Wanderlust Travelwide

Wanderlust is defined as a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about. The new Wanderlust Travelwide 4×5 film camera is just the type of equipment to do this. The Travelwide can focus from infinity down to 0.55 meters and a Pinwide pinhole is included. $149 + shipping, delivery Summer 2014. You can also view some beautiful test shots taken with the camera https://www.flickr.com/photos/wanderlustcamera/sets/72157633063860376/.


D4s: A Pricey but lovely new addition to the Nikon Camera line

The D4s is the latest DSLR digital camera by Nikon which can be pre-ordered at an approximate price of $6,500. Camera product buyers are still not able to disclose the arrival date of the new DSLR so you’ll just have to sit tight and wait. The D4s can shoot an ISO up to 409,600 which does have noise, but just seems insane to get night shots at f/11with a shutter speed of 1/640th!


Stocksy. The band-aid to heal the wounds of micro-stock and a broken rights-managed system?

Stocksy is a new photo stock agency developed by Bruce Livingstone, the former creator of iStock and Brianna Wettlaufer, the former VP of development for iStock. Stocksy only accepts a maximum of 500 photographers to join per year. Photographers have to submit their portfolios for review and become contributors upon notification.

Stocksy describes their company as a “co-operative that is owned and run by its artists”. Photographers receive 50% of a standard license purchase, and 100% of an extended license purchase. They say artists also get to share in the profits at the end of the year, but I am not sure what that means.

Sales are considered royalty-free licenses and extended licenses can be purchased for use beyond the RF terms. The average rate for a stock download from Stocksy is said to be around $50.

Zona Foto Image accepted into Fourteen Hills and Voices/Visions’ arts/literary collaboration, Ekphrasis!

Some of the Bay area’s most talented artists’ work was chosen to have their art randomly paired with prominent Bay Area writers. Each writer will create a written piece inspired by the selected visual work.

The opening reception and release party for the Fourteen Hills and Voices/Visions newest arts/literary collaboration, Ekphrasis is set for Friday, April 11th, 2014 at 1170 Market Gallery from 7pm to 10pm.  http://14hills.net/content/ekphrasis

Zona Foto’s selected image is from her China Series which was previously on display in a group show “Time in Place” at the Seed Gallery in San Francisco.



Polaroid Fotobar. Hit or miss?

Polaroid cameras and prints are very cool–love them. I recently heard of Polaroid Fotobar and have to say that turning my “favorite photos” into polaroid pictures misses the mark for me. Polaroid Fotobar locations are in Florida and seem like a glorified photo print & enlargement store such as Wolf Camera. They mock the layout of a Mac store, but don’t seem all that impressive http://bit.ly/1nUxIFw .

Kurt Cobain’s Death Investigation Re-opened?

Whether you are a Nirvana fan or not I think anyone can appreciate the beautiful portrait of Kurt Cobain photographed by Mark Seliger. The image appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine’s June 2, 1994 issue after Kurt’s apparent suicide.

Kurt Cobain, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1993
“This was shot two months before he committed suicide. And seemingly getting better and healthier. But I think what’s memorable, for me, was the experience of having him in front of my camera and really seeing the intensity and melancholy behind his eyes. It’s was a great loss and it’s hard to describe how a photograph makes you feel inside. There’s a sadness to it because he was just a lovely person. In regards to the process, it was a 4×5 on a Polaroid negative and then I shot film on the Polaroid negative.”

Four rolls of film were unprocessed in a police evidence room causing the case to be re-opened by Seattle police. You can see a video clip of MTV’s Kurt Loder looking back on the day Kurt Cobain died. Still image ©Frank Micelotta http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/03/20/kurt-cobain-death-investistigation-photos_n_5001760.html

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/earshot/new-photos-kurt-cobain-suicide-690060 Still image ©Frank Micelotta.

You can get a glimpse of rare images posted on the Rollingstone.com site courtesy of the Cobain Estate http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/cobain-unseen-20100301/0074051 .

Lenscratch features Zona Foto

Lenscratch Fine Art Photography Daily features Zona Foto’s image which was selected for RayKo’s 7th Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show  http://lenscratch.com/2014/03/rayko-plastic-camera-show/ . RayKo’s 7th AnnualPlastic Camera Show opens Wednesday, March 5th from 6-8pm and runs through April 29th, 2014. Details can be found here: http://raykophotocenter.com/current-show-b