• 25 Sep0
    Back to Burma

    Back to Burma

                I’m leading a tour to Burma in January with Photo Quest Adventures. This will be my fifth trip to my favorite SE Asian country. The political transformation is nothing short of astonishing and it will soon be a signature destination for travelers. For details check out the Photo Quest […]

     
  • 23 Apr0
    Mamiya Annouces the Credo Digital Backs

    Mamiya Annouces the Credo Digital Backs

      Mamiya Leaf announced a new line of digital backs of 40, 60, and 80 megapixels. Given that they are a division of Phase One and the specs are identical, they are distinguished principally by a different feature set from the Phase One offerings. Dubbed Credo, which translates to “I believe” from the Latin, they […]

     
  • 22 Dec0

    Christmas in Bangkok

    The Thais have embraced the glitter of Christmas, strewing lights everywhere, blasting carols in malls, coffee shops, and out into the street. I find it much more joyful and festive than the commerce driven frenzy I see in the States were grim shoppers check off obligatory gift lists.

     
  • 9 Dec1

    Colombo, Sri Lanka Vegetable Market

    On the first day of the Joseph Van Os Photo Safari in Sri Lanka, our group wandered through the vegetable market. It was unlike any other I’ve visited. The people were enthusiastic, delighted to be photographed. We were an event. The market moves out of town next year, but I expect to receive the same […]

     
  • 5 Oct0
    Awesome Unroped Rock Climbing in Yosemite

    Awesome Unroped Rock Climbing in Yosemite

      I’ve watched some of the most celebrated solo free climbers move unroped up fantastically difficult terrain, but Alex is pushing the limits and doing so with ultimate calm as seen in this 60 Minutes segment. (Image by Jimmy Chin, published by National Geographic)   http://tinyurl.com/4xjd94m

     
  • 3 Sep0
    Banish Noise and Sharpen Optimally with JP Caponigro

    Banish Noise and Sharpen Optimally with JP Caponigro

    Of all the photo technique columns I read, none are more useful than John Paul Caponigro’s (R)evolution in Digital Photo Pro, the sister publication to Outdoor Photographer. For the last several years he has written extensively on how to win the tug-o-war between sharpening and noise reduction. I am always inclined to applaud someone who […]

     
  • 15 Jul0
    Phototour to Burma and Cambodia in November

    Phototour to Burma and Cambodia in November

    This Fall I’m heading back to SE Asia to lead a special photo tour to Burma and Cambodia for Joseph Van Os Photosafaris. This will be my fourth visit to each place. I’ve added some new benefits. First, participants will be able to shoot with state-of-the-art digital medium format cameras. We’ll have Phase One IQ180 […]

     
  • 9 Jul0
    The Zeiss Sonnar 50mm f1.5

    The Zeiss Sonnar 50mm f1.5

    The Zeiss 50mm f1.5 for the Leica M9 is a quirky lens. Wide open and closely focused, it misses exact focus, which given its ultra-thin depth of field at 1.5, can be disastrous. However, when everything works, the bokeh- the background blur- is creamy and glowing. Check out a recent post on Luminous Landscape for […]

     
  • 17 May0
    Paria Plateau

    Paria Plateau

      What was once a secret for photographers is now the subject of a lottery. I you want to see the Wave on the Paria Plateau, you must reserve one of ten slots per day online or sign up for a lottery at the ranger station a half hour out of Page, AZ. I was […]

     
  • 22 Dec0

    Stephenson on Productivity

    Neil Stephenson wrote wisely regarding productivity in his essay, The Bad Correspondent: “Writing novels is hard, and requires vast, unbroken slabs of time. Four quiet hours is a resource that I can put to good use. Two slabs of time, each two hours long, might add up to the same four hours, but are not […]