Medium Format Magazine – February 2019

Medium Format Magazine – February 2019

Medium format photography has never been so alive and well. This is apparent in the stunning work you will find in the February issue of the Medium Format Magazine. 

A fascinating interview with Damien Lovegrove begins the issue. This must-read conversation with one of the most accomplished and celebrated photographers is an account of a remarkable journey of visual and business mastery in today’s difficult world of professional photography. 

© Damien Lovegrove

In the next article, Alex Tseli takes his brand-new Hasselblad X1D on a photographic trip to a colourful and visually-rich Morocco. His honest and well-written account of the trip and his experience of using the X1D makes this piece an intriguing read. 

Don Craig, a professional photographer from Victoria, works for the government of British Columbia as a designer and photographer. He shares with us his experience of using the medium format Fujifilm GFX system in his work settings. I am confident many of you will find his article useful and thought-provoking. 

This month, Ming Thein tackles the issue of art and photography. Those of you who have been following Ming Thein and his “In Pursuit of Transparency” know what to expect – deep, thoughtful writing. Make sure to turn off all distractions. 

As you turn the page, you will encounter a trip to an unexpected but fascinating place. Michael Zahra takes us into the strictly controlled area around Chernobyl, site of one of the largest nuclear disasters in the modern era. When reading his account, vivid memories of my childhood in communist Poland, just across the border from Ukraine, came back to me. I well remember the time when the first news about the disaster hit the airwaves and the government started distributing the Potassium Iodide solution to me and my schoolmates. Make sure to read Michael’s fascinating account of this trip and see the stunning imagery captured with his medium format camera. 

© Michael Zahra

Lloyd Chambers continues his insightful series about maximizing image quality with shot discipline. This time Lloyd tackles the issue of optimal exposure. As usual, in his no-nonsense, to-the-point piece, Lloyd educates us on how to reap the full benefit of our medium format gear. 

This month Ibarionex Perello in his “Beyond Medium Format” column talks about “Feeling What You Are seeing.” He takes us inside a famous recording studio and shares his experience of shooting a recording session with great musicians. It is not only about the images!

Holger Nitschke shares his stunning portraiture work and asks a series of important questions about medium format and photography in general. His way of working with models and capturing unique portraits is something to admire and learn from.

Model: Michelle Hair/Makeup: Ilka Preuth Photo: Holger Nitschke

Finally, Alex Burke, our new columnist, introduces himself and writes about his large format photography. As we work to expand medium format film photography coverage, I am very pleased to have Alex with us and I’m looking forward to his series about film photography. 

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Medium Format Magazine – January 2019

Medium Format Magazine – January 2019

My name is Olaf and I am editor-in-chief of the Medium Format Magazine and the PDF Exclusives series. I created this community and the Magazine with photographers like you and me in mind. Like you, I care deeply about the craft of photography. I value great imagery and exclusive, substance-rich and thought-provoking writing. So I contacted the best medium format photographers and writers in the world, teamed up with a professional English editor and the best layout designers. I did it all because I wanted to make sure you open each issue with anticipation and excitement and close with renewed zest for crafting great imagery. I would be delighted if you joined us today and became what we call ourselves – Medium Formatters!


The January issue of the Medium Format Magazine is here!

@ Cooper & Gorfer  

Sally Jennings and I had a pleasure interviewing Nina Gorfer and Sarah Cooper, known as Cooper & Gorfer. Copper & Gorfer’s imagery is absolutely beautiful, rich in colour and texture but most importantly so abundant in meaning. Sally writes: These people were real. I felt that this was how we should live. This was who we really were. Instead, we impose on ourselves a world that’s pragmatic and disciplined and mechanical and we ignore the sweeps of our giddy brain. I want to leave my world and enter theirs.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. The body of work produced by Nina and Sarah is remarkable not only in its artistry but also in its intellectual richness. Indeed, a must-read interview!

Jonas Rask in his column “Keeping it Alive” makes a case for the panoramic format and shares stunning imagery to prove his point. After all, we all love cinema but somehow we stay fixated on the formats imposed by our camera viewfinders.

© Jonas Rask

Take Kayo, a frequent traveller, shared his thoughts about “The Joys and Pains of Travel Photography.” Take’s great writing, the streets of Hong Kong and the medium format camera – you cannot go wrong with that.

In this month’s edition of “In Pursuit of Transparency” Ming Thein tackles a fascinating question: “Does composition change with format?” I must admit that when I read this title for the first time I couldn’t wait to dive into his piece. It will make you reconsider any preconceived ideas. This is what great writing is all about.

This month yours truly writes about “The Palouse Effect.” Even though my forte is street and travel photography, every year I try to make a visual pilgrimage to the Palouse region in Washington if not for the remarkable landscape, certainly to refresh my seeing and break the visual patterns imposed by big cities. I hope you enjoy this piece and the imagery.

Our guest this month, Sandy Ramirez, shares his experience of shooting with the Pentax 75/2.8 SMC 645 FA lens on the 645z medium format camera. Sandy takes us behind the scenes of three photo shoots – all with the same lens. A great account of a professional at work!

Lloyd Chambers continues his technical series about “Maximizing Image Quality with Shot Discipline.” This month Lloyd tackles the important subject of camera vibration and handheld shooting. As a notorious hand-shooter, I found his advice eye-opening and very useful especially in terms of shooting with highly demanding medium format gear.

Who would be a better person to “Search for the Why in Photography” if not Ibarionex Perello? Indeed, Ibarionex in his column “Beyond Medium Format” passionately and eloquently challenges us to go deeper into our photographic self. In his article, he asks the questions which everyone needs to ask in order to become a more articulate photographer.

Finally, we have the Readers’ Exhibition with stunning work selected by us from all submissions. Seeing these images in print has been such a treat. I am convinced you will like them too. Here the image submitted by one of our readers, Cam Garner and taken with the Phase One XF IQ3-100. 

@Cam Garner

Over the course of the next few months we will try to expand our coverage and bring aboard new medium format photographers. We are already working on two fascinating interviews, which will be in the magazine shortly. Also, keep in mind that the PDF Exclusives are part of your subscription package. They are designed to be educational mini-magazines, which I am sure you will find entertaining and educational.

My team, the contributors and I hope you will enjoy this issue.

 

Medium Format Magazine – December 2018

Medium Format Magazine – December 2018

My name is Olaf and I am editor-in-chief of the Medium Format Magazine and the PDF Exclusives series. I created this community and the Magazine with photographers like you and me in mind. Like you, I care deeply about the craft of photography. I value great imagery and exclusive, substance-rich and thought-provoking writing. So I contacted the best medium format photographers and writers in the world, teamed up with a professional English editor and the best layout designers. I did it all because I wanted to make sure you open each issue with anticipation and excitement and close with renewed zest for crafting great imagery. I would be delighted if you joined us today and became what we call ourselves – Medium Formatters!


As I was working with my team on the current issue, we knew we wanted to approach it as if it were our first. I am honoured and privileged to work with an amazing group of people who, despite all the cross-currents associated with a new publication, pour so much passion and dedication into forming this magazine.

No wonder the December issue is so rich in great content and stunning imagery! Patrick La Roque goes deep into the process of image creation pondering the role of individual experience. In his unique and poignant piece, he challenges us to go deeper into our own existence to uncover new layers of seeing. Fascinating read, indeed!

Ming Thein takes us on a journey involving aerial photography, sharing his experiences and expertise while shooting from above. As usual, he presents a plethora of fascinating, unknown facts and technical know-how accompanied by jaw-dropping imagery. His technical writing is enriched by stories from his personal assignments. Put your seatbelts on – this is going to be adventurous reading!

© Ming Thein

Our guest this month, Denis Hocking, writes a thought-provoking article about becoming friends with your camera. He navigates us through his thinking process when choosing and bonding with his new medium format system – what he calls “familiar friend, expensive paintbrush.” There is no question that this friendship is going well – the proof is in the stunning imagery. 

In the last two issues, Take Kayo brought us truly fascinating interviews. This time is no different. Take interviews a legend of skateboarding photography – Grant Brittain. Take writes, “Grant was in the right place at the right time as the skateboarding culture was taking root in southern California in the late 1970s. Household names like Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero and Christian Hosoi were just preteens at the time, and Grant was like a big brother to them.” That should be enough to hook you on this fascinating piece and imagery shot with medium format.

Lloyd Chambers continues his in-depth discussion about technical aspects of shooting medium format. This month, Lloyd focuses on depth of field, diffraction and focus stacking. Step by step he presents his findings, giving examples and illustrations based on years of independent and scrupulous work. Each of his pieces is a wealth of technical know-how.

If you enjoyed the first part of Benjamin Everett’s “Pictures of the West” you will absolutely love the second part in which Benjamin shares his account of “Driving North.” Benjamin once again takes us along on his photographic journey through the most stunning landscapes North America offers. His reportage-style writing and storytelling will keep you on the edge of your seat so make sure you don’t spill your morning coffee. Even if you do, this may well be worth it.

This month, Ibarionex Perello writes a highly absorbing piece about his approach to testing new cameras. He writes, “Even before these devices arrive at my doorstep, I am attempting to be thoughtful about how I intend to use them once they arrive.” A truly honest and eye-opening look at evaluating new gear in terms of your personal goals and aspirations. Beware! You may never approach a new camera the same way after reading this piece.

Finally, yours truly is sharing his own account of his surprising and revealing journey to medium format photography. If you’d told me a few years ago that I would write such an article, I would not have believed it. As one of the biggest proponents of “the camera doesn’t matter” philosophy, I question the core of my belief based on my experience. It is told as it happened. We often stick to certain convictions and shape our reality with them. For me, it was time to break this house of glass.

That’s not all. This month we have a small surprise for you with special pages of a holiday wish extravaganza. I am sure you will enjoy the thoughtful, insightful and, on occasion, humorous wishes.

My team, the contributors and I hope you will enjoy this issue. 

 

 

 

 

 

New Hasselblad lenses!

New Hasselblad lenses!

Hasselblad is expanding its lens choices for the X1D medium format system, including the fastest Hasselblad lens ever: the XCD 80mm F/1.9. The other two are XCD 65mm F/2.8 and the XCD 135mm F2.8 telephoto lens with X Converter 1.7. This addition brings the number of lenses available for the X1D system to nine in total.

Of course, the XCD 80mm F/1.9 creates the most excitement among photographers. Hasselblad in its official statement says, The XCD 1,9/80 represents a major milestone for Hasselblad with an impressive f/1,9 aperture, Hasselblad’s largest lens aperture, offering an extremely shallow depth of field and light-gathering ability. Thanks to Hasselblad’s optical design expertise and rigorous calibration standards, the XCD 80mm boasts superior optical surface precision, avoiding poor bokeh results or out of focus highlights often seen in high aperture lenses with aspherical surfaces.”

 The team at MediumFormat.com is already in touch with Hasselblad and Hasselblad photographers and as soon as we can, we will bring you a full review of this new lens.