A very informative video:
Last night (Dec 2) Mike Bain, the Ilford rep for North America held a sort of town meeting at Don’s Photo in Dallas. Here is a link to an earlier published interview (March 2014) that covers basically the same material Bain talked about at Don’s.
As far as “updating”: film sales continue to rise, as does fiber paper. RC sales are off a bit, but balanced by fiber sales.
(Todd, of Don’s Photo (the host), said that his film sales have been growing each year.)
All in all, good to hear from a source, as it were, rather than rumors on internet forums. Rumors have especially been prevalent lately as Ilford (Harman Technology) was recently bought by an investment company. We were assured that this is a good thing, as the investors bought Harman because it was making money, and have no interest in breaking it up or shutting it down. This also gives Harman an influx of capital, which can be used for additional promotion and R & D.
I had to leave before the session ended, so I don’t know if I missed anything important in the question and answer period. Also, I did not get to “network” with the crowd, but, oh well …
There may be a video of the presentation put on the internet at a later date.
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I am not an audiophile. I am a musician and enjoy listening to my fairly large and certainly eclectic CD and LP collection. And yes, I do listen to both CDs and LPs. The reason for both is mostly pragmatic.
I started collecting records in high school (nothing out of the ordinary there) and when CDs essentially replaced LPs in the marketplace, I started buying CDs. But, I did not throw away the LPs or the turntable. And, in fact, I bought another turntable when the college era one finally got a bit worn and unstable. I still buy used LPs occasionally at the local used book and music stores.
Not being an “audiophile”, I do not normally read audiophile websites or blogs, but this one was linked on a photography site recently, and I found a couple of blog posts relevant to the “analog/digital” thing photography is going through. Digital technology replacing analog is not limited to photography. It not only happened in audio and video, but in other things such as pipe organs, for instance. (How’s that for esoteric?)
Anyway, as can be seen from this post, there is no reason not to use and enjoy both with audio, and perhaps, too with photography.
PS: I disagree with the blogger’s assessment of how long it takes to “prepare” and LP to listen. Just put the record on the turntable …
I just returned from Big Bend National Park. I made photographs: film and digital. I have not yet processed any of the pictures. One cannot go to a place like Big Bend and not make some pictures. I had some more revelations about my own work while doing so, however.
I wrote the following as a blog post several months ago, but never posted it. So, here it is now. In a few more days, I’ll post more specifics about the Big Bend and its epiphanies.
I am not a landscape photographer. This is not really that dramatic a revelation or realization. It simply dawned on me quite a while back that I should stop trying.
Admit it. Those of us that use film cameras and shoot black and white film have at one time (or many) done that big sweeping landscape. We may have actually been where Saint Ansel was (that view of Half Dome from Glacier Point, for instance). Or, we looked at something as grand as the Grand Canyon, or as common as the woods behind our own house. But we took a picture of it, because that’s what one does.
And there’s nothing wrong with that. I’ve done it hundreds (thousands?) of times.
It really came home to me after visiting Iceland in September of 2013. It was a purposeful photographic trip with several other photographers. Had a great time. Came home with well over 300 negatives and over 400 digital images. They were mostly fine, but I looked at the photographs as a group and thought: “meh.”
Several months later, May 2014, I took a 25 day driving trip from Texas through New Mexico and Arizona to California and back. Several national parks, natural wonders, cities, vistas, and again, hundreds of photographs. But these didn’t “meh” me as much.
Why? Because I was not trying so hard. And, (this is important) I was not trying to photograph “New Mexico”, or “California”. I was just making pictures of what I saw that interested me, and sometimes that may have been the landscape. It was even Half Dome for a couple of days.
Iceland can be a photographer’s dream. Hard to take a picture that isn’t exciting. But of the hundreds of images I took while there, this is my favorite:
It does not say Iceland.
You know, like:
I have exhibited two photographs from the Western US trip:
Neither are landscapes (obviously), but were taken at a national park. Not to put too fine a point on it, but I will continue to take photographs that can only be classified as landscapes, but only when they present themselves to me on their own.
This morning, I had photographic illustrations published in a regional magazine here in Texas: IN Magazine. They did an article on the Aeolian-Skinner pipe organs that are also the subject of my book, An American Classic, and some of the photographs (also in the book) were used for the article.
Plus, an article about the book was published in the Dallas chapter newsletter of the American Guild of Organists.
And today holds a trip to the frame supplier for the last few frames and mat boards needed for the exhibition prints to be hung next week in Kilgore, Texas.
Busy, busy, busy …