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Friday, 21 June 2013

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And it's got an optical viewfinder of some description, always a plus point for me.

I don't think the Samsung NX will be able to make phone calls. Even though it's got 4G, I think that's just for data. So I don't think you'll be able to dispense with your smartphone quite yet.

Seems like a cool idea, but I could see shooting in the winter with gloves on to be a difficult proposition. Also, in sunny conditions, the touch screen may become a bit of a complication as it will be difficult to see and there won't be hard button alternatives. Still, you've got to give it to Samsung for thinking outside the box.

As the cameras get smaller, and the phones get bigger, the line between the two becomes less distinct.
A few years back, this was illustrated best in a New Yorker cartoon-http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2056/2515090610_dfc9862cc9_o.gif

While I'm not convinced that I could live with a touch screen camera the DPReview preview does suggest that it is surprisingly easy to adjust settings with.
Lots of yet to be written specialist apps could create a new market for this sort of imaging device - some are already built in, imagine the fun you could have with voice control of the shutter (even if it's just because you left your wired or wireless remote control at home).
If nothing else the Galaxy NX will give publicity to Samsung's interesting lens range which seems to have had a more logical progression than the Sony Nex offerings.

Thank you for that. I thought I was careening into senility when I started seeing the name Winogrand and I remembered it without the second 'n'. I like the original better.

Samsung Galaxy NX Camera: Looks like something the reporters at the Chicago Sun-Times could use.

"Saying pictures should stand alone is like saying that to really appreciate people you should never let them speak or listen to them...."

Being the occasional grumpy misanthropic curmudgeon that I am, forced to listen to constant cellphone babble, I'm all for that.

@captions. A lot of the captions don't need photographs....

I would somewhat disagree with John Jeremiah Sullivan that Fortune magazine's decision not to publish the James Agee essay was a failure of nerve. I think it was actually a display of nerve, the kind that (perhaps luckily) we don't see anymore. "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men" was recognized almost immediately as an odd masterpiece when it was published, and I don't doubt that the editors of Fortune also recognized this shorter version as a kind of masterpiece. So why not publish it? Because the owner of the magazine, Henry Luce, didn't like it. Two years earlier, Nelson Rockefeller had commissioned Diego Rivera to create a large fresco for the new Rockefeller Center in New York. Rivera did that, including a portrait of Lenin and a May Day parade. Rockefeller didn't like that...so he destroyed what almost everyone agreed was another masterpiece. (There are surviving photos of it.) The moguls were like that back then -- they didn't much care what the public thought. Don't like it? Throw it overboard. A few years ago, I was in NYC, and not all that far from Rockefeller Center, where I encountered the public display of a fully graphic, much, much larger-than-life-size (it was almost eight feet long) ultra-close-up full-color realistic painting by Jeff Koons, probably done from a photograph, of he and his wife having anal intercourse. I can't imagine a contemporary mogul destroying it, although IMHO it is not within ten orders of magnitude of the quality of the Rivera painting, simply because that isn't done anymore. Because it's ART. Not so, in the 30s. In the 30s, "It's MINE" was a much more powerful statement than "It's ART."

I obtained an X-Pro1 a couple weeks ago, with 14mm, 35mm, 60mm and 55-200mm lenses. I'm in love. The OMD-EM5 hasn't been used since.

"Yes, I know that NEX's lens choices are limited"

The best thing about the NEX is that you can use almost every interchangeable camera lens ever made, plus a lot of other lens like objects.

I think I have over 50 lenses that I have used on mine, but probably not as many as Yu-Lin Chan has at http://oldlenses.blogspot.com/

And that Winogrand show was great when it was at SFMoMA. I am eagerly anticipating its run in NYC.

Incidentally, Windograd (Виноград) is the Russian for "grapevine" .

>>Chartbeat’s data shows that most readers scroll to about the 50 percent mark, or the 1,000th pixel, in Slate stories.<<

Coming right down to it, most people only listen to about 50% of what you say before they start arguing.

I'm a supporter of captions accompanying photographs but the captions attached to Humans of New York is the worst case for your argument. I did read 20 captions (and more) and found them to be generally pointless. They offered little or nothing to the photograph. In fact, I found that often they took away from the photograph rather than added to it. In fact, I thought many of those captions were so bad that I went back THREE times to read your post because I thought I must have misread the point you are trying to make.

Regarding Burri, there's currently an exhibition of his color work in Zurich:
http://www.museum-gestaltung.ch/en/exhibitions/jahresprogramm-2013/rene-burri/
Highly recommended by one of my friends back in Switzerland.
Even though I own the book for a few weeks now, I can't judge it yet as it still sits on my coffee table unopened.

I suspect Lincoln had a carom billiards table, as many respectable people of his day would have. That's the table with no pockets on which are played various games with a small number of balls. It is still the dominant cue sport of southern Europe though pool has mostly conquered northern Europe (thus all the great Scandinavian and German players) and is common in the British Isles, too.

Pool was a low class relative of carom billiards that didn't become semi-respectable until well into the 20th century. Brunswick promoted it as 'pocket billiards' to sound more respectable, so they could sell home tables. Most respectable people didn't go into pool halls, though some were quite grand

The famous song in The Music Man is specifically about the evil game of pool as contrasted with billiards, a game the song extols for its many virtues. The song is a lot funnier if you know he's making that fine distinction.

>I don't think the Samsung NX will be able to make phone calls.<

Ah I even know that for a fact Eli, but I also know Android is open, so I wouldn't at all be suprises to se somebody receive a phonecall on their NX in the near future :). Maybe that could be called progres, I don't know I don't use cellphones.

Greets, Ed.

You might be interested in 'The Real Jane Austen: A Life In Small Things' by Paula Byrne.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/books/dp/0007358326

The title is self-explanatory. According to the very favourable review I read, in The Times Literary Supplement, the books argues that far from being a provincial, isolated individual, Austen was personally connected to many of the big political and social issues of her era.

Worth checking out.

Now that you're into Nexes, why not taking a critical look into lenses for it? I was dabbling along with the kit zoom and a Nikon F -adapter, until I mounted the Zeiss 35/2 for M mount on the Nex and was sold. Or is manual focusing only for old farts and weird hipsters these days? I really need something 18 to 20 mm for the Nex, but I'm not encouraged by their pancake. Now Touit on the other hand...

I'm craving that Touit Twelve, in a bad, jonesing kind of way. I just had to do some real estate photography, of all things, and it occurred to me that I only use a superwide about 3% of the time, but on those occasions, I seriously do need one

Have you tried the rental cure for your cravings?

I think that Brandon Stanton exhibit illustrates why photos should stand alone without captions. That exhibit doesn't speak to me at all.

On Jane Austen, the problems of early, middle and late style - the comparison with Beethoven as a supposed epitome of artistic epochs - I will keep my mouth firmly shut. However, I will venture that in the mentioned article on Winogrand, Geoff Dyer does consider the nature of the photographer's later period. Which reminds me that Beethoven and Winogrand both lived the same span of years (roughly)

Here is an interesting view on the current state of photography, which includes a reference to The Online Photographer -- http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/humanity-takes-millions-of-photos-every-day-why-are-most-so-forgettable/article12754086/

Speaking of synchronicity, yesterday I stumbled across a NYT Lens blog entry from June containing the transcript of an interview with St. Henri in which he dismisses captions, saying only the location and date should be provided. http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/20/henri-cartier-bresson-living-and-looking/

My view on this is that a truly fine image stands on its own, although a caption may enrich the viewers experience. Much in people of ny is nothing without the captions IMO

Re: The Worst Thing Ever said about photographs...I defer to Robert Frost who said "...is like playing tennis with no net."
Pretty well says it all. The good photojournalists tell stories WITH captions.

This photo doesn't need a caption:


This one does.

Thank you for the link to HONY. Truly fantastic images, will be following that guy for sure.

Cheers!
Karl

i like much of winogrand's work . . . . the images of his that mean the most to me have remained relevant since the first time i saw them decades ago . . . . i never met the man in person but from his work, various interviews and video clips i came to the conclusion that he was a sad man . . . one of those sad men that laugh a lot . . . one of those sad men that say clever things they only half believe and understand themselves and in truth can never really live up to - a sad man that at one point in time "fought back", or at least was holding the "enemy" at bay by taunting it with his photographs . eventually it seemed to me that he gave up, he resigned, lost the resolve, perspective and inner strength that he once had and in a manner of speaking was consumed . . . became a part of what he had tried to keep separate from ..... i wish things had gone differently for him . . . . .

The best part of the Steidl documentary: Watching Robert Frank snapping away with a taped-together Diana. Alas, the output of his effort isn't shown.

Overall a decent film. However, the director/cinematographer couldn't decide if this was a documentary or a music video: There's a number of segments done in a sped-up herky-jerky fashion that really seemed pointless. Worth a watch nonetheless.

I love Samsung products, I think the phonecamera will be interesting idea and it will be interesting to see how far it goes.

Yes, the NEX-7 is a bit of a love hate camera. It's very well made, has unlimited options and can produce great images.

It also has a lot of small flaws. Controls too easy to change without knowing it, no wired remote capability, and difficult to learn menu system.

But even as it's probably being updated or replaced in the next few months I finally purchased one along with the 10-18 lens. It's a fine system. I plan to use it for one shoot, and then probably sell it. I need to shoot the views from a highrise in Chicago that has windows that only open about 3 inches. The Nex-7 will work well for that.

Robert

Mike

The BBC recently ran a program recreating the Netherfield ball from Pride & Prejudice.

This is the article they ran to promote it.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22308373

I'm not sure if you'll be able to watch the program but the main thrust was to try and gain more from the text by investigating the in's and out's of running a regency ball

Hope you enjoy

Gavin

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