Top of the morning, to you all. Welcome back to another edition of Macro Monday. Did you catch what last week’s submission was? ….it was tea bags. Two of them to be exact. I had to keep the brand name out of frame, otherwise it would have been far too easy. Shall we proceed to the next submission? Take a long hard look and tell me what you’re looking at. And please, be as specific as possible.
Welcome back to the hum-and-drum of the work week. I trust your weekend was as fruitful as mine, as I set out with my camera on both Saturday and Sunday to get some shooting done. Only a couple of keepers, but that’s how it goes: not every image can be a winner. Speaking of winners, last week’s submission was……a saw-tooth hanger on a picture frame. Did you get it? Was it too hard? Saw-tooth hanger would have won, or just hanger. Try to keep your minds open as I’m working to include everyday items so as to expand your horizons and encourage you to take a second look at the world around you. As for this week’s submission – can you tell me what you’re looking at?
Did you know that we have an eBay store? You can find many items that we do not carry in store or on our webstore at a huge discount from their original pricing. We also have an Amazon.com store with various items that are hard to find or deeply discounted.
It’s that time of year again where we are clearing out old stock of brand new items and getting them out to our customers at ridiculously low prices. Starting Saturday, June 2nd at Noon, we will have over 60 items go on sale on our eBay page including a huge selection of high-quality Hoya and B+W filters, Canon Focus Screens, Hassleblad X-Pan front and rear lens caps, and numerous other items!
You currently will not see the 99¢ Auction listings until they go live on Saturday, June 2, 2012, but be sure to check out
Black & White.
These two words sum up the majority of photography for the past two hundred years. Not that there was no color photography around nearly as long, but the simplicity and refinement of the black & white photography process dominated the field until the mid-1930s with the release of the original Kodachrome. (A moment of silence for our fallen comrade)
Even with the advent of popularized color photography the pure form of black and white has held this niche of photography to a higher standard. Although it always ruffled some feathers, black & white was considered the “artist’s medium” in photography. While this was subjective (just look at William Eggleston’s work or anything in recent color art photography for counter-examples), black and white photography has held a certain hold on the photographer and viewers’ heart for generations. Even contemporary digital photography has it’s champions of black and white. The medium format manufacturer Phase One has the Achromatic+ digital back that has been on the market for a few years now and there is also Nik’s Silver EFEX to fine tune our B&W masterpieces like in the olden-days darkrooms – just to name a few contemporary advances in black and white photography. In short, black and white photography is going no where but further forward.
Who better to push it to the next step than the legendary camera company Leica?
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Alright, so there is no way for us to actually know what Leica will announce come May 10th. But, given Leica’s penchant for particular dates (The M9 was announced on 9/9/2009) and due to the fact that an M9 update is way overdue, and it is almost certain that May 10th (see what I did there?) will be the day for Leica’s introduction of their new FF model. Leica also has been rumoring a release of a product line in the CSC (Compact System Camera) category, so that announcement is also anticipated. This news was made public through several avenues, most notably Steve Huff’s release of his invitation notice directly from Leica:
Very exciting stuff coming up. As indicated on the invitation notice, there will be “a whole range of product launches” on May 10th! Now we just get to sit back and watch the rumors roll in until the actual date hits and Leica shows us exactly where they think the market is headed and how they are answering that call.