Ellis Island: 1979

© Joe DiMaggio

It seems like I’m spending more and more time looking at my archives. It may have something to do with the fact that we are finishing up our next book, and the working title is “Visual Literacy.” Time Magazine sent me to Ellis Island in 1979 before the beginning of renovations. There was no service there so I went over on a police boat. This was before the days of cell phones, and for whatever reason I did not have an assistant. The original photograph was made with a Nikon F, a 35mm F2 lens, Ektachrome ASA 100. “I can say ASA, not ISO.” I scanned the original slide, recently for the book and decided to pull a little bit more out of it. More photos of Ellis Island to come.

Fish On Friday

© Joe DiMaggio

I just received an email by a wild life photographer from Australia wanting some private lessons. We are in the process of arranging three days on both wild life photography and sports photography. All indications are that this is going to be a lot of fun for both student and mentor. He motivated me to look at some of my Great Barrier Reef photographs. Cannon camera, 24mm lens, Fuji Velvia, 1/80 of a second, f/5.6, Ikelite housing, and two Ikelite strobes. Have a great weekend- Joe D

Mary Travers

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If you have been following my blog you would know that when Mary Travers past away, I used a photograph from my first assignment a few years ago. In that blog I said that I would find the original Mary Travers photos. When looking for some vintage black and whites I stumbled across this photo of Mary. It was done with Tri-X pushed to 1200 in acufine with a Nikon F, 180 mm 2.8 lens, at 2.8, 1/500 of a second. I would love to go back in time with a high end digital camera, but as we all know you can not go home again. Mary was my first love and I still love her today.