View Full Version : General Gadgetry/Media That You Use

Gregory Tenenbaum
September 26th, 2006, 03:30 AM
I was recently asked by a fellow Wired New Yorker to show some of my photos. Which prompted this post (so as not to clog up the other one with the deservedly lengthy response).

I am interested in what media excites you as a photographer. Or, keeping with the theme of the topic Travel and Photography, how do you record your travels when you do travel, with film, video a la Michael Mann, or a sketchbook? Maybe a small painting kit? Maybe some oil pastels?

I for one am a great fan of film - because I use several types of film and I know how they all behave in most conditions. I also like using fully manual cameras because they can last for 50 years or more. Some cameras I use dont even have simple circuitry for batteries, let alone Integrated Circuits, LCDS and other doodads which have made it possible for us to take photos and upload them here without a problem.

What media do you use and why? Tell us or show some of your best examples here.
Response to ablarcs questions from another post follow:

I (sadly for internet use but good for my buyers and I) dont use digital. I usually use fully manual film cameras and when I do get the negs scanned, its with a Heidelberg drum scanner for printing A2 and larger private prints which I sell. While I don't usually use 35mm, a 35mm scan results in a 100 MB file. The 6x6 cm format (Hasseblad, Yashica-Mat) that I most often use can result in a 1000 MB file or larger which is great for the very big prints.

And the 4x5 inch format is even larger. Think of this photo taken with the army version (green) of the Speed Graphic used by Joe Rosenthal (same camera as mine but with faster shutter speed of 1/1000 which makes the camera a little heavier and too heavy for me!)
http://www.iwojima.com/raising/lflage2.gif (http://www.iwojima.com/raising/lflage2.gif)
It's very costly to scan however.

To see what fotoapparati I do use read my posts
here http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?p=108065
and here http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=10733

However on that note I should probably find and scan some sleeper negs that I have lying around and post them here.

I do regard my relationship with the people who have bought my prints as sacred - another reason I use film. Remember, the negative is the only copy that exists with true fidelity. The print always loses some fidelity, as the scanners cannot scan every grain left by the 12 or so layers of emulsion in the film. I usually safekeep the film in the event that another print is required but sign over to the purchaser all proprietary rights so they know that the photograph is "unique" to them and not for the whole world to see (unless they want the whole world to see it which I sincerely doubt).

As for my oils and sketches, well, give me another 40 years to produce something worth showing. I for one do not want to be branded a modern artist (such as the pot boiling masses of artists who think that they can paint). While you wait, check out one of my favourite contemporary painters, Odd Nerdrum.


September 26th, 2006, 10:07 AM

What media do you use and why? Tell us or show some of your best examples here. I use a Nikon D70 dSLR and a Ricoh GR Digital compact - a fab little camera designed for enthusiasts that relies on 'old school' zooming method (i.e. get off yo' behind and walk closer)


Oh, and my photo galleries can be found here:



Gregory Tenenbaum
September 27th, 2006, 11:26 AM
D70 Urban. Very nice.

Im a Nikon man myself and when I shoot small format I choose the F80, Nikons baby professional camera.

Nikon used the F80 body and interface for its D70 and other digital cameras. Great handling.