Impressive conference tonight

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Alan Browne, Sep 12, 2003.

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    Alan Browne Guest

    At our photo club was a Canadian Press photographer who covers mainly
    sports and show events for Montreal newspapers (several) and the
    Canadian Press (CP is the Canadian "AP"). He was a combat photogrpaher
    in his previous life and had some hairy stories from that too...

    He showed us ..... digital photography (a few slides too, but mainly
    digital) from various sports and shows. These were projected from a
    small LCD/PC projector.

    His tenis and football shots would make Scarpetti dump in his pants
    (slide or digital). Close up and action packed. He does not crop his
    images at all. All images shown as taken.

    Sequence shots of balls about to hit, hitting and leaving the racket
    (taken on seperate addresses).

    Shots of football receivers completing receptions with intefering
    competitors all over him...

    Boxers faces contorted and compressed, sweat flying... he said boxing
    and football were the two hardest sports to photograph. With digital he
    can shoot boxing at 800 where he used to shoot 1600 pushed to 3200.

    He also showed a few vacation shots from Cuba that were stunning with
    backlit scenes and fill flash that he said he would likely have ruined
    on film, but digital let him sort it out right then and there.

    He shoots a Nikon D1. He told us the numerous things he hates about it
    (1.5x and the lenses he needs for press photography close ups, and if he
    could re-start it would be 100% Canon... ... that Canon have special
    arrangements for press photogs buying equipment but Nikon treat them
    like any other photog.)

    He got the camera 25 months ago ... 245,000 images since then.

    Rock concerts, Cirque-du-Soleil ... all amazing. For events like that
    he will shoot about 400 images, of which 350 are deleted. Then he added
    "exactly like when I shot film".
    Frozen shots, blurred shots. Fantastic colors and contrast.

    His best advice: shoot digital as you would slide film (exposure
    technique).

    Cheers,
    Alan.
     
    Alan Browne, Sep 12, 2003
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    McLeod Guest

    What was his name?
     
    McLeod, Sep 12, 2003
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    Alan Browne Guest

    To be sure, that is the camera counter and includes exposed images that
    were deleted from the memory and never seen again. But he is shooting
    nearly 10,000 images/month.

    This guy covered Pro tenis in Montreal and Toronto and he showed photos
    of Serena that you don't normally see! (I wouldn't want to cross her,
    that's for sure..!) Men's tenis with the sweat flying during shots. An
    evening shot of the inside of the stadium during play with a fantastic
    orange sunset and perfectly exposed court that was just stunning!
    (Another point here, he said he used to be able to shoot film up until
    about 21:00 or so for tennis, by then he was f/2.8 and pushing 2 over
    1600; with digital he can shoot to the end of the match under the
    white-mercury or sodium vapour lamps... blurred or frozen, adjust to
    taste).

    Hockey, baseball (he called baseball the most boring thing to
    photograph), golf, shows, grand-prix racing, bikes, dykes...er woman's
    volleyball, never ending... Olympics ...etc, etc. ... main thing he
    said, no surprise, is ACCESS and fast lenses. He still uses a 50 f/1.2
    that his mother gave him many years ago for some shots...

    Shoots manual only. Whan he was in the armed forces he would leave his
    F5 behind and take the FE ... for free fall photography up, accross and
    down.... all manual. (I didn't ask if he changed film in free fall...).

    He shot some concert with Celine Dion as a guest, she offered cash for
    some of his photos of her, he gave them to her... "I've already been
    paid once, that's enough" is his 'tude. (All this in french, BTW).

    He has autographed Ferrari team photos (He was the assigned Ferrari
    photog at the Montreal Grand Prix for the last several years) with
    Schumacher, the ch. engineer and the team owner ... his own phots signed
    by them...

    And so on. Not the most humble chap, by the way, but confident,
    knowledgeable and very, very, very experienced. He did declare that he
    is always learning....

    (His name is Patrick Bernath)

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Sep 13, 2003
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    Dallas D Guest

    Hey Stan :)

    Thanks for the heads up on RAID. In the midst of my migration to Linux I've
    heard of this RAID thing, but have been too chikkin to ask what it's all
    about. Linux is intimidating enough!

    I'm looking into adding a new machine to the current duo but I am thinking
    MSI as far as motherboards go. My main supplier is MSI geared. I can get
    (and have already got) a Gigabyte board for my AMD system and am pretty
    happy with it, but it is pretty high spec compared to my old Intel PIII
    board.

    DVD certainly seems the way to go as far as making back-ups go, but I need
    to research the various formats a little more closely before I take the
    plunge.

    I'm wondering how long it will be before we start to see 10 or 20 GB Flash
    disks.

    --
    "Get up, get out & do something, how will you make it if you never even
    try?"
    Macy Gray
    www.imageunlimited.co.za
    ..
     
    Dallas D, Sep 13, 2003
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    Peter Chant Guest

    I suspect never, apart for speciallised uses. Actually a qualified never,
    I'd put a limit on that as at not for at least 10 years. The simple
    reason is that conventional hard drives are continually improving in terms
    of storage capacity. The price per gigabyte is still much cheaper for
    converntional hard disks.
     
    Peter Chant, Sep 14, 2003
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  6. Alan Browne

    Alan Browne Guest

    I was thinking of clouds as water, you were thinking of ice. Hmmm.
    Close! My son's 13th was on the 6th.

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Sep 16, 2003
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