Bentley Commercial Shot and Edited with iPhone and iPad

by JamesNYCMay 22. 2014 10:27

Intelligent Details, a short documentary film commissioned by Bentley Motors, introduces Luc Donckerwolke, Director of Design, and SangYup Lee, Head of Exterior Design. Filmed in the Bentley Mulsanne in New York, Intelligent Details focuses on what inspires Luc and SangYup in their roles as design leaders for Bentley Motors. The film highlights the fusion of luxury, performance and technology within the Bentley Mulsanne and reveals the manner in which Intelligent Details was filmed, assembled and edited using the in-car connectivity and entertainment platform.

The new luxury Bentley Mulsane comes with two iPad Airs installed behind the front seats. Further solidifying the link between Apple and Bentley, the car company filmed a 5-minute commercial with the iPhone 5s, and edited it with iMovie on the iPads that are in the back of the car.
"I think it is all about mixing the best products and the best designs together," says the head of design for Bentley.
Watch below (and stay tuned for behind-the-scenes footage starting at the 3:15 mark).

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When video production skills count: Sia - Chandelier (Official Video)

by JamesNYCMay 21. 2014 14:23

Sia - Chandelier (Official Video)

It's pretty hard to tell which is better: the productions value and DP skills for this video, and the room and mood specific lighting, or the young women dancing. The "Official video" is really well done; and then the recreation live at the ELLEN show the dancer changes things up really nicely. Start your weekend early and wacth both videos.

In a little more than two weeks online the music video for "Chandelier" by Sia, featuring 11-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler, has become a minor pop-culture phenomenon, generating more than 12 million views on YouTube and being recreated live on-stage for Ellen 9See below). Sia co-directed with Daniel Askill; the DP was Sebastian Wintero and the choreographer was Ryan Heffington.

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HENSEL TEST DRIVE EVENTS

by JamesNYCMay 18. 2014 11:21

Hensel and Chimera

Hensel will be touring around the country bringing the "Hensel Experience" to all attendees of the Hensel Test Drive Events.
Playboy / Fashion photographer Jarmo Pohjaniemi will highlight some of his lighting methods during a dedicated session. Come by to get a hands-on experience with Germany's quality, yet affordable lighting tools.  It will change the way you think about lighting!

At Fotocare, New York
Tuesday, June 3rd: Assistants and Dealer Sales People Training on Hensel / Chimera Products
9am - 12 Noon:   - Session 1
1pm - 4pm:    - Session 2
Hands on training to be conducted for Hensel by Guido Puttkammer the Managing Director of Hensel Germany and Peter Levitt.
Hands on training to be conducted for Chimera by Lynn Bryson from Chimera.

Wednesday, June 4th from 5-8pm  Evening Open House Event
5pm-6pm:  Social Meet and Greet with Hensel and Chimera representatives and photographers, assistants, companies, etc.  Light refreshments will be served.
6pm-7pm:  Keynote Speaker Photographer  Jarmo Pohjaniemi.  Long time Playboy Photographer and owner of "Shoot the Centerfold" seminar and workshops.
7pm-8pm:  Overview of the Hensel and Chimera Products with company representatives.

For more information and registration for both of these events, please visit the events pages below.

Please RSVP so that we know how many snacks to provide for each event!
Open house: http://www.fotocare.com/HENSEL_AND_CHIMERA_OPEN_HOUSE_p/14651.htm
Assistants training: http://www.fotocare.com/ASSISTANT_TRAINING_WITH_HENSEL_AND_CHIMERA_MORNIN_p/14644.htm
Assistants training (session 2): http://www.fotocare.com/ASSISTANT_TRAINING_WITH_HENSEL_AND_CHIMERA_AFTERN_p/14938.htm

 

At Unique Photo, Fairfield, NJ
Thursday, June 5th: 5pm-8pm  Evening Open House Event
5pm-6pm:  Social Meet and Greet with Hensel and Chimera representatives and photographers, assistants, companies, etc.  Light refreshments will be served.
6pm-7pm:  Keynote Speaker Photographer  Jarmo Pohjaniemi.  Long time Playboy Photographer and owner of "Shoot the Centerfold" seminar and workshops.
7pm-8pm:  Overview of the Hensel and Chimera Products with company representatives.  

Friday, June 6th: Assistants and Dealer Sales People Training on Hensel / Chimera Products
9am-12 Noon:   - Session 1
1pm-4pm:   - Session 2
Hands on training to be conducted for Hensel by Guido Puttkammer the Managing Director of Hensel Germany and Peter Levitt.
Hands on training to be conducted for Chimera by Lynn Bryson from Chimera.
 
For more information and registration for both of these events, please visit the events pages below. Please RSVP so that we know how many snacks to provide for each event!
Open house: http://www.uniquephoto.com/event/350
Assistants training: http://www.uniquephoto.com/event/351

 

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Stephen Colbert takes on Amazons White Background Photography Patent

by JamesNYCMay 16. 2014 02:35

It really take a certain type of ridiculousness or greed to draw the ire of Steven Colbert and have him dedicate time to pointing that out. But last weeks many announcements regarding the Amazon patent for Photography on a white background and the blow back from the professional photographic community was reason enough to draw The Colbert Reports attention.

This:  The Colbert Report segment does a great job of highlighting the ridiculous culture of patents; and as Steven points out: “so if you have an idea, and you work hard, someday you too can get sued by someone who had a similar idea”  before diving right into how Amazon’s wordy description of a common practice is, not “bull shit,” but rather “male bovine fecal matter extruded on a longitudinal axis.”

Don’t worry though, Amazon’s gonna get what’s coming to them because Colbert filed a patent that goes even one step further than patenting a technique everyone uses always… he patented patenting things. Check out the video to see it all for yourself and we hope this helps start off your Friday on a fun note.

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Walmart Files Suit Against Photographer's Widow

by JamesNYCMay 15. 2014 15:48

Your typical copyright infringement involves one photographer stealing another photographer's images, or reproducing copyrighted images without permission. But in this case, it's the largest retailer in the world bullying a small Arkansas studio.

Walmart and its founding family, the Waltons, have filed suit against Helen Huff, the widow of Arkansas photographer David A. Huff. David Huff's studio, Bob's Studio of Photography, was founded by his late father, Robert A. Huff, in 1946, and created portraits of the Walton family before the expansion of Walmart grew them into one of the wealthiest families in the world. But now Walmart and the Walton family are demanding that Helen Huff hand over those works.

Read the full story here. Walmart.jpg

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The Very First Color Photographs of the United States

by JamesNYCMay 15. 2014 14:27

Mulberry Street in New York, around 1900

You're looking at some of the very first color photographs of North America! A fascinating new photography book called An American Odyssey opens the archive of the Detroit Photographic Company to reveal America in brilliant color from the late 1880s to the early 1920s. Several thousand black-and-white negatives were reproduced in color by a photolithographic technique invented in Switzerland, called the Photochrom process.

Graphic designer, photographer, and collector Marc Walter owns one of the world’s largest collections of vintage travel pictures, or more specifically photochroms, and co-authored the book, An American Odyssey, with documentarian Sabine Arqué. The 612 page book takes us back in time, showing us rare and remarkable images of America's past including some of its most iconic landmarks.

As it states in the introduction of An American Odyssey, "Here, then, is the Grand Canyon in color more than ten years before the invention of Autochrome by the Lumière brothers. . . . The Grand Canyon had been discovered in the early 1850s and, by 1895, had already been photographed during the scientific expeditions organized by the American government in 1860–70: Timothy O’Sullivan, J.J. Fennemore, William Bell, William Henry Jackson, and John K. Hillers had already brought back monochrome pictures of the canyon. But the colors of the Grand Canyon—the reds, browns, ochers, and white of its strata burned by the sun were unknown to all but a select few. The colors of what Henry Miller termed 'the land of the Indian' . . . were for the first time revealed to the world by the photochroms of W. H. Jackson.

READ MORE HERE

 

 Anonymous, A Monday washing, New York, photochrom.

Mariposa Grove, "Three Graces," Yosemite National Park, California.

 

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Vintage Blade Runner Featurette

by JamesNYCMay 15. 2014 11:10

Blade Runner is one of my all time favorite films. Here is a documentary short on a trio of geniuses at work — director Ridley Scott, visual futurist Syd Mead and special photographic effects supervisor Douglas Trumbull — during the production of the still-astonishing Blade Runner. It was released on 16mm intended to make the rounds of science-fiction conventions in 1982.

Blade Runner Feaurette (1982) from Jeremy Abbett on Vimeo.

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Collector Sues Chicago Gallery for Damaging 54 Vivian Maier Prints

by JamesNYCMay 13. 2014 14:02

The owners of a Wicker Park gallery are being sued as a result of a 2012 exhibit of works by the photographer.

A photo collector who bought part of the Vivian Maier photo collection when Maier’s storage locker was auctioned off in 2007 has sued a Chicago gallery: Corbett vs. Dempsey, for damaging 54 images during a 2012 exhibition of the work; according to a report today in the Chicago Reader.

Vivian Maier who was unknown as a photographer when she died in 2009 has since been promoted to stardom by the PR machine of collectors John Maloof and Jeffrey Goldstein. They bought the vast majority of Maier’s negatives and prints at the 2007 auction and are not involved in the claim against Corbett vs. Dempsey.

The collector suing the gallery is Ron Slattery, who bought several thousand of Maier’s negatives and several thousand prints when her storage locker was auctioned. According to the Chicago Reader report, Slattery provided 56 of the prints to Corbett vs. Dempsey for an exhibition and sale that ran from June through December, 2012. Two of the prints sold but Slattery claims that the gallery returned the other 54 prints in damaged condition. He alleges that the gallery used too much hinge glue to mount the photographs and it soaked through the print paper “severely distorting the images.” Slattery’s claim also that the damage was “exacerbated” by exposure of the prints to “excessive heat,” and he alleges the gallery tried to cover up the damage, according to the Chicago Reader report.

The gallery says it admitted the damage to Slattery upon return of the images and claims to have made “multiple” offers to settle the claim for $8,700–the cost of repairs estimated by a restorer consulted by the gallery.

Slattery is seeking $200,000 in actual damages to the photographs, plus $2 million in punitive damages.

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The Making of the Pirelli 2012 Calendar - Mario Sorrenti

by JamesNYCMay 12. 2014 13:55

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“Twin Peaks” creator David Lynch reveals where his ideas come from

by JamesNYCMay 8. 2014 14:53

Ever wonder where the man behind the movie “Blue Velvet” and other artistic endeavors gets his ideas? Last week in a talk with Paul Holdengräber at Brooklyn Academy of Music, David Lynch gave us a glimpse into his extraordinary and brilliant mind.

Asked about where his ideas come from, Lynch explained,”It comes like on a TV in your mind.” Lynch also called ideas “beautiful gifts.” A portion of the hour-long talk can be viewed below:

It's always great to hear how others creative get there ideas; as opposed to those that steal and "Re-purpose" the works of others from the past.

According to Brooklyn Magazine, Lynch expounded on other topics. In terms of music Lynch loves Kanye West, specifically “Yeezus,” which he said was “one of the most modern pieces and so minimal, so powerful but at the same time so beautiful.” He also loves Jimi Hendrix and Neil Young.

He also thinks everybody is a voyeur, saying, “Looking into windows is something so fantastic. It’s like cinema, and a glimpse into another world, other lives. So beautiful.” David Lynch was also an Eagle Scout, who volunteered at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration where he saw “four consecutive presidents just gliding by me.” An in-depth reading can be found here.

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Stuff people say

Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar. - Helmut Newton

 

"The Camera does not lie, Post Production and Publishers do". - James-ism 09/06/2013

 

Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work. - Booker T. Washington

 

"Papa, ... Music is your love, but Photography is your Religion." - Joya D. Hall-Sullivan | Age 10

 

"All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." - Richard Avedon - 1984

 

 "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Alva Edison

 

"Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar." - Helmut Newton

 

"You don’t have to sort of enhance reality. There is nothing stranger than truth." - Annie Leibovitz

 

"When you find yourself beginning to feel a bond between yourself and the people you photograph, when you laugh and cry with their laughter and tears, you will know you are on the right track." - Weegee

 

" The camera is much more than a recording apparatus. It is a medium via which messages reach us from another world." - Orson Welles

 

"Some people's photography is an art. Not mine. Art is a dirty word in photography. All this fine art crap is killing it already." - Helmut Newton

 

"Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. " - Nikola Tesla

 

"I think all art is about control - the encounter between control and the uncontrollable." - Richard Avedon

 

"The first 10 000 shots are the worst." - Helmut Newton

 

“If I have any ‘message’ worth giving to a beginner it is that there are no short cuts in photography.” – Edward Weston

 

"Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning." - Mahatma Gandhi

 

"Ultimately success or failure in photographing people depends on the photographer's ability to understand his fellow man." - Edward Weston

 

"If you want reality take the bus." - David LaChapelle

 

"You don't take a photograph, you make it." - Ansel Adams

 

"When I have sex with someone I forget who I am. For a minute I even forget I’m human. It’s the same thing when I’m behind a camera. I forget I exist." - Robert Mapplethorpe

 

" Great photography is always on the edge of failure." - Garry Winogrand

 

"I don’t think photography has anything remotely to do with the brain. It has to do with eye appeal." - Horst P. Horst

 

"Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn't look like somebody else's work." - William Klein

 

"Avedon claims to have been the best photographer in the '60s - bullshit - Bob Richardson was - despite or because of being insane and strung out on drugs, I managed to do photographs that are considered iconic - being known as the 'photographer's photographer' means I lead and they follow - I'm broke and they are rich." - Bob Richardson

 

"If you're absent during my struggle, don't expect to be present during my success" - Will Smith

 

"Either take the lead or follow behind, just stay the fuck out of my way." - James Sullivan

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