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Kingston's Series Features Gerd Ludwig's Return to Chernobyl

WIRELESS NEWS-18 February 2007-Kingston Technology Company, an independent provider of memory products, is featuring images created by photographer Gerd Ludwig while on assignment in Chernobyl for National Geographic Magazine as part of its 'Icons of Photography' series.

On his first trek in 1993, the company noted, seven years after the nuclear reactor meltdown in Russia, Ludwig carried close to 800 rolls of film to document the tragedy. On his most recent visit, he used Kingston CompactFlash Ultimate cards paired with a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II digital SLR camera.

Kingston noted that it recognizes the importance of educating and informing photographers of all levels and is proud to offer its 'Icons of Photography,' an online forum showcasing the talents and advice from several of the world's most respected photographers. Each month the program spotlights an icon and their suggestions for managing a shoot, capturing better images and improving workflow.

In this month's tip, Ludwig discusses how the flexibility and responsiveness of digital technology, particularly with the Kingston CompactFlash Ultimate card, allowed him to recapture Chernobyl in a way that had been previously impossible using film. Hired by National Geographic to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, Ludwig returned to the region to document progress. His images have been seen in the magazine as well as exhibits internationally.

"Shooting inside the Chernobyl reactor was probably the most difficult photographic situation I've ever encountered. Your mind is racing because you know you are in a highly radioactive area and you don't have a lot of time," said Ludwig. "You rush in, workers are drilling and highly contaminated particles are flying around. It's dark to start with, but the particles further contribute to the darkness. With film, I never would have been able to shoot in this situation. And can you imagine opening the back of the camera to change film with all that dust in the air?"

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