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Farewell, Lemmy

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2015 by Stefano Mazza

Ian Fraser Kilmister, aka Lemmy (Stoke-on-Trent, 24 December 1945 – Los Angeles, 28 December 2015).

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GOODBYE GABRIELE

Posted in Architecture, Authors, News, Photography, Urban with tags , , , , on February 14, 2013 by Stefano Mazza

Gabriele Basilico has passed away yesterday. A very sad day for photography.

Napoli, 1982
Naples, 1982

Valencia, 1998
Valencia, 1998

Milano, 1983
Milan, 1983

Francia - Mission D.A.T.A.R, 1984-1985
France – Mission D.A.T.A.R, 1984-1985

Milano, 1989
Milan, 1989

Milano, Quartiere Gallaratese, 2007
Milan, Quartiere Gallaratese, 2007

Modena, Cimitero di San Cataldo, 2007
Modena, San Cataldo Cemetery, 2007

Gabriele Basilico (Milan, 12th August 1944 – 13th February 2013)

GIMP Magazine: Launch on September 5, 2012

Posted in News, Photography, Software with tags , , , , on September 1, 2012 by Stefano Mazza

The GIMP (The GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a very useful and complete image editing software package, originally developed under Linux operating systems, licensed as free and open source also for Mac and PC. By the way, it’s the editing software I’m currently using for my photography, together with UFRaw for raw file processing.

I’m glad to inform you that on next September 5 a GIMP-dedicated on line magazine will be launched to the world. It seems to be a very promising resource for anyone interested in this software.

The magazine will be available for free download at: gimpmagazine.org.

CAMERAE OBSCURAE: THE MONOCHROME DIGITAL CAMERA

Posted in Cameras, News, Photographic Culture, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2012 by Stefano Mazza

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Latest rumors from separated sources are reporting that Leica will produce a special camera with a black and white sensor – a sensor dedicated to monochrome processing exclusively. It appears that it will look like a M9 and that the sensor will be produced by Kodak.
There is also a little debate on whether it will include a back LCD screen or not.

Well, I confess that some months ago I was wondering exactly of such a camera, only capable of B&W images. I even wrote a couple of enthusuastic lines, but they remained in the proofs of this blog’s dashboard for months. Then I started to think that a B&W dedicated camera in the digital era makes poor sense: knowing how market works, I thought that it would have been developed starting from a “normal” existing camera model, from which colour processing would just been denied in the final image output.
To be honest, Kodak in the past attempted to sell a digital monochrome camera, the Kodak DCS 760m, but it has been abandoned soon (you can read a comprehensive review here). For these reasons, I forgot the idea for a while.

Now, after the leaking news from Leica, I mumbled once more about it and I realized that, on the contrary, it could have the potential to enhance a new growth in the photographic field. If this upcoming “B&W-total” sensor has been newly designed for monochrome processing, and it has been developed in an innovation and improvement view, it will have the opportunity to stand as a serious technology.
I expect that this sensor won’t include a Bayer matrix, just because pure monochrome light doesn’t need to be filtered and splitted in a composition of separated colours: maybe a UV/IR filter should be enough.
By the way, being a B&W total camera, it should pay a special attention to infrared radiation, because IR has always been an important part of B&W photography, and it should be sensitive at least up to 1000 – 1200 nm (just to go beyond the glorious Kodak HIE film).
Also UV radiation has been used in B&W photography, so it would be interesting to find a “IR / UV switch”, or two separated “IR gain” and “UV gain” which the photographer can add to the pictures when he wants an IR or UV sensitivity from the sensor.

Juniper on a balcony

I also expect that avoiding demosaicisation (consequent to the Bayer matrix) will help the producers to obtain an enhanced image quality, more sharpness, far less noise production and, most of all, a very effective processing capacity, in the aim to develop outstanding in-camera image editing: they should include a wide control on overall contrast, microcontrast, masking and oher typical monochrome processings, like toning (platinum toning, gold toning, etc.), print effects (salt print, bromoil print, etc.) and others.

Speaking of advanced B&W, it would also be very useful to have an internal Zone System reference: I imagine a built-in analyzer that highlights all the “zones” present in a picture and helps to process the image correctly according to the 12 zones scale method as described by Ansel Adams. The analyzer can be developed at viewfinder/monitor level or, later, at editing level. It would also result in a very powerful didactic tool.

I’m only dreaming, I definitely think so. I’m not optimistic on this rumor and I still think that in the end this will be a sort of advanced marketing operation by Leica, launched some months before the next M10 model.
However, I like to think that if a monochrome camera idea will be developed in an intelligent way, by Leica or anyone else out there, avoiding any film-era nostalgia and exploring new techniques for digital B&W photography, it will result in a wonderful opportunity for everybody.
Official announce will be given by Leica on May 10th.

Sources:
Mirrorles rumors
Leica rumors
Leica Monochrome sensor made by Platinum Equity (Kodak)

WHY BLACK AND WHITE? An article on Hyde Park Photography

Posted in News, Photographic Culture, Photography, Urban with tags , , , on September 16, 2011 by Stefano Mazza

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Hyde Park Photography, a new and very interesting integrated system for photographers that combines a magazine, a social platform and a showcase, has just released some articles, including a short thought I wrote on black and white. You can read it at the following end:

http://www.hydeparkphotography.net/why-black-and-white/

The first issue of Hyde Park Photography is already out. Highly reccomended.