This is an announcement. I am going to move out of New York, and try to settle in another part of the world. I am closing off many of my stuffs in here. This website would also be no longer available sometime late in this year.
I don’t know if this website has many visitors, but I truly appreciate if you have visited once. All the good luck to all of you, and hope to see you again… someday!
Recently, I salvaged my last piece of cameras from self-storage. It is a SINAR f2, 4″x5″ large format camera. Mainly during 2000s, I used to photograph architecture and interiors with it. Since I didn’t quite feel need to use it, I put it in self-storage in 2014. Now, nine years passed, and I re-encountered with the camera.
Large format camera is a very straightforward piece of gadget. Nothing fancy as auto-focus, auto-exposure, or even “Live View.” Everything you can control visually is right in front of you physically. I have been photographing with smaller cameras, film and digital, but large format camera shows me what photography is all about.
I am not sure what I am going to photograph with it yet, but it would convey another meaning under current digital dominance. Must be a pleasure. KT
“Diptych” is a pair of photographs shown together, normally side by side. Honestly, I have never tried it, although I have been seriously creating series of photographs, of five, ten or more. Upon an occasion, this time I created it for the first time.
The outcome was outstanding. To my surprise, diptych can show an idea, no matter whether it is intentional or not, much clearer. And, it is very refreshing to observe two photographs altogether, then back and forth. I became pretty much fond of making diptychs. I am very excited. It is now my new possibility! KT
(below is a sample of my diptychs. An interesting combination)
It has been a very long period of time spent with Coronavirus. Now, it seems officially announced that things are all fine, upon which I don’t completely agree.
I am merely a photographer. All that I want is to photograph freely, visiting here and there. If I really want to, I can, but honestly, I can’t yet. Something is still in front of me for not doing. And, the most unfortunately, I cannot quite recall how I used to do it before.
“Challenge” is the word for the past few years. I shall keep walking. KT
A while ago, I heard the news that Canon will no longer produce flagship DSLR cameras. They will focus on flagship mirrorless cameras. So, at least for Canon, mirrorless camera is their future. Anytime sooner or later, all the small format cameras will be mirrorless only, I strongly believe. Although lenses are optical elements yet, cameras will become “video cams” with still capability.
I own a Canon EOS R mirrorless camera. Now that Canon EF lens is not their first priority, I wondered I shall try one of Canon RF lenses. So, I obtained the least expensive RF lens to see how the futuristic camera would feel in full operation, not with my old lenses.
I believe current mirrorless cameras shall be operated basically in “full automatic.” Any manual functions are supposed to be “optional and supplemental” only.
I was a bit surprised that the viewfinder always looks “turned-off” black when I start shooting. Plus, the lens begins operating from “out-of-focus.” So, my futuristic mirrorless camera always stays “not quite ready” whenever I hold it. My older manual focus lenses behave better, since I can preset the focus.
My impression of mirrorless camera in full operation was far from satisfactory. I simply want to photograph. Sadly, I have no time to enjoy whole handling of a camera. And, my camera shall follow me proactively, not arbitrarily or accidentally. KT
It has been about twenty months passed since New York City was first hit by Coronavirus. So many things have been changed since then, and now, little by little, some of those many things are coming back. I do not mean “literally as before Coronavirus,” though.
I miss museums and galleries the most. I cannot stop by them anytime as I used to. I need a reservation. Viewing prior to photography auctions is also by appointment, and it is required to specify lot numbers of interest. All lots are not on view (except online) as it used to be.
Ironically, I re-realized that New York City is the city of “dining out.” People are deeply dependent on restaurant business, from operation through dining as a customer. Indoor dining is 100% back with vaccine certificate, but “outdoor dining area” has been a new trademark of New York City restaurant scene.
It is interesting to see those outdoor dining area, especially while not in operation. It is supposed to be open-air, so you can see everything inside. There is something new going on; temporary table settings which you will never know how long they would last.
To me, it is almost like looking at installations in museums or galleries. A new “artistic” feature of New York City. KT
Most mirrorless camera users would simply purchase accompanying lenses from the camera brand. There is no reason not to do that. However, other photographers would know they can use older SLR and rangefinder lenses, too.
In that case, aperture control of older lenses would be “manual.” If you turn the aperture ring, diaphragm closes and opens. LCD viewfinder of mirrorless cameras is very clever. Brightness automatically adjusts according to diaphragm size.
I believe it is rather welcoming, than being only able to see the viewfinder at aperture wide-open. With SLRs, yes, it is better to see it brighter. With mirrorless, you can see the bright view it would exactly photograph, plus with correct depth-of-field shown (somewhat with help of focus-peaking).
Traditionally, professional lenses used to have “manual” aperture control. Older SLR lenses can now forget about “spring-loaded” auto-aperture. Welcome to professional use of lenses. KT
Future of photography might be in mirrorless cameras. They no longer need precision optical or mechanical parts internally, similar to video cameras. Most of camera manufacturers reformed their line-ups with mirrorless cameras, no matter they are of 35mm full-size or APS-C format.
“Hidden” fact of mirrorless camera is the “shortness” of its flange focal distance. You can use any older lenses by filling the gap with appropriate “lens mount adapter.” None of those camera manufacturers produce “trans-brand” lens mount adapters, but instead, Chinese manufacturers do.
I own old Olympus OM Zuiko lenses, and it is simply great finding a new way to shoot with those lenses and a mirrorless camera. I know. Olympus Micro Four-Thirds sensor is too small, merely one-fourth of 35mm full-size. I do not enjoy my standard 50mm lens as “telephoto 100mm.”
I thank K&F Concept, the Chinese photographic accessory manufacturer. Now, I can see through Leica lenses, too! KT
In his writing, Alfred Stieglitz says he photographed “Fifth Avenue, Winter” during snow storm on February 22, 1893. He claims he stood there with his glass plate camera for three hours, eventually to capture the moment.
On February 1, 2021, there was a strong snow storm in New York City. Knowing the exact location where Stieglitz was photographing, I somewhat unconsciously pulled myself to the location. Due to less population by pandemic, snow was not plowed well during the day.
Of course, there was no horse carriage climbing up Fifth Avenue. Instead, in three seconds a car turning from East 35th Street honked at me, “Don’t you stand right in the middle of the street!” I know, no one understands what I am doing. Just felt great for myself. KT
“Fifth Avenue, Winter 1893″ is the title of Alfred Stieglitz’s masterpiece. Although it is said to have been criticized by then fellow photographers “blurred and not sharp,” the photograph shows a horse carriage in severe snow storm with movement. It is a great photograph.
Although knowing that it was photographed on Fifth Avenue, New York, recently I have seriously searched what exact spot Stieglitz was photographing the masterpiece at. As a matter of fact, it was not that difficult, especially after finding out A.T. Stewart Mansion and Astor Residence on west of Fifth Avenue at 34th Street. It was already a famous corner of the city even before the Empire State Building.
Fifth Avenue is now one way, going south. I stepped into the road to photograph the view. Stieglitz must be roaming around me some 130 years ago. A sweet encounter. KT