I happened on this article a while back and its message has always stuck with me (although I still obsess over new camera gear). But even a self-confessed gear addict can admit there are some pretty interesting points in there. The article by Ken Rockwell details his theory that you can achieve the results you want with a $150 camera or a $5000 camera, it’s just about understanding and working with the equipment. I don’t agree with everything he has to say, but it’s a good read for anyone lusting after some of the new, and ridiculously expensive, DSLRs popping up. And if you need proof of Rockwell’s claim that “a great photographer can take great pictures with a disposable”, look no further than Flickr where a simple search will yield some really amazing shots, all taken with disposables. A couple of my favorites are here and here. Also worth a read is Rockwell’s “$150 Camera vs. $5000 Camera” article.
I guess at the end of the day you’re really just paying for features when you buy a high end camera body. Easy access to settings, quicker focus, faster shots: it all adds up to an easier to use camera that allows you to get the shots when they present themselves. I remember my old Nikon CP 8800 fondly, it took great photos, but it was a total pain to use and I can’t even count the number of great shots I missed waiting for that thing to focus or write to the memory card (it took forever to do both).
Above image Via lslphoto
Since the CMJ festival has taken over most of the venues here in New York, it’s a bit overwhelming to plan out your day since your favorite musician could be playing right at this moment since most shows start at noon and end at 4 am. Last night I went to see Trus’me who was in that Tom Croose mix from yesterday and couldn’t even stay because i was so beat from the last 2 shows before. Today i’m off to see Hatchback, School of Seven Bells, Tobacco, Praveen and i think Madlib, i hope to have a full report to you all of new findings and free mp3 downloads.
Trus’Me – Working Nights
Maelstrom – Petrichor
Deadbeat – Organ In The Attic Sings The Blues
Jim O’Rourke – Fuzzy Sun
Dutch designer Schuur created this rather unique closet covered entirely in vintage cassette tapes. Via Designboom
Tom Croose is one half of the Brooklyn DJ duo Worst Friends who recently put this mix together that is debuting here on ISO50. I thought I should share it here since it’s a really diverse sounding mix and most of the songs picked for the mix are pretty new to me. If you want more from Tom Croose he just released a 7 inch vinyl limited to 300 or download it here from us. The partial photo above is courtesy of Alex/HeadUp (who you may see once in a while on the blog) shot with his Holga.
1 – Nelson Angelo E Joyce – Comunhao
2 – Flying Lotus – Auntie’s Lock
3 – Slum Village – Fall n Love
4 – Slum Village – Fall n Love (Dilla remix)
5 – Max Berlin – Elle & Moi (Cicada remix)
6 – Trus’me – Drilling
7 – Ost & Kjex – Have You Seen The Moon In Dallas?
8 – Mark E & Dragon – Good Times (Prins Thomas remix)
9 – Jorge Ben – Oe Oe
10 – Dolle Jolle – Balearic Incarnation
11 – Wally Badarou – Endless Race
12 – Todd Terje – Glittertind
13 – Osborne – Wait A Minute
14 – k.i.d. – Hupendi Muziki Wangu?!
15 – Magnus International – Kosmetisk
16 – John Tejada – Turning Point
17 – Bostro Pesopeo – Falls (Hercules & Love Affair remix)
18 – Robag Wruhme – k.t.b. (Ruhig Brauner remix)
19 – Matias Aguayo – Minimal (Dj Koze remix)
20 – Spoon – Don’t You Evah (Matthew Dear remix)
21 – Beach House – Gila
Update: Download it here and listen to it below.
Tom Croose – Summer of Croose Mix
Fleetwood Mac – Never Going Back (Tom Croose edit)
Anthony Kurtz is a San Francisco based photographer who’s work I just recently stumbled upon. The second I saw his essay on India by train I was hooked. Anthony’s images manage to tread lightly into the world of HDR without stepping over that razor thin line into the overdone, hypersaturated cheeziness that plagues so many other high dynamic range photographer’s work. I love his palette and sense of atmosphere, the images feel modern and nostalgic at the same time. The simplicity and practicality of digital photography has led me astray from film so it’s nice to see someone like Anthony making digital feel so warm and vibrant (I am assuming these are digital, they have that processed digital vibe, but they could very well be film). There’s plenty more to see at his portfolio.
True to form for the Megapixel Wars, Nikon is said to be upping the ante with the follow up to it’s flagship D3 12MP shooter. The new D3x will apparently sport a 24MP sensor along with various other upgrades. I had the chance to try a D3 out earlier this year in Bangkok; it really was an incredible machine and I can only imagine what this more powerful version might be like. While the price on the D3x puts it well outside the range of my shortlist for new DSLRs, it’s still nice to lust over something so truly state of the art. Via Gizmodo via Gadgetlab
The poster print from the Terrabyte show in LA this summer is now available at the ISO50 Shop. Quantities are limited on this first pressing so get some while they last!
As you may have realized by now, I love wood grain. The only thing I love more than woodgrain is when there’s stainless steel or brushed aluminum involved. This molded plywood laptop case by Brian Kelly doesn’t appear to be the most functional thing in the world (and it will certainly add some girth to your MBP) but sometimes form must come before function. More details on Brian’s Behance page.