Subject: PixiPort Fine Art Photography Gallery Newsletter
PixiPort Fine Art Photography Gallery
. April 09 2003 Communique
. PixiPort Fine Art Photography Gallery Newsletter
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The Voice Behind The Lens

By Michael Dubiner

The often delayed and much awaited release of the prosumer Contax TVS Digital, five megapixel compact camera is finally over. Originally due out in November 1992 and rumored to be released imminently ever since, the camera is still thinly available. This as a review of it's features and functioning as it relates to its use as a Street Photography camera. As far as I know this is the first Street Photographer's review of this much anticipated camera

I will omit most of the specs and product pictures of the camera as these can be found at vsdigital.asp, l and other sites. The images shown above are the front and rear of the camera in it's home designed case which allows the camera to hang from my neck (for reasons which I will discuss below).

I will discuss the qualities I think are essential for a portable Street camera and give you my opinion on how the Contax TVS Digital stacks up to those requirements. The discussion below is not in any particular order of importance. At the end of the article, I will also review some of the additional features of the camera and give you my other comments and opinions on the TVS Digital.

A "pocketable" camera has always been important to me because I need to take it everywhere. Now that I have made the digital plunge, I want the qualities I have available in small film cameras such as the Contax T3 and the like in a small digital camera. I also want the camera to be relatively unobtrusive. In other words, not particularly noticeable; a camera that does not shout; "I am taking your picture". I do not expect any prosumer camera to replace my main digital camera, the elephantine Nikon D1X. However, when I want to put a camera in my pocket or fanny pack or will not have enough room to store it at my destination (a restaurant table for example) size is a very important issue to me.

The Contax TVS Digital is certainly "pocketable". It is slightly larger than the Contax T3, the film cousin of this camera, and the Olympus C 50, my last pocket digital camera. However, it is significantly smaller than the non-pocketable Canon PowerShot G2, a wonderful camera I owned and gave to my wife because, while smaller than an SLR, it would need pockets larger than a giant's to contain it's girth

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Our exclusive writers on Pixiport bring to us in this issue, Michael Dubiner review on the Contax camera, this is the first review on this camera. Mario Pischedda review from art magazine Ziqqurat, Carol Tipping brings us another great how to on her Caterpillar Portal and our internet art journalist Ken Windsor brings us more great art from around the world.

As always our writers and artists would love to hear from you. Feedback is important to all. So please let them hear from you.

The Annunciation-Carol Tipping
Combine photographs, digital painting and Photoshop filter to make an effective rendering of a Florentine old master. - with Carol Tipping.

Adobe Photoshop. (Painter 7 for Perspective Guide.) Alternative Software: Must support brushes. It is not only interesting to digitally re-create a favourite masterpiece, but also you gain insight into the mind of the artist and the subject. Tackling any theme can be difficult, but enlightening, as you get to grips with the emotional context of the image - as important, as the actual technique.

1. Make a rough painting of all the elements in the picture. This gives you a base on to which you can overlay photos, painting and filters to build up the image. (The most difficult part of reproducing a painting like this is the perspective. In Painter 7 a new perspective guide is incorporated, which you can turn on and off.) Use the Airbrush for painting.

2. Open a photograph of a suitable model, select the top half of the figure and move it over onto the painting. Re-scale and rotate the figure. Edit Free Transform, Scale/Rotate to fit the painting. Change the blending mode of this new layer from Normal to Hard Light, which gives the photo a better appearance with the painting. You may want to use the Eraser Tool to clean up the edges of this layer. You could alternatively use the airbrush to paint into the layer so that it has a better blend into the background.

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Images To Inspire The Imagination

Ken Windsor's Internet Art Journalist

My aim is to give credit to some great work being shown on the internet, but in doing so the mere act of bypassing the home page can rob Photographers and artists of income generated by site hits, recorded only by visits to the home page. So, I know you will bear with me if you sometimes have to go on a longer journey to see the actual images, as of course we in no way wish to deprive site owners of the benefits derived from actually creating their sites.

Whenever I watch a game of Ice Hockey on the television I always get the impression that it is a mean hard game. This is also the impression I get from the images of RACHEL THULL. The photography is rather good - but it was the drawings that really caught my eye - strong "in your face" images.

BILL HALL also likes to draw his inspiration from the sporting world, but in his case the result is much more a feeling of movement and speed.

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Call To Artists

Listings for Art Photographers, events,exhibitons,grants,juried exhibits,opportunities for artists.

April 15, 2003 The Boca Raton Museum of Art announces a Call for Entries for the 52nd Annual All Florida Exhibition. All artists residing in the State of Florida are invited to submit entries for the 52nd Annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition to be held at the Boca Raton Museum of Art from June 18 through August 17, 2003. This year's Juror is Joseph Jacobs, Curator of American Art from The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey. The Juror will select original works from the following mediums: painting, drawing, prints, sculpture, photography, video, computer generated images, and site-specific installations. Monetary awards will be distributed for one Best-In-Show and three Merit winners. Entry fees are $30 for up to three slides. Eligibility requirements, application requests and other information can be obtained by calling Jeanne Mautoni at (561) 392.2500, ext. 222. Applications are also available at

May 1, 2003 The Mount Dora Center for the Arts invites artists of any media to submit portfolios for review for our 2004 Gallery Exhibit Season. Individual and group exhibition proposals may be submitted for consideration. Criteria: 10 slides preferred, (photos and digital media on disks or cds acceptable), an artist's statement, resume and SASE. Submissions should be sent to the Mount Dora Center for the Arts, 138 East Fifth Avenue, Mount Dora, Florida, 32757, Attention: Carole Warshaw, Gallery Manager, and must be postmarked on or before May 1, 2003. Artists may expect notification of acceptance on or before May 31, 2003. Ms Warshaw is available to answer questions from 10am to 3pm, Tuesdays through Fridays, at (352) 383-0880.

May 1, 2003 Anhinga Press announces the Anhinga Prize for Poetry. First or Second books are eligible. Judge is Naomi Shihah Nye. Winner receives $2,000 and publication. Guidelines are available on the web at or by mailing a SASE to Anhinga Press, P.O. Box 10595, Tallahassee, FL 32302.

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Mario Pischedda-Ziqqurat Review

Art In Movement Mario Pischedda is a "modern artist, meaning that his anxiety brings him, as a nomad of forms, words and ideas, from one genre to the other. He goes from critical enlightment to the photo/optic shot- he likes to define his pictures "shot at impression"- born from the instinctive gesture of the primitive mind that only looks without knowing

Mario suffers and practices consciously in his works and performances the fascination for the "unseen" provocative elements of any experiment, of any sarcastic joke, of quoting others as a replication of the past that anyway could not but change and rejuvenate the original.

For Mario the artist should deny himself in order to exist, and must melt with the art's user. The artist should be able to cancel his self, and prepare just the setting in which the user plays the main role.

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