This week I gave myself tennis elbow flinging the tennis ball for Butters. No kidding.
But I had a better week this week. We had two great guest posts, both of which "came in over the transom"—old-timey newsroom-speak meaning, roughly, "they just showed up." The first was a converted comment by Chris May about start-up speed and wake-up speed in cameras (my computer is very hard to get out of bed, too). That one hit a chord with y'all. Many of you, we learned, share Chris's vestigial tic of nervously half-pressing the shutter button to keep the camera awake.
The other guest post, by JG (he doesn't like to use his full name on the Internet), converted from an email he sent me, was quirkier, about cobbling together a Sony A7R and a Toyo view camera to make a digital view camera ("Frankencamera!," from Wednesday). For most people I suspect that's a "why bother" project, but it does point out one very important factor about photography—namely, that fun is where you find it. JG possesses a certain mechanical genius—he's also done strange and wonderful things to Porsches—and it's something he really wanted to do. Whatever has "energy" for you is a great project, in my book.
You might be amused to learn that he has made extensive modifications in Frankencamera since the post was published, including replacing the front standard from one from a 2x3" camera.
Apart from that, we linked to a Flickr video series about finding objects that resemble "faces" out in the world; were astonished by Getty Images' gall and greed; and nattered over the Nikon D500 ("Any Love for the D500?") and 105mm ƒ/1.4 ("Two Pounds of Prime")...mainly because I got my head turned (again) by the idea of having a do-everything Nikon, which is a regular, once-every-few-years occurrence in my life. (Some people get bouts of Leica lust, or are just afflicted by grass-is-greener-over-in-that-other-brand syndrome.) And then there was the "Big Words" post, in which Yr. Hmbl. Host went so far off the topic of the post (Gail Buckland's Who Shot Sports and the show it illustrates) that ya kinda had to wonder what the connection was. (I was critiquing a review of the show, ostensibly. Or the writing in the review. Let's just say I sometimes try a little too hard to shoehorn disparate subjects into photo-oriented posts and leave it at that, shall we?) At least we got to see the first sports photograph, which I personally thought was cool to know about. I have to add that I spent a lot of time in my youth trying to like Hill and Adamson's work and never quit got there, but that's just me.
We wrapped up with a few thoughts about click-bait (which I really need to do more of), incorporating some thoughts about Nikon DX lenses. Maybe this could be dubbed "Nikon Week" at TOP.
Oh, and no "Open Mike" this week. I wrote one, but the Editor (also me) rejected it. Hey, it happens.
Which reminds me: "floccinaucinihilipilification" means to esteem something as valueless...like the valueless word floccinaucinihilipilification, which is virtually never used except as an example of a big word.
The Patreon page looks pretty purposeful, but it was
the only picture I had that fit.
I also started a Patreon campaign, at the suggestion of several readers, and it's going great so far. (Thanks to everyone, by the way.)
Maybe it will pay for a picture or two, because the site was too gray this week (another old publishing term, meaning too much text [gray matter], not enough pictures. Ever wondered why there are cartoons in the New Yorker? To break up the gray matter).
Finally, there were three posts I meant to write but didn't. (Oh, wait—four.) Maybe I can get to them next week. And I need to find a new home for "Open Mike." Maybe "hump day" (Wednesday)?
See you on Monday. Hope you have a pleasant, calm, unruffled, tranquil, unbusy, well-composed weekend—that's what I have planned.
(Thanks to Jim Vine)
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