You know the signs—violet sky, birds flying backwards, bones in a little low dry garret rattled by the rat's foot only, and a guy with a muskrat pelt on his head running for President. The usual.
But then certain things happen that are really unexpected. That really startle and surprise you.
Like this. Michael Reichmann has apparently switched to a new camera. Not an unusual event—Internet reviewers have to do that. But...a TLR? A film camera?!?
Holy cow. Mr. Digital?!? The man who long ago famously declared that the D30 [sic] had surpassed 35mm film, and thereby created a sensation on the Internet? Digital's greatest early champion?
So now I guess we need to be on the lookout for things like talking dogs, women giving birth to snakes, formerly rotund bloggers rock climbing, and nineteen-sixties rock bands whose members should all be dead giving concerts in Milwaukee.
(I kid, Stones fans.)
Seriously, kudos and best wishes to MR. Got me paying attention.
(Thanks to Nigel)
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Featured Comments from:
Eric Rose: "If I were forced to sell all my cameras except one, the one camera I would keep is my Rollei TLR. It's a magical camera, wonderful things photographically seem to happen whenever I use it. Fortunately I have not sold off my darkroom. I think in the very near future it will be getting a workout once again. Not as a replacement for my digital imagery but as a mental and physical break from what has become a digital grind. I need a recharge and I think the Rollei is just the tonic needed."
William Lewis: "Beautiful article. Time to go shoot a roll in my Rolleicord III and get my hands wet again."
toto: "For me, the surest sign of the apocalypse is Mike considering not just a telephoto, not just a zoom, but a telephoto zoom!"
Mike replies: I did say that, didn't I. And yet there were two large, magnificent wild turkeys strolling across my back yard today...and I didn't have a single lens to photograph them with.
Bill Mitchell: "The most interesting thing about Michael Reichmann is not his pontificating about photography equipment, but that he is a really extraordinarily good photographer. I visit Luminous Landscape about once a week, or so, for the pleasure of seeing his latest images (and sometimes his older ones)."