The US Military Issue Leica KE-7A is Yours for $24,898.85

Fancy and rare, is the US military issue Leica KE-7A in your vintage camera collection?

Are you a vintage camera collector or military history buff with some space in your shelves and some loads of cash to spare? There’s a rare Military Version Leica KE-7A currently up for grabs on ebay that you can add to your collection.

The black Leica KE-7A, in great condition, posted by ebay seller mkkamera_us can be yours for a whopping US $24,898.85. This actually seems like a good deal, if you consider the fact that there was once a mint and sealed complete set that went for a staggering US $45,000 as we reported last year.

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Remember: When Photographing Fireworks, It Can Be Easier To Shoot Wide

We know that within the next few days both America and Canada will be celebrating their Independence days. Much of the festivities are celebrated with the lighting of fireworks. They’re big, they’re beautiful and they’re very colorful. But for many, they can be incredibly difficult to shoot. Part of this inherent difficulty comes with the fact that fireworks are so far away and are best experienced through a slow shutter speed. If you’ve got a tripod, then you don’t need to worry about this all that much–same applies to those of you with cameras that have insane image stabilization like the Olympus OMD EM1 Mk II. But if you’re handholding your camera and lens, then you’ll need to find a way to stabilize your camera.

In most situations, shooter with a wide angle lens could be easier. Why? The reciprocal rule of shutter speeds states that in order to get an image that is devoid of camera shake, you’ll need to shoot at the reciprocal or your lens’ field of view. So at 15mm wide angle lens on a full frame camera will make sense at 1/15th of a second. But on an APS-C cropped sensor camera, a 35mm f1.4 lens will make the most sense being shot at 1/50th. Slow shutter speeds really work at times like this.

Of course, this means that you’ll need to get closer to the action or at least do some extra time scouting and figuring out which location could be best for you. But beyond that, you’re going to have to find probably two more. Why? Because otherwise you’re shooting the same vista and angle over and over again. That gets boring unless you plan on seriously culling down your photos.

Happy shooting this coming weekend and Happy Independance Day to all our readers in these areas!

David J Fulde: Mixing Colors, Lighting and Portraiture

All images and words by David J Fulde. Used with permission.

My name is David J. Fulde, I am a photographer currently based in Toronto, ON.

I work a colorist and online editor in the film industry at night, leaving my days free to work as a portrait photographer. Being a part-time worker as a photographer allows me to really pick and choose commissions as I don’t need to worry about putting food on the table. I am really not an event photographer, nor someone that wants to shoot white-wall catalogue sort of photos. I enjoy creating images that are quintessentially mine, and try to avoid trends as much as possible.

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Katy Maclachlan: My Mom’s Canon AE-1 and Kodak Portra 400

All images by Katy Maclachlan. Used with permission.

In our continued features of analog photographers, we now get brought to photographer Katy Maclachlan. Her submission is one of the many that I genuinely feel is more than well suited to be featured on our website, but still not quite there for our upcoming analog zine. More importantly though, Katy’s work has soul. It has personality; and overall it’s still pretty darn beautiful.

Besides, she’s also got a pretty heartwarming story to go with it.

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Useful Photography Tip #142: A Simple Trick to Getting Better Photos of Fireworks

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If you’re in the US (where most of our readers are from) or Canada (where lots of readers come from), you’re going to be celebrating the celebration of your nation’s birth very soon. If you’re a reader of this site, then you’re probably going to have your camera in hand as you’re celebrating.

Don’t do that.

No, seriously–don’t handhold the camera. Instead, to get those trademark beautiful fireworks images you should get your hands on a tripod, point the camera and lens up to the sky, stop the aperture down, and use a slow/long shutter speed to capture those picturesque light trails.

As for lens choices, it really depends on where you’re standing. If you’re on flat even ground near sea level, then opt for a telephoto lens and pray for the best. If you’re on a rooftop of some sort or really high up on a building, then go for a wider lens.

Then when you’re all done, turn your lens to your friends and family and try to capture beautiful candid moments as you and your loved ones are celebrating.

And as always, have a happy celebration on Independence Day.

Remi Martel’s Double Exposures of Montreal’s Subways

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All photos by Remi Martel. Used with permission.

Montreal has an interesting and beautiful subway system that is significantly more clean that NYC’s. And photographer Remi Martel lived in the city, he was captivated by the architecture. “Every station is different, which is awesome. I was really impressed and had the sensation i was the only one who found that as beautiful as I saw it. states Remi. “I tried to turn what is ugly and dirty into something beautiful…I wanted to ‘document’ every one of the 68 stations.” He continues to say that it is a project that documents and describe all stations methodically while leaving room for observation and interpretation by the artist and the viewer.

Remi went about photographing the stations and doing double exposures in camera on his Nikon D7000. Specifically, he tried to get some sort of bench and a really cool feature about the station. The results are all after the jump.

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Alberta Photographer Intensifies Landscape Images by Adding the Human Element

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All photographs by and used with expressed permission from Paul Zizka.

Award-winning photographer and cinematographer Paul Zizka of Banff, Alberta has a knack for turning landscape scenes into epic paintings of light. His creations, specifically the nighttime ones, are full of dynamism and color. He expertly captures the blues, greens, yellows, and even purples of light, both natural and manmade; and the gloriousness of the landscapes themselves, dressed in crawling fog, sweeping clouds, star trails, or the occasional lone boulder, making his images possibly even more inviting than the actually scenes.

Other times, Zizka, who just released his first book, Summits and Starlight, would intensify his impressive shots simply by adding a human aspect to them, strategically putting in a silhouette of a person (most of the time, Zizka himself) in the foreground with a headlight on his head, either perched atop a rock or standing waist-deep in a lake, looking at the scene before him as if in awe. And the cyber world, albeit unwittingly presenting them as elaborate or redefined “selfies”, has zeroed in on those images particularly. And for good reason. But it wasn’t at all premeditated, mind you. As he explains,

“I did not set out with the intention to create a cohesive set of images. I just find that sometimes including a person in a night scene adds to the photograph. Sometimes the images are visualized before heading out – I know what I want to do and it is a matter of waiting for the proper conditions to make the photograph happen. Most though are thought of upon arrival, when I am able to see what the night sky will give me to work with at a given location. I decided then if the image might benefit from the inclusion of a human element. Sometimes the person (me since I’m nearly always alone) ends up in the image to convey a sense of vulnerability, or a sense of belonging, or to make the image more relatable. Sometimes I only end up in the shot to solve compositional issues.”

Whatever his original intention was, there’s no denying that it’s a genius move. Somehow, the silhouettes not only provide an element of polarity, a contrast between man and nature, but also a feeling of triumph in the photos, as if the anonymous person in the foreground has just conquered nature and now he’s reaping his rewards.

See Zizka’s awesome collection after the jump.

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The Canadian Police Mistook a Pinhole Camera For a Suspicious Package

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“Hey! What’s a pinhole camera, eh?”

I’m sure that when that question is being asked of you by a Canadian Constable that anyone would sit there and try to explain it as carefully as they possibly could to someone who isn’t technically savvy. Unfortunately, that is what happens when a major tragedy happens and the world is on high alert. However, Police in the Ivey Park region of Ontario, Canada were tipped off to a suspicious package in a park. Then (this is the awesome part) an explosives team arrived to try to figure out what the problem was. Later on, they concluded that it was a Pinhole Camera.

This was only bound to happen. For everyone reading this that doesn’t know what a pinhole camera is: it is a usually homemade camera with a piece of film inside and an extremely small opening for light to leak onto the film for the exposure. The camera may need to be left in place for anywhere from seconds to months depending on how sensitive to light the film is. The results are often extremely creative and artistic looks. Two of my favorites are Matt Hill and Gabe Biderman. However, Matt Bigwood was recently featured here on this site for his months long beer can pin hole camera experiments. And to that end, Pinhole Cameras are sometimes made of Spam Cans, Shoeboxes, and come in proper manufacturer flavors like an 8×10, and an Obscura.

Via Metro News Canada