ABC TV "Master Snap"

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  1. Ross Chambers

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    Did anyone else watch ABC's odd competitive photography show last night (Thursday)?

    I know the aspirants used digital cameras so it may be out of bounds on this forum but it's still photography.

    I did feel a little sympathy for the 3 contestants; they were presented with high end (is there any other sort?) Hasselblad cameras which were tethered to Macs, a studio, a very full complement of lights and a subject each to make a portrait.

    Would it not be more friendly to allow them to use the camera with which they were most at home and as we all know becomes second nature to use well?

    One of the subjects was Dick Smith whose opening words were that Harold Cazneaux was his grandfather. Smith at one point attempted to assist the poor soul with his struggles to master the Hasselblad.

    Maybe when they set up a future landscape or architectural episode they will give the DSLR experienced contestants that Linhof that appears in the promo. I'd enjoy that.
     
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    I liked Dick comment that "film was much more reliable than that electronic stuff"
     
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    haha i watched it last night and thought it was pretty good. admittedly if i had heard of it earlier i wouldve thought it a more serious program but for a bit of light hearted fun i thought it was alright. hey, my mrs watched it all the way through and normally that stuff bores her to tears.
    my only real critisism is andrew g is a little bombastic for the lower key tone and it was a little uncomfortable watching the celebs with the contestants..
     
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    Fancy giving a housewife a Hasselblad H2, throw in a millionaire, seasoned actor and a stage performer and told to get some good photos and be judged no less than the Curator of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Photography!? With nerves jangling, slip-ups galore and a virtually non-existent foundation knowledgge of the camera they were using, I reckon they each and every one pulled the stunt off very commendably. The pics of Vince Colissimo were good by my standards, ditto Dick Smith. The series gets more adventurous now, often shifting into the outdoors.
     
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    Tell me more....it sounds like you are a bit more intimate with it then you are letting on?
     
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    A friend of my sister's is in the ABC production team (general content) in Melbourne — nothing spectacular; some members of my family have frequent contact with ABC, SBS, 7 and TEN through work with Vision Australia. The lass and Siss share some common interests in terms of hobbies, and Photo Finish was touched upon as a Twinings-and-bikkies discussion. I guess you'll just have to be glued to the box for future week's instalments; I'll miss next week as I am travelling — with cameras... :smile:
     
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    You're kidding, they've MADE such a show?! Just the other week my partner was watching 'The Voice', we got talking about how many similar shows have been around, and the old 'geeze, what will they come up with next' speculations. I mentioned how the thought of a photography based telnet show made me feel sick... Laura reassured me, saying "Don't worry, that will never happen!" She's usually got her finger on the pulse in this department, so I trusted her... I'm going to wake her up right now and give her a piece of my mind!
     
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    They already had one run before on, Picture This.
     
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    sounds fun! Im going to have to see if I can find it on the web
    update: I watched it....it was fun to watch...it would be a bit nerve wracking to photograph a celeb especially if I was a fan of theirs
     
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    Never heard of this show and TV.guide.com doesnt show any listings. Whens it on? thx
     
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    Not sure of your location, but this is the ABC as in Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Its on Thursday nights @ 8PM, or you can watch it on iView afterwards - (may not be blocked for international viewers):

    http://www.abc.net.au/iview/#/view/22887
     
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    I liked it better than I thought I would. I think that Dick Smith is now a real APUG champion for what he said in the show. :smile:
     
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    Not available outside Australia, "copyright reasons".
    :sad:
     
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    You're not missing much…

    Lightweight fluff, IMO.

    Hopefully, this week's episode will have a bit more substance.
     
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    Lightweight, but better than watching Laura Bingle misspell her own name.
     
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    It moves to the landscape in tonight's instalment. This should be very interesting. And if we can have another earthquake bang on cue when a Hasselblad shutter fires, that would be just gooooood! :smile:
     
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    No no, I want to see them given an Arca Swiss and sent out into the field :wink:
     
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    I want to see them load an 11x14 film holder in a Harrison Jumbo tent!
     
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    Unfortunately it's a no on all counts. They're all shooting digital. :pouty:
    Somewhere along the line in the series a Linhof Technika will be taken for a walk. :smile:
     
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    Now that's just cruel!
     
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    I want to see them in a darkroom with an enlarger and a box of paper. But I'm probably just being a film curmudgeon.

    Seriously though, aren't printing and finishing skills part of it all? The first episode appeared to say that what came out of the camera was it, no modification of any kind, digital or otherwise.
     
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    For that kind of photography, I didn't have a problem with that - yes finishing is a skill, but also is getting as much right as you can in camera.
     
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    God, that was painful...