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Friday, September 01, 2006

Michael Reichmann At Home in the Country

Jeff Schewe has produced a delightful picture-essay of The Luminous Landscape's Michael Reichmann and his cohort Christopher Sanderson at work at the lake house in Canada belonging to the Reichmanns and their dogs, not necessarily in that order. Every time I see or hear anything about Michael, it seems obvious that he's both living well and having fun. And why not?

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON with thanks to E.S.


Blogger NIMBY said...

That's the last time I buy any of his DVDs. Living far to comfortably for my liking, and then had to rub our noses in it with the boat!! I can't help thinking that in some small way I helped pay for that boat.


1:14 AM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

"That's the last time I buy any of his DVDs...I can't help thinking that in some small way I helped pay for that boat."

...The opposite, actually. Michael retired from business wealthy, and has been subsidizing his photography hobby out of his own pocket ever since. His site is 100% free of commercial advertising and most of the things he reviews he buys. If you like L-L and get anything out of his unbeholden reviews, then you're benefitting from his wealth, not contributing to it. He might make a bit of money from his DVDs, but only because he and Chris make them out of enthusiasm and don't expect them to cover the cost of their travel. No way would they be able to produce such a product purely as a commercial venture.


8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I for one am grateful for the existance of L-L as I find it one of the few worthwhile photo-sites on the web. Good for Michael for sharing his experiences and insight with the world -- so what if he's well off? (I didn't think it was a secret!) Without his wealth and,more importantly, his generosity in creating the resource in the first place, L-L wouldn't exist and we all would be missing out!


9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I only wish Michael was a better photographer and shot a bit less from the hip on his reviews...

10:34 AM  
Anonymous Carl Dahlke said...

About his skill as a phtotography. He's in a tough genre - landscape photography is far from easy to do in a fresh way. A few of the pictures I've seen on his site really soar, (the abandoned Toronto brickwords pictures are stunning and the shipbreaking shots from Bangladesh are pretty powerful). I think his best work is not in the traditional landscape genre.

One thing the site could use more of is displays of his work. He certainly isn't putting up hundreds of his own pictures.

And his reviews are a wonderful antidote to the feature catalog and test results that most review sites offer up. They are shooter reviews - not photo geek reviews

1:26 PM  
Blogger stevierose said...

Nimby, you think that house and that boat came from the piddling sum generated by DVD sales? Get real. He uses DVD sales to help subsidize a small fraction of the cost of running his website. If you want a boat like that perhaps you should think of a great business idea, risk your family life and everything you own, work 100 hours a week for a few decades, create jobs for other people, and get very lucky. Then you get to buy the house and the boat.

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who is less than impressed by much of Michael's photography, but I must say I greatly benefit from the Luminous Landscape web site, and enjoy his insight on photography (just like I enjoy this site), and I bought one of his DVDs as a small payment for what he provides us.


9:14 PM  
Blogger eolake said...

Well said, Mike.
I'd add that even if Michael R *did* earn millions on his DVDs, how'd that be a bad thing? A good product deserves a good audience. And envy is not a pretty emotion, though probably most of us have felt the sting of it sometimes.

10:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a current subscriber to the LL Video Journal and a reader of LL site for over a year, I obviously have a lot of respect for MR.

Of late, however, I've been noticing that a lot of his so-called "reviews" of cameras and lenses are cop-outs lacking enough substantial review-worthy information one would expect from a respected source. Whereas sites such as dpreview list a lot of feature specs as part of a more comprehensive analytical review (and often get unjustly criticized for the specs list inclusion alone), MR's reviews on LL often feel lacking in any real information or tests that one can trust as being analytical (and repeatable). I do give credit to MR for calling most of his cursory off-hand reviews "field reports" (he doesn't appear to be deluding anyone), and as such I do find them valuable, but I wish he were a little more thorough and did justice to the notion of "review" on some aspects of a product that he tests, especially when it's a lens. There's not much wiggle room left when you're talking about properties of a lens, and there aren't many sites that do proper reviews of lenses.

As for money matters, I believe that a businessman deserves every penny that he legitimately earns. Welcome to capitalism. Charity begins at home.

1:11 AM  
Blogger NIMBY said...

I was being sarcastic. I check out LL nearly as often as this site, and have purchased just about every DVD MR has produced. Fully aware of Michael's background, and what scale the DVDs present financially.

Just tongue in cheek. (One of my British weaknesses)


7:13 AM  
Anonymous Regomodo said...

Don't worry NIMBY.

I though you were being sarcastic, then i read you are british and it all made sense. I guess not many get our odd wit.

Personally, as of late, i think MR has lost enthusiasm for the site. There isn't much going on apart from a few links, "field reports" and updates to his trips.

His site as whole is a great resource, and i agree on the pics not being that good, just i find myself not checking up on it that much now.

10:52 AM  
Blogger David said...

I agree with regomodo that MR seems a little less enthusiastic about LL, but OTOH, he has been on quite a few photographic trips this year and the fact that he really uses the equipment in real life work is what separates his site from so many others. His site is also one of a very few that speaks from a shooter's view about medium format digital backs. I don't have one, but they do interest me (if one day their price becomes more "reasonable") and I find MR's time spent dealing mega pixel cameras very informative and refreshing as compared to the wealth of other sites that do traditional reviews, of which there certainly are a sufficient number as it is.


12:23 PM  

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