David Mendelsohn

David Mendelsohn

On Photography

What turns you on creatively?

What turns you off creatively?

What’s your dream photo assignment?
Six months on the road, rediscovering America, with my son assisting and my overhead covered.

If you could have dinner with an artist from any era, who would it be?
Diego Rivera. He must bring Frida. Passion, integrity, politics and paint. We’ll do the cooking.

What’s your favorite photograph not taken by you?
Anything from Richard Avedon’s In the American West.

What profession other than photographer would you like to attempt?
Second guitar in a smokin’ blues band based in Austin, Lotto winner, or novelist, in that order.

What’s your favorite camera feature?
Trustworthy histograms.

What’s your favorite Nikon product, and how does it help you create better pictures or help you compete as a professional photographer?
Tough question, as I like and trust my whole kit. Since I make my living with my gear, I have to be secure that everything in the bag is consistent and reliable. I suppose my favorite single tool would have to be my 70-200mm ƒ/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor. It’s very sharp glass in its own right, but additionally, attached to my Nikon D2x, its Vibration Reduction feature manages to get me out of a lot of potential low-light and higher-ISO jams, especially when I’m shooting at longer focal lengths. I often handhold my D2x because I like the freedom to move around and change compositions, so having Nikon’s Vibration Reduction technology has allowed me to make photographs that I couldn’t have nailed without it.

Nikon D2x
  • Ultra-high-resolution 12.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor
  • Solid alloy construction to withstand the rigors of professional use
  • 5 fps shooting speed at full resolution, or 8 fps in unique crop mode
70-200mm ƒ/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor
  • VR technology allows shooting with a shutter speed up to 3 stops slower than your normal minimum
  • Silent Wave Motor for high-speed, exceptionally accurate focusing
  • 5 ED elements for superior optical performance at all apertures

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