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21st August 2022

Faces You May Recognize

In my earlier days I seldom travelled without a camera. Nowadays my cellphone camera is always nearby.

At trade shows, expos, concerts, sports games and other events, I’ve had the opportunity to photograph “famous” people sometimes with a press pass and sometimes as a bystander.

My collection of faces have grown over the years.


 


Jackson Browne, Van Andel Arena 2021 – Grand Rapids, MI

Tony Bennett, Meijer Gardens 2015 – Grand Rapids, MI

Johnny Mathis, Soaring Eagle Casino 2012 – Mt Pleasant, MI


Al Downing, pitcher Yankee Stadium 1966 – New York, NY

Aretha Franklin, DeVos Performance Hall 2017 – Grand Rapids, MI

Art Buchwald, American Booksellers Association Conference – Washington DC


President Barack Obama, Campaigning 2008 – Grand Rapids, MI

Barbra Streisand, United Center 2006 – Chicago, IL

Barry Keane, drummer Gordon Lightfoot band 2014 – Grand Rapids, MI


BB King, DeVos Performance Hall 2007 – Grand Rapids, MI

Ben Taylor, James Taylor band DeVos Performance Hall 2011 – Grand Rapids, MI

Billy Davis Jr, Fifth Dimension Univ Michigan Stadium 1970 – Ann Arbor, MI


Bobby Baun, Toronto Maple Leafs Madison Square 1966 – Garden New York

Brian Watson, Detroit Red Wings practice 1965 – St Clair Shores, MI

Burt Bachrach, Ballys Casino 2004 – Las Vegas, NV


Carter Lancaster, lead guitar Gordon Lightfoot Band 2014 – Grand Rapids, MI

Christie McVie, member Fleetwood Mac Van Andel Area 2015 – Grand Rapids, MI

Chris Wragge, news anchor 2008 – New York, NY


Senator Debbie Stabenow, parade campaigning 2011 – Grand Rapids, MI

Dionne Warwick, Little River Casino 2013 – Manistee, MI

Donald Fagen, member Steely Dan at Interlochen Performance Arts Center 2014 – Interlochen, MI


Elston Howard, catcher at Yankee Stadium 1966 – New York, NY

Erica Hill, news commentator 2010 – New York, NY

Eric Clapton, Van Andel Arena 2006 – Grand Rapids, MI


Fifth Dimension, Univ Michigan Stadium 1970 – Ann Arbor, MI

Florence Henderson, American Booksellers Association Conference 2011 – New York, NY

Florence LaRue, member Fifth Dimension at Univ Michigan Stadium 1970 – Ann Arbor, MI


Four Tops, NRHS Concert 1966 – New Rochelle, NY

Frankie Valli, Aladdin Casino 2004 – Las Vegas, NV

Garrison Keilor, American Booksellers Association Conference 2008 – New York, NY


George Armstrong, center Toronto Maple Leafs Madison Square Garden 1966 – New York, NY

President Gerald Ford, campaigning 1976 – Grand Rapids, MI

Glen Campbell, Michigan State Fair 1970 – Detroit, MI


Gordie Howe, right wing Detroit Red Wings practice 1966 – St Clair Shores, MI

Gordon Lightfoot, DeVos Performance Hall 2013 – Grand Rapids, MI

Graham Edge, drummer Moody Blues Meijer Gardens 2014 – Grand Rapids, MI


Harrison Ford, actor at Oshkosh Air Show 2008 – Oshkosh, WI

Ira Joe Fisher, broadcaster 2008 – New York, NY

James Taylor, Van Andel Arena 2021 – Grand Rapids, MI


Jim Neilson, defenseman NY Rangers Madison Square Garden 1966 – New York, NY

John Lodge, bass Moody Blues Meijer Gardens 2014 – Grand Rapids, MI

John McFee, Doobie Brothers Meijer Garden 2015 – Grand Rapids, MI


Justin Hayward, lead guitar Moody Blues Meijer Gardens 2014 – Grand Rapids, MI

Lil’ Ed, blues Rosa Park Circle 2008 – Grand Rapids, MI

Maggie Rodriquez, broadcast anchor 2010 – New York, NY


Marcel Pronovost, defenseman Toronto Maple Leafs Madison Square Garden 1966 – New York, NY

Marilyn McCoo, Fifth Dimension Univ of Michigan Stadium 1970 – Ann Arbor, MI

Mark Douhit, saxaphone improvisation – Grand Rapids, MI


Michael McDonald, Meijer Gardens 2013 – Grand Rapids, MI

Michael Richards, near Greenwich Village 2010 – New York, NY

Mick Fleetwood, drummer Fleetwood Mac Van Andel Arena 2015 – Grand Rapids, MI


Mike Heffernan, keyboards Gordon Lightfoot Band DeVos Performance Hall 2014 – Grand Rapids, MI

Moe Rocca, humorist near Central Park 2010 – New York, NY

Muhammad Ali, aboard airline flight – Los Angeles, CA


Neil Diamond, Van Andel Arena 2008 – Grand Rapids, MI

Neil Sedaka, American Bookseller Association Conference 2010 – New York, NY

Pat Simmons, Doobie Brothers Meijer Gardens 2015 – Grand Rapids, MI


Patty Wagstaff, aerobatics pilot Oshkosh Air Show – Oshkosh, WI

Paul Anka, Computer Electronics Show – Las Vegas, NV

Pete Rose, Caesars Palace 2008 – Las Vegas, NV


Pete Stemkowski, center Toronto Maple Leafs Madison Square Garden 1966 – New York, NY

PeteTownsend, guitarist The Who Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, MI

Richard Daley, Mayor at graduation ceremony 2011 – Chicago, IL


President Richard Nixon & Pat Nixon, campaigning 1971 – New Rochelle, NY

Rick Haynes, bass Gordon Lightfoot Band DeVos Performance Hall 2014 – Grand Rapids, MI

Governor Rick Snyder, at graduation ceremony 2013 – Grand Rapids, MI


Rodney Charters, cinematographer at National Association of Broadcasters Show 2010 – Los Angeles, CA

Rod Seiling, defenseman NY Rangers Madison Square Garden 1966 – New York, NY

Roger Daltrey, The Who at Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, MI


Ron Townsend, member Fifth Dimension at Univ of Michigan 1970 – Ann Arbor, MI

Sean Tucker, aerobatics pilot Oshkosh Air Show 2008 – Oshkosh, WI

Sigfried Fischbacher, Sigfried and Roy at Caesars Palace – Las Vegas, NV


Stephanie Izard, Iron Chef at Girl and the Goat 2012 – Chicago, IL

Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac at Van Andel Arena 2015 – Grand Rapids, MI

Terry Clements, lead guitar for Gordon Lightfoot Band at Orleans Casino 2009 – Las Vegas, NV


Tim Horton, defenseman for Toronto Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden 1966 – New York, NY

Tom Johnston, Doobie Brothers at Meijer Gardens 2015- Grand Rapids, MI

Representative Vern Ehlers, campaigning in parade 2009 – Grand Rapids, MI


Vic Hatfield, left wing for NY Rangers at Madison Square Garden 1966 – New York, NY

Walter Becker, guitar for Steely Dan at Interlochen Performance Art Center 2014 – Interlochen, MI

Wayne Newton, at Aladdin Casino – Las Vegas, NV


William F Buckley Jr, political commentator and journalist at Univ of Michigan 1969 – Ann Arbor, MI

Willie Nelson, street concert 2011 – Grand Rapid, MI

Willie Mays, Shea Stadium 1965 – New York, NY


Kate Markowitz, with James Taylor Band at DeVos Performance Hall 2011 – Grand Rapids, MI

Wolfgang Puck, Chinois Restaurant 2008 – Santa Monica, CA

Arnold McCuller, with James Taylor Band at Van Andel Arena 2021, Grand Rapids, MI


Whoppi Goldberg, following Broadway performance – New York, NY

Reggie Flemming, defenseman NY Rangers Madison Square Garden 1966 – New York, NY

Governor John Engler, British Airways dedication at Western Michigan University 1988 – Battle Creek, MI

All Things Techie

The Consumer Electronics Show has been the face of the electronics industry for almost 50 years. Except for one year, I’ve attended the show continuously since 1980 first as an exhibitor for many years, next as an industry member and lately as part of the press.

CES is held each year in early January in Las Vegas. This makes traveling to CES a respite from the cold and snowy winter weather of my home base in Michigan. I walked many miles through the aisles and took in the breath of new gadgets that may make their way to our homes and businesses in the next months.

Along with 170,000 attendees, I was privy to see some 3,800 exhibitors that occupied 2.5 million square feet of floor space showing their products.

Here are a couple that caught my attention.


DXO One – iOS Camera

One of my first stops was at the DXO Labs booth where their rep Elodie Petiot demonstrated a small, standalone camera that melds seamlessly with the iPhone and iPad.

The DXO One has a high resolution 20MP sensor with a fast f/1.8 32mm equivalent lens and attaches directly to the iOS device through a Lighting connector thereby eliminating the need for a wifi connection. An iOS app provides control over all of the cameras’s features – focus, exposure, shutter speed, aperture setting, ISO setting, more. Captured images are immediately transferred to the iPhone for editing or sharing online.

The suggested price for the DXO One is $475. For more information please visit DXO.


Sony Alpha 7R II Mirrorless

I’ve been using Sony APS-C mirrorless cameras for the past four years, but Sony’s new full-frame a7r II has been on my radar scope since it became available late last year. With a whopping 42-megapixel sensor it should fits into my fondness for landscape photography. Its BSI (back sided illuminated) sensor enables Sony to pack more light gathering power onboard, thereby boosting sensitivity to 102,400. Autofocus speed is said to be 40% faster than the earlier a7R model. Other improvements include five-axis image stabilization and shutter dampening for less camera vibration.
What’s holding me back from purchasing this camera? I’d also have to shell out a big investment for a set of full-frame lenses.

The suggested price of the a7R II is $3200. For more information, please visit Sony.


 
 

Stay tuned for a look at a couple of 3D printers that caught my eye at CES 2016.

Written by: Arnie Lee
 
 


 
 
 

The Consumer Electronics Show – Accessories for Photographers

 

I’ve been attending the Consumer Electronics Show for more than 30 years. This huge expo is the premier showcase for new and innovative products that are slated for homes and businesses this year.

 

While walking the several miles of aisles at the Las Vegas Convention Center, a couple of areas especially caught my attention: 3D printers and drones. You can read my show reports here: 3D Printing Technology and Drones.

 

But as someone who also has a keen interest in photography, here are a few of the photo accessories that stood out at the show.


Hisy and Halo Remotes

 

Here’s are two tiny little accessories for those of you who are fans of “selfies”.

 

Basically the Hisy and Halo are bluetooth shutter release for you smartphone. The Hisy is for iOS devices and the Halo is for Android devices.

To the right is the “selfie” of Jackie and myself that we took with her Android smartphone.

They also have the Wing – a selfie stick.

The suggested price of the Hisy and Halo is $24.99. The suggested price of the Wing is $29.95.

For more information, please visit HisyPix.

 



Nanuk Camera Cases

If you’re rough on your camera equipment, you may want to look at Nanuk’s cases. PlastiCase makes some very durable protective cases.

Below is one of their smaller cases. It’s made of a impact resistant plastic, has sure-lock latches, soft-grip handle and is waterproof. This 903 model easily accommodates one of my mirrorless cameras with an 18-200mm lens attached. I’ve removed the foam padding to show the spacing.

The Model 903 has a very affordable suggested price of $25.

 

PlastiCase makes about two dozen different cases in various sizes. For more info, please visit PlastiCase.

 



EnerPlex Solar

EnerPlex is a manufacturer of a variety of solar chargers.

If you’re shooting out in the field for any length of time and run out of juice, these solar chargers may prove invaluable. They are compact, foldable and ruggedized.

On the right, you can see solar chargers built into backpacks. EnerPlex has two backpack models: Packr Executive $130 and Packr Commuter $100.


Kickr IV+ on left produces 6 watts nx Kickr II in center produces 33 watts

Commander-XII produces 19 watts for laptops and tablets
For more info, please visit EnerPlex.

 



Thule Camera Bags

Thule is probably best known as the maker of the well-built and ergonomic car top carriers.

This Swedish company also has a stylish line of camera bags and backpacks.


I found their line of bags to be both attractive and practical.
Their new Legend GoPro Backpack was introduced at the show.

Designed and built for rugged outdoor use, you can mount two GoPro cameras directly to the backpack – one forward-facing the other backward-facing. The outermost compartment has die-cut foam insert for GoPro accessories. It’s lightweight and crushproof (EVA shell) and has several other padded compartments for safe transport of camera accessories, hydration reservoir and smartphone.

Thule tells me that the Legend GoPro Backpack will be available in May. Suggested price is $199.

For more info, please visit Thule.

 



Meikon Diving Equipment

For divers and shooters needing protection against water, Meikon had a large array of waterproof housings and accessories for many popular camera models.

On display were housings for Sony mirrorless, Nikon D7000, Canon 5D, Canon M, Canon T2i, T3i, T4i, T5i, Panasonic GF2, GF3, GF5 and GF6.

Meikon also has a nice selection lighting equipment and brackets.

For more info, please visit Meikon.

 



 
 

This concludes my reports from CES.

As usual, I’m excited when I return home from CES. Maybe a few of my finds will get added to my wish list for this year.
 
 
Written by: Arnie Lee
Updated 02/20/2015
 
 


 

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