Best Shots of All Time

Continuing a 3 year run of deep dive movie analysis, CineFix's Movie List finally gets around to calling it's Best Shots. Before we even started to make this list, we collected close to 1000 of our favorite shots, categorized them, then made the tough choices you see in this video. It's part 1 of several in a series of our look at all the different types of shots, how they're used and why. 

We start our series of the Best Shots of All Time by looking at size, breaking down some of the best close ups, mediums, wide shots and extremes in film history. But it's not all about looking pretty, we dive deep into how and why each kind of shot is used.
 

The Picks:

Close up - The Passion of Joan of Arc
Wide - The Godfather Pt 2
Medium - Raging Bull
Extreme Close up - Psycho
Extreme Wide - Lawrence of Arabia

We continue our look at some of the best shots in all of film history by digging into relational shots, two shots, over the shoulders, group shots and crowds. Not just based on how cool they look (because there's too many cool looking shots for that!) but how they work and wh

The Picks:

Over the Shoulder - Paris, TX
Dual Layer - Persona
2-Shot - The Master
Group Shot - Barry Lyndon
Crowd Shot - Metropolis

And of course a ton of honorable mentions! From the Graduate and Chinatown, to The Usual Suspects and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
 

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Simulating Kodak Tri-X Black & White Film

By Nick Bedford

In the last six months, my approach to photography has changed a great deal, leading me to switch to film for most of my black and white work. The process of shooting film, from the tactility of the Leica M7 and Nikon FA cameras I use, to the developing and scanning process have given me a much deeper appreciation for the craft of being a photographer.

The issue I face after becoming so accustomed to the rich, grainy texture and tonal range of Kodak's much-beloved TRI-X 400 (400TX) film is that my work has become a sea of monochrome.

I've created some of my best black and white work this year alone, but my long-held desire to carry only a single camera has made it difficult to create both colour and black and white photographs at the same time.

Being able to shoot my digital Leica M Typ 240 and still achieve the feeling of Kodak Tri-X at same time as producing colour work is something I have been reaching for with a new effort to simulate, exactly, the look of 400TX. It has taken me a few months, but I think it's ready.

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Black & White. Vol 109 by Nick Bedford

This last month or two has been a photographic life changer. I've really started to get my stride and momentum with some new black and white techniques around composition I've been trying ever since visiting Japan and starting to print.

I also met up with Lachlan Dale, a film photographer at Racquet Studio / Film here in Brisbane. He's given me a roll of Ilford HP5+ to shoot then I'll send it back to them to have it processed and scanned. No pressure ;)

VIDEO // Shooting Film in the Digital Age and Other Conundrums

Featuring David Burnett

In a world of digital everything, there are still times when a roll or sheet of film brings a particular charm. Mixing many of the available possibilities, Burnett shows what one photographer's choices can produce. 

FYI: One of the images that became a viral sensation from the recent London Olympics, was of David Burnett shooting the women's gymnastics competition with a SpeedGraphic! We'll be sure to ask him about that experience as well! 

David Burnett's Work
 

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VIDEO // The Photobook: A History | Tate Talks

MARTIN PAR

Published on 18 Aug 2016

According to Martin Parr (born 1952) the Photobook is the ‘supreme platform’ for photographers to disseminate their work to a mass audience. The increase in self-publishing platforms, specific prizes for photobooks, and a growing body of collectors is testament to the growth of the photobook genre within photographic practice.

This discussion marked the launch of The Photobook: A History, Volume III. Hear Martin Parr and co author Gerry Badger in conversation with Simon Baker, Curator of photography and international art at Tate, and Hannah Watson of Trolley Books.

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GEAR REVIEW // DOMKE F-5XB Shoulder Bag

By Stein Beck

In the words of someone much wealthier than I ...

More than three decades ago a photojournalist in the trenches designed a revolutionary new kind of camera bag to help pros work more efficiently. His brilliant inventions and commitment to quality created a living legend.

For many, myself included, the search for the ultimate bag is like the search for the Crackerjack* prize as a kid. Exciting but disappointing, leaving you craving yet another box of caramel coated popcorn in hope of the ultimate trinket .... this was to be my first experience of consumer disappointment and the power of great advertising all in one. The search for the perfect camera bag has been no different

So when I lay my eyes on Jeremy's 10+ years rugged olive green 'Domke F-5XB' Shoulder Bag'(below) I was very hopeful. Years ago I had purchased a Domke clone via eBay, the Chinese 'Saffratto' had been an adequate home for my Nikon F4S and a couple of lenses and suffice to say I was very interested to see the expected improvements of the genuine Domke article.

Left 'New' Olive Domke F-5XB  Right 10+ years Olive around the world Dome F-5XB (courtesy Jeremy Morse) 

Left 'New' Olive Domke F-5XB  Right 10+ years Olive around the world Dome F-5XB (courtesy Jeremy Morse) 

the Domke F-5XB looked to be a dam good replacement home for my Leica Q and Fujifilm GA645, the smaller size and aesthetic of the Domke really appealed to me. For the past couple of years I had been using the Mild Enthusiast(m) which had replaced my earlier purchase of a Dry Red #2 combined with a Large Haven (all by Crumpler). Both excellent bags in their own right, however I now wanted something compact and a better designed for photography. I must state here that The Original Mild Enthusiast in medium** is a cracker of a bag. I have dragged it around for many trips away and its handy iPad pouch on the back and internal pockets for Passports, notepads maps .. whatever, is brilliant. I just now wished for a smaller street shooter contender for my trip to Japan. 

This is where the Domke comes into its own, I LOVE this bag for sooo many reasons. 

This bag just screams quality, from the water resistant fabric to brilliantly simplistic design. Everything just seems in the right place for the right reason. It holds my

  • 'Leica Q/ Leica M6' combo with charger 3 batteries, Kindle, Notepad and headphones brilliantly.
  • Fujifilm GA645, Olympus mju ii,  Japan Camera Hunter Bikkuri 120 Film Case,  Field Notes, Kindle odds and ends.
  • Hasselblatt, 120 film, light metre, Ricoh GR,  pens, notebook and stuff.a to the same awesome effect. Versatile reliable and understated and sexy. Finally

Versatile, reliable, understated and sexy. What more can a Photofile ask for!. I will leave this article right here as I LOVE this bag and think anyone sporting similar kits as I mentioned above cannot go wrong. Do yourself a favor and grab one.

Here are the TECH SPECS for those of you who need a little more then a rant and a few pics.

Facts and Figures:

  • Five compartments and pockets.
  • Padded main compartment lined with hook and loop material has two removable padded divider walls.
  • Belt loop
  • Removable Gripper Strap for shoulder use.
  • X-Large YKK® Zippers

Ideal For: 1 SLR or rangefinder camera, 1 or 2 lenses, filters, film and accessories.

Measurements

  • Exterior Dimensions: 10″W x 4.5″D x 7.25″H
  • Interior Dimensions: 9.5″W x 4″D x 6″H

 

*Cracker Jack is an American brand of snack, consisting of molasses-flavored, caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts, well known for being packaged with a prize of trivial value inside. The Cracker Jack name was registered in 1896. The slogan, "The More You Eat The More You Want", was also registered that year.[1] Some food historians consider it the first junk food.[2]

**The Mild Enthusiast has been updated and now only comes in 'Medium'  no longer s/m/l, Significant increasing the price by 35% ($129 - $169). Drooped double straps on front & no longer takes an original iPad (2mm to short).