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Tuesday, 27 February 2018

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I think the Canon M 50 is an interesting camera.
It is less an experienced enthusiast’s camera than an invitation to go beyond the smart phone . Making it easier to begin to ‘get serious’ about photography and video. It costs less than an iPhone X.
Introduced simultaneously was a flash that uses AI to find the best bounce angle-automatically.
Again not an enthusiast tool but one directed at getting people more pleasing pictures.
I don’t know if either strategy will work but I think it speaks well for Canon’s efforts to engage photography’s next generation.
I hope it works.
It also tells me that their efforts in AI won’t be limited to flashes.
All in all , it seems forward looking to me, rather than just ‘playing defense’

Now is the time for you to buy a used (or new and severely price cut in the near future) Sony A7II.

Every time a new A7 arrives I check to see if they've included a 5:4 or 4:3 crop mode. Every time I sigh in disappointment and my credit card sighs with relief.

Also, Sigma's announcement of nine Art lenses native to the E-mount didn't make my sigh of disappointment any shallower.

Hi Mike,

Happy belated birthday!

It looks like your link to Klein and Murayama is not correct. I tried both Chrome and Firefox. Looking forward to seeing that one.

--mike

[Sorry. Fixed now. --Mike]

Speaking of Frankenstein, today's New York Times has a feature on internet dating profiles for various movie characters, including Young Frankenstein:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/22/movies/shape-of-water-monster-dating-profiles.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmovies&action=click&contentCollection=movies&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront

If you are interested in that group of romantic poets, Tim Powers has an alternate history novel that weaves them with a type of vampire/muse:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stress_of_Her_Regard

“The great British English author Virginia Woolf”, fixed that for you ;-) Even Wikipedia gets that right.

Sorry to break your prohibition on mentioning illegal substances in your comments section but I do wonder if a post from you about pictures under the influence might not in fact be worth considering?

If you want to read Frankenstein this year read the original 1818 text.

Shelley reissued the book when the stage plays of it took off (introducing all the things "we know" about Frankenstein that reappeared in the 1930s movies) but that text is edited.

You can find the 1818 text at Gutenberg.org (epub too). Or Penguin Classics has the 1818 text in paper form.

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/41445

You might also want to take a look at Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years by Christopher Frayling to put everything Frankenstein in a broad cultural context.

https://www.amazon.com/Frankenstein-First-Two-Hundred-Years/dp/1909526460

Or if you only have an hour to spare you can get the radio version of the Frayling book (from a BBC Radio 4 Archive on 4 programme presented by Christopher Frayling) to discover the cultural history of the book. Strongly recommended.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09lvy6l

Did you know the original Monster was not a shambling, groaning idiot but erudite and prone to quote Milton's Paradise Lost? You should listen to the show.

"Walk this way ..."

There is also, "Dreams of the Golden Mountain", by the photographer Pok Chi Lau.

An interesting diversion, like the sleight of a magicians hands, while we look for a bakers dozen....
;-)

I once went to the Yellow Mountain. It is very frequently foggy there. The views are splendid and there's no shortage of tourists. In addition to landscape photographers, Martin Parr could offer an interesting take on it.

Keith B beat me to it...Stress of Her Regard is a romp!

Re the Woolf photo album, scroll down the article about half way and you discover (possibly to your horror...) that she seems to have been an early cat photographer.

Dave.

Global median per-capita income is estimated to be about 2,500. And here we are discussion the purchase of light capturing gizmos that cost about that much.

I don't know about the black version, but that white M50 is pretty awful looking.

I happened to read Micheal Perini's comment after reading this article, "The Sublime and Scary Future of Cameras With A.I. Brains," in the New York Times about the use of artificial intelligence in a Google camera called Clips: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/27/technology/future-cameras-ai-brains.html. I think using this one line from the article would be ok under the Fair Use doctrine: "It uses so-called machine learning to automatically take snapshots of people, pets and other things it finds interesting." In other words, the camera decides what is interesting and shoots a short video clip.

Geoff Wittig: It's not just you. Early Hyundai.

Or the Isetta.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isetta

Maybe not the reason you posted it, but that Cartier brooch is absolutely stunning.

To add to the comments about Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley, it is suggested that the reason they were cloistered together for a prolonged period with little to do but write, was that Tambora had erupted the previous year, reducing Global temperatures and causing the incessant rain they endured. In addition to their writing it may have influenced the development of Mormonism and migration to the Ohio valley. A much more complete and erudite analysis is here: https://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21647958-two-hundred-years-ago-most-powerful-eruption-modern-history-made-itself-felt-around

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