#1118. Week Links of Photography: best adventure cam, best video cam, best vintage cam, nothing but the best ;)

By pascaljappy | Newsletter

May 15

How about a quicky? I’ll be a man of few words, this time (who said “thank goodness” at the back of the room ? 😉 ) Much to do this week-end, so I’ll let the links do the talking, and hope you enjoy the content.


Blue Provence, a whiff of travel

OK, let’s kick this off with a fun topic. Quirky lenses, full of character and interesting craftsmanship, on modern cameras. What’s not to like?

Hat tip to Philippe for this one.


Next up : The Fuji X100V Is My New Favorite Adventure Camera. I enjoyed this piece because it’s written by a non specialist. Togs obsess over technicalities. Non specialists focus on usability. To my eyes, that sort of feedback is grounding.

Speaking of grounding, if you’re into video and want a functional tour of the current pick of cameras, this is really interesting too 🙂

Ending this section with a little fun 🙂 A trip down memory lane with the origin story of the brand that revolutionized photography in the past decade.


When Frank Field sent me the photographs for the Redwood Forest post, we noticed colour casts on the uploaded versions. So Frank has written a hands-on guide for exporting photographs for the web 🙂 sRGB is the Color Space of the Web: Never Forget It!

Stephen Shore: “Photography Isn’t Very Good at Explaining” This is subjective but, to me, fascinating. According to Shore :“A photograph can, however, touch on the emotional center of a place. It can also describe.” We’ve tackled this issue multiple times and I agree entirely with those words. A photograph can evoke or describe, but it’s moment-in-time quality precludes it from being able to fully describe causality, explanation or storytelling. Incidently, this piece is illustrated with beautifully nostalgic images.

In this video, Sean Tucker goes beyond the usual rules of thumb such as the rule of thirds and the rules use in painting and totally unapplicable in the field, such as golden spirals, using visual science to guide us through the composition in some of his photographs.


The Greatest Grand Canyon Timelapse We’ve Ever Seen The title says it all. For lovers of landscape photography 🙂

Illusory Photographs of Mountain Landscapes Are Flipped 90 Degrees to Reveal Human-Like Profiles. Some of these take a bit of imagination, but they are still lovely photographs 🙂

Market & Stuff

‘coz the times, they are changing : https://www.instagram.com/museumofcryptoart/?hl=en So, this person buys NTFs and then posts them on Instagram, as a sort of museum. The idea of purchasing purely virtual something because it’s unique and then posting it to the web is interesting, right 😉 What do you think of the works themselves?

Two A7R V spec sheets “leak” but they’re a bit difficult to believe. If rumours are true, the next iteration of the A7r range should be better at video and at … dance beats 😉

That’s all folks. Please let me know what you’d like to read about and please share this with your friends to help us grow 🙂


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  • jean pierre (pete) guaron says:

    Well, YOU might have “said” very little – but this is perhaps one of the longest posts ever, on DS.

    “Blue Provence” – toi? – Hassy?

    I love Philippe’s movie – “weird” has an irresistible fascination – I may find I can never use any of those lenses, but the discussion was wonderful. Anyway, I am building my own selection of “weird” lenses.

    “My new favourite adventure camera” – the Fuji triggered a recent memory – I have found myself lusting after another small cam, similar to this Fuji – j’ai besoin d’un appareil de photo de poche – your Mr Schiller makes the point that cellphone cameras are still pretty limited, and their smaller sensors aren’t much use in low light – also, a pain in the butt when it comes to manual operation. My current models are either too small, or also a pain with manual, so I’ve been looking around. Thanks for this suggestion. Oh, and as I’ve told you already, I did buy a waterproof pocketable Fuji, for my wife, recently – so she can go snorkelling in the Indian Ocean, off the shores of Cocos & Keeling Islands, and Christmas Island, later this month. Fuji makes great stuff!

    Schiller is about as acid on cellphones as a substitute for a “real” camera as I am – bravo! – now I know there are at least two of us!

    Skip the two entries on cine – tried it for quite a while, but it’s really not my bag. Like watching it, but not making it.

    Sean Tucker’s contribution is stellar. I found a book on composition right back at the start -well, about 10 years after I started – it was fascinating! – I’d never seen anything like it! – it changed my photography forever! Except that it didn’t – like Sean, I found myself abandoning all those “rules” and trying other things instead. I still work with them some of the time – but not “all” the time – and not as “rules” just as “assistants”. Finding the discussion about composing according to how human eyeballs function takes the discussion to a whole new level.

    The Grand Canyon time lapse is quite extraordinary – “pass” on rotating photos of mountains to pretend they are images of someone’s face.

    Crypto art – I’m utterly lost. No idea what this is about, and since I’m not on Instagram, likely I never will.

    Sony rumours? I always find these rumours morbidly fascinating. At least this time they are positive and might encourage more people to buy stuff from Sony. Sometimes they are seriously nasty, and I end up wondering what sort of person writes them.

  • Boris says:

    The sRGB test was interesting. Whenever I post an image online I always have a hard time deciding between sRGB and Adobe RGB color space. I thought that most browsers are color-managed nowadays but forgot about all the tools behind the browsers that generate thumbnails and otherwise modify the images and are seemingly not color-managed. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

  • Paul Lasky says:

    Sean Tucker’s “Photography Composition: Thinking Beyond the Rules” is a terrific wake-up call for all of us jaded, experienced photographers. In just a short video, he reminds us how powerful application of not the basics but the finer points of composition can be, illustrated with his city-scape images. His call to just follow your intuition , but then check the proposed shot for composition finer points is great, effective advice. An added bonus is the superior composition (using his method) of the video itself. Can’t get those images of Tucker’s big hands widely gesticulating against the black background of his black shirt out of my mind.

  • Paul Lasky says:

    Well done camera review by Dale Sood: “2021 Compact Cinema Shoot-Out.” This is really a superior example of how to do a camera review the right way. Sood concentrates and grades his camera and feature comparisons on usability and functionality. So what if the Sony can perform 150 light meter and focus measures per second, how does it help the videographer capture better images? A review that is well worth watching.

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