Congratulations to our winners from our final week of our Fan Photography Challenge. For the last seven weeks, a new theme was presented to our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram community and they were able to participate by submitting or voting on photos for a chance to win prizes. Read more on our blog post, Announcing the BorrowLenses.com Fan Photography Challenge.
The top photos from each theme are included in our “Fan Favorite and Grand Prize Winner” Contest. Our guest judge, Rick Sammon, will select a Grand Prize winner who will walk away with a $1,000 gift card to use on BorrowLenses.com while the Fan Favorite will receive a $500 gift card to use on BorrowLenses.com.
Last week, I posted Part V of my “Switch” series, which you can find here:
Previously, in the Switch series:
- Part 1: I talk our marketing VP into letting me go Nikon for a while.
- Part 1.5: which was mislabeled Part 0.5, in which I gawk at a violin.
- Part II: The Nikon gets abusive.
- Part III: CLS starts to look pretty good.
- Part IV: In which I return to Canon for a spell.
- Part V: The conclusion, in which you learn what I ended up with.
I’ve pretty-much laid out my reasons for switching, but I felt compelled to add some kind of postscript to that series. So, here it is.
Welcome to Cool Stuff, a weekly feature where we post our favorite links from the past week, including our favorite articles and how-tos, videos, images and more.
- We begin in outer space, where Curiosity, the Mars rover, has sent back a self-portrait. Cindy Shepard, eat your heart out! Viva Mars!
- Here on earth, the next James Bond movie is about to be released. Here’s a great behind-the-scenes (BTS) look at the locations and setup used in the film. Video geeks, this one’s for you.
- Photographer Kenneth Jarecke posts a searing critique of Instagram and its use by Time magazine to document the effects of Hurrican Sandy. Definitely worth a read.
- Photographer Steve McCurry is one of the most renowned photojournalists of our time. Here’s a great look at his work in the area of documentary portraiture.
- This next one’s a bit artsy, but it’s absolutely worth a look if you’re interested in the “why” of photographs you see, not just the “how”. Flakphoto presents “Looking at the Land: 21st Century American Views,” a collection of lansdscapes and the stories behind them.
- And finally, we bring you a collection of amazing videos from the folks over at PhotoShelter. Taken as part of their Luminance convention, these feature folks like David Burnett, Zack Arias, and more. Four videos have been released thus far; we can’t wait for all of them to be online. Our favorite so far? Retoucher Amy Dresser’s scathingly irreverent presentation, embedded here for your viewing pleasure.
And now for the BorrowLenses.com Rundown
- First, for all our customers affected by Hurricane Sandy, we put out an announcement that will hopefully address any of your concerns regarding returning rented gear. Above all else, please stay safe, folks.
- Some of our folks were up at the Digital Photo Expo, hosted by Kenmore Camera, one of our pickup locations in Washington State. This little fella likes our 600mm f/4, apparently.
- Just in case you missed it, we were also up at Photo Plus Expo in New York last week (before Hurricane Sandy showed up). There’s lots of info about our trip on our Facebook page.
That’s it for this week’s Cool Stuff. As always, questions and feedback are welcome in the comments below.
With autumn upon us, daylight hours are fewer and further between. I don’t stop shooting (later sunrises mean I can actually drag myself out of bed at a better hour), but I do take more time to catch up on my reading. Accordingly, I spend some time to put together a list of the best photography books that I want to go through each year and will bring you reviews of the ones I liked the most.
My (virtual) bookshelf is full of titles I’ve read or plan to read for reviewing or for personal edification. Some, like Brian Smith’s book on portraiture, which I reviewed earlier this week, are for personal edification and review. Some, like Light, Science, and Magic, are on there because the subject matter is of interest. And some are on there because I’ll read even an obituary by one of these authors.
Authors like Joe McNally, for example, whose books like Sketching Light and The Moment it Clicks make for fantastic and entertaining reading. Others write books so chock full of information that they become indispensable reference material that I find myself going to pretty often. My friend Syl Arena is an author and teacher who falls into the latter category, and his latest book, Lighting for Digital Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots is something that I think should be more appropriately titled “Light: The Missing Manual”.
Congratulations to our winners from this week’s Fan Photography Challenge. Each week, a new theme will be presented to our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram community where they can participate by submitting or voting on photos for a chance to win prizes. Read more on our blog post, Announcing the BorrowLenses.com Fan Photography Challenge.
The top photos from each theme will be included in our “Fan Favorite and Grand Prize Winner” Contest. Our guest judge, Rick Sammon, will select a Grand Prize winner who will walk away with a $1,000 gift card to use on BorrowLenses.com while the Fan Favorite will receive a $500 gift card to use on BorrowLenses.com.
While we receive many notes of thanks (and sometimes even small gifts) back with our rentals, every so often we receive something that knocks our socks off. We received this letter back with a Canon 24-105 lens.
I am returning this Canon EF 24-105L lens, that you so crueley numbered 20033064. I’ll have you know that this number to you has a name, and his name is Jack. Jack arrived on my doorstep Sept. 27th. I was so excited to meet my new friend. Little did I know we would soon become more. I told Jack we were going to Disney World! He was so excited, he’d been so many places and had heard other lenses and cameras talk of Disney. On October 1st, we arrived and instantly Jack showed me how happy he was. I didn’t have too high of hopes, I thought “maybe I’ll get a few nicer pictures.” He surpassed all expectations. My images were so clear and sharp, such detail. Where have you been all my life Jack?! (Oh, that’s right, cooped up in your backroom! Shame!) I took Jack to more and more parks, he saw shows, rides, animals, and foods he’d never seen before. I was rewarded with pictures I’d never seen my T1i take before. It was inevitable… We fell in love. The 12th came and I couldn’t let him go! Just a few more days! And now it’s over, I want you to know, you may have his body, but he left his soul in my pictures! YOU CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY! WHAT WE HAVE IS TRUE AND NO DISTANCE CAN CHANGE THAT!!! SHAME ON YOU FOR BREAKING UP TRUE LOVE! =( I’LL NEVER FORGET YOU JACK!!! <3, Felicia