Irakly Shanidze

Irakly Shanidze

Lives in United States Grosse Pointe, United States
Works as a photographer
Has a website at www.shanidze.com/en
Joined on May 21, 2004
About me:

I am a founder of International Academy of Photographic Arts that provides
workshops in the US, Canada and around Europe and full curriculum (Currently
only in Moscow, Russia) studies in fine art photography ith an emphasis on
creative approach and non-standard thinking.

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Maybe I am in no position to make these type of statements, but to me it looks like a major marketing flop on Hasselblad's part. This is indeed pitiful.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2012 at 17:30 UTC as 13th comment
On Shooting with the Leica M9-P article (648 comments in total)

Frankly, I am a bit puzzled by this article. I mean, handling and operation of M9P is identical to M9, which has been extensively covered. What's the point?
The real advantage of M9/M9P is in its low-light performance. By performance here I mean camera's ability to consistently deliver professional-grade pictures that could be used in publications and commercial applications. Your conclusion is exactly opposite, which I can attribute only to lack of specific knowledge and skill in rangefinder low-light photography.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2012 at 08:07 UTC as 92nd comment
On Leica Noctilux: Overkill or Necessity article (20 comments in total)
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David Strachan: The girl with the dog...in my opinion the bokeh is really ghastly.

isn't it supposed to be that way considering the subject matter?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 8, 2012 at 15:43 UTC
On Leica S2 against megapixel arms race article (14 comments in total)
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topstuff: How very, very interesting.

Considering the Leica S2 is of a similar size to a Nikon D3X or Canon 1DS series, the sheer usability of the camera is fascinating and compelling.

I wonder how the Pentax 645 ( possessed of a similar sensor to the Leica I suspect) would perform? It too, offers larger sensor than 35mm in a format designed for hand holding. And it can take a wide range of lenses. Very good value too for the aspiring photographer.

Thank you for the hard work and the very interesting conclusions you reach.

Thank you. Most likely, I will be able to do the comparison in a couple of weeks. It will be very interesting to include the results in the sequel of this review, which I am already working on. I am comparing Leica S2 to Hasselblad HD4, and it is always good to have an independent standard. In this review I used Sinar M. For the next one Pentax 645D seems like an ideal choice because of its claimed similarities with Leica S2.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2012 at 20:46 UTC

This is certainly a great achievement... I, however, would appreciate an adaptor that would let me use my Contax 645AF lenses on Leica S2 much, much more. Like, in monetary terms, 150% more.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 19, 2012 at 02:56 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
On Fujifilm produces limited edition of 10,000 black X100s article (100 comments in total)

LOL, I hope that the black paint job will make the lens more contrasty :)))

Direct link | Posted on Jan 12, 2012 at 19:03 UTC as 26th comment

Since lightroom comes bundled with Leica M9, I am wondering if this is the time to light my candles on Adobe writing profiles to at least wide angle lenses and 50mm f/1...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2012 at 18:26 UTC as 17th comment
On Introduction to Food Photography article (56 comments in total)

Matt, this is great. Wonderful job!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 14:13 UTC as 12th comment
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Andy Crowe: Interesting they're quoting the T stops rather than f stops (guess that comes with the video focus of the lens). If it's capable of T0.95 then the actual f stop must be even less than 0.95

LOL use manual mode :))))

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2012 at 21:46 UTC
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micksh6: Forget $10K Leica. The real question is will it be better than Voigtlander Nokton 50mm F1.1 that costs $1000 and has been available for a while instead of 9 months later.

And why to announce 9 months ahead? They just conceived a baby? They haven't started delivering 12mm F1.6 lens that was promised in November. So, I doubt they know that the conception was successful.

4/3 Rumors mentioned it might cost $2K (5 times cheaper than Leica) so $1K Voigtlander Nokton (not to be confused with NoktoR) should be the competitor. BTW, the Nokton weights 425 gram instead of 975.

you are right, it is voightlander that has to be concerned, not leica.
as to the weight, do not forget that this lens is almost a 1/2 stop faster. maybe it does not sound like much to you, but believe me, makes all the difference.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 2, 2012 at 09:02 UTC
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Andy Crowe: Interesting they're quoting the T stops rather than f stops (guess that comes with the video focus of the lens). If it's capable of T0.95 then the actual f stop must be even less than 0.95

interesting lens...
bokeh is a bit strange... i wonder what's those concentric circles inside OOF highlights?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 2, 2012 at 00:54 UTC
On Introduction to Documentary-style People Photography article (66 comments in total)
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angelhappy: You people are uptight. If we had to ask for permission on every shot we take then you better off taking another line of work.

:)
In fact, it is better to apologize after the fact than to ask for permission before. This effective strategy I cherish since my early childhood.

To Burbclaver: I have even more another line of work than you. It is called advertising photography. Things in the industry have changed a lot lately, and I find myself more and more often doing street candid photography for one of my clients. The brief says clearly: "candid means that subjects are unaware of their participation in a photographed scene". Do you think it is possible to pay someone first and then make him unaware of your activity? Seriously...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 25, 2011 at 00:07 UTC
On Leica Noctilux: Overkill or Necessity article (20 comments in total)
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Dan Nikon: Nice lens but, these photos have Canon 85 1.2L for thousands cheaper written all over them. At least you have a feel for the lens. I think it is dubbed the 95 for reasons other than the aperture though, 95% of the photos one sees from this hidden gem are cr@p with a slightly unique twist.

I certainly respect your decision to use this discussion for showcasing your fine sense of humor. However, assuming that you are not blind, your first statement indicates clearly that you most likely have not shot ether of the two lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2011 at 19:03 UTC
On Buyer's Guide: 10 Home Studio Lighting Kits article (92 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: I totally enjoy the first photo: placing two identical small softboxes almost symmetrically and then lighting the scene with a large octabox -- this is what I call "professional contraception" :)

These kind of things undermine credibility of everything else said. The logic is "Either the chap does not know what he is talking about, or he tells nonsense on purpose. Either way, he is not to be trusted" :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2011 at 04:27 UTC
On Leica Noctilux: Overkill or Necessity article (20 comments in total)

Jeff, I have yet to see a camera that can match M9 colors at ISO1250. If you know something that I do not, please tell me :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2011 at 04:21 UTC as 7th comment
On Buyer's Guide: 10 Home Studio Lighting Kits article (92 comments in total)

I totally enjoy the first photo: placing two identical small softboxes almost symmetrically and then lighting the scene with a large octabox -- this is what I call "professional contraception" :)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2011 at 15:16 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
On Digital lo-fi photography - Part 1 article (131 comments in total)

It was certainly nice of you to do this round-up of apps. However, the article sends a wrong message. It reads "with a right choice of software anything will look vintage". Not true. First you have to style the shot, make it look vintage from within, and then apply finishing touches.
Using your own examples, just to be material, let's look at the dog picture. No amount of vignetting and "creative" frames will make it look vintage.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2011 at 21:34 UTC as 38th comment
On Variation Facts and Fallacies article (231 comments in total)

Excellent write-up.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 1, 2011 at 05:01 UTC as 12th comment

It's just great. After Philipp Gross's "Tao of Photography" this is the first book on photography that I really enjoyed reading.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2011 at 07:02 UTC as 2nd comment
On Leica Noctilux: Overkill or Necessity article (20 comments in total)
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Les Berkley: So I take it that, in order to get 1/2 stop more light, I have to pay ten thousand dollars? And, for that ten grand I will get jagged blur with outlined highlights? Count me in! Can't I just bump up the ISO? Then I can use the Sigma 50 f1.4, which is sharper and has lovely blur to boot.

Of course you don't have to. It is purely voluntary :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2011 at 13:57 UTC
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