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Monday, June 15, 2009


My first exhibition of photographs in the Tampa area will occur on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm at CORK Restaurant and Wine Bar in South Tampa. The color photographs were shot on location in Italy during extended trips in 2005 and 2008. The opening reception coincides with CORK's Wednesday night wine tasting and begins at 7:30 pm on June 24, 2009.

CORK is located at 406 S. Howard Avenue in Tampa, FL 336065. More info can be found online here: CORK

Friday, June 12, 2009

I've had four friends ask me this very question as they all feel ready to upgrade from their point and shoot to a DSLR. The single lens reflex digital camera has long been priced out of their reach but technical advances and production improvements have brought these cameras into the sub-$1,000 mark. Although I am a dedicated Nikon shooter and use their DSLR cameras (D3, D700, D200, D70) for my professional work, I have no problem recommeding the products of other manufacturers. I am wedded to Nikon because I grew up shooting them and I'm married to the ergonomics of the camera - subcomand dials and focus locator are just in the right place for me. I actually bought the new Canon 5D mkII but couldn't get used to it and took it back for the Nikon D700. Anyway, I digress....

Look at the Panasonic GH1. Panasonic? Indeed. I am actually considering this camera for personal use (although I need a new camera like a hole in the head). Here is the link to the camera preview that appears on Digital Photography Review: Panasonic GH1

The camera comes out later this month. It's the smallest DSLR on the market but has a great chip in it and can shoot HD 1080p/24p with Dolby Digital Stereo video with autofocus. Light, portable but a performer. The 14-140mm lens will also cover most everything. It is a bad little camera that performs in a big big way.

The second suggestion would be the new Canon 500D/REbel T1i. Shoots HD Video 1080p/20fps and 15mp sensor. For the price and the performance, this camera is the full size DSLR to get, far superior to the Nikon D90 or equivalent. I would try and find these cameras and play with them and see what you think. Here is the Canon 500D review.

I don't have anything against Nikon but they are a smaller company that these other two and they are late to video (and Canon has been doing that for a long long time). I'm waiting on Nikon to catch up on the video thing.
 
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