365/2: 259. Odile ain’t doing much yet.
‘Course when I dare Nature, she comes back and pounds me to death. We’ll see tomorrow.
Later: For Throwback Thursday, from the ‘80’s.
365/2: 258. How I know it’s autumn ...
Show Focus Points Plugin for Lightroom.
Italian Ways: Celestial Veneto.
365/2: 257. She’s mad at me.
I was trying to use a bounce card to throw some more light on her underside, and she tried to rip my finger off.
The Verge: Leica strips display from digital camera in 60th anniversary return to basics.
“The M Edition 60 is a special version of the M-P Type 240 digital rangefinder, but there’s a twist — the new model features no screen at all, forcing you to use it as if it were a film camera.” I want one. Nothing like hardware limitations to push your creative bounds. But for the price? Oucha-magoucha. Nope.
ArtDaily: Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs presents Chartres Cathedral in early photographs
“One of the finest examples of French High Gothic, it is a milestone in the development of Western architecture. Remarkably homogenous in style, its original stained glass windows and around 4,000 sculptures are largely preserved. Auguste Rodin stood in awe before those statues, during his first visit to the pilgrimage town in 1877, and referred to Chartres Cathedral as ‘the Acropolis of France.’” And, if you’re in Manhattan, this looks like a great short visit.
ArtDaily: ‘Horst: Photographer of Style’ on view at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
“Horst was one of the greatest photographers of fashion and society and produced some of the most famous and evocative images of the 20th century. This exhibition will shine a light on all aspects of his long and distinguished career. Horst’s legacy and influence, which has been seen in work by artists, designers and performers including Herb Ritts, Robert Mapplethorpe, Bruce Weber and Madonna, continues today.” If you’re in Old Blighty, you’ll want to take this in.
c|net: Canon reveals details for future telephoto lens line.
“The 100-400mm zoom is a good example. Canon introduced it in 1998 with its first-generation image stablization technology, which counteracts some camera shake, and still sells it for $1,700. But a new model is in the works, said Canon technical advisor Chuck Westfall in an interview here at the Photokina show Monday.” HOORAY. This is one of my favorite lenses on a crop frame camera (160-640 equivalent). Versatile as heck for sports and wildlife.
EOSHD: Canon 7D Mark II video specs vs the enthusiast DSLR competition (GH4, A7S, 5D3).
365/2: 256. Post-hail.
365/2: 255. Just some happy sunflowers.
365/2: 254. Red, white, and blue. Sort of.
EOSHD: 4K for $899 - a look at the Panasonic FZ1000.
365/2: 253. Sunflower, close.
And sunflower, far [iPhone].
The London Photograph Fair.
One of these years ... I’ll get to see this.
365/2: 252. Went for a short hike after sunset ...
Turned around, saw this.
365/2: 251. Got two lobsters as a gift ...
I can’t eat ‘em, unfortunately (seafood allergy). So Sandra gets to enjoy TWO of them.
A Conversation On Cool: Frida Kahlo image and quote. [Great.]
“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do.”
Gear, gear, gear, gear, gear ...
I’m finding myself oversaturated these days when visiting most photography sites. In fact, I’ve blown away most of the former regulars out of my RSS lists. Visit just about any of them these days, and you’ll be buried in articles for latest gear (lenses, cameras, lighting, accessories, software, hardware, anything with a $ tag on it). Everyone’s doing ‘reviews’ now. Everyone’s offering ‘advice’ with recommended gear ‘footnotes’. This, I find, is a not-so-subtle shift from straight blogging about one’s photographic learning and experience. Techniques are predicated upon having the ‘right’ gear. And each time the subject is covered, the gear is always a bit different. I recognize gear is trending to the ‘disposable/obsolescence/impulse-purchase’ philosophy of Western merchandise … yet how often do you need to replace a tripod, really? A C-stand? Someone can have the latest, greatest, sharpest lens … but if they’re not in the right place to catch stunning light, does it matter that the award-winning shot was done on a cheapo ‘nifty 50’? Does great photography require the best gear?
You’d be hard-pressed, in some circles, to find any responsibility resting on the head behind the viewfinder - other than the pull-out-the-wallet reflex. “Buy this gear, watch this video ... voila, you’re a professional.”
Also, as the photography blogs get more lucrative, the prices of the ‘necessary’ gear in instructional articles tend to creep upwards. Audiences strain their wallets to keep up as the photoblog writers strain their virtual waistbelts - getting fat off affiliate links, subscriptions, ebooks, videos and sponsorships.
I’ll bet not a one of you care one jot about the brand, price or currency of your favorite author’s pens, computers, paper as you’re reading their books.
What I’ve come to realize is, the work I aspire to equal or surpass is no longer being done by most of these photographic ‘advisors’ or ‘reviewers.’ I’d forgotten, as the metacosm matured, that great images are the whole point - the journey to get to a great image is rarely documented. There are only a couple of blogs whose work is strong enough that I still listen to their recommends. The rest of folks pushing gear, brands, what-have-you ... tend to be bankrupt in the ‘admirable imagery’ department. Pushing their personal brand to ‘11’ instead of improving their portfolios. Or stuck in the same old rut doing the same thing over and over, just with different gear.
Here’s my recommend. Buy Beamont Newhall’s History of Photography. Read/view it all the way through. Define what a ‘great’ photograph is. I’ll tell you right off the bat, it’s near-impossible. However, while you may not end up being able to define greatness, you’ll sure know it when you see it. And you’ll know clearly what a ‘bad’ photograph is.
In this vein, and on a personal note, I don’t think I’ll bother with a 365 project again. Seems overblown and pretentious now, in a world where everyone documents their daily lives anyway. It served its purpose the first time I did one - this time, I’ve had neither the time nor the opportunity to capitalize on it. I’ll pick monthly or weekly subjects instead, work directly against my perceived weaknesses, next year.
I’m here to learn, not to buy. Some are blind to the difference. I’ll only link recommends from those who take great images, from here on in.
Revs Digital Library: 178,000 images of cars and auto racing.
365/2: 249. Because ...
... everyone needs a ‘meadow break’ once in a while.
Ramming around with drones ...
You’ve seen these two?
Mashable Drone Beat: Another Arrest in New York, NASA Working on Drone Safety and More. Do scroll down and watch the ram video.
The Luminous Landscape: Why Medium Format Digital?
MessyNessyChic: Cruising for Roadside Relics on Route 66.
Auto-reblog. Bit of trivia - you’d be surprised how many tourists confuse Route 66 with the historical Santa Fe Trail. As if Conestoga wagon occupants overnighted in these joints. I can’t help but snort when I hear another exclamation, “This is where the PIONEERS stayed!”