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A Few Links the Morning After

Hybrid laser-scan/panorama photographs may be used to help rebuilt Notre-Dame: Vassar Professor Andrew Tallon uses laser scanners to make incredibly detailed maps of ancient structures such as Notre-Dame cathedral, accurate to half a centimeter, originally to try to understand the methods of ancient builders. But his scanning maps (which he merges with panoramic photographs) of Notre-Dame could well be invaluable in the rebuilding and reconstruction process. Because Andrew clambers around on led...
Tags: Photography, Washington Post, Cbs News, Jerusalem, Bbc, Cnn, Atlantic, New York Times, Athens, Catholic Church, Times, Notre Dame, Los Angeles Times, News And Occasions, Around The Web, Michael Johnston


Notre-Dame is in Flames

Photo: Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP/Getty. Published under Fair Use (informational) One of the great landmarks of Western civilization, 800-year-old Notre-Dame Cathedral on the Île de la Cité in Paris, is burning. The roof has collapsed and the spire has fallen. The fire is still raging and the cause is not yet known. There have been no deaths reported. The Cathedral, built over the course of one hundred years, was begun in AD 1163. It has been modified many times and had been undergoing reco...
Tags: Photography, France, Normandy, Paris, Catholic Church, Notre Dame, Napoleon, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Manuel, Victor Hugo, Notre Dame Cathedral, Louis Philippe, Chartres, Notre Dame de Paris


The International Digital Photography Museum

Not that I mean to downplay this news at all, but, first of all, I'm getting married! She's a TOP reader, and has been for the past eight years. She said she has watched my personal peregrinations with interest over the years, and 16 months ago now she decided to introduce herself. Her name is Magda, and she has residences in Budapest, Hungary, and New York City as well as a vacation home in a location she prefers not to disclose. After we get married we'll have two vacation homes, the second on...
Tags: Europe, Photography, Germany, New York City, America, Dave, Prague, Budapest, Hungary, Canada, United States, North America, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Mike, Toronto Canada


Happy New Year!

As I type this it's the very last little remnant of of 2018—in a few minutes it will be 2019. Just a moment to thank all my readers who came by the site in 2018 or read some of my articles on feeds. I'm especially grateful for "regulars," who come by every day or most days, and of course the often brilliant, always interesting Commentariat—you're a big part of my own enjoyment of my site. I'm extremely grateful for the generosity of contributors, including people who send checks in the mail, pe...
Tags: Photography, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Mike JohnstonPenn Yan New York


Earthrise and Merry Christmas!

Fifty years ago today—50 years ago this morning, at a few minutes after 10:30 Central U.S. time—a former USAF fighter pilot named William A. (Bill) Anders, who is now 85 years old and lives in Anacortes, in the State of Washington on the West coast, took one of the indisputably great photographs of the 20th century. Even if you've seen it before, watch and listen as it happens— I've seen it before but it's inherently moving. Each time I see it I enjoy it. And if that's not just the quintessen...
Tags: Photography, Washington, West Coast, Jack, General Dynamics, Usaf, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Amazon US, Anacortes, Ansel, Amazon Canada, Bill Anders, Shooting techniques


George H.W. Bush

© Peter Turnley, the White House, Washington, D.C., 1990 Guest post by Peter Turnley One of the most surreal moments of my career was when I was introduced to President George H.W. Bush by Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev in the White House. During a summit meeting in D.C. in 1990, I went in to the White House for a photo call, and President Bush recognized Gorbachev's personal photographer and said, "There's my old friend Yuri!" After the translation, Gorbachev looked around and saw me and s...
Tags: Photography, White House, Gorbachev, Mikhail Gorbachev, News And Occasions, Bush, Peter, Michael Johnston, Peter Turnley, George H W Bush, Yuri, Amazon US, Pavel, Amazon Canada, White House Washington, Amazon UKAmazon Germany


Happy Thanksgiving

So here's a little conundrum. You could be forgiven for thinking that the big holiday this week is a thing called "Black Friday," and that we're in the middle of something incongruously called "Black Friday Week." (What?) But the holiday is actually Thanksgiving. Yet one of the things I'll be thankful for is if some of you use my links for, well...your black friday shopping tomorrow. Kinda circular, then—you see how that goes? On the one hand I'm critical of the confusing of greed with gratitud...
Tags: Photography, UK, Britain, United States, Hereford, Cape Cod, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon UKAmazon Germany, Charles Lucy, Dibby, Tim Farnham


Cold!

I had a pretty good Thanksgiving despite being mostly alone. I treated myself to some smoked salmon, which I love and seldom eat any more, and bought a ready-made dinner from our esteemed local supermarket chain, Wegmans, the best grocery store in the U.S. (it really is, too). Turkey, squash, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry jam, and stuffing, $13. It tasted...a little lonely! I'm kidding. It was delicious. As it happened, Thanksgiving yesterday was the first cold day of the Winter here, too. ...
Tags: Photography, Turkey, West, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Wegmans, Michael C Johnston, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon UKAmazon Germany, Timothy O Sullivan


The 'Great' War

Field gunners loading shrapnel shells I suppose I should have posted this yesterday, but I was having too mellow a day off to dip my head into thoughts of war. Yesterday was Veteran's Day, which used to be called Armistice Day. Yesterday (at 11 a.m., to be exact—the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month) marked the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. World War One—called "The Great [i.e., large] War" until there was an even greater one—was perhaps the most pointless catastr...
Tags: Photography, America, Hitler, Great Britain, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Ernest Hemingway, Michael C Johnston, Johnny, Dalton Trumbo, Amazon US, Folly, Erich Maria Remarque, Amazon Canada, Paul Fussell, Robert Graves


And So It Begins

I have four windows in my bedroom and this was the view this morning when I lifted the shade I always open first. It's always a bit of a surprise. And so it begins. Another Winter. I never understood "snow birds," defined as Northerners who migrate to warmer southern States during the winter. Until I was about 55. That was six years ago. Now I understand. The day matured into a brilliant one. The skies cleared, the wind began to buffet the land and the lake and stir the trees, and vast, solid c...
Tags: Photography, Norway, Vermont, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Amazon US, North Florida, Amazon Canada, Amazon UKAmazon Germany, James Weekes


Vote

You? Today's the day. It's still a democracy. Get out there, if ya haven't. Mike P.S. This post is OT for you non-U.S. peeps, but I'm sure most of you will sympathize.  I should also confess I'm not in the best mood today. My usual good-natured self shall return! Original contents copyright 2018 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. (To see all the comments, c...
Tags: Photography, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston


Happy 50th, 747 (OT)

Photo: Eduard Marmet Ned Bunnell tells us that today it's been 50 years since Boeing announced the 747 on September 30th, 1968. It was expected to be retired after 400 planes were made, but the latest version of the aircraft is still current and production reached 1,546 last July. Credit: University of South Florida To put that in context, it was only 54 years, 8 months, and 29 days between the date of the very first commercial passenger flight (January 1, 1914) and the day the 747 was intr...
Tags: Photography, Boeing, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon UKAmazon Germany, Eduard Marmet Ned Bunnell, University of South Florida To


Coming Up at Christie's

Christie's will auction The Diann G. and Thomas A. Mann Collection of Photographic Masterworks two weeks from now. The auction will take place on October 4th and 5th at 20 Rockefeller Center in New York City. It's pretty much all "greatest hits." A few samplings: Edward Weston, Nude, 1934. Estimate $30,000–60,000 Dorothea Lange, White Angel Bread Line, San Francisco, 1933.Estimate $100,000–150,000 Paul Strand, Blind Woman, New York, 1916. Estimate $70,000–100,000 Edward Weston, Pepper...
Tags: Photography, New York City, San Francisco, Photographers, Rockefeller Center, Historical, News And Occasions, Dorothea Lange, Thomas, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Amazon US, Edward Weston, Amazon Canada, Amazon UKAmazon Germany, Christie s. Christie


Also Due on the 25th (Fuji and Sigma)

Also expected on the 25th is the announcement of the Fuji GFX 50R, the rangefinder-style counterpart to the medium-format SLR-style GFX 50S. The new camera is expected to be somewhat lower spec and somewhat less expensive. But we'll see. And Sigma is expected to introduce a portrait lens in mounts for both Micro 4/3 and Fuji X this week—a 56mm ƒ/1.4. I'd be in the market for that, so I'll be watching. But given that I have a Micro 4/3 camera and a Fuji X camera at the moment, the choice as to wh...
Tags: Photography, New, Cameras, Lenses, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Mike Thanks, Hugh Crawford, Amazon UKAmazon Germany


The Coming Panasonic FF Camera

Most of this comes, directly or (probably) indirectly, from 4/3 Rumors: Apparently Panasonic will introduce a full-frame camera on the 25th of this month, six days from now—next Tuesday. (Photokina begins the next day and runs through the 29th.) It will be one of those "development" announcements, or pre-announcements—it will not announce the rollout of a camera that's nearly ready for sale, but one they're working on for next year. Supposedly it will have a body similar to the GH5's, no sensor-...
Tags: Photography, New, Cameras, Sony, Panasonic, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon UKAmazon Germany


A Very Special Issue of 'LensWork'

LensWork 138 arrived in the mail the other day. The cover says it all: the 25th anniversary issue, with 88 images from the publication's first 25 years. I enjoy collections, and this one's special. So many reminders of great portfolios past. Don Kirby is here, and Huntington Witherill, Cosmin Bumbut (I own an original of Cosmin's, framed and hanging in my house), Clyde Butcher, Fay Godwin, Shelby Lee Adams, Bradford Washburn, John Sexton, Phil Borges, Wayne Levin, Merg Ross, Lois Greenfield, Ry...
Tags: Photography, Portland, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Brooks, Michael C Johnston, Maureen, Amazon US, Oregon Coast, Brooks Jensen, Amazon Canada, Eric Brody, Don Kirby, Amazon UKAmazon Germany, Huntington Witherill Cosmin Bumbut, Maureen Gallagher


It's Street Photography Day

Most of the cats that you meet on the streets speak of true love, Most of the time they're sittin' and cryin' at home. One of these days they know they better get goin' Out of the door and down on the streets all alone. —The Grateful Dead, "Truckin'" It's the birthday today of the great French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. He was born in 1908 and would have been 110 today. In some quarters that makes today "Street Photography Day," although I find suspiciously little on the Inter...
Tags: Photography, Gothenburg, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Peter Turnley, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Cartier Bresson, Sadie, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Oskar Barnack, Henri Cartier Bresson He, Jan Kwarnmark, Amazon UKAmazon Germany, Sidecar Sadie


A Little Local Sadness

I learned something new about the iPhone 7+ camera(s). Smartphones are handy in that you can sometimes get them into spaces where an IL camera won't fit, but the "selfie" camera on the screen side of the phone doesn't focus as close as the main camera modules on the back. I couldn't see to compose this picture any other way than by using the "selfie" camera, and it wouldn't focus on the eggs. The nest is right under the eaves and I couldn't get the phone far enough away. These eggs have apparen...
Tags: Photography, Obituaries, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon UKAmazon Germany


Congratulations France! (OT)

Congratulations to all our French readers for France winning the sporting world's most coveted trophy, the World Cup! Does anyone have a World-Cup-related photo they own the rights to? I'll gladly post it. (Or, you can post it yourself in the Comments, using the code: The image must be on the Web and cannot be wider than 470 pixels.) Congratulations also to the great Novak Djokovic for his fourth Wimbledon Men's title and his successful comeback from injury. Mike Original contents copyright 20...
Tags: Photography, France, Novak Djokovic, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon UKAmazon Germany


A Visit from B&H Photo

Mike and Izzy A nice thing—my rep from B&H Photo, Izzy Flamm, actually made a trip out from NYC to see me yesterday. I've always had good contacts at B&H—Itzhak (Isaac) Buchinger, then Menashe Wodinsky, and lately Izzy. Izzy lives in Lakewood Township, New Jersey, which Wikipedia calls "a hub of Orthodox Judaism." More than half of Lakewood's ~100,000 residents are Orthodox. Izzy commutes two hours to New York City each way. He rather liked my commute, which consists of a) coming downstairs a...
Tags: Photography, Wikipedia, New York City, Midtown, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Lakewood, Orthodox Judaism, Amazon US, Izzy, Amazon Canada, Izzy Izzy, Amazon UKAmazon Germany, Izzy Flamm


Happy Fourth

TOP is takin' a coupla days off for the firecracker holiday. Gone fishin', back Friday. I'd admit that I'm one of those weirdos who think we in the USA have been better off if we'd just stuck it out as part of Great Britain. The only thing about that is, if we had stayed together as one country, you know full well that what is now the United Kingdom would have rebelled by now and gone back to being independent. The only likely difference is that we probably wouldn't have burned down Buckingham ...
Tags: Photography, Usa, United Kingdom, Buckingham Palace, Great Britain, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon UKAmazon Germany


Oh Deer

Close call last night! Driving home from a gathering, a doe leapt the guardrail in front of me and sprinted into the path of the car. At 60 miles per hour I slammed into full ABS mode and took extreme evasive action, using all of the opposite lane (no oncoming traffic, fortunately) and going into a four-wheel skid first in one direction in the other—and then neatly recovered. I essentially drove around where the deer was about to be, at sixty miles an hour. I felt pretty proud of myself afterwar...
Tags: Photography, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon UKAmazon Germany


Our Thoughts on Memorial Day (OT)

In the formerly United States at least, it's Memorial Day, the day on which we remember those who died in our country's wars in active service. It used to be May 30th; now it's the last Monday in May, which is today.  Traditionally, it's also considered to be the unofficial beginning of Summer in the U.S. On this day I try to remember that no one (or very few people, at least) wanted to give his or her life for their country. What they wanted to do was serve, then come home and grow old. Some o...
Tags: Photography, America, United States, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon UKAmazon Germany, Argonne Forest


Open Mike: The Death of Newspapers (and of the Paper 'Shutterbug')

Politico magazine (online!) has a short-but-good article about the death of newspapers, using The Denver Post as a case in point. It's written from a sympathetic but realistic point of view. The problem as I see it is not that old media is dying, but that the baby gets thrown out with the bathwater—in this case meaning that we lose the culture, ethical norms, and practical production methodologies of the content of the news...the structures that have been put in place over decades, even centurie...
Tags: Photography, Politico, United States, New York Times, Npr, Wall Street Journal, Open Mike, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Denver Post, Amazon US, IFE, Mike Open Mike, Amazon Canada, Amazon UKAmazon Germany


Wednesday Open Mike: Remember Moms

Great gift idea for Mother's Day: B&H has the Apple 9.7" iPad (2017, 32GB, wi-fi only, gold) on sale for only $269. Your Mom is worth it. I love my iPad. I have five Apple devices. Of those, by far the worst is the one I have to use most of the day every single day, the 2012 Mac Mini that I use as my work computer. It overheats and crashes frequently and it's not all that powerful when I'm doing things in Photoshop. Why Apple can't make me a competent basic computer in a smallish (but not overly...
Tags: Apple, Photography, Computers, Retina, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Linus, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Amazon UKAmazon Germany


The Sad Fall from Grace of Nicholas Nixon

My friends and I have been following this story for several weeks. The news is that renowned American photographer Nicholas Nixon has been removed from his teaching position at MassArt for inappropriate and unacceptable conduct. All parties are tight-lipped as the lawyers presumably circle in the skies above. Although not exactly the Terry Richardson of art photography, The Boston Globe reported yesterday that Nick Nixon had long been accustomed to "going too far" as the headline of yesterday's ...
Tags: Photography, New York, Photographers, Globe, NICK, News And Occasions, Boston Globe, Sally Mann, Nixon, Michael Johnston, Terry Richardson, Michael C Johnston, Novak, Amazon US, Robin Myers, MassArt


Happy Easter

Fra Angelico, Resurrection of Christ and Women at the Tomb, 1440–2,at the Museum of San Marco I tried to write a combination April Fools / Easter post, but, fortunately, my head exploded. If it hadn't, I would have offended all sorts of people, only vaguely even knowing what I was doing. The big news today is that Thom Hogan is abandoning Nikon and switching to Sony. I think a bunny made him do it.... Because, would that really be so foolish?  ;-) Speaking of Sony, the 55mm Zeiss lens arrived...
Tags: Photography, America, Chicago, Sony, Nikon, BYU, Nelson, San Marco, Jesus Christ, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Stan, Amazon US, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Thom Hogan


The Forces of the Fall

I'm still experiencing significant aftereffects of the storm—power was off for 30 hours and it's been restored, but unfortunately several circuits in my house are dead, including my entire office (and that whole end of the downstairs). I assume this has something to do with the handoff between the backup generator and the power from NYSEG (pronounced "nice egg," our local power utility), but I haven't yet been able to get through to anybody who can help.  So I'm breaking my rules and writing fro...
Tags: Photography, Britain, Ireland, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Mike, NYSEG, Shooting techniques, Ralph Gibson


It's Valentine's Day

Lillian Gish in a still from the D.W. Griffith short filmThe Mothering Heart, 1913. "She is tender hearted, demonstrated byher appreciation of the flowers and the rescuing of a puppy." (Wikipedia) Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!  [Forgetful males, this is your reminder: it's today. Don't go home empty-handed. Especially, don't go home not knowing what day it is. That way lies trubba. Ye have been alerted!] An inventive (and really quite odd) V-Day promotion fished from my inbox. Hope you h...
Tags: Photography, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Don, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Griffith, Amazon US, Ye, Lillian Gish, Amazon Canada, Michael Mejia, Amazon UKAmazon Germany


Photographers Like Light

...And Daylight Saving (not "savings") Time begins only one more month from now, on March 11th! Yay, I say. Early risers might not like that, but only a quarter of us, roughly, are "larks" who are early to bed and early to rise. For those of us who sleep a little later, additional daylight later in the day is a plus without an offsetting disadvantage. Sunset is already an hour later than it was at its earliest on and around December 8th of last year. The dark days of Winter are lifting in the No...
Tags: Photography, England, Wikipedia, Time, New Zealand, News And Occasions, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Amazon US, DST, Amazon Canada, Amazon UKAmazon Germany