (which does seem like a long time ago) because I thought they were cool and I was feeling flush back then. At first I couldn't figure out what to do with it and I barely even touched it for the first six months I had it. Within a few years it became my favorite Apple product and the on...
Tags: Photography, Computers, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Xander, AA Daily Reflection

Portfolio App for the iPad?

Carl asked me what I use as a portfolio app for picture presentations on the iPad and it's one of the (many) things I just don't think I know enough about to speak of. Anyone have any favorite ways of presenting pictures on the iPad they'd like to share? Mike Original contents copyright 2020 by Michael C. Johnston and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserved. Links in this post may be to our affiliates; sales through affiliate links may benefit this site. Please help support The Online Photo...
Tags: Photography, Computers, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Carl

The Day (Music Notes)

Song for the day...Transvision Vamp's "Bad Valentine." It's got a sort of louche, low-fi slow-drag vibe I've always liked. Don't know the band or any of their other music—pretty sure I bought this as a vinyl single and never listened to the other side! Mike Original contents copyright 2020 by Michael C. Johnston and/or the bylined author. All Rights Reserved. Links in this post may be to our affiliates; sales through affiliate links may benefit this site. Please help support The Online Photog...
Tags: Photography, Michael Johnston, Don, Michael C Johnston

Random Excellence: Giants?

Might call this "random interest" rather than excellence, but it's curious. You might want to look at the picture carefully before reading on. We were talking about the novel Giants in the Earth the other day, and I ran across the old snapshot above on a site called Ipernity. The original poster, Alan Mays, was given it as a Christmas present. A few different elements conspire to create a visual illusion. The small size of the tractor and the boy driving it, the looming hill in the background, ...
Tags: Books, Photography, Earth, Giants, Leonard Cohen, Michael Johnston, Wayne, Cohen, Michael C Johnston, Solomon, KJV, Efren Reyes, Random Excellence, Lawrence Durrell, Durrell, Alan Mays

Open Mike: Rereading and Anne Fadiman (and an Aside)

['Open Mike' is the often off-topic, anything-goes Editorial Page of TOP, wherein Yr. Hmbl. Ed. rambles afield very slightly more than usual. It appears either on Wednesdays, or when I get it finished.] - In response to this, a couple of days ago: "I loved C.S. Forester's Hornblower books...and read the whole series through twice," Stephen Gilbert commented: "You only read the Hornblower books twice?" Made me smile. But to answer seriously, I'm not actually a big rereader. I've gotten to the a...
Tags: Books, Photography, America, Earth, Jane Austen, Batman, Shakespeare, Giants, Dick, James, Michael Johnston, Buddha, Siddhartha, Anne, Mike, Michael C Johnston

The December Car Magazine Massacre

Motor Trend Group and TEN Publishing (formerly The Enthusiast Network), publishers of many car and truck magazines including Motor Trend and Automobile, announced in December that 19 of its automotive newsstand titles would be transitioned to digital-only, ending the paper versions of all 19. The most prestigious of the magazines affected was Automobile, founded by David E. Davis in 1986.  Folio reports that MotorTrend Group president and GM Alex Wellen announced the move in a memo to staffers o...
Tags: Photography, Gm, News And Occasions, Leica, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Ann Arbor Michigan, Mazda Miata, Rod, Wellen, Folio, Wolfkill, David E Davis, Alex Wellen, Mike ADDENDUM, Motor Trend Group

Sunday Support Group: Be Prepared...For Any Old Thing

I was a Boy Scout when I was young. It was a valuable experience; I was besotted with the Civil War and the Napoleonic Wars and all things related to antiquarian wars and soldiery when I was a boy (I loved C.S. Forester's Hornblower books particularly, and read the whole series through twice), and a fortune teller gazing into her crystal ball might have presumed I was headed for at least a stint in the armed forces. The Boy Scouts demonstrated conclusively to me, however, how peculiarly unsuited...
Tags: Photography, Backup, Nikon, James, Photo Equipment, Leica, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Eric, Ruh, Hornblower, Baden Powell, John Krumm, Nikons, Robert Baden Powell, Sunday Support Group

Fuji Plastic Fantastic '50'

Fuji's new "plastic-fantastic" XC prime Sorry about the three Fuji posts in a row—it's not all Fuji all the time here—but if the theme is "threes" it kinda fits. I was interested to learn that Fuji will soon have a "plastic fantastic 50" of its own. You will have the choice of three 35mm (~50mm-e) primes at three distinct pricing tiers. There's the original XF 35mm ƒ/1.4 R that I've written about several times, for $600; the weather-sealed (that's B&H's term), snout-nosed XF 35mm ƒ/2 so-called...
Tags: Photography, Fuji, Lenses, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, EBC, Kevin Ford, Fujicron

Protein! And Other Off-Topic Topics

A friend I spoke to this morning asked if I was becoming disaffected with photography, a suspicion raised, for him, by reading my recent blog posts. No, not at all. It's that I'm preoccupied by the political situation here in the USA—but I can't write about that. Not my purview here. But that's what's going on with me. (Oh, and I'm still sick—approaching five weeks—although not suffering. Grateful for the latter.) My other distractions at the moment are pool and food. I'm playing in a pool leagu...
Tags: Photography, Usa, Blog Notes, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Tweeten, Mike Tweeten Fibre Co

Fuji X-T4 Coming February 26th

...According to FujiRumors. It will be fun (well, for me, anyway) to see how much the X-T3 and X-H1 "DNA" get blended in the new camera. Will IBIS "trickle down" into the X-T[x] series? The rest of this post is a digression!Although, to be honest, I'd say I'm interested rather than excited. In 2012, the peak year of the camera market, I had to admit to myself that I was feeling a little crazy. I coveted the latest beautiful cameras a little more intensely than was mentally healthy! For at least ...
Tags: Photography, New, Cameras, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Fujifilm Cheerfully Marches On: The X100V

New X100V: The line between the top plate and the body isnow straight all the way across Oops! When you've updated your camera three times and you've already run through the X100, X100s[econd], X100t[hird], and X100f[ourth], what do you call the f ifth? Not F, because that's already taken. Roman numerals to the rescue! The latest—fifth—Fuji X100 is called the X100V (which makes it sound a lot like a Sony, but never mind). Unlike the X-Pro3, there's nothing controversial about the updates. An...
Tags: Europe, Photography, New, Cameras, Sony, Fujifilm, Fuji, Michael Johnston, Don, Michael C Johnston, Curt Gerston

Notes on the State of Photography

It's funny, but I've been feeling a little demoralized lately. It's like my connection to photography is feeling a bit tenuous, and/or my interest is at a low ebb (like the tide, it comes and goes). I can't quite organize my thoughts on the topic, and I can't untangle a dispassionate appraisal of the "the state of photography in 2020" from what might merely be my own personal passing psychological condition at the present moment. (I'm recovering from a long sickness, so there's that...I'm not su...
Tags: Photography, Isaac Newton, Reflections, Michael Johnston, Austin Texas, Michael C Johnston, Friedlander, Kirk Tuck, Eisenstadt, Arbus

The Big Game the Morning After (OT)

Turns out my assumptions were out of date. I watched the big game online in perfect quality at the broadcaster's website with no issues. Pretty exciting game. I have to say I wasn't overly impressed with either team, though. Kansas City lost the battle of the line on both sides of the ball, and I'm not sure the much-ballyhooed Patrick Mahomes made a very convincing MVP. For a lot of the game (although it was probably because the pocket kept getting very small very fast), I thought he performed a...
Tags: Photography, Followups, NFL, Missouri, Mlb, Kansas, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City, Andy Reid, Anthony Anderson, Off-topic Posts, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Mike, Packers

Sunday Support Group: Super Bowl Self-Pity

Well, boo-hoo. My buddy Jerry is having a Super Bowl party tonight, and lots of my friends will be there. Darlynn is doing the cooking, and others are bringing desserts and hors d'oeuvre s, which means there will be tasty food aplenty. I bet it's going to be a good time. It was last year. And I can't go. No biggie—I'm just sick. There's this virus that's been going around that apparently ebbs and flows for between four and eight (!!) weeks. (That's two months...I've never been sick for two mont...
Tags: Photography, Michael Johnston, Keith, Don, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Jerry, Darlynn, Weekes James

Doctor My Eyes

It's confirmed at my latest appointment yesterday, my new eye has improved to 20/20! Still has a bit of astigmatism, which can be corrected with glasses. My other eye has gotten a little worse and will need the same treatment (partial cornea transplant, new lens implant) in a year or two. What a wondrous time we live in, when failing eyesight due to aging can be corrected with technology and surgery. I've also been impressed by the degree to which my brain merges the information fr...
Tags: Photography, Followups, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston

Photo District News Has Closed at 40

Emerald Expositions, the operator of business-to-business trade shows that runs PhotoPlus (formerly Photo East, and before that Photo Expo) in New York City at the Javits Center, and is the most recent owner of PDN, has announced that PDN will close down and stop providing content. PDN was founded by a photo assistant named Carl S. Pugh as New York Photo District News, a newsletter for the commercial and studio professionals along lower Fifth Avenue in New York city—the photo district. It was fi...
Tags: Photography, New York City, Fifth Avenue, Adweek, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Pugh, Javits Center, PDN, Photo District News, Jeff Schimberg, Carl S Pugh, New York Photo District News, Mecklermedia, PDN Naturally

Open Mike: So You Say You Like Everything

["Open Mike" is the everything goes, often off-topic editorial page of TOP, wherein the hounds are released! It appears on Wednesdays. Note for this week: I'm just having a little fun here, so please don't take this personally. Gotta keep myself entertained too.] - RayC wrote: "Okay, I’ll play. I admit I was taken aback by the statement: 'It's a middlebrow conceit to say "I like everything!" in a chipper voice, which to real music aficionados means that music isn't very important to that perso...
Tags: Photography, Bob Dylan, Justin Bieber, Eminem, Kim, William, William Shatner, Kenny G, Dolby, Tom Jones, Gerard Depardieu, Edith Piaf, Music Notes, Off-topic Posts, Open Mike, Ray

Public Deaths

Photo courtesy Slam News Gianna and Kobe Bryant. Photo by Atiba Jefferson. "O untimely death!" cries Oswald, slain by Edgar in Act 4 of Shakespeare's King Lear. The disembodied cry recurs at the end of "I Am the Walrus," the masterpiece by John Lennon, himself the victim of just such an end forty years ago. The United States as a nation was shocked yesterday at the news of the death of nine individuals in a helicopter crash in California that included basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his 1...
Tags: Photography, California, John Lennon, Los Angeles, United States, Gigi, Kobe Bryant, Shakespeare, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Bryant, Edgar, Kobe, Gianna, Oswald

Music Notes: Do You Have a Favorite Musician? (OT)

I suppose a lot of people don't. It's a middlebrow conceit to say "I like everything!" in a chipper voice, which to real music aficionados means that music isn't very important to that person. Nobody who loves music likes everything. Their likes are strong, and their dislikes are strong too—they have what we call opinions. The only way everything can be equivalent is if one doesn't have much discrimination, which is another way to say taste. I have a friend who has devoted a lot of his life to h...
Tags: Photography, Neil Young, John Coltrane, Zenith, Music Notes, Michael Johnston, Scott, Michael C Johnston, Ella Fitzgerald, Ben Webster, Chopin, Hank, CC BY SA, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, Coleman Hawkins

Blog Note

As of Saturday morning at 8:30 I've just belatedly posted all the comments for the "Benoit Paillé," "View Cameras," and "Magic of Photography" posts, below, including Featured Comments. Have a look if you're interested. And sorry for my tardiness. Have a nice weekend! —Mike the Still Somewhat Sick and Also Always Somewhat Lazy Comment Moderator [Author: Michael Johnston]
Tags: Photography, Michael Johnston

Random Excellence: Benoit Paille

William Gibson. Photo by Benoit Paillé. Or not so random—this is the portrait of William Gibson that adorns the article I quoted yesterday. It breaks every rule of portraiture, and it's brilliant. It looks splendid as a full page of the New Yorker print magazine. I can't stop looking at it there. The head is placed just subtly northwest of dead center in the frame; the flash implies a brief moment of lucidity in gloom; the heavy foliage in the lower right anchors the picture in chaos from whi...
Tags: Photography, William Gibson, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Gibson, Benoit, Paille, Random Excellence, Benoit Paillé

The Magic of Photography

Mike Plews wrote: "If you go to places where photographers tend to gather (like national parks) pulling out a vintage piece of film gear generally strikes up a nice conversation. If you break out large-format gear and get under the dark cloth you will attract a crowd of both photographers and non-photographers alike, and inviting them to take a look at the ground glass is an excellent way to generate a little positive energy in a time when we could use some. After all, as every TOP regular knows...
Tags: Photography, Wisconsin, William Gibson, Alice, Reflections, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Gibson, Ford Model T, Mitch Hedberg, Mike Plews, Joshua Rothman, Michael Lesy, Lesy, Magic of Photography, Wonderlandish

View Cameras

I've been at least low-level obsessed with view cameras since I started in photography seriously in 1980. I used to go by Ferrante-Dege, an old-line camera store in Cambridge, Massachusetts (I loved and miss old camera stores), to "visit" a resplendent Deardorff 5x7 they had on semi-permanent display (it was for sale, but didn't sell, so it was there for a long time). It was profoundly beautiful—well, to my photogeeky young self it was—and also profoundly unaffordable, which made me covet it all...
Tags: Photography, Japan, Old, Cameras, Michigan, Polaroid, Chamonix, Zeiss, Michael Johnston, Mike, Chatham, Michael C Johnston, Ron, Upstate New York, Presque Isle, Cambridge Massachusetts

Open Mike: Good News

["Open Mike" is the Editorial Page of TOP, in which Yr. Hmbl. Ed. lets his neuroses out to romp in the yard. It usually appears on Wednesdays, and is very often late, and very rarely early.] - An ecologist once explained a formula for the conservation of wetlands. He said that the loss of the first 30% of wetlands was inconsequential; the environment could absorb, and adapt to, that much loss. The survival of the middle 40% was provisional and could be up for discussion, or taken case-by-case....
Tags: Photography, Open Mike, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston

The Hasselblad 45P

Hasselblad has come out with "my kind of lens" for its medium format X (again with the X!) camera system. Described as the smallest and lightest medium-format lens, the upcoming 45P is meant to be the system's "pancake." It's an 11-ounce, 9-element ƒ/4 lens that's only two inches long. The full-frame angle-of-view equivalent is about 36mm. The lens has a leaf shutter and has been designed specifically to be quiet in operation. Doesn't that look like a sweeeeeeet package? Mmm-mmm. Hasselblad's l...
Tags: Photography, Fujifilm, Lenses, Hasselblad, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Roger, Thom, Éamon

Blog Note: An Apology

That view camera cartoon by Siné I linked to turned out to be the most controversial thing I've published in months. Since the link went up I've been called more names than a blind ump at a baseball game. A couple of people cancelled their contributions and one person said he'd never come to the site again. Several people (most complainants are men) have written multiple messages to explain their positions in greater detail (no need—I get it), and the messages kept coming this morning even thoug...
Tags: Photography, Blog Notes, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Sine, Mike Photo

Photographer Desiree Rios

I was struck by the pictures in this interesting and somewhat offbeat feature in the NYT*: "A Luxury Dish Is Banned, and a Rural County Reels." Politically you could have any of a range of reactions to the story, but let's not go there. In a nutshell, a traditional delicacy for wealthy people is banned in New York City as being gratuitously cruel to animals, echoing many other such bans worldwide, but the poor people who produce it—some of whom have had a dreadful odyssey to reach safe haven—are...
Tags: Photography, New York, New York City, Photographers, Photojournalism, Michael Johnston, Fort Worth Texas, Ken, Michael C Johnston, Rios, Upstate New York, Dallas Fort Worth, Kenneth Tanaka, St John 's University, Current, Damon Winter

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