I think I need to find an alternative site to sell books on, or maybe do it here on the blog myself. I am often out-of-town or else not attentive when a sale is made on my Amazon page and they (Amazon.com) seem to want the items shipped within a day or two. If I go on a roadtrip to L.A for a week or fly to some place like Louisville as I did in August then of course a sale comes in while I’m away and then I look bad because I’m shipping it late. I could pause my account and put it on “vacation” status but I’d rather just have two to three weeks to send the book FedEx, as I see other people do on Amazon. But I’ve now spent all evening looking on the site for the shipping interval setting on my account and can’t find it. I don’t know if they have tech support anymore. They used to. But is there a number to get some expert help at Amazon anymore? That company is a behemoth. Some tech support would be nice.
I sold and shipped a couple of items yesterday. Actually they were delivered to FedEx after 6 p.m. on Friday so they’ll be going out tomorrow. One was the final issue of George Magazine, the political hipster mag of the 1990’s, with the publisher John F. Kennedy Jr. on the cover. It’s the “Farwell Issue” printed after he had recently died and the magazine abruptly ceased publishing. A lucky collector in Texas is getting it. The second item was an ultra-fine copy of the hardcover My Wife (the cover of which is edited here for Facebook sensibilities) published in 2000 and sent to me as a review copy. It’s a monograph by Norwegian photographer Petter Hegre with a collection of candid shots of his attractive young blonde wife in the nude and various stages of undress while they’re doing things like camping and hanging out around the house. There’s no sex shots that I recall but maybe some post-action ones. It’s all pretty cheeky and innocent. As stated the book was sent to me as a review copy and I covered it in Reviewer Magazine almost 20 years ago. It was kept in perfect “Like New” condition and was even given a nice clear wrap for the dust jacket. It’s fortunate new owner is in Happy Valley, Oregon. Both sales together grossed around $230. I need to start getting the whole library listed because this holiday season should be very very busy.
I want a mirrorless camera now. The new Nikon Z bodies have a model around $1300. Slow shutter speed images are much clearer without the vibration of a mirror snapping up and then down. The bodies are less bulky too. Who needs a mirror on a digital camera anyways? They’re a holdover from when film was sitting behind the lens needing to be protected before being exposed for a fraction of a second. There’s an electronically actuated sensor there now, behind the lens, no film waiting until the right moment. It’s kind of surprising it took like 20 years for the industry to catch up the that fact. SLRs are archaic and an irrelevant technology coupled with digital.
The only thing is I’ll need to get an adapter for all the old lenses I have. Of course they didn’t make the new Z bodies automatically interchangeable with the old lenses.
Here’s a two-year-old image of a moon photo I shot at Crescent City Harbor one very clear Northern California night in July. It was made without a tripod, and I can’t help but imagine how much sharper those moon craters would be if no mirror was clacking around during the shot. Not sure which camera it was with, either my D5200 body or the D5300, I don’t remember. The original image is on a hard drive somewhere, not in front of me. So I can’t look up the file info.
The caption from the post reads: “I’m in Eureka at the moment but here’s a photo I shot the other day of the moon right after the sun set at Crescent City harbor with my 200mm f2.8. The RAW file is Photoshopped and cropped here as the image was only a small portion of the frame. But I’m pretty happy with the detail as it was hand held with my elbows supported on a concrete piling.”
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” ~ Ansel Adams
Shooting crowds with long lenses is much more effective journalism compared to doing the same with a wide angle. When you’re at least several dozen feet away people continue to act naturally. You’re an observer of them in their element. With a wide angle a photographer inserts himself up close and alters their behavior. They pose, arrange themselves into a photogenic group shot. When I used to shoot nightclubs and crowds with solely wide angle lenses I found there was this sweet spot where after the crowd knew you were there and accepted your presence you could mingle, alternating between asking for pictures if a subject looked good and using the preset focal setting when you were in range for an unposed candid “grab” shot. But even then there was the chance that who you were shooting was in the midst of an overt theatrical act, knowing that Mister Photographer was close by and ready to take their picture if they did something photo-worthy. With long lenses you’re not an element of change. Instead you’re a voyeur, a spy.
Shot 9-30-20 about twentyfive minutes after sunset in P.B. from the boardwalk near Waterbar. 600mm Tamron f/5 lens, Nikon D5300, high ISO, low ap setting. #telephotopro #crowdphotography #beachscene #60omm #tamronlenses #nikonbodies #journalism #photojournalism