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Thursday, 13 August 2009


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Cassidy is a regular, or was a regular, on the Leica mailing list, and it was always clear that he was one of the ones doing some great stuff with his "Leica D200". Ha ha ha.

HIs book with the portraits of gun owners is very interesting IMHO.

Good stuff with the colours, Ctein. Loving it very mucho. Looking forward to seeing your mug shots; make sure Mike posts a link when they go live!

You seriously had dinner with somebody called Trillian? Any two-headed people at that table...?

Kyle uses a Leica D700 now or may be even a D3 now :-)

Ctein, one of my friends have a photo of you, probably in a party. Not bad at all. Do you want it?

After first discovering he was the funniest (and maybe the youngest and perhaps the only obviously non-reactionary) guy on the Leica list, I've been following Kyle Cassidy for years...you can get a real sense of the development of an artist from studying his various websites, assuming he hasn't taken the early ones down as yet. Hunt around for them; he's worth it.

Kyle Cassidy has been on the Web "since forever". It was through his site that I first learned about the Canonet QL-17. He used to shoot a lot of pics of the "goth" / self-mutilation scene. Bizarre but moving.

I followed up the links to Kyle Cassidy, and it gave me more appreciation of just how good HC-B was.

I don't know Kyle personally, but I am familiar with him through his posts to the Leica User's Group. Check out his book "Armed America" for another interesting set of portraits. - Funny and interesting fellow.

Ben Marks

Kyle's also a long-time moderator of Livejournal's Photographers community. Not only is he a brilliant photographer, but he's a truly nice individual.

And he's also (grin) one of the worlds truly great cat photographers.

That hall truly can be surreal. I have recently relocated to Montreal and live blocks away from the Palais (I'm not willing to type in the full name). Taking a few weekend afternoons and catching how that light plays on any number of things (walls, floors, people) can be great fun... when the sun is out, which hasn't been much until the past few days.

No points will be awarded for guesses on where Ctein has inspired me to spend my weekend.

I may be out of the mainstream, but I think those colors are ugly.

Thanks for the tip on Kyle Cassidy's work. Very nice work.

I know that the "world" of sci fi fandom is serious to its followers. But to outsiders like me it appears so fringy, so manic...it gives me the creeps.

Science fiction huh? That well known blend of science and psychology. No wonder you can write about depth of field.

Richard, I'd love to get a copy of the photo. Thanks!

pax / Ctein

VERY cool Ctein! Thanks for sharing!


Wasn't it also Kyle Cassidy who invented the PAW, when he challenged Leica fondlers on the LUG to take at least one picture a week with their cameras?


Ken, I'm afraid you're under the influence of the mainstream media. for them, SF fandom is just a group of people who love to dress up as the characters from Star Trek ekcetra. Trekkies are just a part of fandom. There are so many interest groups inside the fandom, from those who like SF books and films to those who like science to those who like the fandom itself.

A very interesting place, Ctein. And thanks for introducing me to a very talented photographer.


Dear Miserere,

So, you've got a friend named "Ctein" and you think *Trillian* is an unusual name ?! [g]

She's in the theatre. There are pictures of her on Kyle's website and in his blog.


Dear Erlik,

Reminds me of back in the Compuserve Astroforum days, some character there complained bitterly when Jerry Garcia got an asteroid named after him. He thought all deadheads were a blight upon humanity and should be magically erased from the timestream.

I enjoyed describing, in some detail, just how much of the computer instrumentality he was using would also disappear (short answer-- just about all of it).

People would be amazed at how much power and authority fans command in everyday life.

Like most dedicated hobbyists, we don't worry much about what outsiders think. It ain't about them.

pax / Ctein

Ctein, yeah, you do have a point...although coming from a bloke named "Miserere" (on the internet, at least), it shouldn't mean much, huh?

The surprise wasn't as much about the strange name, but the fact that it was a character in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I looked her up and she is indeed a striking lady, and I can imagine a great actress.

I enjoyed describing, in some detail, just how much of the computer instrumentality he was using would also disappear (short answer-- just about all of it).

That is so true. I don't think people realise that in order to create technology that doesn't exist, one needs a fertile imagination, and imaginative people are drawn to the Arts. I've found that all the technologically imaginative people I've encountered were drawn to Sci-Fi and Fantasy fiction. In the department where I got my Ph.D. from, all computers were named after Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy characters. Where I got my masters, it was Lord of the Rings characters. Where I am now, it's planets (using names from different cultures). I've never heard of any Science department having computers named after politicians...

Oh, Ctein, thanks for the link to Kyle's work. I especially enjoyed the Sci-Fi writers, of course, but was left wanting when some of my faves weren't there--Dan Simmons and Greg Bear spring to mind. Sadly, the project was started too late to capture Arthur C. Clarke. Is it a work in progress?

Sorry for the tangential post, guys!

Kyle Cassidy is one of my favorite photographers on LJ, I've been following his blog for a few years. Very inspirational, in his approach to photography and approach to life, both.

Not only is Kyle an excellent photographer and a sweet and funny guy, he's also tall, and has long flowing hair. It's kind of hard to go wrong there.

I'm wondering if the desaturation problem you mention might be related to color space. I'm guessing when you convert your RAW image, you're saving it in Adobe RGB. Web browsers use sRGB. If you don't convert your JPEG to sRGB in Photoshop before you save it to post to the web, they do tend to look desaturated. I think "Save for Web and Devices" is supposed to do that conversion for you. I've found, however, that it also strips out all EXIF info, so I don't use it much.

Dear Sean,

Mike and I tested that out, and it didn't account for all the changes.

Actually, I'm working on these images in ProPhoto RGB space; Adobe clips too much. So the conversion's absolutely necessary or else things look very bad. Trouble is they didn't look right in my browser after conversion... but they do when opened in Preview or in Photoshop.

It's bit of a mystery. We'll see if it continues to be a problem with my next column, in which case I'll actually have to figure out what went wrong instead of attributing it to being 'on the road.'

pax / Ctein

Dear Kate,

Agreed. He's definitely cute.

pax / Ctein

That is amazing light.

Now I really wish life hadn't gotten in the way of making Montreal.

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