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End of an Era...

Jan. 13th, 2006 | 01:36 am
mood: sadupset
music: Adia; Sarah McLaghlan

Sad news was released recently that all but ends an era in photography. The following is a press release from Nikon OK, and confirmed today in the US... this really sucks for us film photogs...

Following the success of our digital line-up over the last seven years, which has resulted in more than 95% of Nikon’s UK business being within the digital area, Nikon Corporation has made the decision to focus management resources on digital cameras in place of film cameras. This decision will allow Nikon to continue to develop products that match the demands of an increasingly competitive market place.

Despite this growing competition Nikon Corporation has continued to outperform the market, and has recently reported positive financial results which saw group net profit climb by 20% in the fiscal first half which ended in September. Group sales also increased by 9.8% to 342.85 billion yen in the same period. Sales of high end digital SLR cameras and the success of products like the D70s and D50 have helped contribute to these positive figures.

As the film camera market shrinks and the popularity of compact digital cameras increases, demand for products that offer advanced features and extra value is continuing to grow. High performance digital SLR cameras are performing well as users shift from film-based SLR cameras or upgrade from compact digital cameras to digital SLR cameras.

As a result of the new strategy Nikon will discontinue production of all lenses for large format cameras and enlarging lenses with sales of these products ceasing as soon as they run out of stock. This also applies to most of our film camera bodies, interchangeable manual focus lenses and related accessories. Although Nikon anticipates that the products will still be in retail distribution up to Summer 2006.

In recognition of Nikon’s commitment to professional photographers we will continue to manufacturer and sell the F6, our flagship film model, as well as a number of manual interchangeable lenses. Sales of the manual FM10 will also continue outside Europe.

Notes to editor

• As well as the F6 film body and the manual FM10 Nikon will continue to manufacturer and sell the following Interchangeable manual lenses:

Nikkor 20mm f/2.8

Nikkor 24mm f/2.8

Nikkor 28mm f/2.8

Nikkor 35mm f/1.4

Nikkor 50mm f/1.2

Nikkor 50mm f/1.4

Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8

Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8

PC Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D

• After-sales service will continue to be provided as before, according to the policy for each product

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Jan. 1st, 2006 | 12:27 am
mood: drunkdrunk

Just wanted to wish everyone a happy hnew year! I'm sitting hwere, with more alcohol oinb me than blood, and I hjaust wanted to say HAPPY TNEW YEAR!. Hope all of you get what you want out of it, and those of you who don't knw WHAT you want, get exactly what you need to make it an excellent year! Right, now on to more shots...or so,ething fermented! WPOPPPOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO :D

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Post Gluttonukkah

Dec. 26th, 2005 | 03:47 pm
mood: cheerfulcheerful
music: A Foggy Day In London Town - Michael Buble

So yeah, after a gut busting day of merriment, I am home, and rather not hungry. Lots of good eats yesterday, and some cool new booty to boot-y (yeahm that was bad). So, what did I get? Glad you asked. Mom and Bob got Heather and I am new Camcorder...HOLY CRAP! It's nice...and takes Mini DV. As soon as I get a Firewire card in the ol beast, I'll be able to transfer the video over, and play with it. Should be tons of fun. Mike got ma a laser level, of which I was needing, and Grandma got me sopme gloves and a pen/pencil set...for those of you who know me know I loved that one :D. A few days earlier, Heather and I went to pick out my gift, of whic hI got a new PSP, and the new Prince of Persia game WOO HOO. Greg was also kind enough to give me one of the coolest dice I'd ever seen, it's a 3d6... basically, a clear cube with 3 teeeny d6 in it. You roll the big cube, and that rattles the smaller ones giving you...tada...3d6! It rocks. I had a really good holiday, and I hope you all did too....

... so, that being said, what did you guys get?

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Dec. 24th, 2005 | 01:37 am

So, Mel and I did the math, and the brainstorming tonight, and we figured that the studio SHOULD be openign in February, rental space pending (which really shouldn't be a problem). And the best part, we finally have a name we agreed on. If there is any confusion, check my av, there it is. Simple, and we dig it...so there you have it. The birth and bris of Blue Star Studios!

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Staring in wide eyed wonder

Dec. 20th, 2005 | 12:49 am
mood: amusedamused
music: MIchael Buble, Dream A Little Dream

Okay, how many of you are going to see theis and go HOLY CRAP...HE JUST POSTED ON LJ...

...yeah, I thought so...

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My own domain!!!

Jun. 17th, 2005 | 03:37 pm
mood: excitedexcited

I am FINALLY the proud owner of my own domain! If anyone wants to look, check out

www.jpolaskiphotography.com !!

I just added 15 new shots from the second wedding to the weddings section, and I still have more to go. I'm loving the new Nikon, and film in general (though the waiting bites). ANYWAY, go look, and let me know what you think...or don't, I'm just happy to have the domain ;)

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Wedding...the sequel

Jun. 13th, 2005 | 12:13 pm
mood: artisticartistic

Yup, I don't post much, I got it. Most of my postings and goings on have been on deviant art, so if you must know the toilings of my artistic life, check there. For tose of you loyal to LJ, I'm going to post this here (duh).

The second wedding went GREAT. I mean, it was long, but fun. I now know what it means to love your job. The shooting went from 12 PM to 11 PM...ouch. In that time, I managed a decent number of rolls, and I should have the negatives and contact sheets back in about a week.

Yes, you heard me right. I said negatives and contact sheets. I went film. Oddly enough, I don't feel that this is a step back, but rather a step forward. I fyou want my rational behind that one, check my journal at my devART page. I picked up a Nikon N80, which I'm loving. It kind of feels weird though, not being able to check your shots, so I'm a bit nervous about the more creative ones...I guess that isn't a new issue for film photogs.

ANYWAY, Kevin pretty much said that I don't need any more trainng, as by the end of the night, I was running the show, not to mention I had taken and run with the bride and grooms photo shoot, making them do things that had Kevin drop his jaw. I think he was even a little depressed about his lack of creativity (he said so). I'll be posting shots as soon as I get them back. SO, not needing a mentor anymore, I told him that we DO make a good team, and if he wants to use me in hos other weddings, just to cut me in on the profits, and I'll be more than happy to lend him my services...we'll see how that goes.

On the portratiure side, I actually have to put together a price list, as one of my pieces has leaked out, thanks to my mother, and her photographer boss. It's generating a bit of a buzz, and people are asking about sitting fees and the like. I guess I have some homework to do ;).

Well, that's about it for now... I may keep you updated, and then again, I may not... lord knows how lazy I get with my LJ...

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Wedding update

May. 30th, 2005 | 10:05 pm

The wedding went WONDERFULLY!!! I had so much fun shooting it, and I am looking forward to the next one on June 11 with Kevin. Oddly enough though, I think that before long, I may be taking a step backward in terms of technology. You see, the camera I have now just won't handle what I need it to for weddings, and I've pretty much decided to go with an autoficus film SLR. This should prove interesting.

ANYWAY, I updated my site wit some of the pieces I shot at the wedding. Kevin was very kind in letting me pose, and take some time with everybody. In fact, by the end of the night, we were working pretty much as equals, rather than techer/student. So, please have a look, and let me know what you think.

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May. 26th, 2005 | 08:36 pm
mood: nervousnervous

Wow am I nervous. I'm second camera/assistant for a local wedding
photographer, and the wedding is SATURDAY! I know I've had a while to
prepare, and I put myself into this situation, but that doesn't stave
off the nerves that are wracking my stomach. I've been reading up (as
anyone who decided to check the above ISBN will attest to ;)),
but reading and doing are two completely different beasts. I just hope
I have what it takes to do this. I mean, tonight, I've been scouring
the net for examples of wedding photography, and I have come to the
conclusion that there are many wedding photgraphers who just plain out
SUCK. Not in a "I don't like your style way", but an "what the HELL
were you thinking" kind of way. Basic errors like direct on flash, poor
composition, and not checking your backgrounds for distractions like
halk-unpacked boxes...that kind of thing...and this HAS helped me to
think I can. ANYWAY... I did this for multiple reasons. ONE, I learn
the trade, and hopefully, pick it up myself. TWO, I get pieces to use
in my portfolio, and my site.
I know that regardless, this will be the outcome, but I still hope for
the best. I want to continue learning from this guy, and if I blow
this, I know I'll have to look somewhere else...which would be bad. SO,
I ramble on here...

The majority of the special equipment I need came in, including my Stroboframe Flash Bracket (I found used on eBay :)) and I'm waiting on my Sto-Fen Omni Bounce...which should be here either tomorrow, or early Saturday.

WOW...that actually helped... thanks for reading/listening...

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Yeah yeah yeah... I don't post a lot...I get it...

May. 23rd, 2005 | 09:23 pm
mood: accomplishedaccomplished

So... a while back, I ordered a catalog from the New York Institute
of Photography. Needless to say, it never showed...I think my mailman
is a bit of a shuterbug...

ANYWAY... I ordered another one. You see, I pretty much knew I wanted to enroll, but I was worried about cost.

It showed up today, and I eagerly tore it open and found the enrollment form. YAY!!! They take payments.

Needless to say, I enrolled. I can't wait for my stuff to show up in
the mail. They're saying that the bill and student ID will be here by
the end of the week, while the first three lessons will be here in two
to three weeks...that's going to be a long wait...let me tell you.

I'm hoping this will go a long way to helping me with my freelance work, and to improving my photography in general...

IN other news, I managed to acquire an old strobe kit, that when I got it...was just this side of electrically safe. I have since been giving it the complete overhaul. It's coming along nicely, and everything is working well...and safe. I just got done putting together a new rechargeable pack... I had to completely retrofit and resolder using D sized NiCaD batteries. I have it charging now, and test fired it once... I want to give it a full test, see how many shots I get out of the pack, but Ianticipate it working nicely... YAY!!!

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