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Covers 2005

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This collection of photos from 2005 covers of Planet Waves is dedicated to my dad, who bought my first couple of cameras; and to every photographer who has gone out on assignment with me, photographed my stories, or took me into their studios and darkrooms -- and basically said it can be done: Dave Aiello, Johann Bisesti, Kit Brown, Doreen Fertel, Dave Heckman, Maria Henzler, Cristos Katsios, Ilse Landau, Imke Lass, Charlie Lemay, Virginia Lepley, Douglas Levere, Neal McDonough, Michele Muir, Aart Nugteren, Dion Ougst, Frieda K. Owl, Henry Rappaport, Pamela Roque, Sydnie Michele & Stephen Salmieri, Sarite Sanders, Ruth J.M. Schein, Scott R. Stevenson, Lauren Thomas, Paloma Todd, Paul Verdolino, Danielle Voirin, L.E. Webb and others. And while I'm thinking of it, to all the photographers I've met working at news events for many years who looked like they were the only people who had a clue what was going on.

-- Eric Francis.

PS, I get a fair number of inquiries about the cameras I use. Many of the early pictures, such as all those in Holland and many in New York City, were taken on a Fuji Finepix 5500, considered a consumer camera (4 megapixels). But I think it does a really good job, and it's main virtue is how well it handles back lighting. It has up to 10X optical zoom. More lately, I'm using a Canon Digital Rebel body (8 megapixels SLR camera, the kind that you look through, rather than framing the image on the screen), and for the most part, a 28-135mm IS (image stabilized) lens; in quite a few shots, an 18-55mm normal lens; and, rarely, a 70-300mm zoom. Now that it's winter, I sometimes use a 430EX strobe, which can produce surprisingly natural-looking lighting effects.

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Above: Photo by Yeonhee Moon, November 2005.

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