1 January 2012

Featured image in The Art Of Still Life

This image is the singular exception to the series, being shot with a Nikon D200 instead of the Canon 5D MKII.

I began my professional career in 1972 with the challenge of photographing the Democratic and Republican presidential conventions, both held in Miami, Beach, Florida. I was freelancing with various news bureaus.

As a struggling 18 year-old photojournalist, the prospects of affording a Nikon was an impossible scenario. I employed a Yashica TL Electro (, which was the best camera I could afford and also manage to scrape enough up for a 28mm wide angle Vivitar and a 300mm Spiratone telephoto lens.

After the summer conventions concluded I had sold enough work to enable the purchase of the camera in this photo. It is a 1970 Nikon FTn with a magnificent Nikkor 50mm f1.4 lens. I decided to shoot the image with a Nikon to honor the decades this incredible tool resided in my bag and then studios. I retired her in 1990, however after untold thousands of rolls of film she is still in perfect working order.

This image was realized with a classic Nikkor 105mm f2.5 prime lens. In my opinion, still one of the finest short telephoto lenses ever manufactured.

I processed the RAW file in Photoshop and added a bit of noise to emulate the classic look of Kodak Tri-X film.


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I began my love of photography when I picked up my mother’s huge 6X8 Kodak bellows camera and tripped the shutter and flashbulb at age three.

My commercial work is represented internationally.

When I am not working, I am riding motorcycles, playing jazz guitar and reveling in nature at my rural cottage in the Cohutta Wilderness Area of North Georgia.

La vie est bonne!

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  • Roger Mann
    Roger Mannover 2 years ago

    My first Nikon was a F-601m which I still have – a trusty steed but not I guess in the realms of this beauty. I still shoot with a D200 but lust for full frame. One day.

    One thing makes me wonder though. The ‘F’ definition for film has been around long before digital was dreamed of but is useful now is defining Nikon film cameras from digital. Were there soothsayers at Nikon at that time?

  • AmandaGWright
    AmandaGWrightover 2 years ago

    Congratulations on this beautiful image and I look very forward to this series you are creating…

  • winnie61
    winnie61over 2 years ago


  • Thank you Wendy.

    – ©Arni Katz

  • donnz
    donnzabout 2 years ago

    Nice, what an amazing and in it’s own quirky way, beautiful piece of technology.
    (Roger, I’ve often thought that too -how DID Nikon choose such a perfect model description?!).

  • Thanks! :)

    – ©Arni Katz

  • SexyEyes69
    SexyEyes69almost 2 years ago

    brilliant capture! :) xo

  • Thank you! XO!

    – ©Arni Katz

  • Evita
    Evitaover 1 year ago

    Beautiful work !!!

    Click on the link below to view your feature and congratulate your fellow artists
    The Art Of Still Life ~ FEATURES ~ March 7th, 2013

  • Thank you so very much!

    – ©Arni Katz

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