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Sigma Announces Photo Contest Winners

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The Sigma Corporation has announced the winners of its “What America Means to Me” photo contest. To view the winners, click here.

Written by jeremyparce

April 10, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Photographers You Should Know: Leroy Grannis

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Information for this article was found at Surfline.

Leroy Grannis is an interesting character. In the 1950s and 60s, he lived what many would consider the perfect life as a surfing photographer during what’s considered the “golden age of surfing.” There were few surfing magazines that didn’t have his name in the photo caption. Then, in the early 1970s, he pretty well dropped out of surfing photography and hasn’t looked back too much since.

Caption: LeRoy Grannis, 1963. A signed, dated 36x36 Chromogenic print of this photograph sells between $12,000-$15,000 US. (Photo Credit: Leroy Grannis)

Caption: Mickey Munoz, 1963. A signed, dated 36x36 Chromogenic print of this photograph sells between $12,000-$15,000 US. (Photo Credit: Leroy Grannis)

Born August 12, 1917, in Hermosa Beach, California, he learned to swim and bodysurf from his father. “Granny” Grannis reached college-age during the U.S. Great Depression and he was unable to afford a college education at UCLA, so he found work at various odd jobs. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1943 (he remained in the active reserves until 1977 when he retired as a major) and in 1946, he landed a job at Pacific Bell Telephone.

During the 50s, he surfed in some competitions but mainly helped out Hoppy Swarts with the newly founded United States Surfing Association. By 1959, he had developed an ulcer – contributed to his stressful job at Pac Bell – and his doctor advised him to find a hobby. Photographer Doc Ball, a close friend of Grannis, suggested photography and the seeds were sown.

His first published photos appeared in “Reef Magazine” in 1960. Grannis developed a device that allowed him to change film while in the water – other photographers had to leave the lineup, head for the beach and change film. He spent the rest of the decade traveling between California and Hawaii photographing some of the world’s best surfers.

Fed up with the increased competition among surfing photographers, in 1971 he quit shooting the surf scene. He tried a stint at hang gliding and made photos with that hobby but due to some injuries sustained in the sport, he gave it up in 1981.

Currently, he lives in Carlsbad, California.

Nikon and Carson Kressley Helps People ‘Look Good in Pictures’

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Carson Kressley is known for many things: Fashion designer, noted equestrian, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy fashion maven and a style expert helping regular folks “Look Good in Pictures.”
Last fall, Kressley teamed with Nikon USA to help provide tips to help people overcome the anxiety they feel when they see their own pictures. C’mon, we’ve all said it, “THAT’S what I look like?” when we see ourselves in a snapshot. No fear. Kressley is here to help.
Here’s a sample tip from the Q&A section of the Website entitled “Ask Carson:”

Patrick asks…How do you hide a double chin?
Aside from joining the witness relocation program, which just happens to be REALLY inconvenient, there are other ways to hide the dreaded double chin. It’s really important to know your best angle. Some people look better if they are shot a little bit below, some people straight on, and some people from above. For a double chin, I would recommend getting your picture taken with the camera angled downward as it will hide that pesky double chin. Make sure to keep your head titled slightly up when the camera is shooting straight-on.

Great advice and a fairly common question.

Recently, photographer Susan Stripling was interviewed by Nikon podcast host Mark Ellwood about her appearance on the show. To listen to the podcast, click here.

Photography with a Focus

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No one returns from an African photo safari without changing their perspective on planet Earth. There’s just something special that happens under the African sun that completely changes the viewer’s worldview.

Enter Focus on Planet Earth, an organization that leads not only photo safaris but also leads the way in which photography – and photographers – can help change the way we view our planet.

Take, for example, an upcoming expedition: A trip in Morocco led by National Geographic photographer Chris Rainier. Those attending the expedition will sleep among the sculpted dunes of the great Sahara desert. They will travel via camel through the desert and drink tea with Berbers.

If a safari doesn’t fit your plans then you still have a chance to see the work produces by the photographers of this organization. The organization hosts special programming at museums and universities across the nation.