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Thursday, 09 April 2015


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One of the best Midsomer Murders of all time. The digital biker gang is a bit broad, but the humor found in the longitudinal study of a single tree and the same approach to a downtown street view is just ripe.

That is so hilarious. I got about eight minutes in and had to stop when the young man said to the young woman who asked for clarification on their relationship, "I like...showing you my photographs."

The ratcheting noises were added in post-production, probably to exaggerate the clockwork nature of vintage cameras. The visceral reactions of the "photographers" in the intro, however, were quite authentic.

You didn't watch all of it, did you? Five minutes was enough for me. Feel as though I've eaten too much sugar.

We are fans of the Midsomer Murders series and I had seen that episode several times. The film/digital debate is exaggerated for the sake of creating a murder mystery (at least I don't think any proponents of either have resorted to murder, yet) but then their plots always stretch credulity a bit. The writers seem to like murders in threes too but occasionally go with two or four, I suppose just to mix things up. It is a fun series to watch. They stretch the credulity just far enough that you don't take it seriously and get horrified by the murders.

After many (many) online and face to face discussions, I have come to the conclusion that film and digital have a similar relationship as watercolour and oil painting. Similar 2d expressions, but completely different paths to get there...

Midsommer Murders, an excellent series to this day. We in Canada watch it in TVO, and yours truly has purchased the series on DVD s as it has appeared.
This particular episode is remarkable for the photographic details, which in the course of the episode prove interesting results from a certain camera.
High approval from this viewer. The metod of recording images was the jist of the episode yet strangely for me initially did not see the camera connection per se.
Also ironic perhaps, the actual episode itself may have been recorded on digital media, and not film; only an assumption on my .though.

They seem to be speaking some sort of foreign language -- I can only understand occasional words of it. (Reminds me of listening to the Swedish in "Der Dove.")

Ahem, I like the way he points the incident light meter ...

That Rollei could stand a CLA.

I think the most incredulous thing (disclaimer, I only watched the first two minutes) is the choice of subject.

I mean, these guys are getting into a fight about who gets to photograph for a bunch of trees in the distance at midday. That'll sure wow them at the local photo exhibit!

Damn those digital bully-boys, you can certainly see how film has the high-ground! Punks!

There are so many delightfully tacky details on view, but my favorite has to be the photo vests that the film guys where everywhere and the runnerup is how the digital guys wear black.

And of course the biggest clanger if I recall correctly in that episode was a character holding up an SD card which they claimed came from the digital camera - a D2 series Nikon :-)
They are usually quite good with details.

Well, at least in midsomer there is always a Billingham bag or two floating around. Very twee, don't you know, old chap.

We watch the series (and miss Tom, though we enjoy Ben). This episode was so goofy, the digital camera gang was pretty hilarious. And the old timer taking countless pictures of a tree, that was quite a synchronicity for me, as I had just watched Michael Kenna's documentary where he is walking in the snow, then spends (hours?) looking at a tree. I did enjoy that by the way. Educational. I went to google "Kenna's Japanese tree" and found out it was the "kussharo lake tree". Now I know. I wonder if the show writers were thinking of M. Kenna?

The best of British Comedy exactly perfect in its tone. Usually they have a 'go' at most things. An added bonus is that they made many many seasons all of which are available on streaming.

This and the fishing club are brilliant. Some of the Art ones are great to.

"["'And they say cameras never lie.' 'Cameras don't lie. People do.' 'People...with...computers.'" —Ed.]"

Actually, cameras _always_ lie! I could write more about that, but I'll let it stand for now.


It's hard to determined who's ahead: the pro "Midsomer Murders" contingent or the anti. I'm in the latter grouping, and the few minutes I endured watching this video are offered in evidence. These are the least worthy Brit mystery exports to arrive in Westpondia. Or is this just late "camp"?

[I must agree Armond. Too broad for me, although I understand that is part of its appeal for fans. --Mike]

Very amusing!

Ya, but where's Doctor Who?

I think Doctor Who uses a post-digital camera.

It's kind of unfortunate that this show is even watched overseas - it's straight 'Sunday teatime'; easy, gentle, 'ain't that pretty', schlop that won't cause any offense or tax your mind too much. Pap. The wonder of it is that as they wipe out villages at such a rate, why do people moving house not feature more in the background? They surely shouldn't be able to take more than two paces without falling over a tea chest!

That's the only episode of Midsomer Murders I have ever seen - and I intend to keep it that way!

You do realize that's a therimin in the theme music.

MM is a long running series, although it doesn't rivel Dr. Who. I've only seen the episodes shown on public tv, 5 seasons worth maybe. Over and over. Have never see this episode.

Watched the full episode last night (from Netflix). It's really pretty good, except for the sound effects associated with the cameras. I was particularly stuck by the ratcheting focus action on the Rollei.

Amusingly, the crazy son of the crazy film faction leader was working on a crazy project which was so typically a digital type of crazy project (photographing all his meals).

From the description of this episode: "In the build-up to Luxton Deeping's annual photographic exhibition, a battle rages between the traditional and digital photographers of the pretty village. The dispute seems harmless enough - until Lionel Bell is found murdered in a nearby woodland, strangled with the cord of his light meter."

Another impetus for switching to in-camera metering!

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