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Showing posts from March 7, 2010

Will We See Russian Digital Cameras?

It may be a dumb question to ask but I for one will love to see a digital serious compact done by Russian camera makers.  Fact is, the former USSR had a long history of camera making.   At least the books say so. From 1932 to 1990, there had been quite a number of camera brands in USSR.  Their logos are displayed in the following image.Russia may not need to build back its consumer-camera  industry from scratch.  OEM products are not a new thing.  If Ricoh can buy Sony's sensors and Nikon supplies its camera bodies to others, Russian cameras can follow this beaten track of development.Why Russian cameras?  I think the mysterious fanciful history of the former USSR will arouse a great deal of interest in Russia's cameras.   There are just too many cool USSR cameras with sort of a sexy period outlook.  If the right amount of investment is made in buying the right sensors and optics, the Russian makers can revive the glorious past of the USSR in, well, the cameras.Or will the Chi…

Technically Grumpy

Recently, I stumbled upon a photography forum in which a technically grumpy fellow ranted about how a camera maker (Was it Ricoh he/ she had in mind?) should not market the point-and-shoot camera with a tiny sensor and a zoom lens as capable of reaching a focal length in 35mm-equivalence, like the CX3 branded as having a lens of 28mm to 300mm.Technically, he brought home to us some fact which might not known to the newbies. But, practically, for most of us who don't make cameras or lenses but simply take photos, the fact is irrelevant. Someone can as well point out that the good of a P&S capable of zooming the lens that far. Take for example, the shallow DOF. This is in fact more practical for photographers. These technically grumpy photographers are galore around the Internet. It is one thing to learn about the technical aspects of a camera. It is entirely another thing to fuss about such aspects which have no practical value to doing photographs. Just this morning w…

Layers of Photos

I went to see an exhibition in which some display showed photos of the same scene superimposing on one and the other, ending up in a three dimensional image.  This is a fad here in Hong Kong.  These photos are mostly done for the old shops and street scenes.  The one above shows a shop selling paints, metal- and plastic-ware. The second image gives the viewers a glimpse of an old street where the vanishing Daipaidong (alfresco diner in local style) can be seen.The third shot is of a grocery of which the same were ubiquitous in Hong Kong before the arrival of supermarkets in the 70s. This last shot is of an old stationery store.

Best Costume

I like the old lady's style, using a plastic bag as a makeshift hood of an imaged raincoat.  It's real cold today.

People in the Rain

It is turning cold and raining again.  It is going to fall below 10 degree centigrade.  This is the time to take photos.  The street scenes become different.  People act not in the same way as in a fine day.  The streets are wet and the reflections are great for photography. 

Selected Excellence: Eyes

Thanks to Chris, our long-time reader, for the intriguing photo.Have a nice weekend!