Archive for September, 2008

John Moran

Posted in Photographers to inspire with tags , , on September 26, 2008 by Jim
Comet Hale Bopp by John Moran

Comet Hale Bopp by John Moran

Wow! 

Now and then I will discover the work of another photographer, and I feel obliged to urge other photographers to investigate their work.  I just encountered the work of Florida based photographer, John Moran and I urge everyone to check out his website at http://www.johnmoranphoto.com

John was a photojournalist for 23 years in Gainesville.  He photographed comet Hale Bopp in 1997 and produced this stunning image.  Oh yea, this was before digital!  If you would like to know how it was done, head over to http://www.strobist.blogspot.com – hint:  it was all produced with a few dollars worth of hardware and a couple stobe lights,  a five minute exposure – and quite a bit of patience and ingenuity!

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Orbis Ring Flash

Posted in Review with tags , , on September 24, 2008 by Jim
Orbis Ring Flash
Orbis Ring Flash

Every now and then something comes along that has one intended purpose, but I see more potential for other uses!  One such product is the new, as yet to be released, Orbis Ring Flash.  The Orbis is made to work with your current strobe unit to soften and direct the light directly from the lens axis.  It is actually a type of ‘beauty light’.  However, it would appear to me that this unit might also be a subsitute for the more expensive macro ring flash units – and it would be more universal!  Best of all, the unit is suppose to cost less than $200, which makes it considerably less expensive than dedicated macro flash units.

  The unit is suppose to be released in the next month or so and you can sign up for their newsletter (and a chance to win one!) at http://www.orbisflash.com/.  I’ll be posting updates here after it has been released along with a review as to how well it might work as a macro flash unit.
 

While I don’t have a unit at the moment for testing and review, I thought it was worth bringing this to everyone’s attention.  As soon as I get a unit, I will post a complete review!

New Photo Blog

Posted in Photography General with tags , , , , on September 23, 2008 by Jim

  Ok, for all of you who have been receiving my Photo newsletter (if not, go to my website at www.elusiveimage.net and sign up!), many have suggested that I create a Blog to more quickly reveal photo techniques, new and interesting equipment,  interviews with other photographers and interesting work that I run across. 

  Although I lean heavily toward nature and travel photography, I’m quite impressed with the work being done by the photographers over at www.strobist.blogspot.com.  Great learning center and highly recommended.  However, I began to wonder why nature photographers haven’t improved their work by practicing the techniques taught there, and then I ran across Frans Lanting who writes a column for Outdoor Photographer magazine.  Check out some of the great work he is doing at www.lanting.com.  I’m planning to apply the strobist techniques I’m learning to raise my photography to a new level!

  Ok, so on this blog I hope to create a journal of my journey to make better images, reveal new techniques and equipment, and to link to other photographers that are influencing my work.  Also, I intend to post journals during my many travels around the world well as display my travel images.  Hope you will be interested in following along!