Canon versus Nikon: off the record interview

Monday, February 6, 2017

Photo by Michael DeStefano
Canon: I don’t know what the big deal is. There is no rivalry. We’re pretty much good friends.
Nikon: Well it’s not like we hang out or anything. Except at big events like Olympics, inaugurations, car races...stuff like that.
Canon: He’s a jerk sometimes. We’ve had our differences. But he won’t admit he loves me.
Nikon: Shut up.
Canon: We’re always trying to one up each other but we have a lot in common though. We’re getting along much better now.
Nikon: The worst part? He’s into color, I still love black & white. Classic.
Canon: Canon Leica Nikon. haha
Nikon: Jeez. Haven’t heard that one in at least half an hour.
Canon: We have both been part of photography history. An integral part.

Nikon: But I was first.
Canon: You always manage to work that into every conversation. Get over it.

Nikon: The highlights? Hard one. Maybe all the prizes I’ve won. Pulitzers. World Press Photo. You know?
Canon: Nah! All the great photos of pretty girls. Cars. Pinups. Marilyn. Beyonce. Lamborghinis.
Nikon: Come on. You can never be serious.
Canon: & you can never take a joke. Like the time with that space shuttle fiasco. You screwed the pooch on that one.
Nikon: That wasn’t funny.

Canon: Regrets? Photography has always been kind of expensive. Might like that to change.
Nikon: But that digital thing, who saw that coming?
Canon: Helped my career.

Photo by Michael DeStefano
Nikon: Most of the others have come & gone but we are still hanging in there. Photography is probably more important today than ever. The responsibility is palpable.
Canon: Yeah. Who remembers Argus, Yashika, Ricoh, Polaroid, Kodak?
Nikon: Be nice.

Canon: Oh yeah & those crotch shots of Britney Spears & stuff. Awesome.
Nikon: Cut it out!
Canon: Hah. Knew that would get him. Do not believe all that stuff. When he’s off the record he’s a horn dog. Really into the porn...Just kidding.

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Road WaRRioR: Traveling with Camera, Lights & Passport

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

I had not been back in over a decade. Unfortunately my return was being tarnished because I was under the Tokyo police...for taking a picture. Although I had made the same image years before, where I was now standing was illegal. In the world of a Road WaRRioR this happens more often than is necessary.

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Workshop: Visit Cuba with Lou Jones

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Last week my sister returned from Cuba. Nothing especially significant about that. She is not political or religious or a doctor. She was just a tourist. Everybody is going to Cuba now that the embargo has been relaxed. I am going back leading a photography tour on September 13-20 th 2015.

Because Cuba is a political football my first two excursions there were fraught with all kinds of complications. In 1980 there was a brief loophole and I was employed by a media group to document their fact-finding mission. Ostensibly they were representing a large communications organization and arranged audiences with newspapers, radio and television stations and government officials. The hidden agenda was much more insidious. At the time I was ignorant of their machinations but I was quickly made aware of the real reasons.

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blog (blŏg, bläg) n. 1. short for Weblog 2. online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer 3. diary that is posted on the Internet 4. an experiment to verbalize my observations about the status of photography. It will be eclectic & deal with philosophy & practice of this universal art form. It will strive for periodic commentary about issues many photographers face, like ownership and the economy. It will also talk about pictures and what makes good ones and how to get them. No hardware. No software. No recycled clichés. No whining.