Stephen Johnson Photography News, Events & Info November 2002

Lecture Series
Featured Print Offer
Workshop News
On The Web Site: The Great Central Valley
In the Media
PhotoPlus NYC
Digital Garage Sale
Upcoming Lectures
Please Visit Us
Newsletter Administration


Welcome to the November edition of the Stephen Johnson Photography
Newsletter. We're excited to point out a new gallery on the sjphoto.com web
site, announce a feature on National Public Radio, and report on some of
Stephen's lectures and travels. Of course we've included our usual
information about this month's Featured Print, our workshops and various
interesting technology. If you're in the area, don't miss the Digital
Garage sale, with book raffles and poster specials.

We hope that you enjoy this issue.


- December Lecture

Redefining Image Quality: Developing the High-End Scanning Back Camera
Michael Collete, Inventor and founder BetterLight, Inc.

December 2, 2002, 7-8:30
Location: Stephen Johnson Photography Studios

Admission: $5.
Admission price can be applied to any purchase during the evening.


RSVP is required as seating is limited.
Call (650) 355-7507 or email michelle@sjphoto.com

November 2002

Eroded Hills. Badlands National Park, South Dakota. 1997.
11x14 Pigment Print on Rag paper

This photograph, part of the National Parks series "With a New Eye",
was made on the May 1997 trip to South Dakota. The erosion patterns
in the muddy hills were very typical of the Badlands, the reddish soil
remarkable. This photograph has rarely been shown, but remains one of
my favorites from the project. It is the opening page for the
Badlands chapter in the "With a New Eye" book.

We're offering an 11x14 inch print, matted to 16x20 and ready to frame
for $195, framed for an additional $75. This print at this price is
offered through November 30. We'll be taking orders until then, and
shipping them out by December 15. This photograph won't be available
again at this price.



Stephen is teaching in PROVENCE! Photography workshops in
late September 2003.


Please check out our upcoming workshops.

- Beginning Digital Photography Workshops (November 20-21,2002)

- Death Valley Field Workshop (January 15-18, 2003)

- Duotones in Photoshop (December 7, 2002)

Check out our workshop web page for more complete information:


On The Web Site: The Great Central Valley Gallery

We recently added a gallery of photographs from The Great Central
Valley Project to our website. Please visit and enjoy.

Digital prints from the original film negatives are available, contact
us for more information.


We have also added some installation photographs for the Valley Project
Exhibition at the California Academy of Sciences in 1986.


In the Media

On Monday, November 11, National Public Radio started a 4 part series on
California's Great Central Valley on "All Things Considered." They mention
my Central Valley project and its book, "The Great Central Valley:
California's Heartland". The series is featured on the NPR website.


PhotoPlus in New York

The buzz at the PhotoPlus trade show in New York was all about the
new, higher resolution, cameras from Kodak (the DCS 14n) and Canon
(EOS-1Ds). With resolutions of almost 14mb and 11mb respectively,
these cameras generated a great deal of interest, it seemed like
everyone wanted to try one. The Sigma SD9, using the Foveon X3 chip,
seemed overlooked by comparison, even though it's the only one of the
three that uses a new camera technology.



Another very interesting technology came from Sphereon, a company that
has built a self-contained scanning panoramic camera. The pano camera
seems fine, but the really exciting development is their new HDR+ high
dynamic range recording and file format technology that captures 26
stops of dynamic range in a 96 bit file. A photograph at sunset in
Napa with the sun in it was not blown out, nor were the shadows and
nearby trees blocked up. Amazing, and a good technology that we'd
like to see permeate the market.


The sessions in which I participated were well attended and the
audience was serious about getting the real world information they
needed. The digital world has long since arrived and these folks were
intent on making smart decisions about their initial implementations
and even more so about planning their upgrade paths.

Digital Garage Sale

Want to help us share some of our extra stuff!...old Macs, new monitors (and
older), dye-sub printers, inkjet printers, maybe an Iris Realist and big HP
3500 Designjet.

Book raffles every hour! Buy one poster, get one free! Watch the website for
a date and the details.



I recently started using the IMAGEPRINT RIP from Colorbyte software in
Florida. It is the simplest and most usable substitute for the Epson
drivers I have seen yet. It bypasses the Epson driver entirely, using
its own screening and profile based color management. IMAGEPRINT
overcomes the Epson print length restrictions and does a much better
job on black and white photographs printed with color inks. The black
and white capability really sings with the new 7 color Epson printers
(2200, 7600 & 9600) that include a gray ink. IMAGEPRINT does a very
good job on the photographic-like inkjet papers.


Upcoming Lectures

Stephen will be delivering a lecture for the National Park Service at
the National Interpretors Workshop in Virginia Beach, Virginia on
Thursday, November 14, 2002.


Please come visit us at our gallery and see our original prints in
person. The subtle detail of the prints and the beautiful texture of
the fine art paper have to be seen to be understood. And while you're
here, browse through our books, cards, posters, and specially priced

We're happy to mail you a copy of our product catalog, just send a
note to michelle@sjphoto.com or call us at the number below.

We're located at:

580 Crespi Drive, Suite A2
Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 355-7507

We're open Tuesday through Saturday, 10-3, or by appointment. To
easily find us, use our map online at



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