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Monday, June 27, 2011

Franceso Quinn 2006

FQuinn©MKalan2007_1.e, originally uploaded by Mark Kalan.
I shot this portrait of the late actor Franceso Quinn back in '06 for an article about him titled "To Live and Ride in LA." Francesco is a motorcycle and bicycle devotee.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Bicycle Sculpture in Brooklyn

Bicycle Sculpture in Brooklyn, originally uploaded by Mark Kalan.
This photo is now appearing in the London-based bicycling blog Velorution.
Thanks guys!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

NEW Sigma 200-500mm Zoom available with Canon mount and in GREEN!

Sigma's Mondo F 2.8 200 - 500mm Zoom in green.
Now available at B&H Photo for the remarkably low price of $25,999.00. Click here to buy one.

Details from Sigma:

The APO 200-500mm F2.8 EX DG is the world’s first Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens that offers a fast aperture of F2.8 at 500mm focal length. It covers the widely used 200 to 500mm focal length range, and maintains its fast F2.8 aperture over the entire zoom range. Four SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements provide excellent correction for all types of aberrations and produce a high level of optical performance throughout the entire zoom range.

Shooting distance and focal length can be viewed on the lens' LCD panel, which is an additional convenience for the photographer.

A filter can be inserted towards the rear of the lens, and a circular polarizing filter can be used with its ingenious rotation mechanism.

A dedicated APO TELE CONVERTER 2x EX DG II is supplied as a standard accessory with the APO 200-500mm F2.8 EX DG.

Its exclusive design minimises image degradation usually associated with teleconverters. When this dedicated teleconverter is used with the APO 200-500mm F2.8 EX DG lens, it becomes a large aperture 400-1000mm F5.6 AF Ultra-Telephoto Zoom lens.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Hasselblad Event in Utah.

A very mellow video about a Hasselblad invite-only event in Utah. Its worth sticking it out to the end for the gag.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

B & H Lists New Hasselblad 200Mpix Multi-Shot Camera on Website

Well it has finally arrived at retail! B& H announced that they have new Hasselblad H4D-40 Multi-Shot 200mpx camera in stock!
The camera uses 6 exposures to make one 200 mega-pixel image.

Built on the reliable H4D chasis.

I'd really like one but the truth is that I'd be happy enough to just own a 35mm HC lens for my H4D-40.

The Hasselblad H4D-200MS is all yours for five bucks under forty-four large! Now, let me take a break to clean the drool off my keyboard then I'll be able to write something about it.

Alamo Drafthouse Theater Doesn't allow Cell Phones! Yippee!!! WARNING: EXPLICIT CONTENT!

At the Alamo Drafthouse theater in Austin Texas they throw you our if you use your cell phone. Sounds like a great place to see a film! View their ad ( BE WARNED: EXPLICIT CONTENT!)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Nikon D5100 Commercial shot with a D5100

Kudos to Nikon for shooting their D5100 commercial on a D5100 - thats a no-brainer. But why does Nikon brag about the 1080p picture quality in the commercial then post it at only 360p?

See more of Ashton's Nikon adventures here.

Nikon's press folks say:

The “Man of Action” spot for the new Nikon D5100 features Kutcher as the hero in an action sequence, ready to go toe-to-toe with the villain when things don’t quite go as planned. Cinematography was directed by award-winning Director of Photography Matthew Libatique, ASC (Black Swan, Iron Man), and the entire spot was filmed in full HD (1080P) using the Nikon D5100.

“As a cinematographer, I enjoy working with the latest gear to push the boundaries of what’s creatively possible with a camera,” says Matthew Libatique, ASC. “The D5100 is a consumer camera that delivers excellent HD video quality. It was fun working with it on a commercial shoot and it delivered on giving the piece a new look."

The Nikon D5100 is a versatile D-SLR camera that lets consumers unleash their creative potential with smart features like a 3-inch rotating LCD and the unique Effects mode that can be applied to photos and video.