Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Eliot Khuner Photography makes it into People Magazine, Dec 12, 2011 Issue

Our book Hot Guys And Baby Animals has hit the big time.  Let me know if it is selling outside of the US.

The photo is of the review on page 37, sitting on the Dec 12, '11 cover.

Audrey and Carolyn (the producers) are featured in the article.  My name is in tiny type where you will never even notice it.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

That's twenty-six people - all related by marriage or blood.

I am thankful that my mom and my three siblings are all alive and healthy this Thanksgiving.

We were at my sister Kathy's home in Berkeley

My family at my sister's home, Berkeley, CA

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Destination Wedding: Cancun, Mexico

Destination weddings give me a chance to spend several days with the couple, family, and guests.
And, of course, the locations are spectacular.
Wedding Photography at Dreams Tulum in Cancun, Mexico
Sweet Dreams Are Made of This

Monday, November 28, 2011

Isabelle: with and without smiling

We all want to know: Should I smile or be serious when I have my portrait done.

Isabelle, whom I photographed in the studio a few weeks ago, has given me permission to post a serious expression and a smiling portrait. 

Isabelle - no smile

Isabelle - smile

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Five Star Chefs...

I photographed the annual Meals on Wheels fund raiser at the Greek Church in Oakland on Friday, May 2, 2006.

Here are some of the chefs working on the meal:

Another Photo of Mom

Happy 95, Mom

Monday, April 28, 2008

Physics Explains Underexposure

One of the most ubiquitous problems in photography has been the mystery of underexposure, or, in layman's terms, "The picture, she is so dark."

Causing lost shadow details and muddy highlights, underexposure is the number two enemy of photographers, second only to abysmal wages and poor math skills.

During the twentieth century (that means the 1900s) several hypotheses had been advanced and shot down. Joerg Hilti, the Austrian jurist, had proposed in 1919 that photons slowed down whilst passing through the lens, and thus struck the film with too little force to make an impression. Einstein eventually put the kibosh on that theory, but it remained part of formal photographic education well past 1940.

In 2005 astronomers reported that dark matter, which was first synthesized by Fritz Zwicky in 1933, is far more prevalent than ever. The ever increasing and menacing dark matter has been proven (extremely proven, in fact) to be the cause of underexposure in the photographic fields. To put it simply, dark matter gets trapped between the lens and the film (or sensor) and then lodges in the receptor sites during exposure. This blocks some of the lighter and friendlier photons. The cause of dark photos had been found

These effects of dark matter have been overcome with digital sensors. In mass production since early 2007, dark-matter-protected sensors eliminate the dark matter underexposure conundrum.

The new CMOS and CCD sensors feature receptor sites that are too narrow and foreboding for dark matter to enter, leaving room for even the weakest photons, thus boosting the effective exposure to what it should have been all along. Film, still made by hobbyists in the hinterlands, cannot be adjusted to compensate for dark matter. This may may relegate film to the ash bin of history.

With digital capture in ascendancy, the dark problem is essentially solved. As one bride in Ohio or Illinois said, "My wedding pictures aren't as dark as I feared." And she was right!