By (in alphabetical order) Ctein and Mike
Starting next Wednesday, you will notice a change here at The Online Photographer (TOP). Ctein's weekly Wednesday column is coming to an end.
About 325(!) of them have been published so far! (...We think. A slight miscount is possible. But it's something very close to that.)
To forestall possible rumors right from the get-go: this is not due to any kind of falling out between the two of us, personally or professionally. That's why we've written this post jointly. Ctein still enjoys writing columns for TOP. Mike is still happy to publish them. We're still good friends and amicable colleagues, same as ever.
So why the ch-ch-changes?
From Mike's side, 2014 is planned to be a year of several changes at TOP, possibly including a change of venue and the publication of our first book.
From Ctein's perspective, his life been going through major changes (of the good sort) for the past couple of years, and he's reordering his priorities. Shutting down his darkroom, rebuilding the lower floor of his house, and switching over to an entirely digital photographic lifestyle are part of it. Making such profound alterations is an ongoing consumer of time and energy. On top of that, for the past year and a half he's been working on a novel with TOP regular John Camp (better known as bestselling author John Sandford). As you might imagine, that eats up a lot of time and "writing energy," the latter being something that is always in limited supply for mortals. Well, unless you're Thomas Wolfe, D. H. Lawrence, or Stephen Somebody-Stop-That-Man King.
Being continually just a bit overextended is the main driver here. Ctein has kept up his weekly columnist duties without fail, but not without effect. The reason you've been seeing few product tests and in-depth reviews from him lately is because they take weeks and sometimes months of advance homework. They're not hard to write once all the background research is done, but he's been running hard enough just keeping up that he hasn't been able to devote enough time to testing.
Ctein is not disappearing from TOP. First, he will continue writing occasional columns—we're shooting for between two and ten annually. The thing is, they'll only happen when Ctein feels like it, not when the weekly calendar demands. This will mean more reviews; he's got stacks of books, software, and hardware waiting to be covered.
Mike is planning to add several more columnists to TOP on a similar basis, who will also be invited write two to ten posts per year. (Several writers already do so informally.)
Second, Ctein is taking on a new official role: henceforth he is TOP's Technical Editor.
Third, you can expect him to continue to chime in with his two cents' worth (more like five cents) in the Comments.
Fourth, Ctein also will be administering the next TOP print sale, which is coming along
soon. The sale will be of Mike's work, with the goal of raising some money to fund more office space for TOP, lack of same being Mike's biggest headache.
And, not so by the way, Ctein reports that he made it back safely from Yellowknife, with no frozen bits left behind. He made this photograph with his Olympus E-M5 with an exposure of one second at ƒ/2.8 at ISO 3200. The sole source of illumination is the setting half-moon. No, Vivian did not stay uncovered that way for very long: it was –35° Celsius!
We'll be interested to hear what you think, now and as we settle into Ctein's new role. Life is change!
Mike and Ctein
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