Who else wants a Canon 6D?

Chris Garrett speculates that the Canon 6D will be announced in February. Time will tell, but what extra features will it have and will they be worth the premium a camera demands?

If I didn’t have a good collection of APS-C lenses already I might be tempted to go out and buy a Canon 5D, especially if it’s being discounted. Tempted if I had wads of cash falling out of my pockets that is and not budgeting for a new arrival in April! “But honey, I really want to take the best possible pictures of our baby!” Has that ever worked?

Whatever happens, I’m sure I’ll be lusting after a new camera before long.

Have you seen the price reductions on the Canon 5D lately? This is usually a good signal that a replacement is coming. All the hot news of late has been in the APS-C area, suspiciously quiet if you ask me. You could say that would mean a new flagship is required but if I was Canon I would announce a 1D beating 6D, then top it with a new top end pro unit. The other way round makes less sense to me.

Bibble Labs 4.9.5 out in the wild

The new Bibble Labs 4.9.5 is out with support for new cameras and six plugins! I purchased Bibble 4.9 a few months ago so i must download the upgrade shortly and give it a spin.

Among the free plugins included in this update are Andy, a Black & White Film Simulation tool that instantly creates stunning black and white conversions by simulating the look of many traditional film and paper combinations, Gina for Skin Tone Correction that can quickly and beautifully reveal more natural skin tones, and Roy for Color Adjustment to deepen the blue in skies or to make other color-based adjustments. Other plugins included can be be used for selective saturation enhancement, multi-zone exposure adjustment and novel image toning.

Of photographers and photojournalists

Mark Hancock asks of his editor, “Do we run pretty pictures?” It’s not something your average photographer has to deal with but when you work for a newspaper as a photojournalist it is a consideration.

Where would I be if I couldn’t shoot pretty pictures? What would you do? Do you really hanker after that photography job now? Do you really want to give up that desk job and go shoot portraits and news items?

What is your raison d’etre for being a photographer? Mine is that it is a very enjoyable hobby. Why ruin it by pressure and deadlines?

POP Writing and World Changing Photos

I just subscribed to the Popular Photo feed and came across the following great reads:

  1. DSLR Basic Training
  2. Guilty Pleasures – fun with panoramas.
  3. Edible Complex – tips for food photography
  4. The Photoshop heretic has some great black and white shots.
  5. 5 reasons to shoot film – don’t believe everything he says. There are full frame digital SLRs too.

13 photographs that changed the world has some quite amazing photos from down the ages that have had a big impact on the world. (via Exposure and Scratch That Itch)

Photographing arrested suspects

Mark Hancock was present at a police sting in Beaumont, Texas to arrest people involved in the sex trade in that city. He posted photos and commentary on the incident as well as explaining that it’s legal to show the faces of people under arrest.

Before anyone asks, yes, it’s perfectly legal to show the faces of people under arrest. However, our paper prefers to not to “convict before trial” by showing faces of people caught in orchestrated stings of Class B misdemeanor crimes. Capital crime arrestees are an entirely different situation.

However, everyone got a good laugh when the first female arrived at the command post and told the assembled media that she didn’t give us permission to photograph her (standing on a public street in handcuffs).

Judging by what I’ve seen on news reports on television I don’t think anyone under arrest could have any illusions of privacy with cameras poked in their faces at every turn.

Gary finds his parents

A wonderful thing happened the other day. Gary Byron, a Corkonian like myself, was browsing the net and looking about for things to do when he comes home for Christmas. He stumbled upon this blog and by some one-in-a-million chance found my photo, Wet Day Shopping. He recognised the couple in the photo as his parents and he left a comment on the post.

… what were the chances of me finding this photo, anyway its a great photo, I will get it developed and give to them as a surprise.

I got in touch with Gary shortly afterwards and sent him on a larger image which will print out to a nice 8×10 so I hope he managed to find a camera shop on the Friday before Christmas Day that wasn’t swamped with customers!

I was amazed that someone recognised people in a photo I took. It happened once before. Corksurf recognised the woman in this shot and left a comment on the flickr page of the image. I’m sure it’ll happen again. Hopefully with results as positive!

The best photos of 2006

Reuters have their best photos of the year, as do many other publications so I looked through my archives tonight to pick out some of my favourite photos of 2006; and found it was much harder than I thought. What follows are a selection of my best and favourite photos. Some for technical reasons while others are here for sentimental reasons. I know for sure that I’ve missed out some great shots!

January – Road Narrows
In January, I posted a photo taken in Monkstown, Co. Cork. It was later used by Hugging the Shoulder, a theatre company performing at the New York International Fringe Festival.

February – What a big smile!
Taken in Chicago, isn’t his smile great? The photo may be blurred and noisy but the smile grabs me every time!

March – Joe, the Devil and an Angel
Joe, the Devil and an Angel all performing on the street.

April – Dancing in the Street
He looks very happy with life!

May – Spring Blooms
I was married on May 8th so this image is very special for me!

June – Brendan O’Carroll
I was lucky to catch Brendan O’Carroll while he was having a break outside the Opera House in Cork.

July – Child Asleep
I loved the way the light caught the child asleep while all around life continues.

August – This city’s a drag
A child drags two adults through town.

September – Looking out for the kids
During the Ceili Mor a man and his child watched the dancing from the side of the street. He happened to glance over just as I pressed the shutter.

October – The lone daisy
Pictured in Fountainstown, Co. Cork. I spotted this daisy while out walking and simply had to shoot it.

November – Little Communion Girl
I really like this and I’m very happy with how this shot turned out.

December – An Fear Marbh
This is an island off the coast of Kerry, near Dingle. The area is beautiful, and offers some stunning views. Definitely want to get back there soon.

There you have it. Have you picked out your favourite photos yet?