NASCAR drivers take over Center City Philadelphia, PA streets on May 9, 2017 in a promotion event for the upcoming June 11 NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway. The promotional event included pitstop demonstration and cars performing ‘donuts’ to entertain the public. this gave me a great opportunity to test out the insane features of my new Nikon D500 body.
Every now and then I like to grab a camera – any will do – and go out for a neighborhood photo walk and shoot what ever catches my eye. Just playing around with gear but without a specific subject. I take the opportunity to test different settings or to try different techniques. Or just to clear my mind and practice my ‘fingerspitzengefuhl’.
All shots are captured in sRGB RAW+JPEGs. Auto-as-much-as-possible. The camera internal image processor is set to a landscape color setting but with toned down contrast. In post I only adjusted auto RGB curves and auto luminance levels using Apple’s Aperture on either the SOOC JEPG’s or when needed the RAW files.
Having some struggles with your camera technique? I’ll be announcing new fingerspitzengefuhl-photo-walks in a few weeks via my Facebook Page
Getting out of your comfort zone can be beneficial to become better in what you do. At the same time I don’t think mastering gear should take place while on assignment for a client or boss. I believe they pay for what you already know, not for what you want to be. After the walk I like to go over my shots and analyze them on a big screen in the hope I have mastered a thing or two. But often results seem a bit disappointing… Continue reading fingerspitzengefuhl
An impressive collection of more than 350 old cameras will be put up for auction on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 at Fuller’s Fine Art Auctions in Philadelphia, PA.
Collection highlights are the “Worlds fastest Lens”, the first motorized camera and a custom build Leica ‘Reporter’ for NFL Films.
The cameras were collected by Edward Kaprelian (1913-1997), who after WWII became an expert on camera and lens technology. In May 1945, the U.S. Army seized more than 2,000 Carl Zeiss lenses from Germany as “war reparations” and turned them over to Kaprelian, who was then serving as Chief of the U.S. Army Signal Corps Engineering Labs in Fort Monmouth, N.J.
Kaprelian went on to become an avid collector of photographic equipment and materials during his lifetime and amassed a large collection of important cameras spanning the history of photography.
A selection of photos from this collection are published with the Nov 18, 2011 article by Alan Tu: “Vintage cameras to be auctioned off Saturday by Mt. Airy auction house” – You can read the full article on WHYY’s NewsWorks.org