Luminous Landscape: The Art Of The Photograph, Essential Habits For Stronger Compositions.
Observation: First time shooting an event with a drone zooming overhead.
I have to say, shooting the “Great Race” the other day, with a large drone zooming by overhead making almost as much noise as a small lawnmower, was terribly disconcerting. I suspect there’s some deep genetics going on, about having large dark things hovering over one’s head. The drone flew by at both unnaturally slow and amazingly fast speeds, obviously going for various ‘looks’ ... but man. Made it hard to concentrate. I suppose as a photographer I’m too attuned to ‘different’ movement, which might mean a good picture. My head kept swivelling around because of the damned thing.
Behaviors that will end once drones are more mainstream: Some people stop dead to look up at it once they hear it, causing all kinds of bumps and bruises for those not expecting such behavior. I got walked into a couple of times as I was kneeling for a photo, by those mesmerized into following the drone. People were even *taking photos of the drone* itself. A couple of angry ‘Big Brother’ folks were stomping around looking for the operator (presumably in a second story window or on a balcony, to remain inconspicuous).
I suppose the point of this is to warn you when you attend your first drone-attended event. Be ready for some nonstandard human behavior.
I hope the FAA requires bladeguards on any drone used in crowd situations. The thought of what a drone of this size - with uber-sharp carbon fiber blades - would do to all the aged flesh shuffling around.
Ars Technica: Tonight’s leap second may cause problems for the Internet.
BBC: Who, What, Why: What should you do if you encounter a bear?
TechCrunch: Blogging Site Medium Rolls Out Password-Free Email Logins.
Register.UK: Giant FLYING SPACE ROCKS could KILL US ALL, warns Brian May.
Mashable: Motorcycle racer saves himself from a brutal crash, finishes race on his knees.
I think he was still in shock, just trying to keep it together. I doubt he actually realized he crossed the finish line.
Aeon: The allure of ISIS resembles that of Tolkien.
“... many readers, it seems, thrill to the notion of finding a king to whom they can pledge their swords without scruple or hesitation. Indeed, it is sometimes claimed that the patently adolescent politics of Tolkien’s Middle Earth represent a true and valid model for real-world humans.” Bound to ruffle some feathers.
Lifehacker: Applecare will replace <80% batteries.
Good news, for those who have computers still within Applecare’s time-limits.
NewtBoot gets second life.
Reminds me. I bought a ‘NewtBoot’ for my Apple Newton, when they were still in vogue. A two-compartment case for Newton and other items (pen, card slots). These days, when going out to shoot in the heat, I’ll carry my DSLR with wide angle zoom, and the NewtBoot will contain polarizing filters, pocketknife, energy bars, other bits and bobs in organizer pocket, iPhone in outer pocket. The main NewtBoot compartment holds an insulated water bottle! Strapped across my chest in opposition to the camera, it’s a good light portable rig. Until I find something better.
I’m having a hard time at the moment finding a good carrying solution, now that I’ve added a 70-200 to my arsenal. The old Lowepro waistpack can’t handle it without straining the zipper, and it’s just too heavy. Looking at slings and things. Any suggestions welcome. I like to be able to operate without having to put stuff down ... the waistpack format was perfect for my operating style.
[And for Newton purists, I can’t find my little rubber Newt. My wife stole him, because she thought he was so cute. He’ll eventually turn up in a storage box somewhere, I’m sure.]
Overjoyed AC/DC’s now on Spotify.
Perfect music for driving in our afternoon thunderstorms. Giant clouds, deafening thunder, torrential rain, “Hells Bells” ...
OpenCulture: New Archive Offers Access to 22k Literary Docs From British & American Writers.
If you’re a writer yourself, you’ll find it makes you feel better.
JamesDempsey: Apple Home Page Tabs History.
ArtDaily: Assassin who sparked WWI gets statue in Belgrade.
He survived until after the war. Barely. Wracked with TB, I wonder what he thought of his actions? Millions of people dead, as the result of a couple of pistol-shots.
Jalopnik: The Truth About Press Cars.
Interesting! Among the press cars I drove, the Audis always stood out for overall perfection, every car. The most fun - the Hybrid Hyundai Sonata. The electrics are set up for torque at low speeds, and dang ... total fun winding up that thing between stoplights, without sipping a drop of gas. I’d make Denise (McCluggage) giggle in the passenger seat every time the light turned green, as we headed off to our bimonthly/semiweekly ‘lunch meetings’. I also liked the Mini Coupe to drive, but two things challenged me ... headroom (there is none), and where do you put that damned key/lozenge to start up the car? All hilarious to remember now.
Telegraph.UK: The hunt for the million-dollar Faberge eggs.
I have a feeling these are not sitting in thrift stores, but carefully squirrelled away, to be found by executors and family members.
Hemmings: Deliveries of retro California black plates to begin soon.
Ah, if I were in CA ...
Colossal: The Tedious 10-Month Restoration of a 355-Year-Old Painting at the Metropolitan Museum of
Hey, they were able to remove that Instagram filter ... (joking, just joking) ...
InTheseTimes: How the TPP Will Hand Corporations the Reins to Our Government.
“Sure, corporations may still be considered people under U.S. domestic law — but under American trade policy, they get far more rights than almost everyone else.” I’ve never agreed with the ‘corporations are people’ judgment. If they were people, they’d make Scrooge look generous to a fault.
PRI: Two psychologists say they’ve identified a long-lost (and misattributed) work of Shakespeare’s.
I’ll wait for other corroboration.
Guardian.UK: US stocks tumble as market reacts to Greek crisis with biggest fall in two years.
Sh-t. “... wiping out all of the gains made so far in 2015.” And it’s not over. This has been known for years now, discussed and re-discussed on various media channels, and still here we are. And now it’s going to cost us all $$. My mattress is looking better and better.
Discover: Smoke From Wildfires in Canada Stream Across Much of the Central United States.
Gee, thanks ... we’ve had plenty, really.
SF Reporter: Munching on Trees.
Unnerving to see, but the foliage will be back full next year. Saying it’ll ‘sort of’ recover by fall is a bit much, IMHO. The buggers eat all the foliage, leave ugly tents that fall away to dead leaf-skeletons.
Montana’s getting some heat.
Nope, climate change ain’t real ...