Neil Leifer has always been one of my favorite photographers and I think it's safe to say that most people would regard him as one of the greatest sports photographers of all time--and he is the greatest boxing photographer in history, no question. But sports is not all that Neil has shot, he also covered events around the world for Time and Life Magazines. Neil is the subject of my most recent Pro Photo Daily "Master Series" interview and I have to say that it was a thrill to be able to speak with this legendary photographer. I confess that I was more than a little intimidated to speak with him (and there's hardly a photographer on this planet that I haven't interviewed), but it turns out we had a great deal of fun doing the interview--he's an amazingly nice and open person. There is a link in the story to a full gallery of his Muhammad Ali photos and they will blow your mind. (Photo Copyright Neil Leifer) Read the Interview.
Just in case you need a new camera and happen to have (wait for it...drumroll please) $6500 you're not doing anything with, Nikon introduced the New D5 DSLR at CES today. This is Nikon's new flagship DSRL and it has a lot of pretty cool features. I could tell you about it's 3,000,000+ ISO speed capability (you're shooting bats in a cave at midnight, maybe?) or it's kazillion focus points, but let's face it, it's a lot more fun to let Jared and his famous fro tell you. So let 'er rip Fro!
It's been a while since I've updated this blog largely because I haven't been shooting much. Most of my time these days has been spent working on my Pro Photo Daily "Master Series" interviews (that link will bring you to a list of the interviews). I'm hoping to shoot more this year, though, weather and time allowing. I shot this photo with a borrowed Panasonic Lumix FZ1000--a mirrorless zoom camera with a Leica lens that I absolutely loved. I'm fast becoming a convert to both mirrorless and zoom cameras. More about that too in the coming year, I hope. In the mean time, a happy and safe new year to you and I may open up this blog to posting photos by other shooters soon (or I may start a whole new blog); I'll let you know! Happy 2016!
Don't you just hate it when you step outside to catch a breath of fresh summer air and you see photos that have to be taken? It happened to me the other day. So back inside I went, grabbed the camera and the tripod and spent an hour photographing the incredible crop of Queen Anne's Lace that has taken over my yard this year. I think it's just a wildflower, but no idea where it came from. I have probably 100 plants in my yard. My favorite method of photographing flowers like this: strong backlighting and a black background. I darkened the background in editing a bit. I shot these with a 70-300mm Nikkor with an extension tube, but I'd kill to have my old 200mm Micro Nikkor back. A prime lens is a bit slower to work with because you have to adjust your distance instead of the lens' zoom, but the sharpness and clarity of a prime lens are generally far superior. The lesson here: don't go outside unless you want to take some pictures--they're everywhere! Please visit my main site. There's a gallery of close-up flower photos there, too.
“Effective immediately, Delta will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight,” according to a statement by Morgan Durrant, a Delta spokesman. “Prior to this ban, Delta’s strict acceptance policy called for absolute compliance with all government regulations regarding protected species. Delta will also review acceptance policies of other hunting trophies with appropriate government agencies and other organizations supporting legal shipments.”
Way to go Delta.
(Photo from Google Image Search, photographer not credited. Please correct if you know the photographer.)