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Stephen F Faust
Philadelphia, PA
Observer. Minimalist. Free and easy wanderer.
Interests: Street photography
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Yup, it's a good deal. That's the current model MacBook Air for about $120 less than buying direct from Apple. The MacBook Air is currently mid-product cycle, so I wouldn't expect any product updates for a few months at least. The question is though, is it enough of a computer for you? Two things stick out that you may want to consider: 128GB of storage is pretty small and certainly not enough for a library of digital photos, music, etc, so you'll have to have an external drive attached. Secondly, 4GB RAM is, in my opinion, just not enough to run the current OS along with [insert your photo editor of choice]. Nowadays, I'd consider 8GB RAM to be the minimum. I'm pretty sure that the RAM in the MacBook Air is NOT user upgradable (it's soldered to the motherboard), so seriously consider buying up front with 8GB installed.
Toggle Commented Nov 22, 2013 on Very Cheap Apple? Or—? at The Online Photographer
"...you can simulate an anti-aliasing filter with the flip of a switch. The camera doesn't actually have an AA filter, but it will helpfully simulate it for you by jiggling the sensor to blur the picture..." Oh my god, you were serious about that?! I was sure it was just a off-handed joke in keeping with your style, but then I actually clicked on the dpreview link. Sheesh.
Interesting analysis and one that I've thought about before, especially about how it relates to my own photography. Being a strong introvert, I believe, meshes quite well with and benefits my street photography. I feel comfortable being a "detached observer" with no need to interact with my subject, and that allows me to simply wander, see, and photograph without having to--god forbid--talk to people! :) On some level, it seems counterintuitive that an introvert would enjoy street photography, since there is always some level of interaction (even if just visual glances), and of course the potential for even greater interaction (positive or negative) when spotted, but it works for me. I wonder if the historically successful flâneur photographers (Bresson, Doisneau, Levitt, etc. ) were introverts or extroverts?
I'm generally not a pixel peeper, but I would love to read a thorough comparison of this lens attached to a D800e vs the Leica 70mm f/2.5 attached to a Leica S.
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2013 on Zeiss Monster at The Online Photographer
Ouch. Heartbreaking, although I have to ask--if the government knew that anything that failed to sell would be discarded, why on earth would there be assigned minimum prices? Isn't $1, or in this case, $260, better than $0? I guess, as you said, the ways of the Federal Government are mysterious.
Toggle Commented Apr 2, 2013 on Oh Well at The Online Photographer
Keeping my fingers crossed that one of them will be from the "Space Travel" series!
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2013 on Heads Up: The Scoop at The Online Photographer
Wow, great photos. I just discovered Saul Leiter, and I can see a lot of Leiter's influence in Pinkhassov's work, especially the color photos on Pinkhassov's blog. Color photography--especially color street photography--is so difficult to do well, but both Leiter and Pinkhassov have mastered it.
0.91% :)
Toggle Commented Nov 8, 2012 on Niche Within a Niche at The Online Photographer
Perhaps I'm being too literal, but if "Results trump everything else" wouldn't we all (or at least those of you who selected that option) be shooting with 20x24 view cameras? Truth is, we ALL sacrifice "image quality" for the sake of something else--be it ease of use, size, weight, cost, etc.
Regarding the "M", something that I haven't yet seen discussed: What happened to the bright line illumination window? (Still present on the M-E pictured at the top of the article, but not on the M10, err.. M). It's conspicuously absent from the M, which brings up a number of questions (will the bright lines be electronically overlayed? Absent altogether? Without a bright line window, is it really a rangefinder?) etc...
Damn. That'll teach me to sleep late on a Saturday. I would have bought one for twice the price!
Toggle Commented Sep 1, 2012 on Only £4! at The Online Photographer
Happy Street Photography Day! Taken in Philadelphia: http://stephenffaust.tumblr.com/post/30034811607
Allow me to suggest a simplification of step #3, since "making a plan and setting a schedule" itself can be a daunting task, and the tasks probably will change as you proceed through them. Instead of trying to come up with an entire plan, all you really need to do is ask yourself "What is the single very next action that I need to take to move this forward?" It can be as simple as "Order more baryta paper", or "Call the curator of Gallery X to schedule a portfolio review". The act if determining the real "next action" makes it much easier to actually take that first step towards completing the project. Of course, once that is done, it's just a matter of thinking through the next next action. Rinse and repeat. (I can't take credit for this advice--this is part of the "Getting Things Done" system by David Allen--something that has helped me tremendously, and can be applied to just about any type of pursuit).
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2012 on Dreams and Goals at The Online Photographer
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