Wednesday, September 30, 2015

LEICA LOUNGE: with Paul Morris Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Leica Lounge with Paul Morris

TOMORROW! Thursday, October 1st, 2015   |   7:00 - 8:30 PM   |   RSVP

Join us on Thursday night for our monthly Leica Lounge with aerial photographer Paul Morris. Paul will discuss aerial photography, the use of drones as well as his documentary project about the Miami Circle.
Above Miami - 30 Years of a Changing Skyline
Over the years of creating aerial images in South Florida, I have seen and captured enormous changes to our urban landscape. As the cycle of real estate boom and bust plays out, the downtown cityscape shows the most transformation. With each cycle we get another layer of high-rise buildings and a visual alteration to the skyline with ever-taller buildings replacing outdated structures from previous decades.
The indigenous people of South Florida, the Tequesta Indians, also knew prime real estate when they saw it. They chose to settle at the mouth of the Miami River about 2,000 years ago. Excavation for a new development at the mouth of the river unearthed an amazing trove of artifacts and structural remnants that will soon disappear under a fifty story modern skyscraper. Before this record of our history disappeared forever, construction was temporarily halted for the archaeologists to record the findings.  We were honored to be asked by Bob Carr of Archaeological and Historical Conservancy to document the site using our drone technology to capture images and video. We were struck by the contrast of documenting this first century settlement using our twenty-first century technology.
To view more of Paul's work, visit his website.

The Leica Lounge is a lecture series hosted by Leica Store Miami which features presentations by local members of the photography community. Held monthly, these free events are designed to create and inspire the local photography community through sharing images and exchanging ideas.
As always, the Leica Lounge is sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery. Bring a friend and try a sampling of Brooklyn's lastest brews. 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Kicking off Football Season 2015 with Photojournalist Al Diaz

Al Diaz
Football season, my favorite time of year!  Kicked it off by photographing three winning teams. This weekend I traveled to Washington DC as the Miami Dolphins defeated the Washington Redskins 17-10.
Shot with the Canon 1DX DSLR with a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II with Peak Design camera straps I haul it all in my Think Tank Airport Security

On Friday night in Boca Raton, the Hurricanes stormed into FAU stadium with a weather delay during the game that lasted over an hour. The University of Miami defeated Florida Atlantic University 44-20.
Shot with the Canon 1DX DSLR with a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II with Peak Design camera straps I haul it all in my Think Tank Airport Security

The previous week in Orlando FIU Panthers roared into UCF but barely squeaked by with a 15-14 win and the U trounced Bethune-Cookman at newly renovated Sun Life Stadium 45-0.

On September 3, the Miami Herald published my football preview covers featuring Ndamukong Suh for the Mami Dolphins, Brad Kaaya for the University of Miami, Richard Leonard for Florida International University, Flanagan High’s Devin Bush Jr. for Broward High Schools and Central High’s Donovan Thompson for Miami-Dade High Schools.

My favorite shot is of Flanagan’s Devin Bush Jr. That image was shot in a hot tub overlooking a pool. 

I used a black muslin background on a backdrop stand weighted down with sand bags. On either side I used two light stands with two Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT elevated to about six feet. At the bottom of the each light stand I placed two more Canon 600 strobes attached with Manfrotto 244RC Variable Friction Magic Arms. The rim light backlit the water nicely. For the main light I used a fifth Canon 600EX- mounted on a Manfrotto 025BS Super Boom Arm with Pivoting Clamp boom attached to a Manfrotto Cine Stand 008 with Casters.

Below and off to the left I used a Photoflex Litepanel 39x39" Aluminum Frame reflector for fill.

By the time we were ready it was dark. The strobes are all set to high speed sync so I could shoot at a shutter speed of 1600 at f/3.5, ISO 500 on the Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera with a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM AutoFocus Telephoto Zoom Lens – USA.

 I triggered the devices using a Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT.

The toughest part was getting the beam of light from the strobe mounted to the boom to strike the subjects face. The high-speed sync also causes the batteries to drain quicker which caused a few misfires. Bush made several attempts at leaping out of the water until I finally captured an image with his hair looking hydro electric!

Shot with the Canon 1DX DSLR with a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II 
Using my 3 Legged Thing Monopod, Canon gear and Peak Design Sling.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Holga Digital Camera on Kickstarter

Mr. T.M. Lee, the 84-year-old creator of Holga cameras, has recently launched Holga Digital, revolutionizing the retro camera without the necessity of 35mm film. The new line not only reintroduces the iconic toy camera to the world with a fresh color pallet, but also allows users to instantly work on their photos using a WiFi SD card. 

The Holga Digital is a high-quality glass optic with F2.8 and F8.0 aperture settings to fit different environments and situations, giving users the freedom to experience the unique Holga image style. For users interested in further developing their own unique shots, Holga will also offer different lenses and mounted external flashes as available accessories.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

PEAK DESIGN: Introducing SlideLITE, Miirrorless Camera Sling/Neck/Shoulder Strap

My friends at Peak Design have come up with SlideLITE, the world's first camera strap designed specifically for mirrorless and small DSLR cameras.Their current Kickstarter for their Everyday Messenger bag has reached 
11,703 backers and have pledged $3,331,288
The goal was for $100,000 and there is still 11 days to go! 
Use Coupon Code: Diaz for 10% off on any existing products 
bought on their website. 

GOLDILOCKS WOULD TOTALLY DIG THIS STRAP.  Not too big and not too small, the all-new SlideLITE is the perfect fit for your mirrorless camera. Based on the award-winning Slide camera sling, SlideLITE features thinner 1.25-inch webbing that comfortably carries a small-bodied camera/lens combo, and gives you endless adjustability.

Pre-order it on Kickstarter.


1. Become a backer of our current Kickstarter campaign. 
 Click here  to do that. Join at any reward level (or, don't select a reward level). Already a backer?  Click here instead.
2a. Add $50 to your pledge. You can add those funds when initially backing this project, or you add them after the fact by clicking "Manage My Pledge" at the top of the page.
2b. Choose the $375 reward or higher. You now have the option to choose SlideLITE instead of Slide in these rewards.
3. You're done for now. After this project is complete (late September) we'll send you a survey where you'll specify that you want a SlideLITE.
If you pre-order SlideLITE on Kickstarter it will ship with the rest of your Kickstarter rewards in the Nov-Dec timeframe.

Pre-order it from a retailer.

If you pre-order from a retailer your SlideLITE will probably ship in the next couple of months.

New pics of our new bag.

IT LOOKS BETTER AND DOES MORE. We've been busy making final design tweaks to The Everyday Messenger, getting it ready for mass production. If you haven't checked out our Kickstarter page recently, you're in for some pleasant surprises.
TIME IS WINDING DOWN to pre-order The Everyday Messenger, The Field Pouch, CaptureLENS, SlideLITE and a host of other gear on our current Kickstarter campaign. We'd love your support, so we can continue designing beautiful, functional gear for photogs, travelers, adventurers and creatives.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

LEICA LOUNGE: With Carl Juste | Thursday, September 3, 2015 | 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Free Event

Join us in the Leica Lounge on Thursday, September 3, 2015 with Miami Herald photographer Carl Juste. Carl will be talking about the value of still images and why they still matter.
#Still Image Still Matters
With the onset with the digital age, are we moving so fast that we have forgotten to slow down gather are thoughts, reflect on our lives, and critically think and question before we act? The thirst to be first has been replaced with the hunger for the latest devices, technological advances, and coolest perspectives causing audiences to suffer from a saturation of visual stimuli, demanding the next photographic fix at any cost.
Photographic trends change like the newest fashion or dance step.  We, as visual communicators, are forced to feed the beast moving as if the photographic process travels at the speed of light, but at what cost? What would happen if we actually slowed down? If we stopped treating our subjects as just visual props?  
The photographic process has been my passport to understand my engagement with the world.  In other words, "it has always been personal."  Caught in fraction of seconds to move audiences for years, is why I make images. The still image is not solely a product of reflection, but the source of initial investigation. Simply put it is the universal visual question of "why?".  
The still image makes us pause as it translates our visual sensibilities into the singular definitive moment.  As photojournalists, we produce the most democratic contemporary art form.  The still image is the reoccurring birth of our values, prejudices, fears, and hopes presented in the visual language with no need of any additional interface.  The strong still image requires no advocate.  It stand alone regardless of it author.  It can be designed with purpose or an outcome of coincidence.  The still image still matters because its value is not how fast it moves but how quickly it moves its audience. 
Leica Lounge is a lecture series hosted by Leica Store Miami which features presentations by local members of the photography community. Held monthly, these free events are designed to create and inspire the local photography community through sharing images and exchanging ideas.
The Leica Lounge is kindly sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery. Participants will be able to sample some of their amazing craft beers during the event. Brooklyn Brewery is one of the largest craft breweries in the United States, producing a portfolio of traditional and experimental beers sure to impress any beer drinker.
About Carl:
Under threat of persecution, Haitian-born Carl Philippe Juste and his politically active family were forced to flee their homeland in 1965. Settling in Miami’s Haitian community, Carl flourished academically and attended the University of Miami. He vigorously pursued photojournalism and, since 1991, has worked as a photojournalist for The Miami Herald. He has carried out extensive assignments for the Miami Herald in Haiti, Cuba, Brazil, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Juste has received numerous awards for his work,including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. His work has been exhibited in various prestigious institutions and galleries in Cuba, the Dominican Republic and the United States. Carl-Philippe Juste is one of the co-founders of Iris Photo Collective in 1998, a collaboration to create a new context in order to explore and document the relationship of people of color to the world. In the spring of 2010, Juste founded the IPC Visual Lab, a unique photography course that examines visual storytelling in the classical vein of photojournalism. Carl-Philippe Juste is currently working on his first book, Havana and Haiti: Two Cultures, One Community.

To view more of Carl's work, visit his website.