9.6.21

B&W film photography on Kodak T-MAX 100 (35mm Format / EI 100 / Nikon N90 + NIKKOR 80-200mm f/4.0)



Hello my name is Ramiro Posada. I'm located in La Ceja, a municipality 40 km from Medellín, Colombia’s second city in South America. For my return to the chemical process of black and white film photography, I dusted off my old Nikon N90 camera, which I used commercially in combination with the Nikon F4 in the last decade of the 20th century, and, surprise, it doesn’t seem to have any problems after it’s almost 20-year hiatus.

I fitted him the manual Nikkor 80-200 f / 4.0 lens, excellent and sharp lens, these are the results with Kodak T-MAX 100 film, film that I had stored in my fridge, acquired about 2 years ago. I also had to find my developer tanks, spirals, timer, find the development tables, buy the chemicals, prepare them, package them and bring them to working temperature to venture once more into the development process.
Developed in D-76 1:1, and scanned in Pacific’s Prime Film scanners using Vuescan. Post-editing done in Photoshop. I am really surprised with the results obtained, I hope to share more of my work in the future. It is truly a comforting and indescribable experience to return to these origins. Those of you who worked with photographic film in the past I know will feel something similar.

Well this is a good thing that this pandemic has left us. I have in mind to review and fine-tune a Mamiya RB67. I just received a 52 year Speed ​​Graphic Pacemaker with which I am shooting 4×5 plates, all of this made me dust off the Jobo CPA2 processor for rotational development and with a view to developing C-41 color!

Ramiro Posada
Colombia

5.6.21

Riki Rivera hits the big screen with "Operación Camarón"


Perfect Boy 'is composed by Riki Rivera and is the main theme of' Operación Camarón '

'Operación Camarón', a comedy directed by Carlos Therón (Director of 'I leave it whenever I want', 'It's for your good'), will participate in the Official Out-of-Competition Section of the 24th Edition of the Malaga Festival.

The presentation of the film will take place next Friday, June 4 in the Malaga capital and will have the participation of its director and the main cast, which include Julián López, Natalia de Molina, Carlos Librado 'Nene', Miren Ibarguren, and the composers of the film's soundtrack, Riki Rivera and Violetta Arriaza.

When Riki Rivera is asked about the work he has done with the team and especially with his director, Carlos Therón, he says that “it has been like being in a constant university. A swing of learning, guidelines, laws and new paths. I am eternally grateful to him for having conveyed all this to me with the utmost respect and patience. A capo. I would like to thank Álvaro Alonso and Manuel Yebra, the film's producers, for counting on me and always placing total trust, without doubting for a moment that we would create an OST according to the level of the entire production ”.

"Perfect Boy", the central theme of the film "Operación Camarón", is a Telecinco Cinema production that will be released on June 25 in all cinemas and that has the collaboration of Mediaset Spain in its support of European culture.

Perfect Boy, the central theme of the film, has already become for many a danceable hit for the summer, and its author has a lot to blame for this, who thus speaks of the work he has done when composing the OST, " The composition for this film had to be divided into two important parts. The first was to create the identity of the group. His sound, his songs and at the same time mark the style well, coarse messages of the way of composing and writing of the "Lolo" who is the one who writes the songs in fiction. I was lucky enough to compose the songs with Violetta Arriaza. A young author and singer with a lot of talent and a lot of taste for arranging and producing. On the other hand there are songs that are diegetic in various scenes. Playing on a radio, backstage, etc. This is where we have left many hidden messages in the film as a protest, who is criticized by the urban world, for example, gossip, etc. I was lucky to have the voice of Luitingo, a young Sevillian singer with a lot of art, hardworking to the max, for the two singles by Los Lolos. The second part of the musical space of this film has been all the incidental or extradiegetic part. We have created a hybrid between organic instruments, cajons, guitars, palms, etc., integrating them into programmed bases with a lot of urban character created exclusively for this film and we have added the symphony to it with great respect. Thus creating something that identifies the film the first time ”.

Synopsis of 'Operación Camarón' Unknown in the underworld, with the appearance of a slob and the skills of a classical concert performer, Sebas, a rookie policeman, is perfect for a dangerous mission: infiltrate as a keyboard player in Los Lolos, a flamenco-trap band that is going to play at the wedding of the daughter of a local dealer.

Finally, Riki Rivera, anticipates that "Operation Camarón" will leave the public with happy features and flow in the body because it is very loaded with pure ’Ange’.

Frank Ramos
Chus Gonzales
United Photo Press
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30.5.21

Paper Shoot Camera


This screenless digital camera makes photos that look like what you get from film, without the long waits or development costs.

OUR PHONES GIVE us the ability to take footage of our entire lives. Unlike previous generations, we can document our world endlessly, with no need to carry a camera or pay—and wait—to get film developed. And yet, the resulting photos are not nearly as good as what we got with film. Digital images are too posed, too hi-def. When I look at an iPhone photo, instead of appreciating the moment, I’m staring at all the flaws the camera has amplified.

I recently watched Kid 90, the Hulu documentary by Soleil Moon Frye (aka Punky Brewster), and was overcome by how much amazing footage she had from her life. She filmed and photographed everything around her, and the documentary left me feeling nostalgic for a life I didn’t live. I feel something similar every time I see a great film photograph of someone doing nothing special, like sitting at the desk in their first dorm room, hanging out on a road trip with friends, or moving into a new apartment.

Enter the Paper Shoot digital camera, a device that approximates the feel and aesthetic of a film camera without the hassle of developing. I started seeing the Paper Shoot Camera on TikTok a few months ago. As a film fan who was craving a more immediate experience—I use film cameras regularly, but buying and developing film is pricey and takes forever—I knew this device was exactly what I needed.
Aesthetically Pleasing






PHOTOGRAPH: MEDEA GIORDANO

Like an old-school analog camera, there are no screens on the Paper Shoot. When you're taking pictures with it, you stay in the moment without feeling like you have to instantly check that the photos are good (and then probably retake them). Remember when we just had to have faith that it would turn out OK? Instead, you transfer the shots to your computer via the SD card later. The company recommends using a card with 32 gigabytes of storage.

The actual photos look like film too. The camera's 13-megapixel image sensor produces big photos that have a great old-school feel with just a little bit of grain. There are four photo options: regular color, black and white, sepia tone, and blue tone. Whichever you choose, you’ll capture a memory beautifully, without the extreme high-definition of your phone. There's no flash, so indoor photos need natural light, and night photos may be slightly blurred. But I liked the effect these limitations had on my photos.

Other than the little switch on the back that flips between those color settings, there's nothing else to mess with. The only other button on the Paper Shoot is the shutter, which is placed on the front of the camera, right where your pointer finger naturally wants to sit when holding it.
DIY and Pocket-Sized

You assemble the Paper Shoot yourself. PHOTOGRAPH: MEDEA GIORDANO

RATING: 9/10

These cameras come as a few separate pieces: the slim circuit board, which has a cavity for two AAA batteries (rechargeable ones are recommended), and the stiff case cut out of “stone paper,” a material made from powdered stone that's been pressed into a sheet. It's neat to be able to see inside the camera and do a little bit of the work of putting it together, although the assembly is basic. It also comes with a paper strap, but I prefer to go without it.

The number one comment I see on the company's TikTok page is a complaint about the $120 price. But I think that's perfectly reasonable for a solid and fun camera such as this, and I generally consider myself cheap. Even most of the Polaroids and other instant cameras we've tested cost more, and with those you have to factor in the cost of instant film, which is pricey.

The Paper Shoot comes with a basic lens, but other lenses can be swapped in to add special effects. You can get two-packs with a radial and six-prism effect lenses or micro and wide-angle lenses for just $25. Plus you can get any of the paper cases for the same price, so you can change up the look of your camera as often as you want or just whenever the shell is ready to be replaced. If you want to get fancy, the company also sells camera bundles that cost $150 to $250. They're all slightly different, but bundles might include lenses, multiple cases, frames, and leather straps. The more expensive models can handle larger SD cards.

One of the downsides of wanting to use a dedicated camera rather than your phone is that you have to carry it with you, and cameras can get bulky. The Paper Shoot, on the other hand, is so light and thin that you can put it in any bag or even your shirt pocket without really noticing it.

It's about half an inch thick and just over four inches long. The shutter button is flush against the face of the camera, and the lens is protected by a metal shell that barely juts out the front.

My go-to camera is my Fujifilm X100S, because it's smaller than others I've tried and easier to take with me. But even that takes up some room, and for its price—even used models go for several hundred dollars—I'm terrified of breaking it. With the Paper Shoot, I can just throw my camera in my purse and not worry about anything. It's cheap but not fragile.

Going Green


Paper Shoot puts a lot of emphasis on the eco-friendliness of its design. There's less plastic here than in a disposable camera, and less plastic overall ends up in landfills. Plus, the camera's guts are minimal and much better than some chunky plastic thing with a million little parts. But cameras use rare earth metals. They need sensors and circuit boards. No piece of personal technology is completely eco-friendly, but I can still applaud the company for trying to minimize the amount of e-waste it's generating. I just don't think that's the camera's most important feature.

I have only a few minor complaints after testing this camera. It takes a moment to actually snap the photo once you've pressed the shutter button, so this isn't for drive-by or sports photography. Also, since there's no screen, you lose the ability to see how much power is left in the batteries. To me, it's a worthwhile trade.

When you upload your photos to your computer or phone, you'll notice the dates they were taken aren't accurate. When I started taking shots, the camera marked the files as January 2000, and there's no way to set the camera's clock to the correct date. I can see where this could get annoying, but it doesn't seem like a deal breaker, especially because the actual photo isn't stamped with a date. Just the file is.

Another downside is that you can use the video function—it can take either a time lapse or 10 seconds of 1080p video—only when the camera is connected to a power source via the included USB cable. When connected, you can toggle between the two video settings by selecting one of the last two color settings on the back of the camera; the sepia setting triggers the time-lapse option, and the blue setting gives you the 10-second option. If video is really important to you, you'll need to get a portable power bank to take videos. You'll also need to clip the camera to a tripod if you want to take a time lapse. 

You'll need about 30 minutes of continuous picture taking for it to work. When you opt for the 10-second option, the camera plays a little tune that is also captured in the finished video. I thought it was cute, but it may annoy some people.

Lastly, the Paper Shoot is in high demand and stock is low, so you might have to order the camera and wait a few weeks for it to arrive.

Despite these few flaws, I still consider the fun little camera to be an integral addition to my collection. Even though I love cameras, I am in no way an expert on the details of fine photography. And if you're like me, you really can't go wrong for $120. The Paper Shoot is a basic, easy-to-use camera that makes beautiful photos, and you don't need a ton of knowledge to use it.

https://papershootcamera.com/

22.5.21

World's largest iceberg just broke off an Antarctic ice shelf


The floating mass is bigger than Rhode Island and covers an area more than 70 times that of Manhattan.

An enormous chunk of ice bigger than Rhode Island has broken off an Antarctic ice shelf, according to the European Space Agency. The floating mass covers more than 1,600 square miles, making it the largest iceberg in the world, agency officials said.

The iceberg, dubbed A-76, calved off the Ronne Ice Shelf into the Weddell Sea. The European Space Agency's twin Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites spotted the giant slab of ice breaking away on May 13.

The U.S. National Ice Center — which is operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Navy and the Coast Guard — confirmed the calving event the following day and recorded the position of A-76 in the Weddell Sea.

"Iceberg A-76 calves from the western side of the Ronne Ice Shelf in the Weddell Sea and is currently the largest iceberg in the world," the organization tweeted Friday.

The finger-shaped iceberg is roughly 105 miles long and 15 miles wide, according to the European Space Agency. Its total area is more than 70 times that of Manhattan, New York.

It's not uncommon for an ice shelf to shed, and calving events occur naturally as these sprawling frozen platforms advance and contract. In recent decades, however, scientists have said climate change is causing worrisome changes across the Antarctic region. Global warming can, for instance, accelerate an ice shelf's retreat and cause it to collapse, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

The European Space Agency said the largest iceberg title was previously held by a chunk of ice known as A-23A. That iceberg, which covers an area just under 1,500 square miles, is also currently afloat in the Weddell Sea.

While A-76 is huge, it's only about one-third the size of the biggest iceberg in recorded history. That designation belongs to an iceberg named B-15 that calved off of Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf 21 years ago. The B-15 iceberg covered more than 4,200 square miles when it broke away, according to NASA's Earth Observatory.

Icebergs get their names based on where and when they were first observed. Antarctica is divided into quadrants, with the letters A, B, C and D used to denote the different regions. A sequential number is then assigned to each newly identified iceberg. As such, A-76 was spotted in the Bellingshausen/Weddell Sea quadrant and was the 76th iceberg tracked by the U.S. National Ice Center.

An iceberg that forms from another already-named iceberg is then given a sequential letter at the end of its name.

Denise Chow

21.5.21

NYC’s newest park Little Island finally opens on the Hudson River


The offshore public park in the Hudson River that almost didn’t get built officially opens on Friday. Designed by Heatherwick Studio and MNLA, Little Island at Pier 55 is designed to resemble a leaf floating on water, with an undulating base of tulip-shaped concrete pots ranging in elevation from 15 feet to 62 feet. The two-acre park features a 687-seat amphitheater, a plaza with concessions, a small stage, and incredible views, all surrounded by an abundance of greenery.

Thomas Heatherwick’s Heatherwick Studio, the team behind Hudson Yards’ Vessel, created a support structure made up of 280 concrete piles. On top of the piles, there are 132 concrete “tulips,” each with a unique shape and weight capacity to hold the soil, overlooks, and trees.


Engineering firm Arup led the structural development of the pots, each of which is supported by precast concrete columns and pile-driven down as far as 200 feet below water.

Led by Signe Nielsen, principal at MNLA, the landscape design of the park features different landscape typologies at each of the four corners, in addition to rolling hills, walking paths, and lawns. Plantings will change with the seasons, with more than 66,000 bulbs and 114 trees planted so far, according to a press release.



“Every time I come to Little Island, I’m struck by the same sense of wonder. This is an environment made to surprise,” Nielsen said. “I wanted New Yorkers to feel delight and excitement around every turn from the moment they set foot here. When you enter from the concrete of the city, you’re immersed in this living, breathing ecosystem full of unexpected corners, hills and overlooks. I can’t wait to see New Yorkers experience this special place for the very first time.”

Arts and culture programming is set to begin at Little Island in June, including performances from four artists in residence announced earlier this year. The park will host performances and events six days a week, most of which will be free or low-cost.

Some of the already scheduled events include a concert with Broadway Inspirational Voices, a Pride weekend celebration with Tina Landau, a performance from the American Ballet Theater, and more, with additional details expected to be announced at a later date.

Food and beverages, including wine, beer, and cocktails, will be available at stalls located in the park’s “Play Ground,” which has lots of shaded seating.

Billionaire Barry Diller first proposed the futuristic project in 2014. After critics continually blocked the park’s progress with several legal challenges, Diller later pulled the plug on the park. The project was then revived in 2017 after Gov. Andrew Cuomo brokered a deal, which included a pledge from the state to fund the completion of Hudson River Park.



Little Island cost roughly $260 million, funded primarily by Diller and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation. The Hudson River Park Trust is managing the park.

“I hope Little Island will serve as a whimsical oasis for everyone who visits, a place to wander around and be happily surprised at every turn, to lounge and graze the landscape, and to be entertained, educated and stimulated by our programming,” Diller said.

The park will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. Timed reservations are required between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. Starting May 21, book a spot online or in person at the park entrance.

19.5.21

New Virtual Library Offers over 250 Art Books for Free Download


Getty Publications makes 45 years of art and conservation titles available online, with more to come.

When we launched the Open Content Program last summer and released 4,600 collection images to the public (a number that has since more than doubled), I cited this quote from the most recent museum edition of the NMC Horizon Report: “it is now the mark—and social responsibility—of world-class institutions to develop and share free cultural and educational resources.

” This dictum continues to inform our efforts here at the Getty, and today I am very pleased to share with you our latest project in this arena, the Virtual Library: An open, online repository of more than 250 Getty publications from our 45-year publishing history, available as high-quality scans to read online, or to download in their entirety, for free.

I am unabashedly biased about the work we do at the Getty, but I believe you’ll find some extraordinary titles here—made even more extraordinary by the fact that they are now only a single click away. For example, in 2004, the Getty presented the first-ever exhibition of Cézanne’s beautiful watercolor still lifes. 

The catalogue published with the exhibition was written by scholar Carol Armstrong and is a moving examination of this most subtle and luminous of mediums and genres. It’s now free in the Virtual Library. So too is the definitive English translation of Otto Wagner’s modernist manifesto, Modern Architecture. Not to mention books on important globe-spanning conservation projects as the wall paintings of Nefertari’s tomb in Egypt, ancient sites along the silk road, and historic adobe buildings in our own earthquake-prone Southern California backyard.


Getty Publications Virtual Library offers 40 years of art books for free
The books in the Virtual Library come from three of the Getty’s programs: the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Research Institute, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. The over 250 offered here today—and the many more we will continue to add into the future—represent a significant portion of our publishing list. Still, they are just a modest part of what is becoming an important, informally networked library, spread across multiple institutions and spanning thousands of years of art historical knowledge. 

Our virtual library proudly joins those already created by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim,LACMA, and others. We hope you will explore and use them all. The books they hold are treasures meant for all, and now easier than ever for all to access and enjoy.

18.5.21

For the Love of Cod: A Father and Son’s Search for Norwegian Happiness


A journey to find Norway’s supposed bliss makes for a comic travelogue that asks, seriously, what makes Norwegians so damn happy—and does it translate?

Norway is usually near or at the top of the World Happiness Report. But is it really one of the happiest countries on Earth? Eric Dregni had his doubts. Years ago he and his wife had lived in this country his great-great-grandfather once fled. 

When their son Eilif was born there, the Norwegian government paid for the birth, gave them $5,000, and deposited $150 into their bank account every month, but surely happiness was more than a generous health care system. What about all those grim months without sun? When Eilif turned fifteen, father and son decided to go back together and investigate.

For the Love of Cod is their droll report on the state of purported Norwegian bliss.

Arriving in May, a month of festivals and eternal sun, the Dregnis are thrust into Norway at its merriest—and into the reality of the astronomical cost of living, which forces them to find lodging with friends and relatives. But this gives them an inside look at the secrets to a better life. It’s not the massive amounts of money flowing from the North Sea oil fields but how these funds are distributed that fuels the Norwegian version of democratic socialism—resulting in miniscule differences between rich and poor. 

Locals introduce them to the principles underlying their avowed contentment, from an active environmentalism that translates into flyskam (flight shame), which keeps Norwegians in the family cabin for the long vacations prescribed by law and charges a 150 percent tax on gas guzzlers (which, Eilif observes, means more Teslas seen in one hour than in a year in Minnesota!).

From a passion for dugnad or community volunteerism and sakte or “slow,” a rejection of the mad pace of modernity, to the commodification of Viking history and the dark side of Black Metal music that turns the idea of quaint, traditional Norway upside down, this idiosyncratic father and son tour lets readers, free of flyskam, see how, or whether, Norwegian happiness translates.

For the Love of Cod: A Father and Son’s Search for Norwegian Happiness
About Eric Dregni
Eric Dregni lives in Minneapolis, is dean of the Italian Concordia Language Village, and is assistant professor of English and journalism at Concordia University. He is the author of sixteen books, including four other titles from the University of Minnesota Press: Vikings in the Attic, Never Trust a Thin Cook and Other Lessons from Italy's Culinary Capital, Midwest Marvels, and Minnesota Marvels.