Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2007/11/20

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Subject: [Leica] Bird of Paradise: now colour
From: afirkin at (
Date: Tue Nov 20 00:28:07 2007

I have had the fortunate opportunity to study with some fine photographers,
though not AA Himself (God rest his soul, as we Irish say):

Ted Orland (AA's first assistant)
John Sexton (AA's last assistant)
Cole Weston (I got to hold the EW "Sand Nude" neg in my hands, like being
touched by the finger of God)
Martha Casanave
Kevin Bubriski
Tom Millea

However, I will tell you that the best inspiration has come from the
internet.  I had little interest in color until I saw the images of 
Constantine Marcos (sp???), and the color printing tutorial from Luminous
Landscape was a great help.  As of a week ago, my office now has all color
prints - I still don't know what I think of it.


fortunate indeed. One comment I would like to make, and that is that with 
Lightroom, I am feeling that colour finally has the advantages that were the 
domain of b/w. In the darkroom you could make some magic, altering contrast, 
bleaching etc, but fiddling with colour in the darkroom almost always ended 
in grief BUT with lightroom (and any programme for that matter) the colour 
image can be given true colour balance in weird light, improved contrast etc 
etc and can even be made into a b/w or infrared shot. 

I still love my darkroom, but I'm not stupid enough to think it is really 
any better