September 25, 2007

Cool Recent Photography, Part 1

Of jazz, Jawas, carnage, & more:

  • Kent Phelan shares a great shot of octagenarian jazz man Roy Haynes. [Via]
  • TrueGrain is "a pro-grade tool for accurately recapturing the aesthetics of black and white film with digital photography."  It’ll set you back $300.
  • The NYT features a slideshow from Turkey’s barren & striking Cappadocia; Jawas sold separately.  According to the gallery, the caves have been carved from soft rock.  I’d like to see caves carved into some really soft rock, like Nerf.  ("Or Air Supply," interjects Margot.)
  • Speaking of the NYT, they’ve been offering excellent prints for sale from their archives.  Dig Ruth Fremson’s photo of trams in the fog (info).  See also the ghostly Twin Towers in the fog; Lower Manhattan in the 60’s (hello, old office); Feeding the hippo at the Bronx Zoo.
  • The paper remembers the life and work of pioneering female photojournalist Gerda Taro (partner of Robert Capa), offering a slideshow of her work.
  • "Don’t look at me like a piece of meat!" But look at my hair that way.  If Julia Kissina’s carnage trips your trigger, see Pinar Yolacan’s work. [Via]
Posted by John Nack at 9:42 PM on September 25, 2007

Comments

  • Bruce McL — 1:56 PM on September 26, 2007

    Note that Alien Skin has a grain producing Photoshop plugin called Exposure available for $100.00 less.
    http://www.alienskin.com/exposure/
    Maybe the Truegrain guys used tubes instead of transistors when making their software, I don’t know.

  • Ramón G Castañeda — 1:24 AM on September 27, 2007

    What is baffling to me about the grain issue, is that the undisputed best tool for adding, matching or removing grain for years has been Grain Surgery by Visual Infinity, and Adobe acquired Grain Surgery from Visual Infinity some time ago, only to shelve it.
    Truegrain doesn’t come anywhere near Grain Surgery.
    We know nothing about Adobe’s plans for Grain Surgery.

  • Ramón G Castañeda — 11:34 AM on March 10, 2009

    What is baffling to me about the grain issue, is that the undisputed best tool for adding, matching or removing grain for years has been Grain Surgery by Visual Infinity, and Adobe acquired Grain Surgery from Visual Infinity some time ago, only to shelve it.
    We know nothing about Adobe’s plans for Grain Surgery.

    Any comments on this, Mr. Nack—some 18 months later?
    Grain Surgery runs perfectly well hosted by CS4 on my PowerPC machine. I’m very happy for the time being, but this would keep me from buying a Mac-Intel machine if I should win the lottery. :-)
    [I’m afraid I don’t have anything to announce on that front. –J.]

  • Ramón G Castañeda — 3:22 PM on March 12, 2009

    Thank you for the courtesy of your response.
    It seems Adobe did use the Grain Surgery plug-ins by rolling them into After Effects, something I cannot verify as I don’t use that application. If they were re-written in Universal Binary, I wonder if they can be carried over to Photoshop?
    [Unfortunately there’s very little that can be moved between the architectures, especially now that we have to move to Cocoa and 64-bit. I think it would almost inevitably be faster to rewrite the plug-ins from scratch now. –J.]

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