Nikon in the New York Times!

Nikon is not in the New York Times for a good reason. The complaint is that of 32 photographers from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East (but NOT Europe or the Americas) enlisted by Nikon to test and then promote the D850, all were men, and there were no women included.

Nikon is now, officially, a misogynist company. Shame on them! People should dump their Nikons and switch to other brands which better value the contributions of female photographers.

David Yarrow’s animal photos

Today I saw David Yarrow’s animal photos at the Rotella Gallery in Soho.

At first, my reaction was rather blasé. I thought here we have a basically kitsch genre of photography, the animal photo, and someone is trying to make it seem more highbrow by showing them in black and white. And then the photos are turned into “limited edition” prints that are marketed to rich people, also making the photographer and the gallery owner rich (or at least affluent) in the process. Assuming the gallery sells enough prints to cover the cost of rent and payroll.

However, after watching this video about David Yarrow, I now have a better appreciation for Mr. Yarrow. What he does is pretty darn cool, actually.

1. He understands that telephoto lenses take boring pictures. He quotes Robert Capa who famously said,“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” The key to his photography is to use a 35mm lens (on a full-frame Nikon camera) and keep the camera low to the ground so that the animals look more menacing.

2. But how does he get so close to the animals? Remote control!

3. He uses zone focusing. He triggers the remote-control shutter when he sees (from a safe distance) that the animals are close enough to the camera.

4. Doesn’t he occasionally lose an expensive camera when an elephant stomps on it? Yes he does, and he has videos showing it happening.

His photos at the Rotella Gallery look pretty sharp, so I guess that full-frame Nikon DSLRs take sharp photos.