Epson releases retro-Leica digital camera

I’m not a gadgeteer. As a photography teacher, I always pushed creativity and vision over tools. That said, it is nice to have a solid set of camera gear.

I’m a Nikon photographer. It’s not because they’re the best but the most versatile. I didn’t want to worry about having to upgrade my lenses when buying a new body. Unfortunately, this hasn’t been true lately; my N90 does not work well with my ancient micro-nikkor or my lens baby. I actually returned a D70 because I didn’t like the transition between using my film lenses on a digital camera. At this point, I’m still digital-less.

Epson and Leica

new epson/leica cameraEpson makes magnificent scanners. Leica makes magnificent cameras. Together, they make one hell of a digital camera. If I had a set of Leica lenses, I would be selling the family dog and cat to make room for this camera. Of course, if I had a set of Lieca lenses, I wouldn’t need to sell the family dog, I’d probably just break open another nest egg.

It’s a digital camera that looks and feels like a film camera. It uses film lenses. It caters to its audience! Leica people are fanatics, they need this camera. They will have their faces smushed against the glass of the local camera store to get a peak at this camera. That’s what I love about this camera. It is the perfect mix of Leica styles, quality, and outrageous price tags.

Back to Nikon

So, here’s my plea to Nikon.

May the next version of the DSLR have a chip the same size as a 35mm negative. This would give my lenses the same characteristics on both cameras.

Give us full metering ability with older lenses. That is why Nikon fanatics are Nikon fanatics. If you want our undivided loyalty, give us our old lenses back. I know it can be done.

Give us something as cool as this Epson/Leica, please….. pretty please?

Do the Box Model Hack

box model hack designAbout a year ago, my friend Brian and I challenged each other to come up with the worst t-shirt design for our mythical band, the Box Model Hack. Personally, I think I came up with the worst design. Brian, in the midst of all that was the wicked worn look designed a shirt that was too wearable to be considered bad.

But not mine… I found some photo of a guy dancing in a speedo and boots and new my muse was getting tickled. With Photoshop’s newly released ability to set text on a path, I was on my own path to ugly tshirt lovin’.

ted, molly, and the shirtI even wore this lovely shirt to the @Media conference and witnessed dozens of people jealously admiring my lovely dancing hack guy. Yes, that’s me next to the lovely Molly. Notice her admiration for the lovely tshirt. Or is that fear in her eyes as she wonders who this maniac is with the camera phone.
In the spirit of the IE7 Beta 2 release, you can get your own version of this lovely shirt. So, head on over to my CafePress Box Model Hack store and stock up on the goodies before Microsoft actually fixes the box model problem… Now that’s funny.

Now I know what it’s like to be an old hippie

I grew up on the cusp of punk rock. In fact, I’m still just an old straight-edger. I slammed when it was cathartic. I made the trek up to Los Angeles to record KROQ on tapes. This was the only way to listen to get “new music” in the wastelands of San Diego when the rest of the minions were swaying to “Eye of the Tiger.” In other words, late 70’s and early 80’s new wave and punk rock is more than a quaint style to me.

This may explain why I am physically sick right now.

I just got a link to Disney’s new Devo-based mousekateers show: Dev2.0 Devo, Devo, Devo. Why, for god’s sake, why did you have to do this? (.wmv file) What’s next?

Don’t tell me Henry Rollins will be singing TV Party on sesame street with Big Bird. Jodie Foster’s Army doing a commercial for Cokes and Snickers? Better yet, the Teletubbies introducing a new Crass creature that has the mangled head of Queen Elizabeth?

Where is Ian McKaye?

We need someone to lay down the law and stop this madness. Please, Ian, come to our rescue again.

Photographing with Polaroid type 55 film

Tim Box I went to school with a great photographer, Satoru Yoshioka. During his shoots, he would open his polaroid film, look at it under the light to see how the shot looked and then set it on the counter for later. Afterwards, we’d sit around and look at his images and try to figure out how he got such unique images.

We (other Palomar students) finally figured out the light was solarizing his negatives (re-exposing the semi-processed negative or print transforms shadows to highlights and other unpredictable effects). So, naturally, we began doing more and more of this. I got to the point where I process the negative for about 30-45 seconds, pull it apart, and hold it under a very bright light until it begins smoking. Then I close up the halves and let it dry. The negative will be solarized and the chemistry will dry and leave a texture to the film.

I’ve begun adding my photographs to Flickr and my Polaroid images are drawing the most attention. It’s gratifying to know the area of your art that you most enjoy is the part that others most enjoy. It reminds me Bjork’s best of compilation. She let her fans choose which songs to include and she was pleased to see it wasn’t necessarily her top 10 songs but her more artistic that made the cut.

One image, Tim Box, has been getting some great comments over the past week. Tim was a great artist that I met while volunteering for AIDS Art Alive in San Diego. There is an honesty to this image as Tim stares directly at the viewer.