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If camera companies would get their acts together and integrate editing and data plans into their phones then I wouldn't have to do this whilst on the side of the road during a RoadRUNNER motorcycle travel assignment. Seriously, posting pictures on Facebook/Instagram/Etc.. while on the road lets readers come along for the ride while at the same time getting them primed for the story in an upcoming issue of the print magazine. It's fun having them along; some will have been to the area and will share their own memories or give tips on things to see that I was not aware of. 1980 isn't coming back.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Small Joke at The Online Photographer
I always chuckle when I read practitioners of the most democratic means of visual expression (photogaphy) claim with a completely straight face that it has somehow become too democratic. It's a story that seems to be repeated every 20 years or so. Photography changes and morphs every time new technology is introduced. The definition changes for each generation. But as long as humans have eyes, they will always have pictures to view and people that will want to make those pictures.
My brother loaned me his DP2M. There is a certain verisimilitude in the photos that I don't get with any of my other cameras. And I don't think that it's just sharpness. I returned it as quickly as I could so as to avoid temptation.
To those that feel excluded and marginalized in this little contest—imagine going through your whole life and professional career feeling that way, except that the exclusion and marginalization isn't usually explicit or documented but, like someone looking over your shoulder, is very much there. Make no mistake, we've come a long way in just 100 years—it's amazing to think that a woman's right to vote is less than 100 years old. And in many ways the US is among the most progressive nations with regards to the rights of women. We're on the right path but we're certainly not beyond sexism quite yet.
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2014 on For Women Readers at The Online Photographer
I feel like the odd person out here, as I have no nostalgia for cameras. Yes, I've owned some great ones and have been lucky enough to capture some timeless moments with them, but my adoration of them is ever fleeting. As long as they continue to get better, faster, stronger, I will always gravitate to the new kid on the block, which makes me, I guess, a Serial Infatuationalist. My current flavor of the month is (no surprise) the newest in the bag, a tasty Pentax K-3 in "I'm tired of black" silver. Feels great in the hand, familiar controls, and with a heft that makes me think that I can get out of a heap of trouble in a dark alley by swinging it over my head with the lovely brown leather strap. Ask me next year and the answer will likely be different.
Your job includes a unique perk—the ability to work from just about anywhere. So pack up the computer, jump in the car, and drive down to New Orleans for the week. Take some pictures while you at it!
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2014 on Blog Notes at The Online Photographer
Here's an interesting article I read a couple of months ago: "Joy in the task: Even the finest restaurants are serving coffee made with capsules. Have we lost faith in the human touch?" At home we grind and make espresso in a Neopolitan or Aeropress. The Neopolitan makes a bolder cup. The Aeropress a smoother one. And like you, it is to our taste and nine times out of ten better than what we can get out and about. Nespresso? No thanks. We prefer the imperfect human touch and don't like the excessive plastic waste that capsules generate.
Toggle Commented Mar 4, 2014 on Open Mike: Mmm, Coffee at The Online Photographer
Nobody's going to care more about your stuff than yourself, so once you've exceeded a certain level of proficiency in production (of coffee, prints, etc...), no amount of expertness is going to trump your knowledge+care.
Toggle Commented Mar 4, 2014 on Mike Starts a Fight at The Online Photographer
"Luckily, I was in Minneapolis in the latter part of January..." Now those are words I never thought I'd see together... Looking forward to the photos!
Count me as one of the folks volunteering to hold up the bike until the rider gets back on...
Toggle Commented Jan 25, 2014 on Mike Update at The Online Photographer
Love it. Happens to me from time to time on the road...
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2014 on Shortest Post Ever at The Online Photographer
+1000 Will, those long takes in Gravity were delicious. They held you in suspense, holding your breathe, just waiting and waiting as time ticked by. Cinematography at its very best.
Toggle Commented Nov 21, 2013 on OT: A Tale of Two Movies at The Online Photographer
Perfect bait for a sugar daddy trap.
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2013 on Camera Newz (Nikon Df) at The Online Photographer
Best of luck, Mike. You are an inspiration to all of us that have gotten off the escalator of corporate America and are making our own way in this crazy digital world. BTW, looks like "I'm bad at math" may be a myth...
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2013 on Big Picture Guy at The Online Photographer
Oh, and since we're talking about Miatas, if you'd like a little more power, consider a Honda S2000. I've owned a NA, NB, and recently drove an NC. The Miata steering is more communicative than the S2000, but in all other areas the S2000 is superior, and now it's a great used bargain. Oh, and one more thing...had I known that motorcycles were fair game, I'd have said that I already have my dream vehicle...
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2013 on Open Mike: Fantasies (OT) at The Online Photographer
Mini Cooper, and not the overwrought, overweight, and overcheeky current model (as nice as they are). I'd like the original, thank you very much.
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2013 on Open Mike: Fantasies (OT) at The Online Photographer
They actually only averaged half the faces. Where are the males?
Perfect for the reporters of the Chicago Sun-Times, and anyone else paid to post photos to the cloud ASAP.
Here's to your continued success! One thing I will say about marathoners...I'd imagine that much of the perceived weight gain over the past 40 years is due to the exploding popularity and broader demographic reach than anything else. Fast marathoners are as skinny as ever.
Speaking of geeks biting off the heads of chickens, I'd recommend Katherine Dunn's "Geek Love". And you may want to check out your Time Spent on Site stats on the days that tea and billiard posts are posted to get a sense for how long people are spending with those stories. And whatever you do, never confuse with a geek with a nerd. That's a sin akin to confusing a Vulcan with a Klingon.
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2013 on Open Mike: Alt Geekery at The Online Photographer
I like this camera a lot, but I like the idea of someone selling me their lightly used GH3 in order to get the GX7 even more.
In any genre there are those that follow the current fashions and paint by numbers, as it were. But each genre also has those that say, "I've done that before. I've seen that before. How can I make something original?" That's true of photographers, but also true of painters, writers, illustrators, and the so-called "quasi-illustrators" that are receiving much of the criticism on this site lately. I imagine that those quasi-illustrators working hard to produce truly original pieces are working just as hard to create an original interpretation of a flag as the hypothetical photographer that you describe. True creativity is not bound by media.
Toggle Commented Jul 23, 2013 on Photography Is Difficult at The Online Photographer
Thirty years from now some aging, greying hipster is going to lament the kinds of photographs that "kids these days" are taking and long for the good ole' days of 16 megapickle, 2D photos. And so it will go.
Toggle Commented Jul 23, 2013 on Are You Real? at The Online Photographer
Join the most important grassroots movement in the history of mankind! You Park Stupid! We may very well have the largest public collection of bad parking photos extant! Our motto: Making a better world, one parking spot at a time!
Toggle Commented May 22, 2013 on Blog Note at The Online Photographer
+1000 on this one Mike. In the 80s I thought it was a form of protectionism to buy American, when cheaper and often better made foreign products were available. But now, with a little more seasoning under my belt, I see the corrosive effects of racing to the bottom and try to buy domestically when possible and when the quality warrants the price. BTW, should your Maytag perish, you may try to reincarnate it as an electric motorcycle, like this...