Sunday, December 30, 2007

I've Been Looking So Long at These Pictures of You

This is hilarious.

I don't know what's funnier, the crappy portraits or the captions.

You decide.

Who says there was nothing funny about the '70s?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The New York Times Flips Over Buffalo Bill

The New York Times Store is selling what is probably the rarest Buffalo Bill Cody photograph. In fact, the photo is probably one-of-a-kind.

For $199, you can own your very own 11x14 inch copy of the "Upside Down Buffalo Cody - Circa 1910" photograph!

Of course, the photograph is not really upside down. Just The New York Times. Apparently no one realized the photo was flipped when they put together the Web page.

Quick, check out the photo in its native habitat before The Times realizes its mistake and Buffalo Bill once again gains his feet.

UPDATE 1/16/08 - It looks like The Times finally realized their mistake and corrected it. But now their watermark on the photo is backwards!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

It's New. It's Cheap. It's Chinese. It's Not Digital.

Possibly as a reaction to the digital explosion (but more likely a result of cheaper labor) the Chinese have done it again. No, not painted more toys with lead paint, but introduced another low-priced view camera.

This one is known as the Chamonix 4x5. It is a lightweight folding camera made of hardwood, aluminum and carbon fiber composites. It weighs in at about four pounds without a lens and costs $700.

Check out the GetDPI forum for some more info.

The Chamonix joins the Shen-Hao view cameras in the low-enough priced that anyone can afford to buy a view camera category. And no matter what any photography snob tries to tell you, you can get just as amazing photos from a $700 view camera as you can from a $3,800 Ebony view camera. After all, a view camera is just a light-tight bellows with some movements. It's the lens that makes the camera, not the type of wood used.