Camera Ads, Bo Derek and More

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Brian C. Baird, Mar 4, 2005.

  1. So, I had my usual hour to kill today between 11 and 12, so I spent some
    time flipping through American Photo, which I normally don't read too

    Saw an ad for the Nikon D2x, which they're pushing hard. They spend a
    crapload on an insert that makes it appear as if the D2X is bursting out
    of the page. Neat effect.

    There was an "interesting" article on how a SI photographer recreated a
    lot of classic shots from past SI swimsuit issues without leaving the
    studio. The model (Marisa Miller?) was h-h-h-HOT. That's my opinion.
    We'll have to wait until someone actually measures the heat of the model
    objectively to determine the quantity of hotness.

    Of course, the fact she's younger than me makes me feel old. When did
    the models you ogle stop being like your friend's older sister and are
    now more like your friend's much younger sister? Or for some of you,
    your daughter's friend?

    What I was most surprised by was the picture of Bo Derek that Cody had
    described earlier. I completely forgot that it was in this issue, so
    when I saw this close-up of modern-day Bo Derek with the words "Bo Derek
    at 16" I was a little perplexed. Then I flipped up the page and looked
    at the poster of Bo Derek.

    All I can say is: "WOW!" Bo Derek is one classy lady, and this shot
    captured it perfectly. Not only was the composition and subject
    amazing, but the image quality was just astounding. The poster size
    was, I believe, 16 x 20". The amount of detail that was able to be
    maintained at that size was immense.

    So, images and all else aside, I have to hand Canon the edge in the
    expensive advertising insert category. While the Nikon ad had a lot of
    text and spoke at length about the wonderfulness of the D2X, the Canon
    ad had Bo Derek - and a LOT of Bo Derek. They went over the camera and
    its features, sure, but they showed what arguably has to be the most
    important feature of any pro camera: the image quality. Which was
    impressive. Why Nikon didn't do this is beyond me.
    Brian C. Baird, Mar 4, 2005
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    Daniel Guest

    Yea, what was the stuff about Bo Derek at 16? Were they saying that was her
    at 16 years old - RIGHT. Both photos were of Bo Derek now..... exactly with
    the same wrinkles in her face. And yes, that American Photo issue was sure
    a good one for the advertisers. And it was my last issue of the subscription
    to that magazine.... thank goodness.
    Daniel, Mar 5, 2005
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    I just saw this this evening. Was the D2X supposed to pop up 3D, or
    inflate, or something? Mine was just a double-thickness inlay with some
    intaglio lines outlining the major components. I ended up ripping it up
    trying to make it do something. ;)

    Kevin Stevens, Mar 5, 2005
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    Mark B. Guest

    16 MEGAPIXELS (actually 16.7). You have to read the ad.

    Mark B., Mar 5, 2005
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    Bill Rude Guest

    Do you have someone that follows you around reminding you to breathe?
    Bill Rude, Mar 5, 2005
  6. 16 megapixels. That wasn't too hard to figure out, genius.
    Brian C. Baird, Mar 5, 2005
  7. It would have been better as a pop-up book.
    Brian C. Baird, Mar 5, 2005
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    John Roberts Guest

    I thought her skin looked like plastic.

    Brian C. Baird wrote:
    the poster of Bo Derek.
    John Roberts, Mar 6, 2005
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    Gizmo Guest

    Photoshop might be good, but it stops short of miracles ;o)
    Gizmo, Mar 8, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    At her age, more likely BoTox than plastic... That and plenty of makeup!
    Ron Hunter, Mar 8, 2005
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    Larry Guest

    She still looks better than average at her advanced, decrepid age <G>.

    It has suddenly dawned on me (with the help of my beautiful wife) that even
    when I was young and handsome, I wasn't!

    60 now, and VERY decrepid.
    Larry, Mar 8, 2005
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    C J Campbell Guest

    It is when they seem like your granddaughter's friend that it starts really
    getting to you.
    C J Campbell, Mar 8, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    I know the feeling, at 62. I was, relatively, decent looking when
    younger (25), but not Clark Gable. Yeah, I can hear all the young ones
    here saying 'WHO?'.
    Ron Hunter, Mar 8, 2005
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    Larry Guest


    I guess many dont remember the heros of our generation.

    Even The mention John Wayne raises questions around the table when the table
    has the younger crowd.
    Larry, Mar 8, 2005
  15. Naw, at that point in my life I'll cherish my dirty old man persona.
    Brian C. Baird, Mar 8, 2005
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    Charlie Self Guest

    Larry states:

    Even The mention John Wayne raises questions around the table when the
    has the younger crowd. <<

    And John Wayne was a hero of what war?
    Charlie Self, Mar 10, 2005
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    Larry Guest

    If you followed the thread you would know we were talking about "movie
    Larry, Mar 10, 2005
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    cdubea Guest

    I was one of the charter subscribers to American Photographer when I
    was in college and I loved it. I was a budding photog and each issue
    brought forth notable photographers willing to discuss their techniques
    with examples. I still remember Norman's Seef's absolutely astounding
    shots of Frank Zappa.

    For whatever reason I let the subscription lapse about 15 years ago and
    when I saw a advert for the mag, I thought, gee I wonder if it's still
    the same old American Photographer. I filled out the subscription card
    and sent it in. The first issue was the one on Helmutt Newton on the
    cover here in the states while the rest of the world got a more
    provocative Newton nude shot. Evidently it was deemed too
    "controversial" for US tastes!

    This wasn't a good indicator and unfortunately it went downhill after
    that. I got my 8 issue that I was alloted for the subscription and
    never gave a seconf thought to renewing. Too bad.

    cdubea, Mar 14, 2005
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    Charlie Self Guest

    Larry Lynch responds:

    If you followed the thread you would know we were talking about "movie
    heros". <<

    Ah. With Clark Gable's name up there, I thought you were talking about
    real people who did real things, as well as movie types.
    Charlie Self, Mar 14, 2005
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