“Ansel Adams” Garage Sale Negatives Most Likely from Uncle Earl Instead

Uncle Earle

As a follow-up to the buzzing story from earlier in the week, a California woman has come forward with a rather convincing claim that her Uncle Earl Brooks shot the $200 million+ Ansel Adams negatives in 1923.

She has original prints in her possession that are strikingly similar to negatives from the Ansel Adams garage sale collection.

[KTVU via CNN]

Ansel Adams Negatives Bought at Garage Sale, Now Worth $200 Million+

Rick Norsigian purchased a box of 65 glass negatives 10 years ago at a yard sale in SoCal for $45 have been estimated to be worth at least $200 million.

These glass plate negatives were thought to have been lost long ago in a darkroom fire in 1937.  Experts speculate that Adams somehow left them behind when teaching a photography glass in Pasadena in the 1940s.

[via CNN]

One Day On Earth – A Global Media Project on 10-10-10

Want to be a part of what could be the largest media project ever?  Check out what’s going on at One Day on Earth on October 10, 2010.

On October 10th, 2010, thousands of people from every nation around the world will film their perspective and contribute their voice to one of the largest participatory media events in history. The event will result in a feature documentary and online video archive that will showcase the diversity, conflict, tragedy, and triumph that can occur in one day on earth.

Find out how you can participate here.

Freelance Photographer for ProPublica & PBS Detained for Photographing BP Refineries

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Freelance photographer, Lance Rosenfield, was confronted and detained by BP security, police officers and a DHS agent in Texas City, Texas as he was working on an assignment for ProPublica/PBS concerning a deadly accident caused by BP’s safety violations in 2005.

According to the report from ProPublica, Rosenfield was told that he would be “taken in” if he did not allow the police to review his photos.  Based on the report, when he complied, the police also allowed private representatives of BP to view the images as well. [Read more...]

Photographers “Banned for Life” for Taking Photos in Public Parking Lot

In the above video, you see that Carlos Miller (of Photography Is Not A Crime) and photojournalist Stretch Ledford were stopped while taking photos at Douglas Road Metro Station in Miami – before they even got into the station and while they were still in the parking lot. [Read more...]

SMUGs Are Fun, Fabulous and Free

I’ve been a SmugMug user for a little over 4 years now.  And, if you’ve been reading Photography Bay for a while, you know that I’ve been a big fan since day one.  The handful of times that I’ve emailed customer service, I’ve gotten an response and solution within minutes.  They listen to their customers, and the prices are incredibly generous for the service delivered.

I’ve heard about SMUGs (aka SmugMug User Groups) before, but I had never been to SMUG meet up – until this week. [Read more...]

Call For Guest Bloggers

So here’s the deal -  I’ve got some down time scheduled for about a week, starting March 20.  And, while I have some reviews and other content that I have written in advance scheduled for that week, I thought I would open up Photography Bay to other photographers (amateur or pro) to share their thoughts with the rest of the Photography Bay community.

If you have something worthwhile to say that generally relates to photography, whether it be cameras, lenses, techniques, tips, etc., I’d be happy to consider your guest post.

Send your topic ideas via the Contact Form, and I’ll let you know if it will work.  If I get too many guest posts, I’ll cut it off based on a first-come first-served basis.

The posts will run between Saturday, March 20 and Sunday, March 28.

For every guest post, I’ll include a short bio with a couple of links back to your site or work elsewhere on the web.

Past guest contributors include Rich Legg, Zach Matthews, Angela Datre and many others.  You can hit those links for an idea of the bio, links and general topic ideas.

Again, you can submit your post ideas or any questions through the Contact Form.


I’m Thankful for . . .


I just wanted to take a moment this Thanksgiving Day before I eat way too much turkey, corn, potatoes and everything else on the table, then poke around at my family with a 50mm lens, and say thanks for reading Photography Bay.

If it wasn’t for you reading what we write here, there would be no Photography Bay.  So, thanks.

Thanks to people like:

Frequent commenter, ossme, who hardly ever misses an opportunity to provide an insightful comment on PB’s posts.

Pat, who sent the latest email (of so many other people email replies that I have received) expressing her gratitude for our weekly newsletter: “I have only been a subscriber of yours for a short time, but you have never disappointed. It is now on my must read list. Thank you for doing such a great job!” – Wow.  Thank you, Pat.

Rich Legg, who is always willing to help out with photography advice, judging a contest, or the occasional and very thorough articles.  (You guys in Utah have a really special person on hand with Rich.)

Everyone that sends me a quick email to point out those typos that I miss or technical mistakes on gear.  Yes, I really appreciate all those emails and comments.  Really.

Everyone who tolerates the frequency of my use of the word “really” in camera reviews.  I have a re-read of reviews now just to delete the word “really” – and they still sneak through.

Everyone that sends a news tip, rumor or suggestion using PB’s contact form.  Although I don’t get to reply to them all, I read every one.

Guest posters Zach Matthews, Angela Datre, Ron Kruger and so many others.

All 637 of you that are currently a member in Photography Bay’s Flickr Group.  A special thanks to those of you who contribute on a regular basis.

B&H Photo, Adorama and Amazon for supporting this site through their affiliate programs.  There’s no way Photography Bay could be where it’s at today without an affiliate relationship with these trustworthy vendors.  And, I shop at each of them . . . my wife would say way too often.

Everyone who uses Photography Bay’s links to shop at B&H Photo, Adorama and Amazon.  In case you don’t know how these links work, when you use the links on Photography Bay to get to one of these sites, we receive a small commission from those purchases.  You still pay the same prices no matter how you get there; however, when you stop by Photography Bay first and click on through to one of these vendors, it helps keep us rolling with fresh content.  So, a big thanks for your support.

Contest sponsors like Sony, who sent PB reader Massimo to Argentina this year; Seagate, who has given away hard drives for the past 2 years (there’s one running now); Think Tank Photo, who has supplied their awesome bags for giveaways or allowed me to pass on review samples to readers; and everyone else that has sponsored some kind of contest or giveaway.

All of the PR people that take the time to write a personal email explaining why their news release is relevant (and, even the PR folks that don’t know how to write emails, but still send timely and relevant news).  There are a lot of great PR folks that stay in touch and keep me informed with what’s going on in the industry; however, Samsung, Olympus and Sony UK stick out as really top notch in terms of getting to the point in a nice way and staying in touch as “people” – so, special thanks to Jason, Jennifer, Mark and Jonny.

Blogging pals like Peter K. Burian, David Ziser, 1001 Noisy Cameras, Nikon Rumors Admin, Brian Auer, and, again, so many others who bounce emails off me, give me a heads up, pass along one of PB’s posts or reply to my questions.

I’m thankful for all of these and the so many other people that I left out who make Photography Bay what it is today.  I could go on and on; however, I’ll just say to you, if you’re reading this . . . Thanks.

Awesome Story From Shooting Leopard Seals in Antarctica

I saw this over on John Nack’s Adobe blog today.  Very cool stuff from National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen (you can get lost in the images on his site).

In case you gear heads are wondering, Paul shoots with Canon DSLRs (1Ds Mark III and 1D Mark III, along with the predecessors).  Some of his underwater gear includes Seacam housings and Ikelite strobes.  A more complete list of his gear can be found here.

The book you see pitched at the end of the clip, Polar Obsession, is on Amazon.com here.