David C Turnley with the Dalai Lama
History of the Site
David C. Turnley is an extremely successful photographer and film maker. Turnley won the coveted Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for his coverage of the revolution in China with his amazing shots of Tiananmen Square , and in Eastern Europe with the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
(sidebar: Now the Berlin wall is a lovely tourist attraction with grafitti, or “street art” )
David Turnley was a close contender for the Pulitzer prize on four other occasions. He has twice won the World press Picture of the year, once for an emotive picture of the Iraq conflict and the second time for a photograph depicting the grief and aftermath following the 1988 Spitak earthquake.
He has also won the prestigious Robert Capa Award for outstanding courage, and four Overseas Press Club Awards.
Sept 28, 2015 update. Sadly today, while googling, I realized that this homepage, and all posts, are not being indexed, and that generally indicates that the content is unsatisfactory. And that is totally fair. A basic information site with camera basics, is very common content that is done better by other websites, probably hundreds of them. So, in order to rescue this website from being a totally obscure waste, it will need a new goal, a new point of view. I get quite discouraged when this happens though. When individual pages get dropped from the index, it’s possible to recover more easily, but when the sum total also causes the homepage to be not findable either, then that’s much harder to recover. What can be done? Do I have any great ideas yet?
My own camera, a Canon eos 7 mark 2, is remarkable. Such a fast shutter speed and quick autofocus. I put on it a Canon 70-200 lens, and it’s heavy thing to carry around all day. But I’ve been taking some beautiful photographs with it. My little complaints are probably the same that other photographers experience. The battery doesn’t last too long. In fact, that reminds me, I need to charge it tonight. I’m in a Berlin hotel room tonight, and have a shortage of plugins with power-converters. I’m also charging my cellphone and laptop at the moment as well.
Another problem is getting the image off the camera, into a PC. I bought extra connectors for my PCs, ( I have 4 main PCs at different locations, plus a laptop), but the big file size of the images, means it’s always time-consuming to transfer the files, then photoshop them, then reduce their size to something usable on web pages. When I go on big holidays, and come back with a lot of images, it can take 2 days of work on a weekend, to deal with the photos. So it’s still a real time-commitment when you use a high end camera.
Oct 2, 2015 update. Yay, the homepage started being indexed again. It’s my last day in Berlin, and I don’t look forward to processing the thousands of photos on my camera. I visited the Berlin Military Museum of aviation history, and took pictures of every airplane, and specifications. These will go into my aviation websites. I visited the Berlin video games museum, and took pictures of all the old video game systems, because I have a few websites about the history of video games. So it was a fantastic trip, and it turned into a great resource for websites, and I am sure glad I had an excellent camera.
October 6, 2015 update. I’ve returned from Berlin, which was a trip for Oktoberfest and for drinking beer at every opportunity. One evening, while walking to a restaurant, I was passing this billboard, and snapped this picture. I like the way lighting on the billboard is looking.