Homage to Michael Kahn – New Software from Perfectly Clear and Topaz


I (we) had the good fortune of accidentally running into Michael Kahn, a wonderful B&W film photographer, specializing in boats and seascapes. I had just seen his work at the Focus Gallery in Chatham and was very impressed. We were shooting in Chatham, when he and his wife stopped while riding their bicycles to engage our group and enquire as to what we were doing. What impressed me most about Michael, was his humble demeanor. What a wonderful, engaging, and nice person. Before we knew who he was, someone had asked if he was a photographer too. His reply was something like, “yes, I like to make photographs” No bragging about being in the high end gallery or anything like that. Just that he too loved to make photographs. He shoots with 4×5 and medium format film cameras and prints all of his prints in a wet darkroom. They are a sight to behold in person!

I purchased his terrific book “The Spirit of Sailing” at the gallery and was inspired to make the image presented in my post today. Yes this is the same yellow Dory that I’ve posted previously. If you like sailing or boats, I highly recommend his book which can be purchased at the Focus Gallery online.

My friends at Topaz Labs have released a wonderful new product called Impression. Impression is a faux painting program and is quite good. If you purchase before the end of the month you’ll save 25% using the code SEPIMPRESSION at checkout.  Click this link to take you to the site. If you like a painterly look to your images you’ll like this new product.

Athentech the makers of Perfectly Clear have just released version 2.0 of their fine software that I’ve been using and blogging about recently. With the new release, they have lowered the purchase price and if you click this link you’ll save an additional 10%.

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  1. Bruce Sorrell September 23, 2014 at 8:16 am #

    That’s a beautifully seen and executed photograph, John ! The tonal range is just exceptional. I recall how a well known photographer opined years ago that our very best B&W work always seems to be illuminated from within. I think he was on to something, and your wonderful shot is a great example of his point. Slainte !

    • JB September 23, 2014 at 8:22 am #

      Bruce, thanks for your kind comment. 🙂

  2. Steve L September 24, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

    I like how you’ve “followed” that Dory! I like this treatment/version.
    I will look into Michael Kahn….thanks for the tip!

    • JB September 24, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

      You’ll love his work.

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