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Thursday, 17 September 2009


Mike... have you seen the Nikon S? Came out in late 1950, but I just got mine yesterday. The viewfinder is terrible, much worse than my Canon G9. But, like the G9, you can get an accessory finder, although that adds bulk and cost, of course. The Nikkor lenses are, from what I understand, terrific, but if the S is any indication, they're not much for cameras.


Written Communication, connection with another living being, information be it useful or otherwise is what helps keep most of us grasping for more.

Everything old is new again ;-)

A newbie I know sent me a note on his discovery of a "new" technique of manually zooming a DSLR lens while a slow shutter is open. I was doing that in 1980 with film.

The most important thing is learning though, and for some thins like narrow sector techniques, the discovery timeline doesn't matter much.

Now I just wish my friend would stop sending me HDR stuff ha ha.

I think the best term for that is passion. Through time, we all become a little jaded, and it's exciting to have our own passions reignited. Passion is contagious.

Amen, Mike. A great way to look at other aspects of life too. I need to keep this in mind when people are irritating me and realize that I would feel or react the same way. I can get so pessimistic.

I was thinking about how music just turns on a light a few weeks back. I had bought "In a Doghouse" which is the rereleased Throwing Muses first album, the Chains Changed EP, the old demo tapes and recordings of previously unrecorded material. I bought this based on my enjoyment of "The Real Ramona" and other albums after your recommendation. Well, I listened to the first album a few times and it did nothing for me. The album sat unused for about 3 months and then played it again for no particular reason. All of a sudden it opened up to me (or I opened up to it) and I wouldn't stop listening to it. I don't know what changed but music does that to me a lot. Same thing happened with Liz Phair's "Exile in Guyville" after my wife loaned it to me. I thought, "Eh." Then after multiple listens I thought, "This is brilliant!"

I feel better knowing I am not the only one pointing out awesome photographers that have already been featured here. ch

Well, to pile on, here's something I found a couple years ago that people occasionally send me, and that people always get excited by when I send it to them:

Blind Spot Test 1

Blind">http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/cuius/idle/percept/blindspot.htm>Blind Spot Test 2

This man is a university teacher and a photographer. He has made a couple of books about old industry.

"An idea that seems worth getting excited about."

Life in a Tuscan Town.

Your comment that a book is not static misses the mark. While the book really is static, it is you, is not static. What you take from a book depends as much on what you have to bring to it, as what is in it. Just as you will never step in the same river twice, you can never approach a book as the same person. Thus, your friends comment that reading a book is an occasion is quite accurate, but it is we who change, not the book. Of course the same thing can be said for any work of art - that's why I still have my copy of Steichen, purchased in the early 1960's.

The amazing thing is how new something I haven't paid attention to in years, can be. (Found my old copy of Lootens recently.)


Shunryu Suzuki-roshi is still very alive for me and I read a few lines every day. Catherine is right.

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