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Jenoptik's Best of Digital Arts



Best of Digital Arts

Stuttgart, Germany
Martin Zwanzger
Nurnberg, Germany
Grant Symon
Paris, France
And the 2002 Contest Winners Are...

"Precision" was the theme for this year's Jenoptik eyelike contest, "Best of Digital Arts 2002." Participants developed unique interpretations around that theme. Here, SP&D
showcases the winners.

From the sublime to the surreal, in radiant colors and riveting B&W, the 60-plus entries bedazzled, provoked, entertained—their dissimilarities declaring the Precision's diversity better than words could do.
A worldwide jury of magazine editors (including SP&D's Alice B. Miller and Digital Imaging's Michael Sheridan) each selected their top 10 images, which were posted on the eyelike website, where visitors picked their favorites.
First-place winners are Ralf Grumbein and W. Kluck of Westside Studio, Stuttgart, Germany, with the image 0.31 mm. In second place is Martin Zwanzger, a student in Nürnberg, Germany, with the image Trumpet. The third-place winner is Grant Symon of ScotsEye Ltd., Paris, France, with Water Splash.
Earning honorable mention are: Thomas Schmitz of Studio Thomas Schmitz, Hamburg, Germany; Michael Kossowski, Wiesbaden, Germany; Jens Abel, Wiesbaden, Germany; W. Burger, Burger Studios, Fürth, Germany; Martina Riedl, Burger Studios, Fürth, Germany; Reinhard Fasching, Bildkommunikation GmbH, Bregenz, Austria; J. Kleinfeld, Fotostudio Kleinfeld, Kassel, Germany; and Grant Symon, ScotsEye Limited, Paris, France.

The eyelike MF basic is a one-shot camera back for people, fashion, and portrait photography. The eyelike MF scan is a versatile multi-shot back that extends the resolution to more than 25 megapixels. By using the eyelike MF scan in multi-shot mode, a photographer can take high-resolution shots of motionless objects. In multi-shot mode the back captures either four or 16 single images of the same motionless object—within less than half a minute.
"Most important for us at Westside Studio is the eyelike's versatility," says Ralf Grumbein, first-place winner. "Because of its uncomplicated software, we can concentrate on the object rather than the camera."
The eyelike works as a stand-alone camera—with 35mm lenses attached—or when attached to a view camera. One-, four-, 16- or 32-shot modes can satisfy just about any project requirements.
Grant Symon, third-place winner, says, "I do a mixture of still-life and location work and the Precision has affected both of these quite profoundly.
"The Twilight feature enables me to shoot an image, then quickly drop that image into another, using the live preview, which saves a large amount of time. I shoot 1- shots like they're Polaroids. With the rapid tranfer rate (1 fps) I don't even use a light meter. I simply alter the exposure and shoot.
"On location, the eyelike Precision has improved portability and ease of use enormously, thanks to its single-cable FireWire attachment to the Mac PowerBook, the ability to shoot two hours on one PowerBook battery, and the beep emitted from the Precison itself when the Mac is ready for another image.
"The current eyelike software, version 4.1.1, is superb. I can shoot, then quickly create an HTML contact sheet, which I ftp to my website. Clients are extremely impressed by reviewing my images from the comfort of their offices almost as soon as I shoot them."
To create digital images with a medium-format camera, the film cartridge is replaced with the eyelike MF electronic back. The digital back—not much bigger or heavier than the film cartridge—contains a CCD chip with 2,048 x 3,072 light-sensitive elements. With these 6.3 megapixels, the resolution is more than sufficient to reproduce even the finest structures—such as fabric and hair—for large-format printing.

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