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Rebecca Cohen Yoga in Monterey…and beyond.

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , on June 17, 2011 by kendoophotography

Rebecca Cohen Yoga. ©2011 Ken Doo Photography. Phase One 645DF and Phase P65+

I like being a photographer because I get to meet a lot of different people.   Commercial photography is no different than family portraiture in this regard, and sometimes I get to work with really exceptional people.  Rebecca Cohen is one of those exceptional people.  Rebecca Cohen is a Yoga teacher.  She is intelligent, professional, talented, and approachable.   What I find attractive about Rebecca Cohen is the passion that she has for her work as a yoga instructor.  It makes the difference between someone who simply works for a living, and someone who really believes and enjoys what they do for a living.  She has extensive training and background in Yoga, even having travelled to study in India.  Although Rebecca makes obviously difficult yoga positions look easy, she is a gifted and affable teacher working with clients from beginner to advanced.

Yes, she's really on her finger-tips! ©Ken Doo Photography. Phase 645DF and Phase P65+ in studio

 
Rebecca is currently teaching yoga out of Monterey Yoga, located at 535 Foam Street, Suite 103 in Monterey, CA 93940, although she may be leaving the area (she is part of the military family).  Rebecca also provides Yoga therapy and Thai yoga massage.  She has developed a loyal clientele following with hopes of keeping her in the Monterey area.  You can visit Rebecca’s website at http://www.rebeccacohenyoga.com/for more information and photos of Rebecca taken during our photography session.  For Rebecca’s yoga photos, I chose medium format digital, using a Phase One 645DF camera fitted with a Phase One P65+ medium format digital back with 60.5 megapixels.  I knew that Rebecca was concerned with using high quality images to represent her business.  I knew that medium format digital photography would give Rebecca’s business the most flexibility in terms of images that could be used providing the absolute best in detail and quality.

Rebecca Cohen Yoga. ©2011 Ken Doo Photography. Phase 645DF and Phase P65+ in studio.

The Phase One P65+ is a full-frame medium format digital sensor (about 2 and 1/2 times the size of a full-frame DSLR sensor!) providing 60.5 megapixels.  Recently the studio upgraded to the new Phase One IQ180 medium format digital back with 80 megapixels.  Especially in print, there is a noticeable difference in quality for both portraiture, commercial photography, and landscapes.  For more information about medium format digital photography, contact me at my boutique photography studio in Carmel, CA at (831) 626-1844.  ken

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Capture Integration – PIAB 2011 in Carmel

Posted in General, Landscapes, Nature & Wildlife with tags , , , , , on February 22, 2011 by kendoophotography

CI in Carmel; Pigs in a Blanket at the Wagon Wheel

Well, last week the weather just sucked.  Constant rain showers thwarted any thoughts of landscape photography on the central coast of California.   And though we were well aware of the conditions, Dave Gallagher of Capture Integration in Atlanta, GA still remained committed to sending Doug Peterson, head of technical services for CI, to my boutique photography studio in Carmel to teach a class on Phase One’s Capture One Pro 6.  Don Libby of Ironcreek Photography in Tucson, AZ and I keep waivering about taking Pigs in a Blanket on the road, and so far we have committed to keeping any Pigs’ photography excursions light-hearted and fun medium format digital photography endeavors regardless of location. [The genesis of PIAB started in 2009 at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Carmel Valley, CA. You can find out more about the beginnings of “Pigs” or “PIAB” in earlier installments on my blog. Doug Peterson of Capture Integration was finally initiated into PIAB and was kept very busy.  Some would say he was really tied up at times.  Doug gave a great class on C1Pro 6, showing the power of the latest version of Phase One’s raw image file processor.

Doug Peterson leads instruction on the new features of Capture One Pro 6

Unofficial and Unauthorized CI mascots Donna and Kenna on the new Phase One IQ series digital backs

Although PIAB is light-hearted and fun, it’s also about serious photography at a different level that only medium format digital can provide.  And it is in that same vein of excellence that I have chosen Capture Integration (CI) to be my medium format dealer.  CI helped me transitioned from the Phase P30, P45+, and P65+.   I wait patiently for the official release of the incredible Phase One IQ180.  CI is consistent with top-notch customer service and attention to details.  It came as no surprise to me that Dave Gallagher’s Capture Integration was again recognized as Phase One’s Dealer of the Year.  CI also carries many other product lines, and CI is also my preferred supplier for all my Canon DSLR equipment.  The second-half of PIAB 2011 will follow in Monument Valley, Hunt’s Mesa, and Page, AZ.   Future PIAB endeavors may include Wine, Dine & Schwein with landscape photography in Napa Valley.  And CI of course! 

I’ve chosen to use medium format digital for much of my portrait and commercial photography simply for the unsurpassed quality that it provides my clients.  You can see some of my medium format digital landscape work at www.houseoflandscapes.com    ken (831) 626-1844

Metallic Fine Art Paper Added to Giclee Printing Media Selections

Posted in General, Portraiture, Weddings and Bridal with tags , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2010 by kendoophotography

Creating a custom icc printer profile for Sugar Cane Fine Art Paper in my boutique studio in Carmel, CA

I have been printing my own portraits and landscapes for several years in my boutique studio in Carmel, CA.  Printing in-house increased efficiency and quality control of products offered by my studio.  It allows me to offer my clients a higher quality product and a greater range of the finest archival fine art papers, canvas, and substrates available.  The studio also provides high resolution photographic copywork for artists and produces giclee prints, or fine art reproductions, for artists on a variety of archival papers and canvas.  Photographic copy work is done with digital medium format, using a Phase 645DF and Phase One P65+ medium format digital back.  The P65+ is currently the highest resolution full frame medium format digital back with 60.5 megapixels, and produces approximately 350 megabyte 16 bit TIFF digital files.  Archival printing is with pigmented inks and on select fine art substrates up to 44 -inches in width.  Custom icc printer profiles are generated by me in studio, including expanded custom profiles with custom grays to insure better shadow detail and exceptional black and white images.

Beginning this month, Ken Doo Photography in Carmel, CA is adding a new metallic paper to its growing selection of fine art media.  The new metallic media shares similarities with Kodak’s Endura Metallic paper but I am now able to print in studio beyond Kodak’s 30-inch width limitation, up to the maximum of my printer’s 44-inch capabilities!  The metallic fine art paper is a smooth shiny surface with exceptional gloss and depth.  The new metallic media looks great with both color and black and white images, and I am looking forward to using this new fine art paper for both my portrait and wedding clients.  I will be adding a special infra-red converted camera to the studio soon, and anticipate that black and white infra-red portraits will look exceptional on this new metallic fine art paper, particularly for my wedding clients and engagement portrait sessions.

Visit the studio to see samples of this new metallic media and other available fine art papers and canvas!  Other fine art medias available include Baryta photographic papers, Sugar Cane, Bamboo, Cotton Elegance Velvet, and Lyve Canvas.  Printing in studio gives me confidence that I am providing my portrait, wedding, and commercial clients the highest quality products, and consequently, I limit the media substrates that I offer as the finest fine art papers and museum gallery-wrapped canvas that I believe are currently available. 

Photographic copy work using Digital Medium Fomat for artists is available in studio and on location.   Call or visit the studio regarding giclee fine art printing and reproduction for artists.

For more information contact the studio at (831) 626-1844.   kmd

Carmel’s Mike Canning Named Real Estate Power Player by Haute Living Magazine

Posted in General, Portraiture with tags , , , , , , on April 12, 2010 by kendoophotography

Local Real Estate Agent Mike Canning selected by Haute Living Magazine as an exclusive Real Estate Power Player. Phase 645AF, P65+, Mamiya 35mm, ISO400, f/11 @ 1/125th

In January of this year, Haute Living Magazine recognized Carmel real estate agent Mike Canning as one of the bay area’s Real Estate Power Players.  Mike specializes in exclusive properties on the central California coast and is affiliated with the Carmel office of Sotheby’s Real Estate.  Mike was one of eight S.F. bay area real estate agents interviewed for Haute Living’s article, Real Estate Power Players (see page 3 of the article).  Haute Living Magazine asked me to photograph Mike at one of his exclusive listings for the article.

Mike Canning with Point Lobos in the background. Phase 645AF, Phase P65+, ISO 400, f/16 @ 1/100th

 I met Mike at a gorgeous property, highlighted by great walls of glass and expansive views of Point Lobos in the background.  I brought along a simple power pack and studio light to help balance out the ambient lighting with the background.  I chose to use medium format digital to photograph Mike to take advantage of the higher quality digital files that the Phase One P65+ medium format digital back produces.  Mike is confident, affable, and very approachable, and was easy for me to photograph.  I can see why Sotheby’s has selected Mike as its No. 1 agent for the ninth consecutive year.  You can contact Mike Canning at www.mikecanning.com or at (831) 622-4848.

Ken  Doo, www.kendoophotography.com (831) 626-1844

Capture Integration in Carmel – 2nd Annual PIAB Part II and Other Misc. Ramblings

Posted in Events, General, Landscapes, Nature & Wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2010 by kendoophotography

Last week marked the end of the Capture Integration in Carmel workshop, otherwise known as the 2nd Annual Pigs in a Blanket.  As promised in part two of this series, I’ve included some of the images created over the course of several days shooting at Alcatraz, Muir Woods, the Sutro Baths, Carmel Mission, and south towards Big Sur. Many more images are available for viewing at my boutique photography studio in Carmel, and I will also post additional images on my landscape photography website.   As I write this, Don Libby of Iron Creek Photography in Tucson, AZ is just getting home from his extended travels with his new Leica M9, having photographed Yosemite, Lone Pine, Death Valley, Mono Lake, among others following the workshop.  All I can say is that Don is really really pleased with the addition of the Leica M9 to his Cambo RS and Phase One P45+ medium format digital back!

Alcatraz at Night. Phase 645AF, P65+, Mamiya 35mm, ISO 400, f/4.5 at 1/4oth

The CI in Carmel workshop really is a great opportunity to meet other like-minded photographers, socialize, learn, and try some of the latest digital photography gear.

The new Leica M9: the perfect MFDB complement

Phase 645AF with Phase P65+ and the new Leica S2 with 70mm lens

I did get to try out the new Leica S2.  This new offering from Leica is more similar to a DSLR, but with a much larger 37.5 megapixel sensor, placing it much closer in medium format digital territory.  The S2 is self-contained like a DSLR, and the body does not have a removeable digital back like its Phase counterpart.  For those new to the world of medium format digital, the S2 offers yet another platform to consider.  But for those that already have a medium format digital camera platform, the S2 is much less attractive.  And for me, quite bluntly, the S2 just didn’t feel right in my hands, and struck me as being cold and sterile.  Others in the workshop either loved the feel of the camera or disliked it.  Those smaller in stature enjoyed the S2, finding that the camera body was easier to hold than the heavier and thicker Phase One camera platform with a digital back.  And I can see how the S2 fills a niche.  I wasn’t a fan of the S2 menu layout, but then again, I’ve been using Phase One MFDBs for years now.  Compared to the Canon 1Ds Mark III or Nikon D3x, I’m sure that the comparatively spartan rear of the S2 would not be difficult to master.

Big Sur Coastline. Leica S2 with 70mm; ISO 160, f/2.4 at 1/4000th

But what do the images taken with the S2 look like?  That’s what is most important right?  I found that when used in abundant light, the S2 produced absolutely stunning images.  Just simply wow.  Leica is known for its quality lenses, and the big 70mm Leica lens does not disappoint.

Muir Woods with Dave Gallagher. Leica S2 with 70mm; ISO 160, f/2.4 at 1/60th

Cropped section of above image. Leica S2. Amazing clarity and detail with the Leica 70mm lens.

Now the bad news.  Unfortunately, the Leica S2 doesn’t perform as well in low light situations.  And the once stellar performance gets ugly when the light gets dim.  Real ugly.  Maybe I should qualify my comments.  In an age of relatively inexpensive DSLRs such as the Canon 5D Mark II, which are capable of quite respectable images at 1600 and 3200 ISO, it’s rather easy to demand more.  And there certainly haven’t been any exceptions, not even for medium format digital.  And true to form, newly released medium format digital backs such as the Phase One P40+ and P65+ are capable of producing good quality images at higher ISOs.

Leica S2 and 70mm; f/2.4 at 1/90th; ISO 640 equals yuck!

At ISO 640, images produced by the Leica S2 looked mushy. I took a quick photo of fellow photographer Rafael Hernandez  and the lack of detail and mush became even more apparent.  I processed the Leica images in Capture One Pro 5.1.  Alternatively, I also tried processing the images in Adobe Photoshop CS4 ACR, but the images from ACR were noticeably noisier and C1 Pro is simply the better raw processor.  We also noticed weird discolorations or anomaly on the back of the S2 LCD viewing screen.  Rafael later determined that this was caused by a bad JPEG viewing algorithm, but with no apparent effect on the final digital image files generated.  A firmware update should cure this anomaly on the LCD, and maybe Leica can improve high ISO image performance by firmware as well.  A clean 800 ISO image file is not asking for much considering the current high ISO performance of recent  MFDBs offerings from both Phase One (P40+ and P65+) and Hasselblad (H4D)—which are also available for sale at a lower price of entry than the S2.

Leica S2 at ISO 640 mushy!

Crop of above image; Leica S2 at ISO 640 mushy and loss of detail

I don’t doubt that Leica will sell many S2 cameras, for what it does well, it does exceedingly well.  But $28,000+ for the Leica S2 (body and 70mm lens) is quite a bit to invest, and certainly will give pause to many particularly considering that other medium format platforms, such as the Phase one P40+ and H4D40, are actually less expensive, albeit a bit bulkier, and minus that shiny red logo.  If I had money to burn, I might be inclined to buy a Leica S2 myself—just because.  But professionally, the S2 is not suitable for me.  Doctors and dentists are lining up now…..  ; )      [Note:  My comments here are not meant as a pixel-peeping review; rather they are my limited observations with the S2 during the workshop.  Hell, it could be fraught with user-error, so go out and grab an S2 and try it yourself…]  Okay, enough rambling….

Garrapata Beach; Phase P65+, ISO 50, f/32 at 3 secs.

Pfeiffer Beach; Phase P65+, ISO 50, f/32 at .8 secs

Carmel Mission Window; Phase One P65+, ISO 100, f/4 at 1/320, Mamiya 120mm D

Carmel Calla Lilly; Phase P65+, ISO 100, f/4 at 1/180, Mamiya 120mm D

Don and I really enjoyed hosting Capture Integration in Carmel, and working with Dave Gallagher.  It seems quick, but we’re already discussing plans to formalize future medium format digital workshops—keep an eye out!  For more landscape images visit my landscape website,  www.houseoflandscapes.com .  For more information, including future Pigs in  a Blanket endeavors, contact Ken Doo at (831) 626-1844; www.kendoophotography.com

More Thoughts on the Phase P65+

Posted in General, Landscapes, Nature & Wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2009 by kendoophotography
Back in Time. Phase 645AF, Hartblei 45mm t/s, Phase p65+; Nik Silver Efex Antique

Faith. Phase 645AF, Hartblei 45mm t/s super rotator, Phase One P65+; Nik Silver Efex Antique

I was invited by Capture Integration, Phase One Dealer of the Year, to write a guest blog on my impressions with the P65+ digital back and Capture Integration in Carmel 2009.  Rather than repost my thoughts here, it is much easier to simply re-direct your attention to their website, where you can read my posting directly on the Capture Integration guest blog.

Just a quick note, although most have been astute enough to realize, a few of the images that I took with the P65+ which required longer exposures were deliberately taken with less than ideal apertures, e.g. 30 second exposures at f/16 at night, with the intent of pushing the back a bit, and albeit self-imposed, to see how the P65+ would fare under less than ideal conditions—that and getting pretty little stars on the Golden Gate Bridge at night…  ; )    Cleaner long exposure image files are certainly easily possible.    Pixel peeping at the web level is limiting.  To truly appreciate the stunning quality of medium format digital requires seeing the printed image.  And the P65+ is no different.  My understanding from Doug Peterson at Capture Integration is that the P65+ with Sensor+ technology can now shoot at speeds up to 3200!  I look forward to getting more accustomed to the P65+ and testing the Sensor+ technology but apparently a Sensor+ enabled back might not be ready for my trip next month to Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly.   Rumor has it that Don Libby of Iron Creek Photography in Tucson, AZ will be in the area at the same time…  ; )   

I’ll have more updates on my experiences with a Sensor+ enabled P65+ digital back soon.  The detail and quality from the P65+ image files have been amazing, and I look forward to incorporating the P65+ into my studio in Carmel, Ken Doo Photography and with the House of Landscapes.

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