J. Kovacs Photography: Blog https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog en-us (C) J. Kovacs Photography office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:35:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:35:00 GMT https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u389498276-o556688546-50.jpg J. Kovacs Photography: Blog https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog 76 120 Walfer Foto-Frenn- Salon d'Auteurs 2019 https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2019/4/walfer-foto-frenn--salon-dauteurs-2019 Salon d' Auteurs 2019

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Salon Daguerre 2019 https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2019/4/salon-daguerre-2019 Salon Daguerre 2019Salon Daguerre 2019Salon Daguerre 2019

Hello everyone,

 

May 6-th is the closing date and it comes quickly, very quickly to submit your photos on the Daguerre contest.

Thus, dive into your photo library, do not wait!

We remind you of the 2019 themes:

  • The frame in the frame
  • Shadow games
  • Street photography
  • Open monochrome
  • Open color

The judgment will be held on the weekend of 10,11 and 12 May, with the following judges :

Janos Kovacs from Luxembourg, Anouk Graux, regular judge of photo exhibitions in France and Jean-Louis Chatelais, winner of the 2017 edition.

As a reminder, two prizes are offered to the best author (250 euros) and the best club (500 euros).

 

You can submit on: www.salondaguerre.com

You can ask your questions to: commissaire@salondaguerre.paris

You can follow us on instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/daguerresalon/

 

See you soon !

Salon Daguerre Team‌

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Le Groupe Photo Région de Vernon- Salon photographique international https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2019/3/le-groupe-photo-r-gion-de-vernon--salon-photographique-international Dans le cadre de son salon photographique international Le Groupe Photo Région de Vernon a le plaisir de vous convier au vernissage de l’exposition et à la remise des prix qui auront lieu à l’Espace Philippe Auguste, salle Viking Rue Riquier - 27200 Vernon Samedi 27 avril 2019 à partir de 11h En présence de Marie Louise BERNARD Invitée d’honneur.

 

Salon Photographique International

 

 

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The 11 Stupidest Things Photographers Say About Gear https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2016/4/the-11-stupidest-things-photographers-say-about-gear My dear friends,  please find below an excellent  article I came across today. It has been published by Petapixel (see the link below) and the author is Michael Comeau. It is very often one can read about the things below, and here you have some interesting answers to those. Please enjoy!

Source: Petapixel

The 11 Stupidest Things Photographers Say About Gear

I’m like a lot of photographers. I want to shoot more often. And one big reason I don’t shoot as much as I like is that I waste too much time reading about gear.

Now I’ve been shooting since 2008, which means I’ve been reading about photo equipment for 8 years. That’s not an eternity, but it’s long enough to realize that when it comes to cameras and lenses, photographers have a bad habit of making dramatic statements that have zero basis in reality.

Here are my 11 favorites:

11) Any Sentence Including “Microcontrast” or “3D Pop” or “Medium Format Look.”

What happened to the word sharp? Because it seems like there’s a new breed of photographer that seems hell-bent on sounding like a lens company marketing department.

Whenever I hear pseudo-science mumbo jumbo like “microcontrast,” I think of a photographer trying a little too hard to justify a $3,000+ lens purchase.

Listen, these days it’s pretty hard to buy a bad lens, no matter how much—or how little—money you’re spending. So that fancy lens you want? If you can afford it, just get it. You’ll probably like it.

And oh yeah, the only way to get the “medium format look” is to use a MEDIUM FORMAT CAMERA AND LENS.

End of story.

10) I Prefer the Nikon Look

My favorite gear article ever is Fstoppers’ blind test of the Nikon D810, Canon 5DSR, and Sony A7R II. They shot an identical picture with all 3 cameras, and people could not guess which camera took which picture.

The idea that we can clearly discern one camera brand from another is all in our heads. Image quality has been solved. You couldn’t buy a bad camera if you tried these days.

Where brands really differentiate themselves these days is ergonomics, RAW file flexibility, size/weight, lens selection, and customer service.

Focus on that, NOT some silly idea of getting the “Brand X Look.”

9) OMG That Lens Has the Best Bokeh!

I don’t understand photographers’ obsession with the rendering of out-of-focus areas. Look at any photo on this site that has a shallow depth of field.

If you’re more interested in what’s out of focus than the subject, then to me, the picture is a failure.

Strong subjects overcome ‘bad’ or ‘distracting’ bokeh any day of the week. End of story.

Not convinced?

Well, can you find a great picture that would be bad if it had different bokeh? And can you find a bad picture that would be made great if it had different bokeh? I sure can’t.

8) The “Legendary” Brand X 85mm Lens

There are no legendary cameras or lenses. There are only legendary photographers who make legendary pictures. And very few of those legendary pictures specifically required certain equipment.

For example, Steve McCurry shot his famous Afgan Girl picture with a Nikon FM2 and 105mm f/2.5 AIS lens.

Steve’s an amazing photographer.

He could have made do with a Canon or Olympus or Pentax or Leica or anything else.

7) My Camera Is Outdated!

In photography, 99.9% of the time, newer is better. But any equipment that still functions as intended is not outdated.

I have a Canon 5D. Yes, the original one from 2005. And Canon’s about to announce the 5D Mark IV, and it’s going to be way better than my old 5D.

But you know what? My 5D still powers on just fine and is 100% functional. So it’s not outdated.

6) I’m Afraid My Gear Will Get Wet/Broken/Peed on.

Stop treating your camera like it’s a newborn baby. If you take reasonable, common-sense precautions, your gear’s going to be perfectly safe 99.999% of the time.

Keep your camera protected in the rain or snow. Stay off railroad tracks. And don’t show off your expensive new gear in unfamiliar places.

But cameras were made to be used. And if you’re not going to them in less-than-perfect conditions—when good pictures tend to happen—why even own a camera?

5) My Family Will Be So Happy I’m Bringing All This Gear on Our Vacation!

Here’s a surefire way to ruin your family vacation: bring a huge photo backpack with 2 cameras, 9 lenses, and a gigantic tripod.

I live in New York City, which is jam-packed full of camera-wielding tourists. Almost every day, I see families sitting around waiting for Daddy (yes, it’s always Daddy) to finish fiddling with all his photo gear.

And they never look happy.

Listen, your family is not signing up for to follow you on your photo safari. They just want to enjoy themselves. So at most, bring a camera and 2 lenses. You don’t need anything else.

4) F/4 Is the Sweet Spot of This Lens!

I’ve never understood the idea of shooting at a lens’ sweet spot. I love my Sony 35mm f/2.8 lens. And let’s say the MTF curves and the lab tests and all that say it’s sharpest at f/8.

That piece of information is 100% useless.

Unless you’re making truly massive prints and need maximum sharpness (99.9% of us don’t), your aperture should be a reflection of the amount of light in the scene and/or your desired depth of field.

Period.

3) I Just Downloaded the Lightroom/Photoshop/Capture One/Apple OSX Update That Came Out Today!

I don’t have many strong opinions on software, but I’ll tell you this: NEVER download a new update when it’s first released.

This is not a knock on Adobe, Phase One, Apple, or any other software developers. But with software getting more and more complex, it’s impossible to test every possible configuration and setup.

Every so often, that means we have to deal with bugs.

But you can make things easy on yourself by letting your friends be the beta testers.

2) I Hate When People Say “Your Pictures Are Great, You Must Have a Great Camera!”

I translate this statement as, “I need to hear that I’m a great photographer.”

The reason real people (as in non-photographers) say things like “your pictures are great, you must have a great camera” is because they don’t know anything about photography and want to make conversation.

So please stop the phony outrage and accept statements like this for what they are: people just trying to be polite. They’re talking about the tools because it’s an obvious point of conversation.

And besides, how many times have you Googled “what camera does photographer Joe Schmoe use?” Because when you think about it, that’s basically saying “Joe Schmoe’s pictures are great. He must have a great camera!”

And finally…

1) I Don’t Care About Gear!

Listen, I tell myself all the time that I’m not obsessed with gear… and it’s total BS.

I troll Craig’s List for deals every single day, even for stuff I don’t need. I’m always thinking about whether I should buy the new Sony A7R II, even though my A7 II perfectly suits my needs 99% of the time.

Let’s just admit the truth: we all want new toys, whether it’s a Nikon D5 or a Hasselblad or a $20 film point & shoot.


So am I crazy?

About the author: Michael Comeau is a NYC-based street and portrait photographer. He also runs the MikeOnTheStreet.com blog, where you can download his free book on shooting street portraits. This post was also published here.

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Invitatioun op de Vernissage

e Freideg, den 20.11.2015 um 18:30

 

D’Walfer Foto-Frënn weisen am Kader vun de Walfer Bicherdeeg an ënner dem Titel „Ënnerwee an Europa" eng Fotosausstellung mat 30 Biller vu 14 vun hire Memberen aus 12 europäesche Länner.
D’Ausstellung ass ze gesinn den 21. an 22. November, jeweils vun 10:00 - 18:00 Auer am groussen Zelt an der enceinte vum Stande Prince Henri zu Walfer.

Den Entrée ass fräi.

 

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Photoforum CHEM site ESCH https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2015/7/photoforum-chem-site-esch

PhotoforumPhotoforum CHEM Photoforum CHEM site Esch sur Alzette

I have the pleasure to invite you to visit the Photoforum Group Exhibition exhibited at CHEM, site Esch sur- Alzette, presently until end of September 2015.

An after work visit will be followed by a drink on Thursday 17/09/2015 at 18:00 at the cafeteria of CHEM, please feel free to join us!

The exhibition contains photos of mine and of my colleagues’ photographers members of FLPA.

For more details on the subject, please see the attached invitation.

Looking forward to see you there!

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Alzette CHEM ESCH Good Year Cineclub Jan KOVACS Marc Steichen Nico Kohnen Vernissage of the Photo-Forum Group Exhibition 2014 sur https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2015/7/photoforum-chem-site-esch Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:58:46 GMT
Basilica de la Sagrada Familia https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2015/6/basilica-de-la-sagrada-familia Gaudí’s conception of the Sagrada Familia was based on the traditions of Gothic and Byzantine cathedrals. His intention was to express Christian belief through the architecture and the beauty of the building and communicate the message of the Evangelists. He achieved a symbiosis between form and Christian iconography, with a personal architecture generated via new but thoroughly logical structures, forms and geometries inspired by nature, with light and colour also playing a central role.

The meaning of the Sagrada Familia is communicated through the form and expressivity of its architecture and the iconography of its sculpture.

There were many helpers and followers of Gaudí who collaborated with him during his lifetime, including Francesc Berenguer, Josep Maria Jujol, Josep Francesc Ràfols, Cèsar Martinell, Joan Bergós, Francesc Folguera, Josep Canaleta and Joan Rubió.

Please check out some photos here so that you could understand what I meant.

 

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Why Complaining About Photos Being Photoshopped Makes No Sense (To Me)- by Marko SOLIC https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2015/3/why-complaining-about-photos-being-photoshopped-makes-no-sense-to-me This is an article that I found extremely interesting and well writen by Marko Solic and published on March 10, 2015  in Petapixel. I felt the need to share it with you since in a big extent I embrace the same philosophy the article renders.

I guess it happens sometimes when your audience came to you and said your photos were not like reality or "was not natural" or any expression of this kind. Like you guys I always asked myself what is reality and how to depict it. A Romanian author wrote a nice piece on this that I really enjoyed but I missplaced it.

This one by Marko SOLIC will definetely do, so please spare a moment and read the piece, some of your answers might be here. Enjoy!

Source: Petapixel

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Every day about 200 million photographs get uploaded to Facebook. That’s almost double the number of all the books that have ever been published in human history. And that’s just Facebook, I’m not even mentioning Instagram, Snapchat, or just the photos everybody takes and doesn’t even post online.

While taking all those pictures, most people don’t really think about what they’re actually doing, or how the process works. But if they did think about it, I guess their reasoning for that process would be somewhat like this…

  1. There’s this thing in front of me, it’s called reality
  2. I can use my eyes to see this reality
  3. If I want to capture the reality in front of me and show it to somebody else, I can use my camera
  4. The best possible camera would capture the reality in front of me perfectly, and it would look the same like this thing I’m seeing with my eyes
  5. If somebody uses Photoshop to change the picture that their camera had captured, it’s ok to do so if they’re trying to bring it closer to reality, but really bad if they overdo it and get it further away from reality. And it’s really, really bad if they use it to make someone look beautiful, although I think they’re ugly

Lots of photographers will jump at this conclusion and say “No, it’s not about the camera, you have to be a better photographer to get better (e.g. more realistic) pictures”. They will obviously have a problem with point #4.

Other photographers will know a bit more about how their camera actually works, and they will have a problem with point #3.

Other photographers will know a bit more about how art works and what they want to do, and they will have a problem with point #5.

A small percentage of photographers will have a problem with point #2. The reason is that as much as education about photography is crucial if you want to be a better photographer, understanding that point #2 is also completely wrong requires not only learning about photography, but also learning a bit about physics and evolutionary biology.

By the end of this post you will probably agree with me that points 2, 3, 4 and 5 are all ridiculously wrong. Things we need to cover to get to that conclusion are:

  • Your camera does not “see reality”
  • Your eyes do not see reality either

After we go through this, I will explain what photography is really about, at least for me.

P.S. I know… what about point #1? To tell you the truth, I have no idea. In college I had a course called “Physics & Philosophy” where we would spend most of the time arguing with the professor. He would tell you that maybe point #1 is also wrong. I would strongly disagree, but the truth is that neither of us really knew. The good thing is that for the purpose of this blog post, we don’t really need to know.

So let’s get on with it…

 

Your camera does not “see reality”

If you use your smartphone to take pictures you probably do it by opening the camera app, pointing the smartphone in the direction of the thing you want to photograph, and clicking a button. That’s it. If the camera and the conditions around you are good enough, the image you see on the screen will look more or less like the scene you’re seeing in front of you.

Then you’ll happily click the share button and just wait for the ego-boosting likes to keep coming. I don’t know about you, but I can feel the warmth of them just by writing this.

But then one day, you realize that maybe your smartphone has some weird stuff called “camera settings”. Or better yet, you don’t use a smartphone. Maybe you even use a big bulky complicated DSLR, and you’re so brave that you turn the little dial knob all the way to M (in this case, hopefully you dial M for manual, not murder).

Now, before taking a picture, there are all of these decisions that you have to make. What shutter speed to use, what aperture, what ISO value, how much to zoom in or out, where to focus, what white balance setting to use, etc. And when you decide on all of those, what kind of light source will you use? Continuous or flash? Big or small? Sharp or soft?

It’s normal for somebody who has just bought a DSLR to be completely intimidated, turn the knob back to A (meaning automatic), and hope that the DSLR will make better pictures then the smartphone because, well, it’s bigger and all the pros use it. Sometimes it will. But most of the time, I’m sorry to say, no.

Some of those settings will actually make your photos “better” or “worse”. For example, using a lower ISO setting will give you photos with less noise, while using a higher ISO setting will give you sharper photos in conditions with very little light availble.

But changing most of the settings can completely alter how “real” your photo looks. Without using Photoshop or any other kind of photo manipulation on the computer, just by changing the settings, any “real” photo can be made to look incredibly “unreal”. This is why it makes absolutely no sense when someone says “it’s straight from the camera”.

This usually means that it’s somehow more real or better that if it was edited on a computer. But considering that you can almost endlessly modify any picture you take before even taking it, just by pushing some buttons and turning some knobs, “straight from the camera” really makes no sense.

Sure, you’ve probably seen beautiful long-exposure waterfalls or portraits with blurry backgrounds, but here’s a photo I took of some fireworks:

Flowerworks

I only played with long exposure and shifting the focus point, with no editing on the computer. (Well, almost no editing.)

Do you think that’s what fireworks “really” look like? No, I don’t think so. But then, maybe cameras can capture reality, and the photographer’s job is to get the settings right so that the camera captures the same thing that we see with our eyes? Because our eyes see reality? Right?

Wrong. The thing is…

 

Your eyes don’t see reality either

Your eyes don’t work like your camera

Before we get into this, let’s make one thing clear: your eyes don’t exactly work the same way your camera does. For starters, your camera can zoom (or you can change lenses).

Your eyes, unlike the eyes of some birds, can’t do that. On your DSLR you can put lenses with shorter or longer focal length – the shorter the focal length, the wider the field of view will be. For a typical full-frame DSLR, this can range anywhere from about 10 to about 1000 millimeters. Here are the lenses you could buy just for Canon DSLR cameras a couple of years ago:

Canon_lens_lineup

Your eye a has field of view equivalent to a 43mm lens, thus settling the everlasting debate of whether the 35mm or the 50mm lens “sees” exactly like the human eye. In other words, the human eye has more or less the same field of view like some of the small lenses in the front row.

Your typical DSLR (as well as some smartphones) has a sensor with about 20 million pixels. Your eye has about 130 million pixels, but only 6 million of them see color. Others see only black and white.

Most importantly, only a very small part of what you “see” is what you’re actually seeing. Most of the image in your brain is constructed from what you have seen in the past, while “live feed” comes only when it’s necessary. This is the brain’s way of compressing data, like when you turn a big video into a smaller compressed one. The smaller video is easier to upload to YouTube, and although this may offend you, your brain also has limited bandwidth.

And finally, just like for the camera, the settings for the eye can be changed. For example, a camera could overexpose a picture while messing up the white balance setting, thus making a certain black-and-blue dress look gold-and-white. If it does so in just the right way, different human eyes can mess up their white balance for the image in different ways.

Yes, I admit, I also see the dress as white-and-gold. I know that it doesn’t actually look like that, but my eyes and my brain keep lying to me. But there’s a reason I’m not worried about that. You see, all of our eyes and brains keep lying to us. So what I say is: screw them, let’s see how stuff really looks.

 

You don’t see most of the stuff that happens around you

Now let us leave the photography world for a while, and get a bit into physics biology. Don’t worry, it won’t be boring like it was in school.

So how do you actually see everything around you?

The most basic explanation is – there’s a light source. The Sun, a lamp, a flash – it doesn’t really matter what. All light sources are basically the same: they emit photons. Photons travel from the light source to an object. Let’s say they travel from a light on your ceiling to a wall behind your computer screen. The photons bounce off of the wall, and travel to your eyes. Your eyes register them, send the signal to your brain, and then the brain tells you: “hey, there’s a wall behind your computer screen”.

Photons are particles, not really the same as, but kind of similar to tons of other particles which also travel around you all the time. For example, there are particles called neutrinos, and millions of them are passing through you right now. You don’t care, do you? And why would you? You don’t see them, you can’t feel them, so how do you really know that they even exist? Well, there’s really good evidence saying that they do exist, even though you can’t see them.

There are also particles which you also can’t see, but d*mn well can feel. Maybe you don’t care about neutrinos, but if you would eat something radioactive you would definitely care about stuff like alpha particles, even though you can’t see those either.

So everything that you see around you is just stuff that reflected one type of particles, while most of the things that go on around you don’t even get noticed.

 

Colors you see don’t really exist

Photons travel in waves. If you remember your highschool physics, waves have a frequency. Different frequencies mean different colors. Right now, the computer I’m writing this on is standing on a brown desk. What that really means is that of all the different photons that exited a light bulb in my room, only the brown ones bounced off my desk and came to my eyes. The rest of them were absorbed by the desk.

There are tons of photons with different frequencies that you can’t even see. Infrared, ultraviolet, radio waves, microwaves, gamma rays… These are all waves of photons, but you can’t see them. The only ones that you see are a small range of photons, with different colors. All the different frequencies of photons fall into something called the electromagnetic spectrum, and by the courtesy of Wikipedia we can show them all in one picture:

Electromagnetic_spectrum

Notice how the waves with color are just a tiny part of the whole spectrum. But the thing is, even they don’t really have a color. A color is just a construct that your brain has made up. Your brain said to your eyes: “When this type of photon comes in I’ll turn that into a signal for color red, and when this other type of photon comes in I’ll turn that into a signal for blue. When all of them come together I’ll show that as white, and when none of them come I’ll show that as black.”

The photons themselves don’t really have any color, that’s just something your brain made up because it’s useful. The reason it’s useful is because you use your eyes (e.g. registering photons) as your primary way of, well, living in the world. You use your eyes more than you use your ear or nose.

But not all animals do. Biologist Richard Dawkins has famously speculated that some species of bats see sound in the form of colors. And why wouldn’t they? Color is the most useful tool for mammal brains, and they use echolocation just like you use sight.

So while you see colors, there are bats that may be able to hear colors. I know that this sounds really weird, but it’s really not. Heck, there are even people who can hear or smell colors. Color doesn’t really exist in physical world, it’s just a construct of your brain. Get used to it.

 

Objects you see… Yeah, they’re not what you think they are

If biology wasn’t shocking enough for you, let’s add a bit of physics, shall we?

We’ve established that the wall behind your computer screen, or your desk, or pretty much anything around you doesn’t really have color.
But it does exist, right? I mean, your table is a solid object, and you don’t have to actually see that — it can be checked simply by banging your fist into it. Even more so for the wall.

The things around you do feel solid, but that’s just because when you touch/hit them, there are electrical forces at work. And electrical forces can hurt.

But in reality, your wall, your desk, and everything around you (including yourself) is made of atoms. Atoms have a bunch of particles in the middle (called a “core”), and some particles around the core (called “electrons”). You’ve probably seen in school the model where the atom looks like a small solar system, with a core in the middle and electrons circling around it. That’s not completely true because electrons don’t really “circle” the core. Actually, they’re not even at one place at a certain time, but that’s due to quantum mechanics. And quantum mechanics is way too weird even for this blog post, so we won’t touch it any more.

The part that interests us is the scale of the model. The core of the atom is really, really small. But if it was waaaay bigger, let’s say like a tennis ball, you could put that tennis ball in the middle of a huge football stadium. In that scenario an electron would be smaller than a fly, somewhere on the stands of the stadium. Everything else in the stadium would just be empty space.

That’s what stuff around you is actually made of — most of it is just empty space, nothing else. Let that sink in a little bit more. Everything that you see around you right now, everything that you’ve ever seen, everything you’ve ever imagined and even everyone you’ve ever met — most of it was just empty space.

If you would take all the people that currently live on planet Earth, remove the empty space from them and push them all together, how much space do you think they would take?

We don’t have to do the math because my new favorite blog has the answer. All the humans on the planet Earth, without the empty space in them, would easily fit in one single M&M:

Single_mm

So far we’ve established that your camera doesn’t capture what your eyes see, the colors that your eyes see don’t really exist, there are tons of particles around you that you don’t see, and everything that you do see is mostly just empty space. Whatever this thing that your eyes see is, it’s definitely not reality. But then the obvious question is…

 

So what’s the point of photography?

First, I want to make something clear. Although we’ve seen that photographs don’t show reality (and neither do your eyes), real events still happen around us all the time.

Good things, bad things, funny things, sad things. Things we celebrate and things we condemn. Things that make sense, things that don’t make sense, and even Leo not winning an Oscar. All of these (don’t) really happen. And there are photographers who have a job of showing those things to the world.

For the reasons we’ve covered, this is not easy. Associations like World Press Photo now have very detailed rules about what actually is, and what isn’t, allowed when it comes to editing photographs. And they still regularly disqualify photographers whom they have already awarded. This is a complicated problem, but seeing what we’ve learned so far, it’s not really that surprising.

If you’re thinking now that the same rules should apply when it comes to “photoshopping” people, I’m very sorry, but that’s not likely to happen. And I don’t think that it should. Yes, I also hate it when someone retouches the skin to the level of it losing all texture, resulting in a face that’s smooth like a bowling ball.

But I don’t hate because it’s “not real”, I hate it because it’s bad retouching. Actually, it’s just bad taste. Like doing a black and white photo and leaving a part of it in color. It’s not bad because it’s not real – it’s bad because it’s bad. There is no good explanation for this, just like there is no good scientific explanation for the fact that guys who wear white sneakers have extremely bad taste. They just do.

But then, documentary photography is just one kind of photography among countless others. Its job is to present events which have really happened, but in pretty much all other types of photography that’s not what we’re trying to do. Whether you like it or not, photography is a form of art, and art’s purpose is definitely not to show “reality” as it “really” is.

I won’t try to answer the question about the purpose of art, but I can tell you what its purpose is to me. First of all, for me art should be about sending a message. Saying something to the world. Expressing your opinion in a much more powerful way than just by, well, saying it. Most of my photographs can’t do that.

But I’m trying.

In most of them I can only hope that I’ll cause some emotions, to stir them up in the person who’s looking at the photograph, and most of the time that’s good enough for me.

But trying to show reality like it really is in photography? Or in art in general? I would never want to do that. Not just because it would be wrong, but also because, frankly, it would be utterly boring.


About the author: Marko Solic is a professional photographer based in Zagreb, Croatia. In addition to his work with a camera, Solic is also finishing up a masters degree in physics and computer science. You can see his work over on his website and read more of his writing on his blog. This article originally appeared here.

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Article jkovacsphotography https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2015/3/why-complaining-about-photos-being-photoshopped-makes-no-sense-to-me Wed, 11 Mar 2015 21:21:41 GMT
The Unspoken Reason Why Wedding Photography is So Expensive https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2015/2/the-unspoken-reason-why-wedding-photography-is-so-expensive Here’s a common complaint: “Why is wedding photography so expensive?”

One of the most common complaints about wedding photography is that it’s too expensive. I’ve seen this sentiment uttered from all corners of the Web. I’ve also seen just as many photographers jump at the opportunity to defend their prices by writing articles that only an accountant could appreciate.

And here is the source with an interesting piece.

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event The Unspoken Reason Why Wedding Photography is So Expensive jkovacsphotography https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2015/2/the-unspoken-reason-why-wedding-photography-is-so-expensive Sun, 08 Feb 2015 15:16:47 GMT
Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2015/2/canon-eos-5ds-/-5ds-r 5Ds5DsCanon 5Ds

Canon has added to its EOS 5D range with the launch of two 50MP cameras, the 5DS and the 5DS R. Both cameras are high-resolution full frame models, primarily aimed at stills photographers. The only difference between the models is that the 'S' has an optical low-pass filter, while the 'S R' has a self-cancelling filter (the same relationship as Nikon's D800 and D800E models shared).

The two cameras will exist alongside the EOD 5D Mark III, acting as dedicated high-resolution cameras primarily intended for studio, landscape and wedding shoots, rather than the all-round capability offered by the existing model. The Mark III still trumps the S and S R in terms of maximum ISO and continuous shooting speed.

Slightly unusually for Canon, both models have been announced a long way ahead of their June 2015 availability date, so we wouldn't be surprised if some of these details changed between now and then.

Canon EOS 5DS / SR key features

  • 50MP CMOS sensor
  • 5fps continuous shooting
  • ISO 100-6400 (Extends to 12,800)
  • 61-point AF module with input from 150k pixel metering sensor
  • Dual Digic 6 processors
  • 3.0" 1.04m dot LCD
  • CF & SD slots (UHS-I compatible)
  • 1080/30p video
  • M-Raw and S-Raw down-sampled formats
  • 30MP APS-H crop and 19.6MP APS-C crop modes
  • USB 3.0 interface

Most of the big new features on the high-res 5Ds are about ensuring you're able to get the best of the cameras' extra resolution. Our experiences with the Nikon D8X0 series cameras has shown us that simply having a high resolution sensor isn't enough: to take full advantage of it you need to really obsess about stability.

To this end, Canon has reinforced the tripod socket and surrounding area to allow stable engagement with a tripod. It has also used a more controllable, motorized mirror mechanism, like the one in the EOS 7D II, that allows a deceleration step before the mirror hits its upper position - reducing mirror slap.

The third change a revised mirror lock-up mode that allows you to specify an automatic delay between the mirror being raised and the shutter opening to start the exposure. It allows the user to choose the shortest possible delay that has allowed mirror vibration to subside: maximizing sharpness while minimizing the loss of responsiveness.

Although the S and the SR can both shoot movies with the same choice of frame rates and compression as the 5D III, they don't offer clean HDMI output or headphone sockets. The message is pretty clear - if video is a major concern, these aren't the cameras for you.

 

Source: DP Review

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R Event jkovacsphotography https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2015/2/canon-eos-5ds-/-5ds-r Fri, 06 Feb 2015 12:03:43 GMT
Merry Chrstmas and Happy New Year 2015! https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/12/merry-chrstmas-and-happy-new-year-2015 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful Holiday and a Happy New Year!!!

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Celebration Christmas Event Greeting New Year jkovacsphotography https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/12/merry-chrstmas-and-happy-new-year-2015 Tue, 23 Dec 2014 01:09:15 GMT
Photoforum 2014 https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/9/photoforum-2014

I have the pleasure to invite you to the Vernissage of the Photo-Forum Exhibition 2014, Friday 03.10.2014 at 19:00 in Colmar Berg, at Centre Culturel, Rue de la Poste. The event is organized by the “Federation Luxembourgeoise de la Photographie Artistique”.

The exhibition will contain photos of mine and of my colleagues’ photographers. For more details on the subject, please see invitation below.

Looking forward to see you there!

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event Exhibitions Luxembourg photoforum 2014 phtoforum FLPA https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/9/photoforum-2014 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:26:09 GMT
EISA - Photography Awards List https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/8/eisa---photography-awards-list

Photography Awards
2014-2015

EUROPEAN CONSUMER DSLR CAMERA 2014-2015
Canon EOS 1200D
EUROPEAN LIFESTYLE CAMCORDER 2014-2015
Canon LEGRIA mini X
EUROPEAN ADVANCED COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA 2014-2015
Fujifilm X-T1
EUROPEAN COMPACT SYSTEM LENS 2014-2015
Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R
EUROPEAN PHOTO ACCESSORY 2014-2015
Manfrotto MT055CXPro4
EUROPEAN PROFESSIONAL DSLR CAMERA 2014-2015
Nikon D4s
EUROPEAN COMPACT SYSTEM ZOOM LENS 2014-2015
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm F2.8
EUROPEAN CONSUMER COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA 2014-2015
Olympus OM-D E-M10
EUROPEAN ADVANCED COMPACT CAMERA 2014-2015
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000
EUROPEAN PHOTO & VIDEO CAMERA 2014-2015
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4
EUROPEAN TRAVEL COMPACT CAMERA 2014-2015
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ60
EUROPEAN ADVANCED DSLR CAMERA 2014-2015
Pentax K-3
EUROPEAN SMARTPHONE CAMERA 2014-2015
Samsung Galaxy K zoom
EUROPEAN CONNECTED CAMERA 2014-2015
Samsung NX30
EUROPEAN DSLR LENS 2014-2015
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM [A]
EUROPEAN PROFESSIONAL COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA 2014-2015
Sony Alpha 7R
EUROPEAN COMPACT CAMERA 2014-2015
Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 III
EUROPEAN DSLR ZOOM LENS 2014-2015
Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
EUROPEAN DSLR TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS 2014-2015
Tamron SP 150-600 mm F5-6.3 VC USD
 
Source: EISA
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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event News https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/8/eisa---photography-awards-list Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:24:23 GMT
BENELUX Photosalon 2014 https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/8/benelux-photosalon-2014 Imago 2014BENELUX Photosalon 2014Imago Hamme 49ste BENELUXSALON

"49ste -BENELUX Salon"
KONINKLIJKE FOTOKRING "IMAGO " HAMME

ERKEND BENELUXSALON  BFF 2014/05-  CvB 2014/05-  FLPA 161/14/05 

 

Avec la collaboration :

  • du Ministère de la Culture Flamande
  • de l’ Administration Communale de Hamme
  • de la FIAP
  • du C.V.B.
  • de la B.N.A.F.V.
  • de la F.L.P.A.
  • de la F.B.P.
  • de l’ O.V.U.
  • du  K.A.V.F.

Vernissage: 13.09.2014 at 15.00 Kleinhulst 4, 9220 Hamme, Belgium.

For whoever is around please step in, you will for sure see excellent photos.

 

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event Exhibitions Photo Contest jkovacsphotography https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/8/benelux-photosalon-2014 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:03:38 GMT
Jugendhaus "Woodstock Walfer"- Soiree Porte Ouverte https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/6/jugendhaus-woodstock-walfer---soiree-porte-ouverte Porte Ouverte Jugendhaus WoodstockPorte Ouverte Jugendhaus WoodstockMusical "Let;s Groove for the World

 

 

Saturday 7th of June 2014, at the Centre Prince Henri in Walferdange, Walfer's Youth House organized a 'Soiree Porte Ouverte'. The main theme of the evening was 'Integration and Diversity' where various projects and activities were presented. The young performers emphasized by means of acting and street dancing current world challenges, notably:

  1. Racism
  2. Child Labour
  3. Homosexual Discrimination
  4. Forced child marriage
  5. Difference between poor and rich
  6. Who decides where we live.

 

Please find below their 'mise-en-scene' for the evening and the full coverage of the event.

19h00 Début
20h00 Begréisung
20h05 Dance Group Maison Relais Walferdange/Bereldange
20h10 SGP - Rap Group
20h30 Musical "WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD"

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event Groove House Let Musical World' Youth diversity for henri integration jkovacsphotography prince s the walferdange https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/6/jugendhaus-woodstock-walfer---soiree-porte-ouverte Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:03:53 GMT
CHICKEN HEAD Live Luxembourg https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/5/chickenhead-live-luxembourg CHICKEN HEAD LIVE Petange Lucembourg

CHICKEN HEAD  Support act fűr Pugsley Buzzard/Australia

 

Die neue luxemburgische Band CHICKEN HEAD um den bekannten Guitaristen Tosch Schuetz wird ihr erstes Konzert am kommenden

Donnerstag 22. Mai in der SCHUNGFABRIK in Tetange ab 19:30 geben. CHICKENHEAD wird als support act fuer Pugsley Buzzard auftreten und zum ersten mal ihr Pogramm aus einem Mix aus Rock-Funk-Soul und Blues Songs vorstellen.

 

Neben Guitarist Tosch Schuetz der lange Jahre die Band POUNDCAKE geleitet hat, spielt noch Dan Thurmes am Bass sowie Serge Kieffer am Schlagzeug. Beide ja bestens bekannt in Luxemburg durch ihre Zusammenarbeit mit Tommy Talton/USA sowie anderen lokalen Acts wie AWACS, FUNKY P, LUKE HAAS, oder EVERYDAY ZULU.

Fehlt noch der aus England stammende Saenger Warren van Duebury. Seine sehr charakteristische Stimme gibt CHICKENHEAD den Wiedererkennungswert auf den viele andere Bands verzweifelt hoffen.

 

Weitere Band infos findet man auf der Homepage www.chickenhead.lu

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Concert Event https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/5/chickenhead-live-luxembourg Wed, 28 May 2014 00:36:11 GMT
Open Air Photo Exhibition, 27 May-15 October 2014- " Water Elements" https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/5/photo-exhibition-27-may-15-october-2014 Steinsel 3JPPhoto Exhibition 27.05-15.10.2014"Water Elements"

Open Air Exhibition "Water Elements"

From 27 May- 15 October 2014 

Location: Park "Am Haaf" Steinsel

Exhibition Opening: 27 May 2014 at 19:30

Kulturhaus
Rue des Sapins, STEINSEL, L-7307 Luxembourg

Artists exhibiting:

·  Carine Bintz

·  Michele Lamesch

·  Jean-Paul Schmit

·  Monique Schmit

·  Roland Schockweiller

·  Anne Schroeder

·  Paul Schumacher

 

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Exhibitions https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/5/photo-exhibition-27-may-15-october-2014 Fri, 16 May 2014 23:17:06 GMT
Nikon D4s https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/2/nikon-d4s D4sD4s

MSRP US: $6499.95, UK: £5,199.99
Body type
Body type Large SLR"
Body material Magnesium alloy
Sensor
Max resolution 4928 x 3280
Other resolutions 4096 x 2720, 4096 x 3280, 3696 x 2456, 3200 x 2128, 3072 x 2456, 3072 x 2040, 2464 x 1640, 2400 x 1592, 2048 x 1360, 2048 x 1640, 1600 x 1064
Image ratio w:h 5:4, 3:2
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 23.9 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Expeed 4
Color space sRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter array RGB Color Filter Array
Image
ISO Auto, ISO 100-25600 (expands to 50-409600)
White balance presets 12
Custom white balance Yes (4 slots)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW + TIFF
JPEG quality levels Fine, normal, basic
File format
  • NEF (12-bit or 14-bit, compressed or lossless compressed RAW)
  • NEF + JPEG
  • TIFF
  • JPEG
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp No
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 51
Lens mount Nikon F
Focal length multiplier 1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2
Screen dots 921,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD with brightness and color adjustment
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Programmed auto with flexible program (P)
  • Shutter-priority (S)
  • Aperture-priority (A)
  • Manual (M)
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (via hotshoe, flash sync port)
Flash modes Auto FP high-speed sync, front-curtain, rear-curtain, redeye reduction, redeye reduction w/slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync, off
Flash X sync speed 1/250 sec
Drive modes
  • Single frame
  • Continuous low speed
  • Continuous high speed
  • Quiet shutter-release
  • Self-timer
  • Mirror up
Continuous drive 11 fps
Self-timer Yes (2-20 seconds, 1-9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 seconds)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (2-9 frames in steps of 1, 2, or 3)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Videography notes Bit rates for 1080/60p: 42Mbps (10 min limit), 24Mbps (20 min limit)
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types CompactFlash, XQD
Storage included None
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port Yes
Wireless Optional
Wireless notes via WT-5A or WT-4A
Remote control Yes (wired or wireless)
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes (Water and dust resistant)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion EN-EL18a rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 3020
Weight (inc. batteries) 1350 g (2.98 lb / 47.62 oz)
Dimensions 160 x 157 x 91 mm (6.3 x 6.18 x 3.58)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (9999 shots)
GPS Optional
GPS notes via GP-1A

Source: Nikon

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) D4s Event Nikon https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2014/2/nikon-d4s Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:30:10 GMT
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !!! https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/12/merry-christmas-and-a-happy-new-year Wish you a  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !!!

Frohe Weihnachten und ein glückliches Neues Jahr !Schéi Chrëschtdeeg an e glécklecht Neit JoërMerry Christmas and a Happy New Year !

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Happy New Year ! Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !!! Xmas https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/12/merry-christmas-and-a-happy-new-year Mon, 23 Dec 2013 23:55:31 GMT
The 2nd Luxembourgisch National Championship of Photography https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/12/2nd-luxembourgisch-national-championship-of-photography With 2014 on our doorstep, the Luxembourgish National Championship of Photography has come to an end. Spanning over the last two years this championship included several national and international photography competitions. Finishing on third place, I would like to thank everybody for their continuous support. Please find below the link to the final results.

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) 2nd Luxembourgisch National Championship of Photography FLPA luxembourg https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/12/2nd-luxembourgisch-national-championship-of-photography Sun, 15 Dec 2013 15:29:30 GMT
2 nd Competition of the National Championship https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/12/2-nd-competition-of-the-national-championship National Championship LuxembourgNational Championship LuxembourgNational Championship Luxembourg

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Celebration Event Exhibitions National Championship Luxembourg 201-13 Photo Contest https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/12/2-nd-competition-of-the-national-championship Fri, 13 Dec 2013 20:24:27 GMT
Invitation Expo Steinsel, Luxembourg https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/11/vernissage-de-lexposition-de-photographies Invitation_Expo_SteinselInvitation Expo SteinselInvitation Expo Steinsel

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) JP Schmit Roland Schockweiller Vernissage de l'exposition de photographies https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/11/vernissage-de-lexposition-de-photographies Fri, 29 Nov 2013 15:39:56 GMT
CEV Challenge Cup: RSR Walfer (Lux)- Anorthosis Famagusta (CYP) https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/11/cev-challenge-cup-rsr-walfer-lux---anorthodid-famagusta-cyp Yesterday 21.11.2013 in the  CEV CUP challenge, RSR Walfer won against Anorthosis
Famagusta, Cyprus, in a very nice display of volleyball. The final score was 3-0.

Walfer RSR lineup:

  • Betty Hofmann, Liz Alliaume, Michèle Breuer, Nathalie Braas, Nora Kalich, Lara Ernster, Maryse Welsch (Libero), Fabienne Welsch, Nathalie Welsch, Lili Wagner, Lena Braas.

The full  coverage of the match can be found here.

RSR Walfer (Lux)- Anorthosis Famagusta (CYP)RSR Walfer (Lux)- Anorthosis Famagusta (CYP) (3-0)CEV Challenge Cup: RSR Walfer (Lux)- Anorthosis Famagusta (CYP) 21.11.2013

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) CEV Challenge Cup Event RSR Walfer (Lux)- Anorthosis Famagusta (CYP) Volleyball match Walferdange https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/11/cev-challenge-cup-rsr-walfer-lux---anorthodid-famagusta-cyp Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:04:05 GMT
Nikon D610 specifications https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/9/nikon-d610-specifications D610D610

The first set of Nikon D610 specifications  received on Nikon Rumors are 100% identical with the current D600 model:

  • Sensor: 24.3 MP (6016 x 4016 in L mode)
  • ISO range: 100-6400
  • AF: 39  focus point, 9 cross type, 33 point available at f/5.6
  • Viewfinder coverage: 100%
  • TTL exposure metering using 2,016-pixel RGB sensor
  • Video recording capabilities: 1920 x 1080 30p/25p/24p
  • LCD screen: 3.2", 921k dots
  • Battery: EN-EL 15, using the same MB-D14 battery grip
  • Dimension: 141 x 113 x 82 mm

Please note that this does not mean that there may not be some other improvements that are not mentioned in the list above - Nikon Rumors still trying to get some additional information. The fact that the D610 body size will be the same indicates that this may really be exactly the same camera, just with improved shutter mechanism just like the SB-900->SB-910 update it mentioned few weeks ago.

In the meantime the price of the D600 continues to fall - Sammy's is currently selling it for $1,799.

Source: Nikon Rumors

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) News https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/9/nikon-d610-specifications Sat, 21 Sep 2013 15:16:43 GMT
Exhibition Walfer FotoFrenn Luxembourg, October 2013 https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/9/exhibition-walfer-fotofrenn-luxembourg Dear All

 

As a member of WFF (Walfer Fotofrenn),  I have the pleasure to invite you to our  Exhibition of Photography, a group expo from our members.

The event is going to take place in the Walfer Galleries in Walferdange, Luxembourg, opening hours as described in the advert.

Please join us on Thursday 10.10.2013 from 18.30 for the exhibition opening or for a tour of the gallery in any of the opening days.

Making use of 90 prints, the exhibition will envelop a wide range of subjects such as landscape, nature, portraits, travel, light painting, etc.

I am pretty sure you will see something to your liking, so feel free to drop by.

 

Exhibit 10 OctoberExhibit 10 OctoberExhibition Walfer Fotofrenn Luxembourg

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event Exhibitions https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/9/exhibition-walfer-fotofrenn-luxembourg Thu, 19 Sep 2013 17:01:34 GMT
Nikon USA removed the D600 and D5100 from their MAP list https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/9/nikon-usa-removed-d600-and-d5100-from-their-map-list (Nikon) Rumors has it that as of September 14th Nikon USA removed the D600 and D5100 cameras from their MAP (Minimum Advertised Price) list. This means that US dealers can now sell those two models at any price they wish and will not be punished for that. Nikon is trying to clean inventory for the upcoming D610 and D5300 cameras. The D5100 is already officially listed as discontinued. It is  expected the price of new D600 DSLRs to drop down in the next few days.

Source: NikonRumors.com

 

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event News jkovacsphotography https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/9/nikon-usa-removed-d600-and-d5100-from-their-map-list Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:11:11 GMT
Facebook's New Terms of Service https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/9/facebooks-new-terms-of-service Beware Facebook's New Terms of Service

A short Q&A on Facebook's commercial use of your photographs

 

Q: What Did Facebook Do Now?

A: On September 5th, 2013, Facebook put into effect new Terms of Service and privacy policies that radically increase Facebook’s power to exploit your content and identity.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/17BElCm

 

Q: What Do These Changes Let Facebook Do With My Information And Content?

A: Facebook is now able to exploit your name, likeness, content, images, private information, and personal brand by using it in advertising and in commercial and sponsored content — without any compensation to you. Facebook is monetizing not just your images, but a sizable portion of your entire online identity.

Q: I Don’t Share A Lot Of Private Information Or Images On Facebook. What Does This Mean For Me?

A: Facebook is still collecting and exploiting private information about you. It is ASMP’s interpretation that the statement “…when you are using Facebook, or when Facebook is running” allows Facebook to monitor your web browsing, as well as to gather information from your mobile phone while the Facebook mobile app is running such as your location, recent calls, and other mobile activities.

 

Q: Can’t I Protect Myself By Making My Profile Private?

A: Maybe, but probably not.

Facebook has specifically removed the language from their TOS that allows you to limit how your likeness, information, and content are associated with brands, commercial uses, or sponsored posts. The have also removed the clause that makes them subject to the privacy limits set in place by you on your profile.

 

Check out this excerpt from the TOS Changes; the bold text is new additions to the TOS, the strikethroughs are language that is being removed from the TOS. This is one of the most important pieces of language in the whole document.

 

You can use your privacy settings to limit how your name and profile picture may be associated with commercial, sponsored, or related content (such as a brand you like) served or enhanced by us. You give us permission to use your name, and profile picture, content, and information in connection with commercial, sponsored, or related that content (such as a brand you like) served or enhanced by us, subject to the limits you place. This means, for example, that you permit a business or other entity to pay us to display your name and/or profile picture with your content or information, without any compensation to you. If you have selected a specific audience for your content or information, we will respect your choice when we use it.

 

Q: I Don’t Use Facebook, So Why Should I Care?

A: One of the things ASMP and its allies are most concerned about is that these usage terms and attitudes towards users’ content are becoming the norm. Facebook is a leader among online communities and services, and as they go, so do several others. Turning a blind eye to these changes simply because you do not use one service ignores a more important change in the overall culture of the internet and how online companies view and respect users, users’ information, and content. Change does not happen in silence, but through the voices of many.

 

And note that any images your clients upload to Facebook are covered by these terms, so some of your photos may end up as the property of Facebook without your knowledge.

 

Q: I Read A Statement From Facebook That Said They Would Respect My Privacy And Content. What’s Up With That?

A: You may be referring to this: http://on.fb.me/15GmMMM

While this friendly statement may seem to break down many of the proposed changes into easy to digest language, the real nature of these changes is apparent when you start to read the documents that lay out the legal language for the actual proposed updates.

No one likes reading Terms of Service and agreements, but it is more important than ever to understand what you are agreeing to when you use these services. These Terms of Service are open-ended, vague, and far reaching. Please take the time to read them, or contact us with questions at tos@asmp.org.

 

Please read the full document here: http://bit.ly/151NjbK.

Or a more in depth analysis by Peter Krogh here: http://bit.ly/17BElCm.

 

Q: What Can I Do?

A: There are a few things you can do about this and prevent it from becoming the norm for online services.

 

  1. Become informed — Read and analyze these proposed changes and how they effect you. Ask questions.
     

  2. Spread the word — Talk to your friends, students, family, and colleagues about these changes and how may affect you personally and professionally.
     

  3. Call for action — Help others to become informed. Urge other professional organizations and entities you are a member of or work with to partner with organizations like ASMP and others as they work to ensure fair and respectful treatment of users by online services like Facebook and Instagram.

Source: A.S.M.P.

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Facebook Terms of service jkovacsphotography https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/9/facebooks-new-terms-of-service Sun, 08 Sep 2013 12:20:31 GMT
Updates https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/8/updates Dear All,

I am very pleased to share with you some of my recent works. Comments are welcome.

Conceptual

  1. Persistence
  2. Lights of Hope
  3. Bleeding
  4. Oracle
  5. The Virgin Egg
  6. Blending In
  7. Prisoner of time
  8. Ephemerality

People

  1. Sofia
  2. The Photographer

Thank you in advance for looking, I hope you enjoy them !

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Photo Contest updates https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/8/updates Wed, 07 Aug 2013 14:04:19 GMT
Vernissage Salon Mondial d'Art Photographique 2013 https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/7/vernissage-salon-mondial-dart-photographique-2013  

Salon Mondial 2013 EschVernissage

Vernissage: 13.05.2013 at 17:00

Exhibition: 14.07 -04.08.2013

Entrance: Free

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event Exhibitions Luxembourg Photo Contest jkovacsphotography https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/7/vernissage-salon-mondial-dart-photographique-2013 Sat, 06 Jul 2013 15:35:25 GMT
Photo Exhibition "Natur an Landschaftsimpressiounen aus dem Uelzechdall" https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/6/photo-exhibition-natur-an-landschaftsimpressiounen-aus-dem-uelzechdall Please find below an invitation to the vernissage of the Photo Exhibition "Natur an Landschaftsimpressiounen aus dem Uelzechdall".

Date: 06.06.2013 at 19:30 

Location: Konscht a Kultur am Haff in Steinsel.

Exhibition: 06.06- 15.10.2013

Invitation_web

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event Exhibitions https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/6/photo-exhibition-natur-an-landschaftsimpressiounen-aus-dem-uelzechdall Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:35:54 GMT
"Trofeu GaudiRfoto 2013", Catalunya, Spain https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/5/-trofeu-gaudirfoto-2013-catalunya-spain Dear All,

I must confess that I am very happy.

I had the honour to be awarded the "Trofeu GaudiRfoto 2013", Catalunya, Spain in the  MONOCHROME, GENERAL OPEN Section, for my work "At the Realm of Unknown". Please have a look.

 

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Catalunya Celebration Event Exhibitions Photo Contest Spain Trofeu GaudiRfoto 2013 jkovacsphotography https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/5/-trofeu-gaudirfoto-2013-catalunya-spain Wed, 22 May 2013 20:52:36 GMT
Photo Exhibition "Lines", Luxembourg https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/5/photo-exhibition-lines Photo exhibition Linesbgl_invitation_email

Vernissage: May 16, 2013 at 18:00 at the "Europe" Agency of BGL BNP Paris Luxembourg.
Exhibition: 17.05-28.06.2013, Mo-Fr. 07.30-18.30.

I have one of my work exhibited as well, if interested do not hesitate to step in.

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event Exhibitions Luxembourg jkovacsphotography https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/5/photo-exhibition-lines Mon, 13 May 2013 23:49:28 GMT
Updates https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/5/updates Dear All, 

It has been some time I have not uploaded new photos on the website. It is not that I have not worked but lately there have been a lot of competitions that I attended (you can see them listed on my "Achievements" page) and those ate up a considerable piece of my time.

But let me share with you some of my recent photos:

1) Life in Red

2) Solitude

3) Parallelism

4) Running Lines

5) Touchant les nuages

6) La Philharmonie de Luxembourg

7) Filtre de colonnes

8) Colonnes vers le ciel

Hope you enjoy them !

 

 

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) jkovacsphotography updates https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/5/updates Wed, 08 May 2013 22:21:20 GMT
XXIII TIPA Awards 2013 https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/5/xxiii-tipa-awards-2013 The annual meeting of the Technical Image Press Association to vote for the best photographic and imaging products in 2013 was held on 20 April 2013 in Hong Kong.

This year at the TIPA General Assembly 27 member magazines and the Camera Journal Press Club (CJPC) of Japan voted for the best product in each category. The General Assembly selected the best photo and imaging products in 2013 in 40 categories.

TIPA has member magazines from nine European countries plus Australia, Canada, China, South Africa and the USA.

Source: XXIII TIPA AWARDS (2013)

 

Best Photo Service
White Wall
 
Best Digital Accessory
CamRanger
 
Best Professional DSLR Lens
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
 
Best Digital SLR Entry Level
Canon EOS 100D (EOS Rebel SL1)
 
Best Digital SLR Expert
Canon EOS 6D
 
Best Expert Photo Printer
Canon PIXMA PRO-10
 
Best Video DSLR
Canon EOS-1D C
 
Best Photo Software
DxO Optics Pro 8
 
Best CSC Expert
Fujifilm X-E1
 
Best Expert Compact Camera
Fujifilm X20
 
Best CSC Prime Lens
Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R
 
Best Design
Giottos Silk Road YTL, series
 
Best Inkjet Photo Paper
ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Mono Silk
 
Best Professional Camera
Leica M (Typ 240)
 
Best Photo Monitor
LG IPS ColorPrime 27EA83
 
Best Photo Accessory
Metabones Speed Booster
 
Best CSC Entry Level Lens
Nikon 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6
 
Best Superzoom Camera
Nikon COOLPIX P520
 
Best Easy Compact Camera
Nikon COOLPIX S01
 
Best Digital SLR Advanced
Nikon D7100
 
Best Portable Lighting System
Nissin MG8000 Extreme
 
Best CSC Entry Level
Olympus PEN E-PL5
 
Best Rugged Compact Camera
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 (DMC-TS5)
 
Best CSC Professional
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3
 
Best Imaging Storage Media
Panasonic SDHC Gold, Silver and Blue, series
 
Best Professional Lighting System
Profoto Pro-B4 1000 Air
 
Best Imaging Innovation
Samsung 45mm f1.8 (2D/3D) lens
 
Best Photo Tv
Samsung F8000 Smart LED 2D/3D TV
 
Best Mobile Imaging Device
Samsung Galaxy Camera
 
Best CSC Advanced
Samsung Smart Camera NX300
 
Best Multifunction Photo Printer
Epson Expression Photo XP series
 
Best Entry Level DSLR Lens
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM
 
Best Expert DSLR Lens
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM
 
Best Premium Camera
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1
 
Best CSC Expert Lens
Sony E-mount 10-18mm f/4 OSS
 
Best Pro Camcorder
Sony NEX-VG900
 
Best Mobile Photo App
Tiffen Photo fx Ultra
 
Best Tripod
Vanguard ABEO PRO Kit 283 CGH and GH300T
 
Best Photo Bag
Vanguard Quovio 41
 
Best ActionCam
GoPro Hero 3
 
 
 

 

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event TIPA XXIII TIPA Awards 2013 https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/5/xxiii-tipa-awards-2013 Tue, 07 May 2013 12:30:04 GMT
GPH- 2nd Global Salon Hungary https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/5/gph--2nd-global-salon-hungary The competition (FIAP 2013/19) was organized by Lokos-Szekely Studio in the following categories:

  • A. Open - monochrom
  • B. Open - color
  • C. Travel - color or monochrome

Here you have the results.

Awarding ceremony, opening of the exhibition: 11/May/2013 11:00 a.m.

Location: Budapesti Szolgáltató és Kézműves Ipari Szakképző Iskola 1082 Budapest Práter u. 31

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event Exhibitions GPH- 2nd Global Salon Hungary Luxembourg Photo Contest https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/5/gph--2nd-global-salon-hungary Sat, 04 May 2013 15:20:16 GMT
CHALLENGE GOODYEAR 2013, Luxembourg https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/4/challenge-goodyear-2013 CHALLENGE GOODYEAR 2013
Concours de photographies en noir et blanc et monochromes

Challenge Good Year 2013Invitatie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chaque année le "Challenge Goodyear" est organise par le Goodyear Photo-Cine Club Colmar-Berg, sous le patronage de la Federation
Luxembourgeoise de la Photographie Artistique (FLPA), numero 152/13/02.

Calendrier
-  Vernissage:   - vendredi, le 17 mai 2013 (19:00) au Centre Culturel de Colmar- Berg
-  Exposition publique:   - samedi, le 18 mai 2013 (14:00-18:00)
    - dimanche, le 19 mai 2013 (10:00-12:00 /114:00-17:00)

 

 

 

 

Pour recompenser les auteurs des meilleures oeuvres, l'organisateur mettra a la disposition du jury les medailles et mentions
honoriflques suivantes par categorie:

  • 1 medaille or
  • 1 medaille argent
  • 1 medaille bronze
  • 5 mentions honoriflques

Le mellleur club recevra la coupe "Challenge Goodyear". Le meilleur club est determine par le total des points obtenus par les 3
mellleurs auteurs du club porteurs d'une licence FLPA.

Les oeuvres etaient jugees separement par categorie:

  • Categorie 1:- Sujet libre
  • Categorie 2:- Sujet impose : • L'architecture au Luxembourg •
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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Challenge Good Year 2013 Event Exhibitions Luxembourg Monochrome People Photo Contest jkovacsphotography https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/4/challenge-goodyear-2013 Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:35:39 GMT
39e Salon National de photos monochrome et couleurs 2013 de la FLPA https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/4/39e-salon-national-de-photos-monochrome-et-couleurs-2013-de-la-flpa 39e Salon National de la FLPA_Invitation

The 39th National Salon of Monochrome and Colour photography is around the corner. The event is organized by the Photoclub Ettelbruck and it takes place under the high patronage of the Ministry of Culture, the City of Ettelbruck and the "Fédération Luxembourgeoise de la Photographie Artistique" (FLPA).

Please find below the agenda:

  • Vernissage in "Salle de Fetes" Ettelbruck: 13.03.2013, at 17:00;
  • Exhibition is opened for public on:            13-14.03.2013 14:00-18:00;

                                                                                   and                                                    

                                                                               15-16.03.2013  16:00- 20:00

  • Entrance is free. 
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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event Exhibitions Luxembourg https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/4/39e-salon-national-de-photos-monochrome-et-couleurs-2013-de-la-flpa Tue, 02 Apr 2013 05:00:00 GMT
Happy Easter 2013 ! https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/3/happy-easter-2013 Happy Easter !DSC_6532 2013

Easter is a Christian feast and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament.  Easter is preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday, commemorating Maundy and the Last Supper, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus.

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Aniversary Celebration Easter Luxembourg https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2013/3/happy-easter-2013 Fri, 29 Mar 2013 23:20:08 GMT
Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year ! https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/12/wish-you-a-merry-christmas-and-a-happy-new-year Christmas is one of the most fascinating celebrations of the year. It is the time when Jesus, our savior was born. It is the time when families get together to celebrate this, it is time for rejoice.


Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !

Wish you a Merry Xmas and A Happy New Year !greeting card 2012

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Celebration Christmas Event New Year Greetings ! jkovacsphotography https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/12/wish-you-a-merry-christmas-and-a-happy-new-year Sun, 23 Dec 2012 15:32:57 GMT
South Africa by George Schiltz https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/11/south-africa-by-george-schiltz WFF affiche Sudafrika 121203

You are kindly invited to a very interesting event held at the Prince Henri Centre in Walferdange on 3 December  at 20:00. Walfer FotoFrenn features George Schiltz with his “South Africa” on screen photo show.  The entrance is free of charge.

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event Exhibitions https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/11/south-africa-by-george-schiltz Tue, 20 Nov 2012 15:19:36 GMT
"38. Salon National FLPA 2012" Luxembourg https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/11/-38-salon-national-2012-luxembourg The Photo Salon was organized by the photoclub "Photogen" in Junglinster, Luxembourg, under the patronage of FLPA.

There were 2 sections in the competition:

1) Open

2) Imposed: "Lines" .

Salon National 2012Salon National 2012

Vernissage: 17 November 2012, 17:00.
Location: "Centre Culturel Am Duerf", Junglinster, Luxembourg.
2-nd public presentation: 24. November 2012 at "Centre Culturel Am Duerf", Junglinster, Luxembourg.
Galleries and winners: Salon National 

 

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) 38 Salon National 2012 Event Exhibitions Luxembourg Photo Contest https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/11/-38-salon-national-2012-luxembourg Sun, 18 Nov 2012 23:57:07 GMT
Vernissage Salon International de Photographie ISO 2012 https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/11/invitation-iso2012 ISO2012Invitation ISO2012

 

Le concours international a été placé sous les patronages de:

ISO2012 Patronage

Trois sections étaient admises :

: Images projetées couleur

B : Images projetées monochrome

C : Images projetées Alternative Creativity 

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event Exhibitions Photo Contest Salon International de Photographie ISO2012 Vernissage https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/11/invitation-iso2012 Sat, 10 Nov 2012 11:53:14 GMT
Nikon D5200 announcement https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/11/nikon-d5200  

 

Nikon D5200Nikon 5200 Discover new perspectives with the inspirational D5200.
 

From breathtaking photos to smooth Full HD movies, this D-SLR can't wait to bring out your creative side.

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 6 November 2012: Nikon introduces the latest D-SLR to its mid-range DX-format line-up, the 24.1 megapixel Nikon D5200, designed to bring out your creative side. From beautiful still photos to smooth Full HD movies, this camera empowers your freedom of expression, letting you capture your own unique view of the world.

Marina Gurevich, Product Manager for Nikon Europe, says: “The inspiring Nikon D5200 is ideal for those who are passionate about photography and want to experiment with the camera’s superior features. The impressive image and movie quality alongside a versatile vari-angle LCD monitor lets users unlock their creative potential.”

Source: DPR

 

Technical Specifications

Effective pixels

  • 24.1 million

Image sensor

  • 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor

Image size (pixels)

  • 6000 x 4000 (Large)
  • 4496 x 3000 (Medium)
  • 2992 x 2000 (Small)

Viewfinder

  • Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder

Frame coverage

  • Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical

Shutter Speed

  • 1/4000 - 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV; Bulb; Time (requires optional ML-L3 remote control)

Flash sync speed

  • X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower

Metering mode 

  • TTL exposure metering using 2016-pixel RGB sensor

Exposure compensation

  • Can be adjusted by -5 - +5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV in P, S, A, and M modes

Bracketing

 

  • Exposure bracketing: 3 shots in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
  • White balance bracketing: 3 shots in steps of 1
  • Active D-Lighting bracketing: 2 shots

ISO sensitivity (Recommended

Exposure Index)

  • ISO 100 - 6400 in steps of 1/3 EV. Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 25600 equivalent) above ISO 6400; auto ISO sensitivity control available

Active D-Lighting

  • Auto, extra high, high, normal, low, off

Lens servo

  • Auto Focus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status
  • Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used

Drive Mode

  • Single frame
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
  • 2s Delayed remote
  • Quick-response remote
  • Quiet shutter release

Built-in flash

  • Auto, portrait, child, close up, night portrait, party/indoor, pet, portrait, color sketch: Auto flash with auto pop-up P, S, A, M, 0food: Manual pop-up with button release

White balance

  • Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine-tuning

Frame size (pixels) and frame rate

  • 1,920 x 1,080, 60i (59.94 fields/s)/ 50i (50 fields/s)*, ・・ high/normal
  • 1920 x 1080, 30p (progressive)/25p/24p, ・・ high/normal
  • 1280 x 720, 60p/50p, ・・ high/normal
  • 640 x 424, 30p/25p,  ・・ high/normal

Audio recording device

  • Built-in or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable

Monitor

  •  7.5-cm (3-in.), approx. 921k-dot (VGA), vari-angle TFT monitor with 170°; viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment

Battery

  • One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL14 battery

Dimensions

  • (W x H x D) Approx. 129.0 x 98.0 x 78.0 mm (5.1 x 3.9 x 3.1 in.) 
Weight
  • Approx. 555 g (1 lb 3.6 oz) with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 505 g/1 lb 1.8 oz (camera body only)

 

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event Nikon D5200 jkovacsphotography https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/11/nikon-d5200 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 21:43:11 GMT
Stan Webb's Chicken Shack- Blues Express 2012 https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/11/stan-webbs-chicken-shack--blues-epxres-2012 Stan Webb (born Stanley Frederick Webb, 3 February 1946) is the frontman and lead guitarist with the blues band, Chicken Shack.

His begginings go way back to the 60'.

His first real band was Sounds of Blue formed in 1964, a Stourbridge-based r n' b band. It included Christine Perfect, Andy Silvester and Chris Wood (later to join Traffic) amongst others in their line up.

Ever since, Stan ran some line-ups in the band, but with the same appeal to blues.

Las time I saw them, he played with:

Gary Davis - Guitar

Garyt DavisStan Webb's Chicken Shack

Born in 1950, Gary has always lived in the Midlands and played with numerous bands over the years. In 1988 whilst working in a local music store, he was asked to play with the band after Stan damaged his hand during a tour of Italy. On their return Stan asked Gary to join Chickenshack on a permanent basis and who has since played on many albums, co-writing some material.

Jim Rudge - Bass

Jim RudgeStan Webb's Chicken Shack

Born in 1971 to a musical family, Jim played many different instruments until he took up the bass guitar at age 16. Initially he played in small jazz and blues bands, eventually joining a Wolverhampton based indie band in 1986. After some success in the late 80’s and early 90’s, Jim settled down to a life of 9 to 5 working in I.T. After a phone call came out of the blue from Stan Webb in 1998 he joined Chickenshack and is now in his 10th year with the band. Known for his flamboyant and dynamic bass playing, Jim’s style encompasses.

Source: Stan Webb's Chicken Shack

Please check out a coverage of his performance here.

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) BNP Paribas Blues Express 2012 Concert Event https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/11/stan-webbs-chicken-shack--blues-epxres-2012 Fri, 02 Nov 2012 20:41:20 GMT
Exhibition- 2. Internationaler Merchweiler Photosalon - Die Ausstellung https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/10/exhibition-2-internationaler-merchweiler-photosalon---die-ausstellung Merchweiler Invitation

6. bis 28.10.12
Rathaus Wemmetsweiler
Großer Kuppelsaal
Rathausstr. 1
66589 Merchweiler

Öffnungszeiten:

- Montags bis Freitags von 8.00 bis 16.00 Uhr
- Sonntags von 14.00 bis 18.00 Uhr
Eintritt: frei

Merchweiller Exhibition 2012_DSC4084

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) 2. Internationaler Merchweiler Photosalon Die Ausstellung Event Exhibitions Photo Contest https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/10/exhibition-2-internationaler-merchweiler-photosalon---die-ausstellung Thu, 04 Oct 2012 17:48:28 GMT
Photokina 2012 https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/9/photokina-2012 Photokina 2012photokina

Every two years PHOTOKINA brings together the industry, trade, professional users and end consumers in the world’s leading imaging fair.

The Fair took place in Koln (Cologne, Germany) during 18-23/09/2012 and according to official statements it was a great success.

A total of 1,158 companies from 41 countries participated in Photokina 2012, with 63 % of the exhibitors coming from abroad Germany. The exhibiting firms included 280 exhibitors and 140 additionally represented firms from Germany and 523 exhibitors and 215 additionally represented firms from outside.

 You can read on the Photokina official website that:

"Some 185,000 visitors from 166 countries attended the world's leading fair for the photography and imaging sector, which marked an increase in visitors from the prior event in 2010 (181,464). The share of trade visitors was 48.8 per cent; 42.5 per cent of these visitors came from abroad, a significant increase (7.5 per cent) compared with the equivalent figure for the prior event. In particular, Photokina recorded a substantial increase in the number of specialist dealers and imaging professionals from Asia (16 per cent), North America (26 per cent), and Eastern Europe (40 per cent)." If interested, you can download the final report  here. 

We went there on Saturday 22/09/2012 and need to say, compared with the 2 last editions of the fair, it was by far busier with people. Thus, access to various products proved to be very difficult because of crowds queuing around. So not too much time to lay hands on the new cameras or lenses.

Lets very briefly walk through some of the highlights of the fair:

Nikon

The highlight of the section was the public appearance of the last week announced  Nikon D600. The new DSLR features a new 24.3 MP FX (CMOS) sensor powered by the same Expeed 3 processing engine as the one in the top-of the-range Nikon D4. Although a very advanced camera, I was not impressed by the ergonomics of the D600, the lack of external buttons might definitely have an impact on your shooting speed. On the other hand, once you master the menus, you are good to go.

Canon

Canon used Photokina to launch their new Canon EOS 6D.  The new DSLR features a new designed 20.2 MP FF sensor in the world's lightest DSLR body. It is also the first DSLR to have a WIFI and GPS connectivity for easy photo sharing. The EOS 6D is best seen as a full frame version of the EOS 60D,  indeed it's very similar in both control layout and dimensions. Its front profile is very similar to the Nikon D600, but it's rather slimmer front-to-back, and lighter too.

Panasonic

At Photokina, Panasonic presented the Panasonic Lumix dmc-gh3 , a micro Four Third compact system camera. The machine features a new 16MP Live MOS sensor powered by a new Venus engine in a 550g body. Also The GH3 gains a weather sealed (dust/splash proof) magnesium alloy body which now gives Panasonic a camera body to match their moisture- and dust-sealed G X Vario 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH lens and G X Vario 35-100mm F2.8 ASPH fast zooms.

Pentax

Pentax announced its new cameras in advance of Photokina. The new announced Pentax Q10, Pentax K-5 II, Pentax K-5 IIs and new lenses were on the stands.  Pentax Ricoh has announced its latest flagship DSLRs - the K-5 II and K-5IIs. The 's' version, which costs $100 more, comes without an anti-aliasing filter, to offer higher resolution at the risk of more prominent moiré interference patterns. Both cameras feature 16MP sensors and the weather-sealed magnesium alloy build of the original K-5.

Sony

Like Nikon, Sony publicly presented  its last week announced new products at Photokina 2012. The  Sony Alpha SLT A99 is the world's first full-frame DSLT camera featuring a 24.3 MP sensor, the company is hoping to take on the might of Canon and Nikon with its new offering. Meanwhile the  Sony Alpha NEX-6,   the company's latest compact system camera, can be seen on stands as well.

Please find below a selection of photos from Photokina 2012, the full galery is available here.

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Canon 2012 Event Koln Nikon 2012 jkovacsphotography koelnmesse photokina 2012 report https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/9/photokina-2012 Mon, 24 Sep 2012 18:01:32 GMT
Updates https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/9/update Dear All,

Feel free to check out my recent updates in the conceptual portfolio:

  1. Disintegration
  2. Freedom
  3. Ambition
  4. At the Realm of Unknown

Enjoy !

 

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) conceptual disintegration freedom portfolio update https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/9/update Tue, 11 Sep 2012 18:42:30 GMT
47e BENELUX PHOTOSALON 2012 https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/8/47e-benelux-photosalon-2012 invitation BNL 2012

 

The vernissage of the  BENELUX Photosalon 2012 is going to take place on the 8-th of September 2012.

I have 2 acceptations, I won the Bronze Medal BFF in the Monochrome Section.

Exhibitions are held in Hamme, near Bruxelles, Belgium, between:

  • 9-16 September 2012 from 10:00- 18:00
  • 15 September from 14:00-18:00
  • 17 September from 10:00- 16:00

The event has been held under the patronage of:
Met de medewerking van :

  • - Het Ministerie van de Vlaamse Cultuur du
  • - Het Gemeentebestuur van Hamme
  • - De FIAP
  • - Het C.V.B.
  • - De B.N.A.F.V.
  • - De F.L.P.A
  • - De B.F.F.
  • - De Oost-Vlaamse Unie voor fotografie
  • - De Koninklijke Antwerpse Verbroedering van Fotokringen

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Avec la collaboration :

  • - du Ministère de la Culture Flamande
  • - de l’ Administration Communale de Hamme
  • - de la FIAP
  • - du C.V.B.
  • - de la B.N.A.F.V.
  • - de la F.L.P.A.
  • - de la F.B.P.
  • - de l’ O.V.U.
  • - du K.A.V.F.

If around feel free to step in, there are many photos worth seeing.

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Administration Communale de Hamme B.N.A.F.V. Belgium C.V.B. Event Exhibitions F.B.P. F.L.P.A. FIAP Immago Hamme K.A.V.F. Ministère de la Culture Flamande Photo Contest l' O.V.U. https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/8/47e-benelux-photosalon-2012 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 20:16:13 GMT
EISA PHOTO AWARDS 2012-13 https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/8/eisa-photo-awards-2012-13 EISaEisa 2

EISA stands for the European Imaging and Sound Association and has been awarding for more than 30 years. EISA is the unique association of 50 special interest magazines in audio, home theatre, in-car electronics, mobile electronics, photo and video, from 20 European countries.

Please find below the Photo 2012-13 awards:

  • European Photo Software- Adobe Lightroom 4
  • European Advanced SLR Camera- Canon 5D Mark III
  • European Photo Printer – Canon PIXMA PRO-1
  • European Compact Camera- Canon PowerShot G1 X
  • European Professional Compact System Camera- Fujifilm X-Pro1
  • European Professional Camera- Nikon D4
  • European Camera- Nikon D800
  • European Compact System Camera- Olympus OM-D E-M5
  • European All Weather Camera- Olympus TOUGH TG-1
  • European Compact System Lens- Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH
  • European Advanced Compact System Camera- Samsung NX20
  • European Macro Lens- Sigma APO Macro 150mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
  • European Travel Camera- Sony Cybershot DSC-HX20V
  • European Advanced Compact Camera- Sony Cybershot DSC-RX-100
  • European SLR Camera- Sony SLT- A57
  • European Lens- Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 Di VC USD

Source: EISA 

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) EISA EISA Photo Awards 2012-13 Event Report https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/8/eisa-photo-awards-2012-13 Sat, 18 Aug 2012 00:36:45 GMT
Funky P- Blues Express 2012 https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/7/funky-p--blues-express-2012 The Blues Express Festival took place in Luxembourg on July 14, 2012, in Lasauvage, Fond-de- Gras, Differdange. The line-up can be found here.
Amongst the ones who performed on the Fond-de-Gras / BGL BNP PARIBAS-Stage / Hall des Trains, it was Funky P, a soul group from Luxembourg. The photos of the event can be found in my gallery at BLues Express 2012, Luxembourg.

Please find below the members of the group:

  • Isaac Roosevelt - Lead-Vocals
  • Marc Reichling - Bass
  • Jeff Herr - Drums & Song writing
  • Remo Cavallini - Guitar
  • Claude Schaus - Keys & Song writing
  • Helmut Engelhardt - Sax
  • Pit Kuffer - Trumpet
  • Jacques Reuter - Trombone

For more info visit their website.

 

Funky PFunky P Society

Isaac Roosevelt, Funky PIsaac Roosevelt

"Claude Schaus" " Funky P"Claude Schaus

"Funky P" "Marc Reichling"Marc Reichling

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) BNP Paribas Blues Express Concert Luxembourg Luxembourg, blues, rock, music, show, stage, concert, guitar, drums, bass, vocal, audience, lights, stage, portrait, people, differdange, Tommy Schneller blues band fond-de-gras janos kovacs janos kovacs photography jkovacsphotography https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/7/funky-p--blues-express-2012 Mon, 23 Jul 2012 21:18:56 GMT
Tommy Schneller Blues Band- Blues Express 2012 https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/7/tommy-schneller-blues-band--blues-expres-2012 The Blues Express Festival took place in Luxembourg on July 14, 2012, in Lasauvage, Fond-de- Gras, Differdange. The line-up can be found  here.
Amongst the ones who performed on the Fond-de-Gras / BGL BNP PARIBAS-Stage / Hall des Trains, it was Tommy Schneller. The photos of the event can be found in my gallery at  Blues Express Festival, Luxembourg 2012.

 

Tommy Schneller

In 2010 Schneller got an offer from the German bluesrocker ace Henrik Freischlader's record label CABLE CAR RECORDS to make a new album. Freischlader in person and together  with Schneller produced the record  that was released in November 2011. The music on the new  CD gets people out of their chairs and onto the dancefloor faster than anything that the singer and saxophonist has done to date: there is funk, soul and blues at the highest quality. Since 2012 Schneller brings this exciting collection of grooves to the stage with a brand new band.

tommy SchnellerTommy Schneller Blues Band

THE BAND:

The band that supports Tommy SCHNELLER (sax and vocals) are composed by passionate musicians who are masters of their instruments with decades of music-business experience.

- Jens FILSER (guitar and vocals) is the epitome of the guitar freak's fantasies, as he has demonstrated in his years of work with Annie Haigis, Rob Strong,  Mighty Flea Conners, Jeff Healey, Birth Control and many others.

- Gregory BARRETT (organ, piano and vocals) will be remembered by German fans as the longtime keyboardist and frontman of Supercharge. Home back in the US he has worked with many outstanding artists including Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Tracy Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Carl Perkins, Allman Bros. founder Dickey Betts, Chuck Berry and Tinsley Ellis.

- Gary WINTERS (trumpet/flugelhorn) is a shoo-in for the label "world-class musician"; he is a regular in the bands of Fred Wesley and Bootsy Collins and has accompanied a slew of international stars in his still-young career.

- Dieter KUHLMANN (trombone/sax) has been Tommy's musical collaborator for more than ten years, and sits in the swing-seat with two instruments in the new line-up.

- Maik REISHAUS (bass/vocals  and Bernhard WEICHINGER (drums) are the band's rhythm section; Weichinger has worked with Candy and Hans Dulfer among many others.

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Even as a child Tommy Schneller knew what he wanted to be when he grew up and have not changed his mind; after catching the musical virus from an Elvis cassette, he set his sights on music and never looked back. Schneller grew up in Germany's "Blues Capital", Osnabrueck, wellknown for the number of nationally active artists in the genre who live there, and while still young he began to appear regularly at the legendary Monday jams in the city's live music institution the "Pink Piano".

 

In 1987 he appeared in his first professional gigs , and ten years later delivered his debut CD "BLOWING AWAY". Since then he has toured and performed regularly throughout Europe's rich network of great music clubs and festivals. By 2004 Schneller had released two more albums, "BLUES FOR THE LADIES" (2000), the popular title cut of which was rearranged and recorded again for the new CD, and "A HEARTBEAT AWAY" (2004).

 

Since the year of 2000, apart from the Schneller recordings and shows, as as a member of the "Blues Night Band",  he has worked with a number of other international artists  including: the Ford Blues Band, Sydney Youngblood, Ron Williams, Rolf Stahlhofen, Red Holloway, Angela Brown and MANY others. In addition, he recently released the trio CD "LET'S GET HIGH" with "Bluesin' the Groove", trio  that was joined by the piano icon Christian  Rannenberg and young lion drummer/singer Alex Lex.

 

In 2007 Schneller met the guitarist, singer and multi-instrumentalist Henrik FREISCHLADER. In 2008 they started to work together in the group called "5 LIVE". Later on they released the CD "5 LIVE: IN THE KITCHEN" with the support of the major German broadcaster NDR (North German Broadcasting).

 

In 2010 Tommy had received an offer from Freischlader which soon resulted in the release of the current CD "SMILING FOR A REASON" (2011): a mix of funky blues and soul, which infects the listener with its driving rhythms. Apart from  "the Al Green classic "Never Found Me a Girl",  the music was  written by Freischlader, keyboarder Barrett and Schneller himself.

 

"Things weren't always rosy between us. How could they be? As a conservative politician and public figure my father had to deal with the escapades of a teenager who had just discovered Elvis and was swept up by youthful rebellion. Not easy for him! But he let me find my way...he supported me in the search for a calling that would bring me happiness, and for that I will be eternally grateful."

Visit: Tommy Schneller for more info.

 

Blues Express 2012 Hall des Trains Tommy Schneller Blues Band Blues Express 2012 Hall des Trains

 

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) BNP Paribas Blues Express Celebration Concert Event Luxembourg Luxembourg, blues, rock, music, show, stage, concert, guitar, drums, bass, vocal, audience, lights, stage, portrait, people, differdange, Tommy Schneller blues band fodn-de-gras janos kovacs janos kovacs photography jkovacsphotography https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/7/tommy-schneller-blues-band--blues-expres-2012 Sat, 21 Jul 2012 10:07:19 GMT
Challenge of Photoclub Esch 2012, Luxembourg, Salon Mondial d'Art Photographique 2012 https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/7/challenge-of-photoclub-esch-2012-luxembourg-salon-mondial-dart-photographique-2012 Salon Mondial d' Art Photographique 2012, Luxembourg

Feel free to step in during the vernissage/ days of exhibition, you can see some of my photos if interested.

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event Exhibitions Photo Contest https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/7/challenge-of-photoclub-esch-2012-luxembourg-salon-mondial-dart-photographique-2012 Thu, 12 Jul 2012 15:26:24 GMT
Challenge Good Year Luxembourg 2012 https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/5/challenge-good-year-luxembourg-2012 Challemge Good Year

Dear All

An every year awaited event is the monochrome contest and exhibition "Challenge Good Year" organized by the Photo-Cine Club of Colmar Berg in Luxembourg under the patronage of FLPA. Only monochrome photos are accepted both in the imposed and open subject sections. This year the imposed subject was "the Luxembourg Transportation Infrastructure".

  • Vernissage: 18/5/12 at 19:00.
  • Location: "Centre Culturel de Colmar-Berg".
  • Exhibition: 19-20/5/12.
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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event Exhibitions Photo Contest https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/5/challenge-good-year-luxembourg-2012 Sat, 05 May 2012 12:53:12 GMT
Updates https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/5/new-updates Dear All,

Feel free to check out my last 3 updates:   

  1. Robert Kane Singing the Blues
  2. Walking Madonna
  3. A Walk into the Light
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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Monochrome Photo Contest jkovacsphotography update https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/5/new-updates Tue, 01 May 2012 11:48:27 GMT
Happy Easter 2012 !!! https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/4/happy-easter-2012  

Happy Easter !!!

Easter Greetings!!!

 

Easter is a Christian feast and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as described in the New Testament.  Easter is preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains the days of the Easter Triduum, including Maundy Thursday, commemorating Maundy and the Last Supper, as well as Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus.

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Celebration Easter Event https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/4/happy-easter-2012 Sun, 08 Apr 2012 18:29:33 GMT
The 4-th Luxembourg International Digital Contest Public Showing and Awards Ceremony https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/3/4-th-luxembourg-international-digital-contest-public-showing-and-awards-ceremony The 4-th Luxembourg International Digital Contest Public Showing of the Projected Images and Awards Ceremony is going to take place on Saturday the 21-st of April 2012, at the Centre Culturel "Tramsschapp" in Rue Emersinde, Luxembourg Limperstberg.

The list of awards and accepted photos can be seen here.

 

4-th Luxembourg International Digital Contest Public Showing and Awards Ceremony

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Celebration Event Exhibitions Photo Contest https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/3/4-th-luxembourg-international-digital-contest-public-showing-and-awards-ceremony Thu, 22 Mar 2012 15:27:40 GMT
Photo Exhibition Jeannot Caudron and Romain Nero https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/2/photo-exhibition-jeannot-caudron-and-romain-nero Dear All,

There is a new photo event you may want to attend namely the Exhibition of Romain Nero and Jeannot Caudron
The Vernissage is on the 8-th of March 2012 at 19:30, at the restaurant "A Casa Mia", route de Perle in Flatzbour.

The exhibition will be open from 09.03 to 08.06 2012.
Looking forward to see you there!

 

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event Exhibitions https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/2/photo-exhibition-jeannot-caudron-and-romain-nero Wed, 29 Feb 2012 22:39:03 GMT
Protests erupt across Europe against web piracy treaty https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/2/acta Protest against ACTA's censorship
More than 25,000 demonstrators braved freezing temperatures in German cities to march against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) while 4,000 Bulgarians in Sofia rallied against the agreement designed to strengthen the legal framework for intellectual property rights.
There were thousands more - mostly young - demonstrators at other high-spirited rallies despite snow and freezing temperatures in cities including Warsaw, Prague, Slovakia, Bucharest, Vilnius, Paris, Brussels and Dublin.

Source: ReutersACTAProtest

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/2/acta Mon, 20 Feb 2012 23:02:02 GMT
Exhibition in Steinsel, Luxembourg https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/1/exhibition-in-steinsel-luxembourg Dear All,

A new event related to photography  you may want to put into your calendars  is the Exhibition of  Michele Lamesch-Junio Jean-Paul Schmit and Roland Schockweiller.

The Vernissage takes place on January 27, at 19.30  in the Art Gallery “Am Duerf”, place de l’Eglise Steinsel, Luxembourg. 

The exhibition will be open Saturdays and Sundays on January 28-29 and February 4-5, 2012, from 14.30 to 18.30.

Looking forward to see you there!

 

 

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event Exhibitions https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/1/exhibition-in-steinsel-luxembourg Wed, 11 Jan 2012 09:47:00 GMT
The Nikon D4 has been announced https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/1/nikon-d4-has-been-announced TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Nikon D4, a Nikon FX-format camera that serves as the new flagship model in Nikon's line-up of digital-SLR cameras. Nikon will be exhibiting the D4 at the 2012 International CES, to be held Tuesday, January 10 through Friday, January 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This electronics exhibition is open to the public. Want to read more ? Click here.

Here are some of the specification highlights of the Nikon D4:

  • New 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor (36.0 x 23.9mm)
  • Latest generation of Nikon’s EXPEED 3 image processing engine
  • New 91,000-pixel 3D colour matrix meter
  • ISO range from 100 to 204,800 for low-light capture
  • Advanced Multi-Cam 3500, 51-point AF System for maximum speed in a variety of challenging shooting situations
  • 15 cross-type sensors in the centre to detect contrast data in both vertical and horizontal planes
  • Full resolution JPEG or RAW files at up to 10 fps with full AF / AE or up to 11 fps with AF / AE locked
  • AF sensor, including subject colour as detected on the 91,000-pixel RGB sensor
  • 16 bit pipeline written to dual card slots optimized for the latest UDMA-7 Compact Flash cards, and the new XQD memory cards
  • In-camera High Dynamic Range (HDR) function that merges consecutive exposures.
  • Full HD video recording including: 1080p 30/24fps and 60 fps at 720p
  • B-Frame data compression method, users can record H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC format video for up to 20 minutes per clip
  • Using the camera’s HDMI port instead of the CF or XQD card, users can stream an uncompressed full HD signal directly out of the camera
  • Stereo headphone jack for accurate monitoring of audio levels while recording, output adjusted in up to 30 steps for precise audio adjustment. High-fidelity audio recording control with audio levels that can be set and monitored on the camera’s LCD screen. Microphone connected via the stereo mic jack can be adjusted with up to 20 steps of sensitivity for accurate sound reproduction
  • New 3.2" LCD screen with high resolution of 921K dots, with auto brightness adjustment and the capability to zoom in up to 46x to check critical HD focus.

Nikon D4I-am-Nikon-D4

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event Nikon https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/1/nikon-d4-has-been-announced Fri, 06 Jan 2012 12:45:00 GMT
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2012 ! https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2011/12/merry-christmas-and-happy-new-year-2012  

Wish you and your loved ones Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !

Greeting Card 2011/2

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Celebration Event https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2011/12/merry-christmas-and-happy-new-year-2012 Thu, 22 Dec 2011 08:01:00 GMT
Cuba By Georges Schiltz https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2011/12/walfer-fotofrenn-photoshow You are kindly invited to a very interesting event, held at Prince Henri Centre, Walferdange, on December 19 at 20:00. Walfer FotoFrenn features George Schiltz with his “Cuba” on screen photo show.

Do not hesitate to step in, there are a lot of interesting photos to be seen.

 

Geroges Schiltz Cuba

 
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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Exhibitions https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2011/12/walfer-fotofrenn-photoshow Fri, 09 Dec 2011 08:38:00 GMT
Concours du Championnat FLPA 2011 https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2011/11/concours-du-championnat-flpa-2011 Concours du Championnat FLPA 2011

Concours du Championnat FLPA 2011

Le concours est divisé en deux volets :
• sujet libre (maximum 4 épreuves par auteur).
• sujet imposé « les effets du temps » (maximum 4 épreuves par auteur).

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Exhibitions Photo Contest https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2011/11/concours-du-championnat-flpa-2011 Mon, 28 Nov 2011 16:11:00 GMT
" 7-eme Salon Mondial Photographique de Limours, 2011 France" https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2011/10/7eme-salon-mondial-photographique-de logo

 

A new edition, namely the 7-th,   of the “Salon Mondial Photographique de Limours, 2011 France” is underway.

The competition is conducted in accordance with FIAP, PSA and FPF requirements. Each entrant is entitled to submit a maximum of 4 images (4 files) in each section:


A: Colour General (PSA - EID)
B: Monochrome General (PSA - EID)
C: Nature (PSA - ND)

The Public Exhibitions are going to be held: November 19th, 2011 – December 17th, 2011.

Around 8000 photographers from 60 countries enrolled the competition but only 900 had their works accepted.

I have had 2 photos accepted in the monochrome Section, and this is a very important event for me! Please feel free to have a look at them here.

Another 2 colleagues from Luxembourg have had their works accepted, Mr. TADDEI Gennaro and Mr. SCHMIT Jean-Paul, the latest achieved  the best results amongst us having had acceptations in all the 3 sections of the competition.

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Exhibitions Photo Contest https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2011/10/7eme-salon-mondial-photographique-de Tue, 18 Oct 2011 12:29:00 GMT
Tommy Talton Blues Express 2011 Luxembourg https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2011/10/tommy-talton-blues-express-2011 Tommy Talton was a founding member of 70s Capricorn Records group Cowboy. While in Macon, Ga. through most of the 70s, Tommy was a studio musician recording with artists such as Bonnie Bramlett, Martin Mull, Corky Lang (West, Bruce and Lang, Mountain), Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Clarence Carter, country legend Kitty Wells, Alex and Livingston Taylor, Arthur Conley of Sweet Soul Music fame, and more. He toured exclusively throughout the U.S. with Cowboy and with Gregg Allman's Laid Back tour, from Carnegie Hall (as special guests) to Fillmore West in San Francisco and most cities in between. Tommy lived and toured in Europe throughout the 90s and formed a group there, called The Rebelizers, with members of Albert Lees band Hogans Heroes.

Tommy is now joined by three spirited, creative musicians from the southeast (Tallahassee and Birmingham).

Tommy Talton Blues BandTommy Talton Blues Band

 

Talton continues to tour with The Tommy Talton Band and Cowboy (reunited in 2010), as a solo act in intimate listening rooms, and as a special guest with many other well known, accomplished musicians and bands.

For more information check out his website.

His performance in the Blues Express Festival 2011 Luxembourg was an awaited and well received one. For about 2 hours people could listen to his great music.

An extensive coverage  as well as the high resolution files can be found on my website but as well as on my Flickr page. 

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Concert Event https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2011/10/tommy-talton-blues-express-2011 Sat, 08 Oct 2011 18:08:00 GMT
FLPA- 37e Salon National de photos couleurs et monochrome 2011 https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2011/10/flpa-37e-salon-national-de-photos 37-e Salon national Luxembourg


The 37-th National Salon of monochrome and colour photography begins on the 14-th of October 2011, under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, the Mayor Office of Mamer and FLPA,  The exhibition is open for public 15/10/2011 from 14.00-19.00 and 16/10/2011 10.00-19.00.

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Exhibitions Photo Contest https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2011/10/flpa-37e-salon-national-de-photos Tue, 04 Oct 2011 14:57:00 GMT
Walfer Fotofrenn Exhibition 2011 https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2011/10/walfer-fotofrenn-exhibition  

WFf Exhibition

The annual Walfer Fotofrenn internal contest and exhibition is around the corner.  The works of the Photoclub members are carefully selected  by a designated jury and then exhibited.

The vernissage is going to take place on October 13 at 18.30 in Walferdange, the Projection Hall of Prince Henri  Centre. The exhibition will be open on:

- 14/10/2011 19.00-20.30

- 15 and 16/10/2012 15.00- 18.00

There are many great photos to be seen both in the “Free”” and the “4 seasons”  sections. So if you are close by, do no hesitatet to step in.

I have had 4 acceptations and scored the 3rd in the “free” section”, a remarkable achievement for me. Feel free to check out my 3rd  prize here. 

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Exhibitions Photo Contest https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2011/10/walfer-fotofrenn-exhibition Tue, 04 Oct 2011 14:10:00 GMT
7-eme Salon International d'Art Photographique de Florange, France 2011 https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2011/9/7me-salon-international-d Salon International Florange, France 2011

  • Vernissage: 22/11/2011
  • Exhibition:    22-31/10 2011.
  • Address: La Passerelle. 50 Avenue de Lorraine, F-57190 Florange, France.

The contest was opened to all photographers in the world and had 3 sections:

  •  Monochrome prints
  •  Colour prints
  •  Young photographers (monochrome and colour prints).

I have 2 photos accepted in the exhibition, 1 in the monochrome and 1 in the colour section.
This is a great achievement for me and I am very happy about this. Please feel free to check them out:

 

  1.  Shere Khan
  2.  Eric Le Mendiant
     

If you are around do not hesitate  to step in, I am pretty sure there are may photos worth seeing.

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Exhibitions Photo Contest https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2011/9/7me-salon-international-d Sun, 25 Sep 2011 15:21:00 GMT
BENELUX FOTOSALON 2011 https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2011/8/beneluxfotosalon-2011 BENELUX 2011BNL FOTOSALON

"46ste -BENELUX Fotosalon
"KONINKLIJKE FOTOKRING "IMAGO " HAMME

 VZW ERKEND BENELUXSALON BFF 2011/06 - CvB 2011/05- FLPA "

Avec la collaboration :
           - du Ministre de la Culture Flamande
              - de l' Administration Communale de Hamme
              - de FIAP
              - du C.V.B.
              - de la B.N.A.F.V
              - de la F.L.P.A.
              - de la F.B.P.
              - de Oost-Vlaamse Unie voor fotografie , de l' O.V.U.
              - De Koninklijke Antwerpse Verbroedering van Fotokringen - de l' K.A.V.F.

Vernissage: 10.09.2011 at 15.00 Kleinhulst 4, 9220 Hamme, Belgium.

Exhibition during 14-15.09.2011 and 17-19.09.2011
 

This photograph has been awarded the "Special Prize", Bronze Medal at the the 46-th BENELUX Photo Salon 2011 and was
be exhibited at the 46-th BENELUX Photo Salon 2011.

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Other 2 photos have been accepted and will be exhibited. You can find them here:
 

  1.  Eric le Mendiant
  2.  November mourn
     

I cannot say how happy I am about the result, especially that this "Fotosalon" was one of the best I have seen.

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) BENELUX Event Exhibitions Photo Contest https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2011/8/beneluxfotosalon-2011 Sun, 28 Aug 2011 09:17:00 GMT
Larry Carlton Trio, Blues Express 2011 Luxembourg https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2011/8/larry-carlton-trio-blues-express-2011 16-time Grammy nominee and 4-time Grammy winner, Larry Carlton is perhaps the most versatile and accomplished guitarist walking the planet today. With over 3,000 sessions, 200 hit records and 100 gold albums to his credit, Carlton has his fingerprints indelibly imprinted on virtually every genre of music.

Larry performed in Luxembourg on 9-July 2011, together with Travis Carlton and Gene Coye.

An extensive coverage of the event and high resolution files can be found on my website or some of them on my Flick page.

 

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Concert Event jkovacsphotography https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2011/8/larry-carlton-trio-blues-express-2011 Fri, 05 Aug 2011 09:53:00 GMT
Big Band Opus 78 featuring Ladies of Soul, Luxembourg June 2011 https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2011/7/big-band-opus-78-featuring-ladies-of Luxembourg's National Day celebrations were held 22-23/6/2011 with a torchlight procession, fireworks and a host of parties and other entertainment. Amongst all these,  is worth remembering the concert of Candy Dulfer. In the opening act we witnessed a great performance from "Ladies of Soul". 

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And now some shots from the show:

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Want to see more ? Check out My Photo website or My Flickr Page.

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Concert Event https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2011/7/big-band-opus-78-featuring-ladies-of Thu, 14 Jul 2011 07:42:00 GMT
American Memorial Day Ceremony May 2011- Luxembourg https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2011/5/american-memorial-day-may-2011
American memorial Day 2011

The World War II Memorial honours the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home.

I have not managed to get there in time to shoot the ceremony but still would like to show you some of the after events magic. If you want to see more, feel free to visit my Flickr Page..

The Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial is located in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. The cemetery can be found 2.5 kilometers southwest of Findel Airport. It is administered by the American Battle Monuments Commission. Under a US-Luxembourg treaty signed in 1951 the US government was granted free use in perpetuity of the land covered by the cemetery, without taxation.

The cemetery, which is 50.5 acres (204,000 m2) in extent contains the remains of 5,076 American service members. On 22 occasions two brothers rest side-by-side in adjacent graves. Most of the interred died during the Battle of the Bulge which was fought nearby in winter 1944/spring 1945. The 5,076 headstones are set in 9 plots of fine grass, lettered A to I. Separating the plots are two malls radiating from the memorial and two transverse paths. Two flagpoles overlook the graves area. Situated between the two flagpoles lies the grave of General George S. Patton Jr.

 

American Memorial Day 2011

Not far from the cemetery entrance stands the white stone chapel, set on a wide circular platform surrounded by woods. It is embellished with sculpture in bronze and stone, a stained-glass window with the insignia of the five major U.S. commands that operated in the region, and a mosaic ceiling.

The photo below was taken after the official ceremony.


 

American memorial Day 2011
General George S. Patton Grave.

George Smith Patton, Jr. (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) was a United States Army officer best known for his leadership while commanding corps and armies as a general during World War II. He used to command the U.S. Third Army.

General Patton was buried at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial in Hamm, Luxembourg along with other members of the Third Army, as per Patton's request to "be buried with my men." On March 19, 1947, his body was moved from the original grave site in the cemetery to its current prominent location at the head of his former troops
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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Celebration Event https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2011/5/american-memorial-day-may-2011 Sun, 29 May 2011 13:18:00 GMT
Luxembourg Philharmonic https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2011/5/luxembourg-philharmonic Luxembourg PhilharmonicLuxembourg Philharmonic 2
 
A 1997 competition sought an urban centerpiece for the triangular Place de l’Europe, bounded by monumental glass governmental structures. The brief called for a 1,500-seat concert auditorium, a 300-seat chamber-music hall, and a black-box theater seating 120. Along with acoustic excellence for concerts ranging from symphonic music to amplified jazz, the tacit expectation was that the structure rise to its ceremonial function as a crowning symbol of the new, sophisticated Luxembourg City. The concert hall also had to address the plateau’s main thoroughfare and ceremonial boulevard, Avenue John F. Kennedy.
 
More details about the building you can find here.
If you want to see more photos at a higher resolution just click here. The photos were taken with my Nikon D3 and Nikkor 14-24G. If you need any sort of customization just drop me a line on my contact page.

 

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Architecture BENELUX Luxembourg Philharmonic https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2011/5/luxembourg-philharmonic Sat, 21 May 2011 15:37:00 GMT
Season’s Greetings https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2010/12/seasons-greetings Christmas is one of the most fascinating celebrations of the year. It is the time when Jesus, our savior was born.  It is the time when families get together to celebrate this, it is time for rejoice.
Wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !


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Below you will find one of my favorite carols performed by the Romanian Madrigal  Choir, conducted by Marin Constantin and performing “Domnulet si Domn din cer” which more or less means “Jesus and Lord from Above”.

Part of our traditon whenever we set up the Xmas tree, we always listen to the Madrigal Choir.

Enjoy !

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Celebration Event https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2010/12/seasons-greetings Wed, 22 Dec 2010 16:30:00 GMT
Les Braves https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2010/12/les-braves Les Braves
Monument by Anilore Banon at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France.
This is a memorial to the American forces,  consisting of three elements: The Wings of Hope, Rise Freedom, and the Wings of Fraternity.
This memorial stands on the beach known as Omaha Beach in the village St. Laurent-sur-Mer in Normandy, France and commemorates the soldiers that fell on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, June6, 1944. The memorial was dedicated on June 5 2004, for the 60th anniversary of the invasion.

I have the pleasure to present you above the way I see this memorial.
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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Anilore Bannon Les Braves Monochrome https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2010/12/les-braves Fri, 03 Dec 2010 15:22:00 GMT
Sunset, French Riviera. https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2010/8/sunset-french-riviera TwilightSunsets have always been fascinating. South of France it is a place where you can have a nice show of them. The image below was taken on a beautiful day of August, in the French Riviera.

This is a HDR image out of 3 exposures, taken with my D300, Nikkor 24-70G. 
For more sunsets and sunrises feel free to have  a look at my FLICKR page .
The high resolution file is available on my website. Thanks.

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Landscape Sunset/ Sunrise https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2010/8/sunset-french-riviera Sun, 22 Aug 2010 05:06:00 GMT
Dr. Feelgood Live at Blues Express 2010 Luxembourg https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2010/8/dr-feelgood-live-at-blues-express-2010 Dr. FEELGOOD


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Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970s Dr. Feelgood remains one of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts in the world. The raw and uncompromising style of their performance resulted in the album Stupidity that immediately went to the number one position in the U.K. charts.
 

Dr. Feelgood have also enjoyed global success with a string of hit singles including Roxette, Back in the Night, Milk and Alcohol, Down at the Doctors, She Does it Right, Going Back Home and See You Later Alligator - which gave the group their first gold record.
 

The last album to feature Lee Brilleaux - Down at the Doctors, was recorded live at the Dr. Feelgood Music Bar on Canvey Island, (now the site of the Oysterfleet Hotel) just two months before he died.
 

The current line up features the rhythm section Kevin Morris on drums and Phil Mitchell on bass, approaching 27 years in the band and Steve Walwyn on guitar who has been with the band for 20 years. Vocalist Robert Kane (formerly of the Animals) is the most recent addition – joining in 1999.
 

In 2000 EMI records released Chess Masters, Dr. Feelgood’s tribute to the Chess Label, home to many of the finest blues artists of the 20th century and the first album to feature Robert on vocals and harmonica.
 

Recent releases include a DVD - Live in London and CD Repeat Prescription - a collection of some of the bands most enduring songs but with a fresh approach.
Julien Temple’s film Oil City Confidential released on 2nd February 2010 tells the story of the bands formative years featuring the Wilko Johnson era.
The band continues to tour extensively throughout the World.


Source: www.drfeelgood.org
For further information please check out the website www.drfeelgood.org

 

Recently I have seen them live in Luxembourg giving an impressive show. A coverage of the event can be seen on my website. or on my Flickr page.  Lighting conditions were very poor, around 90% of the photos were taken at ISO 6400, but their performance rocked !

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Concert Event https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2010/8/dr-feelgood-live-at-blues-express-2010 Tue, 17 Aug 2010 17:54:00 GMT
Mungo Jerry Live at Blues Express 2010, Luxembourg https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2010/7/blues-express-2010-luxembourg Blues Express is  a Blues and Jazz Festival in Luxembourg, with 36 international bands performing on 10 stages in 2 locations, from 18:00-03:00 at Lasauvage,  Fond de Gras, and Differdange.

Every year the Blues Express Festival is a long awaited event, with lots of fun and good music.
This time I was really looking forward to see Mungo Jerry Blues Band and Dr. Feelgood, for the sake of good  memories.

I am pretty sure you know who they are. Their performance was great and worth seeing. Both groups put up great a show of music and communication with the audience.

Feel free to see an extensive coverage of  Mungo Jerry 's great performance, both on my Flickr Page and on my Photo Website pages.

 

MUNGO JERRY

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Concert Event https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2010/7/blues-express-2010-luxembourg Thu, 22 Jul 2010 12:49:00 GMT
The Good Year Photography Challenge Luxembourg https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2010/5/good-year-photography-challenge The  opening  of  the exhibition is on the 28/05/2010 at 19.00. The accepted works are going to be exhibited at the Cultural Centre of Colmar Berg in Luxembourg on:

  •  29/05/2010 10:00-12:00 and 14:-18:00
  •  30/05/2010 10:00-12:00 and 14:-17:00

Some  of my photos have been accepted in the contest and exhibition. Follow the links below to see them:

  1. A Lady Harp Player
  2. Innocence
  3. Annegrett (Somewhere in Time)

 

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Exhibitions Photo Contest https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2010/5/good-year-photography-challenge Wed, 19 May 2010 06:53:00 GMT
Le Tour du Monde en Photos – The World Tour in Photos https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2010/5/le-tour-du-monde-en-photos-world-tour The event  is held at “Walfer Shopping Center” in Walferdange, Luxembourg, from  18/5/2010 to 6/6/2010. Drop-in to take a look.

Le  Tour de Monde in Photos

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event Exhibitions https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2010/5/le-tour-du-monde-en-photos-world-tour Wed, 19 May 2010 06:29:00 GMT
Happy Easter to Everyone ! https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2010/4/happy-easter-to-everyone DSC_6537_ a

Since its origins, Easter has been a time of celebration and feasting and many Traditional Easter games and customs developed, such as egg rolling, egg tapping, Pace egging and egg decorating. Today Easter is commercially important, seeing wide sales of greeting cards and confectionery such as chocolate Easter eggs, marshmallow bunnies, Peeps, and jelly beans. Even many non-Christians celebrate these aspects of the holiday while eschewing the religious aspects.
 
The Netherlands, Belgium, France and Northern Germany

Church bells are silent as a sign of mourning for one or more days before Easter in The Netherlands, Belgium and France. This has led to an Easter tradition that says the bells fly out of their steeples to go to Rome (explaining their silence), and return on Easter morning bringing both colored eggs and hollow chocolate shaped like eggs or rabbits.

In both The Netherlands and Flemish-speaking Belgium many of more modern traditions exist alongside the Easter Bell story. The bells ("de Paasklokken") leave for Rome on Holy Saturday, called "Stille Zaterdag" (literally "Silent Saturday") in Dutch.

In French-speaking Belgium and France the same story of Easter Bells (« les cloches de Pâques ») bringing eggs from Rome is told, but church bells are silent beginning Maundy Thursday, the first day of the Paschal Triduum.

In the northern and eastern parts of the Netherlands (Twente and Achterhoek), Easter Fires (in Dutch: "Paasvuur") are lit on Easter Day at sunset. Easter Fires also take place on the same day in large portions of Northern Germany ("Osterfeuer").

 

Source: Wikipedia.

 

 

 

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Celebration Event https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2010/4/happy-easter-to-everyone Sun, 04 Apr 2010 10:42:00 GMT
Grand Master David Navara playing in Luxembourg https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2010/4/grand-master-david-navara-playing-in Friday 2-nd of April 2010, at 18:30 at INS Luxembourg, FLDE organized a simultaneous chess  match of 15 players against the Czech Grand Master David Navara, currently ranked number 31 in the world,  with an ELO of 2708.
David Navara (born March 27, 1985) is a chess Grandmaster from Czech Republic. His career was progressing very fast under coaches like Luděk Pachman or Vlastimil Jansa, as he won several world medals in youth categories. In 2001, aged 16, he got 7 of 9 in the European Team Championships. One year later, three days before his 17th birthday, he received the Grandmaster title, next year he won open tournament in Polanica Zdrój.
Photos from the event are to be found here.

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event Sport https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2010/4/grand-master-david-navara-playing-in Sat, 03 Apr 2010 13:40:00 GMT
Relais Pour La Vie 2010, Luxembourg https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2010/3/relais-pour-la-vie-2010 I have said some posts ago I would come back on this event. So here we are. Relais pour La Vie 2010,  was organized by the Luxembourg Foundation against Cancer. It was held on the 6-7 of March 2010 in Coque, Kirchberg, Luxembourg. Around  8277 people, in 315 teams attended the event. The event aimed to show solidarity with patients of cancer and break the taboo of cancer, creating as such, an open mind towards this disease.  Teams usually  runn around the track, while various artists do perform on the stage.

During the opening ceremony on 6 March 2010 19:00, welcoming remarks were addressed by the Director of the Luxembourg Foundation against Cancer, Marie-Paule Prost, then a short speech  was given by  Mars di Bartolomeo - Minister of Health. The opening ceremony continued with some very moving and encouraging testimonies of patients who had suffered or presently suffer from cancer.

More on  this event  you can  see on my Flickr Page .

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Before the running itself, a parade of teams has taken place.

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Event People https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2010/3/relais-pour-la-vie-2010 Sat, 13 Mar 2010 12:06:00 GMT
Somewhere in time https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/2/somewhere-in-time

Beyond fantasy... Beyond obsession... Beyond time itself... someday in the past he will find her....

These are the things which come to my mind whenever I see this photo. Her subtle magic smile, the look on her face , they all charm me. I really like this photo.

I made some other monochrome versions of it with various ways of processing ,but this one I like the most. You can see another version of it here on my .

 

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) People Portrait https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/2/somewhere-in-time Mon, 25 Jan 2010 15:15:00 GMT
The Lady Harp Player https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/2/to-a-lady-playing-the-harp-by-paul-laurence-dunbar To A Lady Playing The Harp

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Thy tones are silver melted into sound,
And as I dream
I see no walls around,
But seem to hear
A gondolier
Sing sweetly down some slow Venetian stream.
Italian skies—that I have never seen—
I see above.
(Ah, play again, my queen;
Thy fingers white
Fly swift and light

And weave for me the golden mesh of love.)

 

Oh, thou dusk sorceress of the dusky eyes
And soft dark hair,
‘T is thou that mak’st my skies
So swift to change
To far and strange;
But far and strange, thou still dost make them
fair.
Now thou dost sing, and I am lost in thee
As one who drowns
In floods of melody.
Still in thy art
Give me this part,
Till perfect love, the love of loving crowns.

 

Medieval Festival Vianden 3-Aug-2008

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) People Portrait https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2012/2/to-a-lady-playing-the-harp-by-paul-laurence-dunbar Sun, 24 Jan 2010 15:15:00 GMT
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2010/1/the-grand-duchy-of-luxembourg

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a country surrounded by Belgium, France and Germany, and its history has been inextricably linked with that of its larger neighbors. It is largely made up of rolling hills and forests.

Luxembourg lies on the cultural divide between Romance Europe and Germanic Europe, borrowing customs from each of the distinct traditions. Luxembourg is a trilingual country: German, French and Luxembourgish are official languages.

Luxembourg is a parliamentary representative democracy with a constitutional monarch; it is ruled by a Grand Duke. It is the world's only remaining sovereign Grand Duchy. The country has a highly developed economy, with the highest Gross Domestic Product per capita in the world as per IMF and WB. Its historic and strategic importance dates back to its founding as a Roman era fortress site and Frankish count's castle site in the Early Middle Ages. It was an important bastion along the Spanish Road when Spain was the principal European power influencing the whole western hemisphere and beyond in the 16th–17th centuries.
 
The economic structure of Luxembourg is based mainly in banking, insurance, and the steel industry. Agriculture and wine production are also important.
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Notre Damme de Luxembourg

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) People https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2010/1/the-grand-duchy-of-luxembourg Fri, 22 Jan 2010 15:45:00 GMT
The Dove https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2010/1/the-dove

The Dove Poem

by John Keats

 

I had a dove, and the sweet dove died;

And I have thought it died of grieving:

Oh, what could it grieve for? its feet were tied

With a silken thread of my own hands’ weaving.

Sweet little red feet! Why should you die

Why would you leave me, sweet bird! why?

You lived alone in the forest tree;

Why, pretty thing! would you not live with me?

I kiss’d you oft and gave you white peas;

Why not live sweetly, as in the green trees?

 

The messenger

 

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office@jkovacsphotography.com (J. Kovacs Photography) Monochrome https://www.jkovacsphotography.com/blog/2010/1/the-dove Fri, 22 Jan 2010 15:15:00 GMT