Join Me for a Live Webinar This Wednesday at 11AM PST

This Wednesday at 11:00AM PST, I’ll be doing a free live webinar with Mercedes Murray from Rocky Nook called 5 Things You Should Know About Your Fujifilm X Series Camera. I’ll be highlighting some of the information from my new Continue reading →

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Yesterday, I did a podcast with Aaron King and Brendan Porter from PhotogAdventures.com. We had a great time talking about photography, Scotland, bike riding, getting off the beaten path, Fuji cameras, aerial photography, and a number of other fun topics we Continue reading →

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Black and White or Color?

What do you prefer?

Leopard Tanzania color
Leopard Tanzania Black and white

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Yup, in the tradition of all time great philosophical debates to ponder such as Mac vs PC, Star Wars vs Star Trek, and of course Tastes Great vs Less Filling, I present to you…

Black & White Vs Color!

After an amazing time in Tanzania last year leading a photo safari I returned with close to 15,000 frames shot and there were even a few keepers. Shortly after returning home I sat down to edit my images. I’m still nowhere near done with culling the voluminous files but I have selected a few of my favorites and shared some of those in a recent blog post about my experience on safari.

This particular photo of a young leopard was a standout for me and it brought back some nice memories for me. Anyone who knows me knows that I have a certain affinity for floofy feline friends and this one was such a glorious example of the best of the best looking of them. Just to the left of this scene was mama leopard who was devouring an antelope and baby here had just had his/her fill and was walking away from the feast. This was one of the most astonishing scenes that I was able to witness on this tour but rest assured, there were so many more that it would take days and a much better memory to be able to share all of them with you. Hence the 15,000 frames shot on this trip. This one, in particular, with my trusty Fujifilm X-T2 and Fujinon XF 100-400mm lens.

“Choices are the hinges of destiny.”

~Edwin Markham

Getting back to the idea of Black and White or Color, I’m really curious to know what you prefer and why. So, if you’d be kind enough, please leave a comment with your choice and a brief note as to what makes you prefer either the Color or Black and White.

For me, I preferred the way it looked in black and white from the moment I started to work on the photo but after starting all over again and re-editing the color, I really liked that one too. Very wishy-washy of me for sure but if I had to choose one, I’d go back to the monochrome of the black and white with a slight sepia tint.

Tanzania Photo Safari

Time to choose!

I had to make a choice since recently I decided to get this photograph printed as a huge 40″ x 60″ or 101 cm x 152 cm. I was approached by canvasdiscount to have one of my photos printed. I’ll be honest. My first reaction was to decline as I didn’t think that I’d want any of my work printed on canvas. What I had seen printed on canvas in the past was less than impressive but that was many years ago. I guess that the technology has improved a great deal because after saying yes and getting the print sent to me, I was very impressed with just how good it looked.

This also should dispel whatever doubts anyone has regarding printing large format while using a cropped sensor camera like the Fujifilm X-T2. The results are awesome.

I now have this piece hanging on my living room wall and it looks great. The photo of me with the print looks good but trust me, the print looks even better in person. The kicker on this is the price. It costs a lot to print large format images as a rule but my cost on this mounted print including shipping was only $160. Color me impressed. Hmmm color… I wonder. 😉

“It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions.” 

~Jim Rohn
canvas print - Black and white vs color

40×60 inch canvas print

Ok, now I’m curious to hear what you have to say. Leave a note in the comments with your choice.

Thanks!

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Coast to Coast with me!

Speaking of which…

Looks like June 2018 is public speaking month for me and I’m thrilled to be speaking at two of the most awesome photo stores in the world.

My first talk will be in New York City at the world famous B&H Photo where a photographer’s gear dreams can come true. If you have not yet been to B&H, do yourself a favor and go but prepare yourself for hours of inspecting all the cool photo, video, and audio equipment that is on display. It is a bit of a pilgrimage for photographers who love their gear!

At my Behind the Image talk in New York, I’ll be sharing what gear I use, tips, tricks, methods, and resources that help me as I travel the world to get the best travel images possible. You’ll get the inside scoop on my cameras, lenses and other vital equipment, online tools, phone apps, travel tips, and more.

“There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.”

–Dale Carnegie

 

ken Kaminesky B&H Photo

Behind the Image with Ken Kaminesky

Sponsored by Fujifilm
B&H Photo, Video, Pro-Audio
Event Space
420 9th Avenue 5TH FL NY, NY 10001
June 7th, 2018 at 1 PM

Go West, Young Man!

For my second talk, I’ll be heading to beautiful Seattle, Washington where I’ll be talking about the evolution of my career in photography and how I transitioned and adapted along the way. 

From my beginnings as an assistant to several photographers to becoming a fashion shooter early in my work life as a photographer, to shooting for major stock agencies to finally becoming a travel photographer. It sure has been one heck of a ride!

This will be my first time presenting at the Glazer’s Photofest that is an annual photography festival hosted by my new friends at Glazer’s Photo. I’ll also be joining in on the Fujifilm Photo Walk… can’t wait!

“It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.” 
– Mark Twain

Ken Kaminesky Glazer's

The Art of Reinvention with Ken Kaminesky

Saturday June 9, 2018 2:30pm – 4:00pm
The Collective
2nd Floor – Room A 400 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Sunday June 10, 2018 11:00am – 11:45am
The Collective
2nd Floor – Room B 400 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

 

Big thanks to B&H, Glazer’s and Fujifilm for putting this all together.

I’m looking forward to seeing you at one of the talks!

See you soon.

 

Tanzania Photo Safari

 

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