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Photo of Mardi Gras Day in the French Quarter of New Orleans
To take this image on Mardi Gras day I had to sit in a very unique spot to get this particular angle that I was after. Let’s just say that sidewalks are pretty “sticky” any day, on Mardi Gras Day that would be an understatement…but hey i got what I wanted!

As promised in  my previous post, here are some of my “newest” photos finally available for purchase at www.nolaPIC.com as fine art prints or canvas gallery wraps. They are a a selection of my best images taken from 2015 to 2016 in New Orleans and surrounding areas. Please click on each individual image to be taken on my other site to order.

New Orleans Black and white photo
this black and white photo is not too shabby either, actually I love it, and I think I may even like it better than the color one.

 

black and white photo of fog in new orleans

 

As promised in  my previous post, here are some of my “newest” photos finally available for purchase at www.nolaPIC.com as fine art prints or canvas gallery wraps. Click on each individual image to be taken on my other site to order.

 

photo ofMardi Gras on Royal street in New Orleans
Mardi Gras day on Royal Street in New Orleans

 

 

As promised in my previous post, here are some of my “newest” photos finally available for purchase at www.nolaPIC.com as fine art prints or canvas gallery wraps. Click on each individual image to be taken on my other site to order.

 

Photo of Morning Call at City park in New Orleans

 

Black and white photo of Irma Thomas in New Orleans
Irma Thomas the Soul Queen of New Orleans

What has been going on photography wise?!?

I have been pretty busy the past year shooting unit stills on movies, so I have been focusing (pun intended) on getting more work in the movie industry which I really love doing! My fine art photography and headshots activity have therefore greatly decreased, but I am in the process of copyrighting a lot of killer photos that have been sitting on my backup drives instead of being appreciated (or purchased!) online. Hang on for a little bit longer because by the end of 2016/early 2017 I should have all the work done and have my latest work online at nolaPIC.com In the meantime here’re a couple of headshots fresh off my cameras, which i still enjoy doing very much when I have the time.

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Panavision and Light Iron Unveil Joint Facility in New Orleans

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New Orleans Grand Opening - Panavision & Light Iron
Photos: Alfonso Bresciani – Click image above to see the complete Panavision / Light Iron Grand Opening gallery on Flickr.

I had a lot fun shooting at the grand opening of the expanded Panavision New Orleans location. Yeah I know you aren’t supposed to have fun while you work, but that happens whenever you do something you love for/with the great people! Needless to say they got me Panavised! Thank you very much! The new 30,500-square-foot space also houses Light Iron’s first brick-and-mortar facility in Louisiana. The state-of-the-art facility represents the first location occupied by the two companies since Panavision acquired Light Iron, a leader in digital workflow solutions, earlier this year. If you are in the film industry I strongly suggest you to visit them, it is a great facility, great people and location, from pre-pro to post!

The New Orleans Advocate ” Holidays Nola Style “Cover Shot

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Heaux Heaux Heaux !
Here is a killer cover picture of mine of the Pontalba building in the French Quarter of New Orleans used for the print and online edition of “The New Orleans Advocate” Gift Guide “Holidays Nola Style”. Spend some money locally and up port the local economy! Click the image to purchase an original print.

Holidays Nola Style Gift Guide
Holidays Nola Style Gift Guide

Cover on ESPN Magazine’s “After The Storm”

ESPN Alfonso Bresciani

If you live in New Orleans you have probably seen or heard about ESPN’s special insert published inside the Times-Picayune Sunday’s edition on August 30, 2015 commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. One of my shots of the New Orleans Saints pep rally/second line in the French Quarter the day before they won the Super Bowl has been featured on its cover… Who Dat! (The same shot has been published as well on the regular ESPN magazine, issue of Sept 14!) To purchase a print click this link 

 

New Still Photography site AlfonsoBresciani.com

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Alfonso Pompo Bresciani is an IATSE Local 600 Unit Still Photographer based in New Orleans

My new website specifically designed for unit still photography work (related to feature films and tv productions only) is finally done and online at www.AlfonsoBresciani.com ! All the unit still photography work related to feature films and television work will only be published there from now on.

Check it out and let me know what you think, you can comment on my blog there as well!

Unit Stills Photography

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I have just had my new unit stills photography website done with some of my latest unit stills set from a few feature films I have recently worked on. Check it out and stay tuned for more stills coming very soon! Head on over to www.AlfonsoBresciani.com

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Wish List

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

 

Now that the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is reportedly undergoing testing there are already quit a bit of rumors on its possible new specs. Instead of rumors of mentioning what it is already being reported about its likely new features, I’m posting here my wish list, which in my opinion will further improve the new body.

  1. Visible AF points! Since the introduction of the 5D Mark III the viewfinder has been changed to a so called “Intelligent Viewfinder”. The irony of this name!!! The “Intelligent” Viewfinder uses a translucent LCD with superimposed display of the 61 AF points. These AF points are translucent and are very hard to see in bright daylight and they only become red in one shot AF mode, once focus is achieved or while changing AF points. When shooting in very dark places the available AF points aren’t illuminated and visible at all. In bright daylight with prime lenses (f/1.2 or f/1.4- f/1.8) these same AF points are nearly invisible! I even bought a 5 stops ND filter to let less light in during daylight shoots to make the AF points stand out more. The 5D Mark IV viewfinder should go back to the previous “dumb version” found on the 5D Mark II and 1D Mark IV, where the AF point selected were bright, illuminated and visible. Also, on previous Canon bodies, the other available AF points were visible as well (etched into the focusing screen).  How can Canon engineers even come up with this nonsense?Do they even have anyone testing cameras with primes? Or even testing them in different real life situations? The problem is with f/2.8 lenses and brighter ones; when using f/5.6 in daylight it’s pretty much fine. I’ve complained many times with Canon USA but of course it needs to be addressed with Canon Japan, where the cameras are designed, Canon USA can only forward the complaints to them. The same happens with the 1Dx  which they then modified and improved a bit with a firmware update, but it is still a workaround shortcut, not a permanent and final fix. So this is on the very top of my wish list for the upcoming Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. It comes even before more DR or better high ISO noise handling, this is a PRIORITY that Canon needs to address once and forever on each and every new Canon DSLRs.
  2. Illuminated buttons: Shooting at night, during concerts, movie sets, anywhere where the ambient light is very dim, it’s impossible to see the buttons. How hard would it be to make these switches and buttons illuminated? Nikon does it, can Canon figure out a cost effective way of doing it too? It would be ohhhh so nice to be able to turn them on when needed!
  3. Spot metering linked to the any AF points used, regardless of its position in the viewfinder. Currently on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III the spot metering is only in the middle of the frame and cannot be linked to any other AF areas used. This will be probably be implemented since it is found on the recently introduced Canon 7D Mark II and it has been a feature on the 1Dx.
  4. Clean ISO 6400, useable ISO 12800. This is really pushing it, but for my needs and experiences I would be extremely happy if Canon could manage to improve its high ISO noise to these levels. I rarely ever use with the Canon 5d Mark III an ISO higher that 6400. Actually I try not to exceed ISO 6400 period. The 1DX is a bit better compared, but it is still a long shot from being very good/useable at ISO 25600. Unless the image is cleaned up with quite a bit of noise reduction software or resized to 1000 px for web. A clean ISO 6400 and useable 12800 would make me a very happy Canon 5D Mark IV camper!
  5. Built in Wi-Fi. Yes, just like the Sony a7s, Canon needs to step up and implement it already. Stop making look like it is a premium feature and selling it as an add on. It is already on some Canon Powershot models and on the 60D-70D. It needs to come as a standard feature on the upcoming semi-pro Canon EOS 5D mark IV ( and pro body Canon EOS 1DX mark II)!
  6. More Dynamic Range. This is almost on the bottom of my wish list. Unless your exposure is really off or the scene presents and extremely high contrast, current DR in Canon’s bodies is pretty good, not as good as Nikon’s sensors (made by Sony) but the most visible difference happens at base ISO. As ISO is set higher the difference in more DR tapers off. I “almost’ never needed much more than what’s possible with Canon’s top bodies. Of course a couple of more stops could help in extreme contrast situations where you could push the shadows a bit more or recover some highlights. It would make it a stronger camera, but i’m not sure what is going on with Canon sensors at this point in time. Are they getting a new fab line? The future will tell.
  7. Silent shutter.  The silent mode is very good and super quiet on the Canon 5D Mark III, can it be made even quieter? Pretty please? For some strange reasons the “Silent Mode isn’t as quiet on the Canon 1DX. I’m hoping on the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV the silent mode will stay the same or it’ll even be even improved.

Website is being re-done!

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Since this website is being re-done, it may be looking a bit incomplete at times. It will be functional but not every photos are going to be showing until finished, which shouldn’t take too long. Please excuse the dust!

New Canon 7D Mark II !

It’s finally here! After what it seems like forever the new iteration of the Canon 7D has been finally announced at the 2014  Photokina and it is available for pre-orders!

Quick specs: 10 frames per second, brand new 20.2 Mega Pixel APS-C Sensor, ISO from 100 to 16000 (Expandable to 51200), 65 cross-type Auto focus Points, 1080p HD Video (no 4k!) , Built-In GPS tagging (it even records which direction the camera is pointing!), internal compass customizable viewfinder, built in intervalometer, Weather Sealed Dual Card Slots (FC and SD).

 

It’s finally here! After what it seems like forever the new iteration of the Canon 7D has been finally announced at the 2014  Photokina at is available for pre-orders!

 

 

 

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II digital SLR camera is designed to meet the demands of photographers and videographers who want a camera that can provide a wide range of artistic opportunities. With a winning combination of cutting-edge operations and a robust, ergonomic design, it is optimized to make even the most challenging photography simple and easy. The EOS 7D Mark II features a refined APS-C sized 20.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor with Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors for gorgeous imagery. It shoots up to 10 frames per second at ISOs ranging from 100–16000 (expandable to H1: 25600, H2: 51200), has a 65-point* all cross-type AF system and features Canon’s amazing Dual Pixel CMOS AF for brilliant Live-View AF. It has dual card slots for both CF and SD cards, USB 3.0 connectivity and even has built-in GPS** for easy location tagging, automatically. Compatible with an ever-expanding collection of EF and EF-S lenses plus a host of EOS accessories, the EOS 7D Mark II is an ideal tool for creative and ambitious photography.

* The number of available AF points, and whether single line or cross-type, varies depending on the lens.
** In certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country. As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measures when using in locations where the use of electronics is regulated.

Superlative Sensor for Gorgeous Images

20.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and ISO 100–16000

The EOS 7D Mark II has a newly designed 20.2 Megapixel sensor that delivers high-resolution image files with stunning detail and impressive clarity. Optimized for low-light shooting, the EOS 7D Mark II’s sensor captures images at up to ISO 16000 (expandable to H1: 25600, H2: 51200) with remarkably low noise, thanks to its improved, higher sensitivity design. Phenomenal for stills, the EOS 7D Mark II’s sensor is equally up to the task for movies, delivering Full HD capture even at rates of up to 60p.

Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors

The EOS 7D Mark II’s sensor works seamlessly with its Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors for advanced image processing across the board. These image processors help the EOS 7D Mark II capture up to 1090 JPEG, 31 RAW, and 19 RAW + JPEG shots in a single burst for amazing action photography. Further, they enable the camera’s powerful image processing on-the-fly: lens aberration, variances in peripheral illumination and image distortion can all be corrected in real time thanks to the EOS 7D Mark II’s Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors.

Speed Improvements Across the Board

7D Mark II
High speed continuous shooting up to 10.0 fps allows you to capture fast action

With a new, rugged shutter designed for 200,000 cycles, the EOS 7D Mark II can shoot up to 10 frames per second to capture all the action. With super quick AF and exposure systems complementing the shutter’s 55 msec shutter release time lag, the EOS 7D Mark II is tailored to meet and even exceed the speed of the action. Refined mechanics like a newly designed, more efficient shutter-drive motor and a vibration dampened mirror drive mean impressive performance for high caliber image quality, fast.

Sophisticated Mirror Control System

The EOS 7D Mark II camera employs an advanced mirror vibration control technology that enables the camera to support its speedy, continuous shooting capabilities while ensuring great image quality. The system uses a motor to help reduce the vibrations caused by high-speed shooting. By reducing the vibrations, the camera can achieve accurate and precise autofocus to provide steady and clear action shots at up to 10.0 frames per second.

Brilliant, Speedy AF Tracking

65-point* all cross-type AF system for high-performance, accurate subject tracking with EV -3 sensitivity (center point) for focusing in extreme low-light conditions

An EOS first, the EOS 7D Mark II features 65 all cross-type AF points* for high precision AF at remarkable speed. Cross-type AF points ensure stable AF that is not influenced by the subject’s shape or color. On the EOS 7D Mark II, the AF points are spread over a wide area of the frame, enabling faster AF, wherever the subject lies. With a central dual cross-type AF point of f/2.8, AF is enhanced with lenses faster than f/2.8. And thanks to this new system, AF is possible even in dim lighting as low as EV-3.

* The number of available AF points, and whether single line or cross-type, varies depending on the lens.

7D Mark II
Achieve Impressive AF During Video Capture

Canon’s innovative Dual Pixel CMOS AF enables you to shoot video like a camcorder with smooth, fast, and accurate autofocus and lets you enjoy instant and precise autofocus even when shooting stills

The EOS 7D Mark II features Canon’s revolutionary Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a milestone in AF speed and accuracy that unlocks the potential of Live View shooting. This advanced technology has truly changed what is possible with a DSLR camera.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF involves a sophisticated rethinking of the CMOS sensor. Traditionally, image sensors have one photodiode per pixel for recording, but the CMOS sensor on the EOS 7D Mark II has two photodiodes per pixel, 40 million in total, enabling each pixel on the sensor to both perform phase-difference detection autofocus and capture light. With phase-difference detection AF, autofocus is achieved quickly and easily on the camera. This unique AF system enables autofocus on approximately 80% of the image plane, vertically and horizontally, and helps ensure virtually no loss in image quality.
The benefits of Dual Pixel CMOS AF are clearly evident in Live View and video shooting, where the EOS 7D Mark II achieves natural, precise focus very quickly, even when switching between subjects. And, combined with the predictive power of Movie Servo AF, subjects in motion are smoothly and consistently tracked – once focus is locked, the EOS 7D Mark II holds on! Plus, with the shallow depth-of-field afforded by EOS optics, video gains a brilliant, cinematic ambience lacking when shooting video with many other Digital SLRs.
HD Quality, EOS Performance

Stunning Full HD video with custom Movie Servo AF (speed and sensitivity) for continuous focus tracking of moving subjects, multiple frame rates including Full HD recording at 60p in MOV and MP4 formats and uncompressed HDMI out

While offering performance improvements across the board for still photography, the EOS 7D Mark II is also an incredibly capable HD movie camera. Taking advantage of its Dual Pixel CMOS AF capabilities, the EOS 7D Mark II has customizable Movie Servo AF options: not only can AF location be defined, AF speed and tracking intervals can be specified too, for fluid, smooth focus transitions. The EOS 7D Mark II delivers refined and detailed image quality with Full HD 60P recording at ISO values up to 16000, has an HDMI output and records to both SD and CF cards for versatility and security during important shoots.

Comprehensive Information, Right in the Viewfinder

Intelligent Viewfinder II provides approximately 100% field of view for shooting ease

The EOS 7D Mark II’s Intelligent Viewfinder II makes it easy to both shoot, change and confirm camera settings and shooting modes all without looking away from the viewfinder. Displaying approximately 100% of the composition, the viewfinder can show settings like shooting mode, exposure level, white balance, drive mode, AF operation, metering mode, recording format, even an electronic level and more. All of this information can be displayed by or superimposed easily over the image for review while shooting, and multiple views are customizable through the EOS 7D Mark II’s simple user interface.

Specialty Controls, Built Right In

Improved custom controls and built-in intervalometer and bulb timer for expanded creativity

An EOS first, the EOS 7D Mark II offers time-lapse fixed-point shooting and long exposures without the need for a remote control. The EOS 7D Mark II’s interval timer takes from 1 to 99 shots at preselected intervals, ideal for shooting flowers as they bloom or clouds drifting through the sky. Its built-in bulb timer keeps the shutter open for a designated amount of time, perfect for night photography, or to capture the flow of traffic on a street corner.

Built to Perform

Magnesium alloy body with shutter durability up to 200,000 cycles and enhanced dust and weather resistance

The EOS 7D Mark II is constructed of the highest quality materials, and to exacting standards that ensure unfettered performance at all times. For example, the shutter can shoot at speeds up to 1/8000 sec. for up to 200,000 cycles, the chassis is built of lightweight and rigid magnesium, and the camera’s seals are built to resist water and dust. This combination makes the EOS 7D Mark II ready for almost anything.

Speed and Accuracy with Intelligent Subject Recognition and Analysis

EOS Scene Detection System features a new 150,000-pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor for improved precision

The EOS 7D Mark II has an amazing iSA Intelligent Subject Analysis system that employs an independent RGB light sensor with approximately 150,000-pixel resolution. This sensor enables Canon’s intelligent Tracking and Recognition system (iTR AF) that detects and tracks subjects, automatically switching the AF point to optimize tracking. With new tracking algorithms tailored to recognize faces and colors, this system serves as a brilliant foundation to the EOS 7D Mark II’s AF system.

Extraordinary GPS, Built-in

Built-in GPS* Receiver provides a digital compass, records location information (longitude, latitude, elevation and universal coordinated time (UTC)) as EXIF information for geotagging images when shooting

Ideal for travel or nature photography, the EOS 7D Mark II’s built-in GPS* can record longitude, latitude and altitude data as EXIF data, can track movement at set intervals with its logging function, and can even set the camera’s internal clock to local time! When using the logger function on a computer, you will see the exact route you travelled, and the map will show you where and when you took each image.

* In certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country. As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measures when using in locations where the use of electronics is regulated.

Sharp and Clear Viewing

3.0-inch Clear View II LCD monitor (approximately 1,040,000 dots) for bright and clear viewing

The EOS 7D Mark II comes with a 3.0-inch Clear View II LCD monitor for shooting videos and stills. Displaying fine detail (at approximately 1.04 million dots), this screen is perfect for composing and reviewing images. Thanks to a solid construction between the monitor’s resin-coated cover and the liquid crystal display, reflections are minimized, and the display can be viewed with reduced glare. The LCD’s surface is treated with a smudge-resistant coating to minimize fingerprints and maintain a bright, clear image display.

Additional Features

Anti-flicker shooting

The EOS 7D Mark II features a new flicker detection system that not only alerts the user in the viewfinder, but with the camera’s Anti-Flicker Shooting function can compensate for flickering light sources, taking shots only at peak light volume. This feature is useful for minimizing disparities in color and exposure, especially during continuous shooting in sub-optimal lighting situations.

In-camera lens aberration corrections

To help photographers with achieving high quality images, the EOS 7D Mark II corrects image distortions like peripheral illumination, chromatic aberration and distortion, in-camera, as the image is recorded. When shooting in Live View mode, the results of distortion can even be monitored in real time through the EOS 7D Mark II’s Image Simulation Function.

USB 3.0

The EOS 7D Mark II features a USB 3.0 digital terminal for fast transfer to PCs and printers, plus offers connectivity to Canon’s WFT-E7 (Version 2) for wireless transfer and Wi-Fi® compatibility.

NOTE: For connecting an interface cable to the USB 3.0 terminal, a cable protector is included with the EOS 7D Mark II, and must be used at all times to protect the camera’s circuit board.

 

It’s finally here! After what it seems like forever the new iteration of the Canon 7D has been finally announced at the 2014  Photokina and it is available for pre-orders!

 

 

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