Thursday, October 16, 2014

LEICA STORE MIAMI Reimagined: A Journey to Southeast Asia


Special Presentation by Nico Stipcianos & Jacob Bacallao

Join us on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Leica Store Miami for Reimagined: A Journey to Southeast Asia, a special presentation by Jacob Bacallao and Nicolas Stipcianos. They will be sharing how their journey to make art transitioned into a passion for giving back. Come and experience their still photos and video as they share their process and experience from the coup in Thailand to the monks in the Cambodian jungle.

To RSVP, email info@leicastoremiami.com or call (305) 921-4433.

This event is kindly sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery and Perrier. Attendees will be able to sample a variety of premium craft beers by Brooklyn Brewery and traditional and flavored sparkling beverages from Perrier. 
Leica Store Miami
372 Miracle Mile   |   Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 921-4433   |   info@leicastoremiami.com
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A Love/Hate Relationship with Nikon 1

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It’s amusing when I pull out a Nikon1 J3 and stick it on my 300 f2.8…the sneers, the laughs, the “what the hell is that” remarks….but the things these little camera bodies can do…
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The Nikon 1 system is a interchangeable lens mount system developed by Nikon for its Nikon CX format mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras. The Nikon 1 series was first introduced in 2011. Initial reaction after the debut of the system was widespread disappointment. The new cameras were quickly dismissed as glorified point and shoot cameras with a clunky interface. However, the quirky cameras’ lightning quick autofocus, high frame per second rate, and silent shutter have emerged as assets.
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When released, I initially agreed with most of the reviews, but a clearance sale caused me to take the plunge and purchase a J1 with a kit lens for $199. At the time I thought it would make an excellent time lapse device with its built in intervalometer.
However, when the camera arrived, the camera’s intervalometer wouldn’t shoot when set to shoot frames faster than one every five seconds. Turns out Nikon limited the camera’s ability to do so in the firmware, for reasons unknown. Also, there is no external connectivity with the J series, so there is no possibility of attaching an external intervalometer.
Then my thoughts turned to Nikon’s FT-1 adapter, which allows Nikon’s mainstream F-mount lenses to be attached to the CX sensor based Nikon 1 bodies. After purchasing a FT-1, I found that the ability to continuously focus on a moving subject had been disabled in the firmware.
I finally hit a home run with the tiny J1 after having it converted to infrared. Businesses including Life Pixel and Digital Silver Imaging will convert DSLR cameras to infrared for around $300-$400. After using this technician to convert a J1, I had a camera, lens AND an infrared conversion for about the same price.
"The U Statue" on the campus of the University of Miami, shot with an infrared converted Nikon 1 J1 with a 20mm f2.8 lens.
“The U Statue” on the campus of the University of Miami, shot with an infrared converted Nikon 1 J1 with a 20mm f2.8 lens.
After thinking the Nikon 1 was just going to be an infrared gimmick in my toolbox, Nikon released a firmware update to the FT-1 adapter, allowing for continuous focus. The system once again could be considered for use as an extreme focal length device.
Due to the 2.7x crop factor, a Nikon 1 body mounted on a Nikon 300mm 2.8 lens via the FT-1 adapter with 1.4x converter and lens hood attached creates an effective 1134mm f4 setup, albeit an odd looking one.
Nikon 1 J3, 300mm f2.8, and a 1.4x extender for an effective focal length of 1134mm at f4, or as I call it,  an "extreme focal device."
Nikon 1 J3, 300mm f2.8, and a 1.4x extender for an effective focal length of 1134mm at f4, creating, as I call it, an “extreme focal device.”
After purchasing a Nikon 1 J3 body to replace the converted to infrared J1, I put the above combination to the test last weekend during the Arkansas State @ Miami football game and the Brown @ Florida Atlantic women’s soccer match.
Duke Johnson attempts to elude two Arkansas State tacklers. Shot from approximately 80 yards away with a Nikon 1 J3, 300mm f2.8, and a 1.4x extender for an effective focal length of 1134mm at f4.
Miami Hurricanes running back Duke Johnson attempts to elude two Arkansas State tacklers. Shot from approximately 80 yards away with a Nikon 1 J3, 300mm f2.8, and a 1.4x extender for an effective focal length of 1134mm at f4.

Hurricanes offensive line coach Art Kehoe on the sidelines. Shot from approximately 50 yards away with a Nikon 1 J3, 300mm f2.8, and a 1.4x extender for an effective focal length of 1134mm at f4.
Miami Hurricanes offensive line coach Art Kehoe on the sidelines. Shot from approximately 50 yards away with a Nikon 1 J3, 300mm f2.8, and a 1.4x extender for an effective focal length of 1134mm at f4.

Florida Atlantic Women’s Soccer head coach Patrick Baker gives his club instructions during a break in the action. Shot from approximately 50 yards away with a Nikon 1 J3, 300mm f2.8, and a 1.4x extender for an effective focal length of 1134mm at f4.
Florida Atlantic Women’s Soccer head coach Patrick Baker gives his club instructions during a break in the action. Shot from approximately 50 yards away with a Nikon 1 J3, 300mm f2.8, and a 1.4x extender for an effective focal length of 1134mm at f4.

Florida Atlantic goalkeeper Sydney Drinkwater in action against Brown University. Shot from approximately 100 yards away with a Nikon 1 J3, 300mm f2.8, and a 1.4x extender for an effective focal length of 1134mm at f4. Florida Atlantic goalkeeper Sydney Drinkwater in action against Brown University. Shot from approximately 100 yards away with a Nikon 1 J3, 300mm f2.8, and a 1.4x extender for an effective focal length of 1134mm at f4.
Florida Atlantic goalkeeper Sydney Drinkwater in action against Brown University. Shot from approximately 100 yards away with a Nikon 1 J3, 300mm f2.8, and a 1.4x extender for an effective focal length of 1134mm at f4.
With the extreme focal length, fast responsive auto focus and rapid continuous frame rate of 15 fps the Nikon 1 J3 is rather adept at covering sports action.  At such a extreme focal distance, the biggest challenge was trying to follow a subject during play by using the rear screen as there are no viewfinders on the J series bodies. The slightest movement of the rig can cause you to lose track of the subject rather easily. A V series body with an optical viewfinder may help alleviate that challenge. This little system even came in handy while shooting my Dynamic Waterfalls project this past June. After hiking to Blue Hen Falls in Cuyahoga Valley National Park early one morning I pulled my full frame Nikon body and 16-35mm f4 from the backpack to find the lens completely fogged over. After waiting 20 minutes the fog hadn’t receded. My J1 however, with much less optic real estate, was clear as can be. Did I mention it shoots video too?
Blue Hen Falls, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio. Nikon 1 J1 + 10mm f2.8.
Blue Hen Falls, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio. Nikon 1 J1 + 10mm f2.8.
In the end, the Nikon 1 series is an asset to my camera bag as a sports shooter, giving me extreme reach in daylight sporting events to get tight shots of coaches, action on the other end of the field, tight goalkeeper shots in soccer, and tighter shots of throwers during track meets. Sure, I could switch to Canon and pick up their legendary 1200mm f5.6 behemoth, but this setup is slightly cheaper. As a landscape shooter, I now have an infrared option that is small, inexpensive, and easy to pack alongside my regular setup. As a tourist, I have a small system that is as easy to whip out of my daypack as an iPhone, with better optics. I just may get along with this system after all.
Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Phillip Dorsett celebrates with assistant coach Brennan Carroll after scoring a touchdown. Shot from approximately 80 yards away with a Nikon 1 J3, 300mm f2.8, and a 1.4x extender for an effective focal length of 1134mm at f4.
Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Phillip Dorsett celebrates with assistant coach Brennan Carroll after scoring a touchdown. Shot from approximately 80 yards away with a Nikon 1 J3, 300mm f2.8, and a 1.4x extender for an effective focal length of 1134mm at f4.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Al’s Think Tank Photo Halloween Contest 2014


Kooky chefs prepping up some radical fruit for Halloween Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff
For this year’s Halloween contest a witches cauldron is bubbling over with a treasure trove of prizes from ThinkTank Photo, Peak Design and 3 Legged ThingSend us your favorite Halloween photograph for a chance to hear the skeletal Grim Reaper moan and groan as he hurls the loot to the prize winners. A gang of gnarly Miami Herald staff photographers will select the best super-crafty Halloween photographs for first, second and third place.
Deadline to enter is the witching hour 
(midnight) on spooky Friday, October 31, 2014.

The winners will be announced sometime after I recover from photographing the Day of the Dead assignment I’ll be shooting on November 1.

Image Specifications:
  • FREE to enter the contest.
  • Email your entry to: aldiaz305@aol.com
  • Write in subject line: Halloween Contest 2014
  • All images must be JPEG files.
  • Images should measure no more than 600 pixels wide, or 450 pixels deep at   100 dpi. It doesn’t really matter just keep them at a low resolution.
  • Deadline is midnight on spooky Friday, October 31, 2014
Photographs will only be used for contest promotion and to announce the winners on my blog, facebook or twitter accounts. You retain all rights to the images.

First Place Wins:
Think Tank Photo Retrospective50 in Blue Slate $249.75
Peak Design CapturePRO with PROpad $109.90



Second Place Wins:
Think Tank Photo CityWalker 20 in Blue $144.75
Peak Design Capture Camera Clip $59.95


Third Place Wins:
Think Tank Photo DigitalHolster 20 $69.75

Peak Design Leash and Cuff $49.95




Thursday, October 2, 2014

PHOTOS: Photographer Robert Klemm Exhibit in Coral Gables

Photographer Robert Klemm 
Exhibit at Societa' Dante Alighieri
300 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida 
Opening Gallery Reception Friday Night
 October 3, 2014 - 6 to 9:00 pm

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

LEICA LOUNGE: With Jeffery Salter

Leica Lounge with Jeffery Salter

Tomorrow Night! Thursday, October 2nd, 7:00-8:30 PM


Join us tomorrow night at Leica Store Miami with commercial and editorial photographer Jeffery Salter. He will be discussing his environmental portraiture and fine art studies.

Leica Store Miami
372 Miracle Mile   |   Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 921-4433   |   info@leicastoremiami.com
To RSVP, email info@leicastoremiami.com or call (305) 921-4433.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

PHOTO WORKSHOP: The Business and Style of Iconic Sports & Fashion Photography With Marc Serota

Fresh back from Photokina, Marc Serota is eager to travel with you to Turk & Caicos 

Sports and Portrait Photographer Marc Serota's Photo Workshop Series, as seen on the Today Show!
Photo © Katelyn Barclay, 2013 Turcs & Caicos Student

The Business and Style of Iconic Portrait and Sports Photography in Turks & Caicos November 1-6, 2014

Turks & Caicos is renowned as the last of the true exotics. I love to look over it's crystal clear waters and the 12 miles of powder white sand where we will be working. During our workshop, you will have the opportunity to shoot on our sets and lighting, working with the professional athletes and legends of the Pro Beach Volleyball tour as well as some of the most beautiful models anywhere.
Join Mark Serota and learn the ways to create images that sell and get published. I will teach you the way of distribution, metadata and how to maximize the revenue stream that is your archive.

Take a look at the behind the scenes video of a recent workshop and join us today!


WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
This workshop is for amateur and serious digital photographers. All participants must bring a digital camera, a laptop computer and software for organizing and presenting images. The workshop is limited to 16 participants to allow for maximum individualized attention.