CI399 - Nikon D850 review

On paper, the Nikon D850 seems to have all the qualities: high resolution, high-speed autofocus, fast burst up to 9 fps and good performance at high sensitivity. The body also offers new functions such as focus shift, electronic shutter or analogue negatives capture. I was eager to know how all these functions benefit the photographer's work. I have just spent three days in the field to find out if the D850's data sheet is keeping its promises.


CI398 - Tri-X season

An unexpected event made me want to touch again with film rolls to try to find back the flavor of the analog photography. To this end, I decided to get one of the best analog camera and I bought a used Nikon F6. I invite you to load a Kodak Tri-X film roll in this camera and to put the eye in its large viewfinder to live with me a Tri-X season !


NI46 - Why bugs in flight are so noisy?

The bug is an insect that smells bad, which stings the intruders who touch it and destroys many plants in the garden. Here is a brief summary of the insect's reputation in the minds of most people. However, it uses its odoriferous glands only as a defensive protection and must be seriously disturbed so that it feels threatened. Finally, gardeners are constantly trying to get rid of green bugs while caterpillars do much more damage. The bug should not be able to attract the attention of a photographer. Well, since I was interested in the characteristics of his flight, I discovered an amazing insect!

NI44 - Dance of speckled wood

If you walk frequently in the forest, you may have noticed that you always meet a small butterfly with a brown colors. when a gap in the trees lets the sun illuminates the ground, you may enter the territory of a speckled wood (Pararge aegeria). He is there, resting on a low sheet. If you pass too close to him, he flies away, climbs a few meters high to see who you are, then he comes to land in the same place, on his lookout!

CI393 - Match between mirrorless medium format cameras

Match in the field

Hasselblad and Fuji have just introduced the first mirror-less digital medium format cameras. Compactness, electronic sighting or even new optics have impacts on the habits of photographers who usually use medium format cameras for high-end jobs. We went to the field with these two new systems to analyze what they are going to change.


CI390 - 4K monitors jungle

Advice and pitfalls to avoid

4K monitor is very attractive for photographers. When upgrading the monitor, one can be tempted by the "very high def" offered by these new monitors. However, you should be aware of the many incompatibilities, total or partial, especially if you have equipment that is not very recent. Let's take a look at few barbaric terms that you should understand before making your choice: UHD or 4K, MST or SST, sRGB or Adobe RGB 1998, standard or extended gamut, etc!


NI40 - Speed flyers

Insects on the wing !

Insects seem to transgress all the laws of aerodynamics. A first flutter of wings is enough for them to take off. Their wings are both frail and very rigid. Some aerial miniature aerobatics use an unstable propulsion that should not allow them to fly. So, are our scientists mistaken in their calculations? Do insects take benefit of solutions that our engineers have not imagined or are they implementing techniques that are difficult to reproduce? This article tries to unveil some of the mysteries of insect flight!


CI382 - Wingspan, long antennae in the wind !

Nature sometimes creates strange animals. This is the case for the wingspan that have a tiny body and very long antennae. To put forward this singular morphology, I was led to implement two diametrically opposed photographic operating modes.


CI381 - Footage as a pro

Recent DLRs are all capable of recording video. But to shift from the shooting of fixed pictures to the making of a film, we have to question many habits. It is also necessary to replace certain accessories well suited to the photo by others designed for video. Let's take a closer look at the small and big changes that have to be made when we have the ambition to record footage with a DSLR.


CI377 - Leica M Monochrom and Noctilux

Dream camera and lens...

Just as the car journalist can't refuse a test drive on the last Ferrari, Ghislain Simard did not hesitate long when Leica offered to test the new Leica M Monochrom along with the Noctilux 50 mm f/0.95 ... a camera so different from those he uses on a daily basis. He gives us his verdict after an arlesian walk.

NI32 - Belle de nuit, ephemeral flower

The "Belle de nuit" is an atypical flower. While her cousins ​​await the first rays of the sun to open their corolla, this large yellow flower unfolds its large petals at nightfall. This beautiful is a flower of the night! Its generous dimensions and bright color make it a subject of choice for the macro photographer. But its hatching cycle and its large stems do not simplify the shooting sessions, quite the opposite. Let's see how to get around these difficulties to take full advantage of the graphics offered by this unique flower.


NI31 - Ladybird

The ladybird enjoys a very positive image. It is welcome in our gardens because it eats aphids that attack plants. It is easy to identify with its red wings full of dark dots. Finally, it is not shy. All these characteristics make it a very nice insect.

When trying to photograph it in flight , I realized that the Ladybird is also a patient model !


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