Nikon 85mm 1.8G AF-S verses Nikon 85mm 1.4D AF IF Bokeh King – Review

Nikon 85mm AF-S f1.8G Nikkor Lens
Nikon 85mm AF-S f1.8G Nikkor

Got my shiny new Nikon 85mm f1.8G and tested versus the Nikon 85mm f1.4D.

Even with the AF-S, the focus speed of both lenses seems about the same… Impressive feat for the Bokeh King 85mm 1.4D.  Little disappointed the 1.8G didn’t focus a tad faster … at 1/3 the price …

The 85 1.8G does seem to have an edge though, with fewer issues seeking Continue reading Nikon 85mm 1.8G AF-S verses Nikon 85mm 1.4D AF IF Bokeh King – Review

Photoshop CS6 Beta Test Preview Review of New Features

I downloaded and installed the new Photoshop CS6 free Beta version preview from Adobe yesterday and gave it a bit of a go.

It has some really cool features, and some foibles…

How does one test drive the new Photoshop CS6?

A PS6 Beta is available Continue reading Photoshop CS6 Beta Test Preview Review of New Features

Top 30 Digital SLR Selling Camera’s, Kits and Current Pricing – Where does yours stack up?

These are the current top 30 sellers of Digital SLRs and Digital SLR Kits at Amazon along with their current as of today pricing.

Own a DSLR, or  thinking of buying a Digital SLR?

How does your rank in purchase popularity?

Well, only Nikon and Canon made it into the top 30 most popular cameras and kits… and the first place winner is the brand new and very hot full frame 36.3 Mega pixel Nikon D800…

Top 30 Selling Digital SLRs and Kits:

  1. Nikon D800 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) – $2,999.00
  2. Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens – $549.00
  3. Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm IS II Lens and EOS HD Movie Mode (Black) – $499.00
  4. Nikon D5100 16.2MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens – $749.00
  5. Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame CMOS with 1080p Full-HD Video Mode Digital SLR Camera (Body) – $3,499.00
  6. Canon EOS Rebel T2i 18 MP CMOS APS-C Sensor DIGIC 4 Image Processor Full-HD Movie Mode Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-inch LCD – $649.00
  7. Nikon D7000 16.2MP DX-Format CMOS Digital SLR with 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED Nikkor Lens – $1,499.00
  8. Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP CMOS APS-C Sensor DIGIC 4 Image Processor Full-HD Movie Mode Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch Cl… –  $799.00
  9. Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP CMOS APS-C Sensor DIGIC 4 Image Processor Full-HD Movie Mode Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch Cl… – $624.95
  10. Canon EOS 60D 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Body Only) – $899.00  Continue reading Top 30 Digital SLR Selling Camera’s, Kits and Current Pricing – Where does yours stack up?

“Sorayama Masterworks” by Hajime Sorayama – Book Review

Sorayama, erotic art, glamour

Sorayama Masterworks” by fine artist Hajime Sorayama is a showcase work of extraordinary erotic art.

© 2010, this is a 448 page tomb.

Full of images, which depict the horrific, in an erotic detail and joy … which keep the viewer engaged.

Clearly, Sorayama  is a prodigious and prolific talent.

The Smithsonian and MOMA both are homes to permanent collections of his work …

The imagination, skill and sheer volume his of work boggle the mind.

His images mix pleasure with Continue reading “Sorayama Masterworks” by Hajime Sorayama – Book Review

“Hurrell’s Hollywood Portraits” by Mark A. Vieira – Book Review

Hurrell's Hollwood Portraits, front cover, by Mark A Vieira, George Hurrell, Joan CrawfordHurrell’s Hollywood Portraits” © 1997 by photographer Mark A. Vieira is a 223 page hard cover out of print must have.

If you are a student of or an aficionados of the Hollywood glamour style of lighting and photography of the studio Golden Era publicity portraits.

Hurrell is one of the eras most well know practitioners of the style, which included Rembrandtesque lighting, accomplished with moody hot movie studio fresnel spot lights.

What is Rembrandtesque lighting?  For one, Rembrandt lighting casts Continue reading “Hurrell’s Hollywood Portraits” by Mark A. Vieira – Book Review

“BEYOND THE GLAMOUR PHOTOGRAPH: How to Get Started and Be Successful as a Boudoir, Glamour, and Swimsuit Photographer: With Companion DVD” by Jack Watson, with Andy McFarland, Foreword by Rolando Gomez – Book Review

Beyond the Glamour Photograph, how to get started and be successful as a Boudoir, Glamour and Swimsuit Photographer, Andy McFarland, Jack Watson, hot blonde with lear get, hot blonde with G4, Gulf Streem Jet with hot blondeBEYOND THE GLAMOUR PHOTOGRAPH: How to Get Started and Be Successful as a Boudoir, Glamour, and Swimsuit Photographer: With Companion DVD,” by Jack Watson, with Andy McFarland, Foreword by Rolando Gomez,”  this book has a long title… Let’s trim that down to “Beyond the Glamour Photograph,” okay?

Jack Watson and Andy McFarland have cooperated on this book together.  Most of the writing is by Jack, who shots a great deal using studio lights and with flash on location.

Andy, by contrast, shoots almost entirely using daylight along with lighting modifiers and has quite a success photographing bathing suits and with on-line download for fee sites…

While markets and technologies change, written in 2009, the advise still seems fairly timely.

Of widely differing styles, both these photographers have some excellent skills as demonstrated by the many glamour illustrations Continue reading “BEYOND THE GLAMOUR PHOTOGRAPH: How to Get Started and Be Successful as a Boudoir, Glamour, and Swimsuit Photographer: With Companion DVD” by Jack Watson, with Andy McFarland, Foreword by Rolando Gomez – Book Review

Nikon D800 and D800E Previewed Compared Contrasted vs Nikon D7000 DSLR

At first glance the new Nikon D800  and Nikon D800E DSLRs seem like a heck of a lot of camera for about $3000 new.

The introductions of the D800 and the D4 are driving down prices for old D3s bodies.  I recently saw a like new D3s for sale on Amazon with a vendor with a 3 figure 100% positive feedback for under $3,000…

Here I will limit my discussion primarily to the D800 series vs the Continue reading Nikon D800 and D800E Previewed Compared Contrasted vs Nikon D7000 DSLR

Isobel Wren, Independent Model – Richmond, VA

Moloko, bourgeois style, Dale May, Isobel Wren, French Renesance Fireplace, Two Women, Face Paint Mask, Nude
Moloko, Bourgeois style, Dale May

Isobel Wren is a very pretty 110 lb 5″7″ 26 year old independent professional model residing in Richmond, VA.

As you see, she sports a curvy 34B-26-36 figure and has those deep dark honey-brown pools of brown eyes that will come with natural red hair …

Great equipment, used in a form and in combination with expressions which challenge, invite, and warning off those who are too timid.

“I’ve been modeling for something like six or seven years now …

Back and forth … Part time and full-time.

To get work, I rely on networking with other models and photographers, casting calls and travel notices and emailing folks directly.

This is pretty much the same way I have been getting work since I first started in modeling.

I got into modeling when someone told me ‘you should be a model‘.

He turned out to be a scammer … but I thought, ‘Well if this guy thinks I can do it, I bet I can.’

The Board Room, Nude in Pool with high heals, Costa Rica, EdwinR, Isobel Wren
The Board Room, Costa Rica, EdwinR

I looked up ‘model website‘ on the internet, found a Continue reading Isobel Wren, Independent Model – Richmond, VA

“Pin up 2; Couleurs et mines de plomb” by Alain Aslan – Book Review

Pin-up 2, coulours et mines de plomb, Alain Aslan, Nude fine art Pin-up, book, front coverPin-up 2; Couleurs et mines de plomb” © 2011 is a compilation of earlier pinup art, with airbrush feel, by French artist Alain Aslan.

Pin-up2” is largely a book of paintings, as such its language is primarily the universally recognized langauge of images.  Like “Pin-up,” also by Aslan, “Pin-up2” has very few Continue reading “Pin up 2; Couleurs et mines de plomb” by Alain Aslan – Book Review